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Q. How do I apply for financial aid at East Arkansas Community College?

A. Four Steps
         • Step 1 - Complete the FAFSA
         • Step 2 - Complete Data Forms
         • Step 3 - Complete Verification Form
         • Step 4 - Provide a copy of the completed tax forms


Q. When can I complete my Financial Aid application (FAFSA) form?

A. FAFSAs will be accepted beginning January 1 of each year for the academic year beginning in the next fall.

Q. I applied for Financial Aid last year and completed my file in the Financial Aid Office. When do I have to complete another file?

A. A new application and file must be completed for each academic year. The application process can be started as early as January 1st.  

Q. I don't live with my parents. Why do I have to have my parents' tax return?

A. A student is determined to be dependent and must submit the parents' tax return until the student:
         • is 24 years of age
         • has a bachelors degree
         • is married
         • Provides more than half the support for children
         • Provides more than half the support for dependents (other than children or spouse)
         • is an orphan or was a ward of the court until the age of 18
         • is a veteran of the US Armed Services.

Q. I can't afford to pay for my classes and buy my books. Is it too late for me to apply for financial aid?

A. Financial aid can be applied for at any time during the semester; however, students are required to have their financial aid files complete at the time of registration unless they plan to pay for the classes themselves.

Q. When will I get my financial aid refund check?

A. Student refunds are divided into two parts. The first half is released to students during the 7th week of classes. The remaining amount is released during the 12th week of classes.

Q. What documents are necessary to complete my financial aid file?

A. All completed files must contain an EACC data form. If your SAR has been selected for verification, you must also complete the verification form and provide a copy of the tax returns to the Financial Aid Office.

Q. What grade point average do I need in order to qualify for financial aid?
Q. Will academic suspension affect my financial aid?

A. Yes. Students cannot receive financial aid if they are on academic suspension.

Q. How many semesters can I receive PELL or other federal financial aid?

A. A student can receive PELL for 150% of the course of study. At EACC, a student is eligible to receive PELL until he or she has attempted (not necessarily completed) 96 credit hours OR 7 semesters at any post-secondary education institution.

Q. What is the yearly maximum amount that I may borrow on a guaranteed student loan?

A. Maximum for freshmen is $3,500. Maximum for sophomores is $4,500.

Q. I need to drop a class. How will that affect my PELL?

A. The amount of Pell you receive is based upon the number of hours you are enrolled in and attending. To receive 100% of your Pell, you must be enrolled in and attending 12 credit hours or more; 75% is 9-11 credit hours; 50% is 6-8 credit hours.

Q. How do I register for a Distance Learning Class?

A. Please contact the staff in the Betty Jo Hodges building for more information, or visit our Distance Learning page.

Q. Are there any extra fees required to take an online class?

A. All Distance Learning Courses require an additional fee of $20.00 per course. Some online courses will require the purchase of an access code along with your textbook. When purchasing your books please tell the bookstore staff that you are enrolled in an online course; they will check to see if an access code is required and if additional fees apply.

Q. How are tests given?

A. Check with your instructor or with the Distance Learning Coordinator; usually your exams are given online. However, there are a few instructors that require face-to-face exams. In this case you may be allowed to take the exam close to home by getting a Proctor in your area.

Q. When can I log in to start my class, and how often should I log in?

A. Distance Learning Courses follow the same schedule as traditional EACC classes. You will be granted access to your online classroom at 8 a.m. on the first date of the semester. For more specific dates go to the EACC Academic Calendar. Log in to your class as soon as possible. Your instructor takes attendance in the online classroom, and excessive absences are reported. To ensure your success it is recommended that you log in and participate in the online class discussion at least three times each week.

Q. Can I work at my own pace and will I be able to get help when I need it?

A. Online courses have a set schedule for assignments and testing. When you log in to your class check the syllabus and the calendar for assignments and tests due dates. It is recommended that you print a copy of the syllabus so that you can easily refer to it throughout your course.

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