When registering for a 4-week class, you MUST be aware of the items listed below:
As a Financial Aid Recipient:
- To receive your Pell grant for a 4 – week class, you must be enrolled in all classes as of the 11th day of the semester for which you want to be considered for your Pell award.
- Pell grant will not be applied to your student account until a class starts.
Ex: You are enrolled in 6 hours as of the 11th day – one of them begins on 1/11/14 and the other one begins on 3/10/14.
Your Pell eligibility for the 1/11 class would be paid to you in January and the eligibility for the 3/10 class would be paid to you in March.
- Pell grant eligibility will be applied to your account monthly, as each new course begins, until you have been paid for all courses enrolled as of the 11th day of class. You could potentially receive more than one Pell refund for a semester.
Student Accounts WILL BE CHARGED to you at the time of registration for the course. Payment is DUE the FRIDAY BEFORE SEMESTER STARTS. This means that your Pell grant will be only be available to apply toward charges based on the number of courses that have begun within your class schedule.
Ex. You are enrolled for 12 hours as of the 11th day of the semester, but one class does not begin until April 1. When charging books at the bookstore, you Pell award availability will not reflect the eligibility amount for all 12 hours – only for 9 credit hours because the other class does not begin until April 1. In this case, a student may not have enough Pell funds to purchase all needed books with Pell because the tuition/fee charges deducted from the award would include those for ALL 12 hours enrolled. The student would be responsible for paying the difference owed. Additional Pell eligibility would be disbursed to the student upon beginning attendance in the class that starts later in semester.
If you drop a 4-week course before it begins, Pell grant will not be applied to your account for the class NOR will you be charged for the class.
- To receive the first half of your semester loan, you must be currently enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours. The minimum enrollment of 6 credit hours must be added by the 11th day of class, the semester “census date”, to be eligible for the loan. If a student is not enrolled in any courses by the 11th day, the date on which courses are added for the current semester would be the student’s “census date”. Therefore, a minimum of 6 credit hours enrollment would be required. as of that date, to be eligible for a loan in the current semester. (All loans are disbursed in 2 equal disbursements per semester. Review your BRTC Loan Policy for more info.)
- If you are enrolled in at least 6 credit hours but less than 6 hours have actually begun, you will not be eligible for your first loan disbursement until you have begun attendance in at least 6 credit hours.
PLEASE contact the Financial Aid Office at (870)248-4000 if you have questions concerning these classes that may not have been addressed in the above information.