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Eligibility, Awards & Disbursements

For Eligibility for Financial Aid at DCCC, it’s necessary to:

  • Be accepted at DCCC in a Title IV-eligible program which includes all Associate Degree programs (and a limited number of Diploma and Certificates).
  • Have earned a recognized HS diploma or High School Equivalency. (May be required for verification.)
  • Complete the FAFSA (listing DCCC) for the appropriate award year and submit any requested information to complete the review process by the priority dates posted below.

Summer 2019


Fall 2019


Spring 2020


Summer 2020


FAFSA: April 1FAFSA: June 1FAFSA: November 1FAFSA: April 1
Paperwork: April 15Paperwork: June 15Paperwork: November 15Paperwork: April 15

*Students completing the FAFSA process after the priority date should prepare to pay enrollment expenses to begin classes, however if they are eligible for financial aid they may be awarded throughout the academic year.

  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress for academic eligibility which requires that students:
    • Maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher
    • Successfully complete 67% (2/3rds) of the cumulative hours attempted
    • Complete the program within 150% of its required number of credit hours
    • Attempt no more than 30 hours of pre-curricular (developmental) course work
  •  Students may not receive financial aid at another college during the same time period.
  • Students may not exceed the six-year Pell lifetime use limit nor have completed a bachelor’s degree to have Pell eligibility. NC’s State grant funds also have time use limits.

Financial Aid Awards

  • Offer status notifications are sent via DCCC e-mail and Offer Letters viewed on StormTrac.
    • View the Financial Aid Offer Letter and the link for “Financial Aid by Year” to see the types of financial aid estimated and the terms funded.
    • Awards amounts are ESTIMATES based on full-time enrollment. Actual amounts paid out depend upon the student’s enrollment level at time of disbursement, institutional charges and remaining aid eligibility.
    • Student Loans are an available resource that requires careful consideration and budgeting since students must repay the borrowed money with interest.
  • Federal Financial Aid Offers are made for Fall, Spring and Summer terms (as long as funds are available)
    • Students using Pell funds may be eligible for fall, spring and summer terms Students should notify Financial Aid of summer enrollment plans.
    • State Grants do not cover summer.
    • The following enrollment levels determine funding levels for financial aid for all terms.

Enrollment Level Requirements For Financial Aid Awards


(New!)
Full-Time PLUS   


15 (or more) credit hours


Required Only For PLUS level award of NC Community College Grant recipients

Full-Time


12 (or more) credit hours


Pell & NC Ed Lottery pay max award, but NC Comm. College Grant prorated to full-time award
3/4 Time9-11 credit hoursPell & State Grant awards are prorated down
1/2 Time**6-8 credit hoursPell & State Grant awards are prorated down & minimum enrollment level for loans & State Grants
Less Than Half-Time 1-5 credit hoursOnly Pell-eligible students with an EFC below

*Most Awards Require a minimum of 6 credit hours for payment eligibility. Scholarships Vary
Audits “AU”, Credit by Exam “CE”, Transfer Credits, No Shows “NS”, Dropped “D” classes, Deleted classes “X”, or 2nd repeats of previously passed and course not required for completion of the current programs are not included in enrollment hours for financial aid purposes.

Registering for classes and Charging (Holding) Tuition and Book Costs

  • Students in good standing with a completed offer letter will have class schedules HELD to secure their “seats” (prevent drops for non-payment) until financial aid funds are posted.
  • At the ten percent (10%) date (maybe different from the census date)of a student’s semester, the financial aid office will recalculate a student’s enrollment. If a student enrolls in a course after the recalculation date, financial aid will not be adjusted for the additional course.
  • Below are the dates for the full 16 week starts. Any newly registered students (did not enroll in the previous start date) Will be manually calculated with that starts 10% date.
Semester Start Register for ALL Classes by
August 17, 2020August 27, 2020
January 11, 2021January 21, 2021
June 1, 2021June 10, 2021
  • They may also charge books and required supplies in the DCCC Bookstore on the dates below OR Order books on-line at the DCCC Bookstore with their student account info.

Dates to Charge at DCCC Bookstore


All purchases, pre-orders, or returns for credit to financial aid sources must be done within these dates each term.
Summer Term 2020May 26 - June 5, 2020
Fall Semester 2020August 10-21, 2020
Spring Semester 2021January 4-15, 2021
Summer Term 2021June 1-11, 2021

Payment (Disbursement) Of Remaining Financial Aid Funds:

  • Disbursement of aid is made AFTER attendance is confirmed by each course instructor.
    • Classes with start-dates past the first week of the semester will impact reporting times and enrollment calculations for financial aid eligibility.
    • Attendance reports are reviewed monthly for enrollment level changes and any increases will be disbursed in the following month’s disbursement.
  • When funds are posted to the student account; tuition, fees and bookstore charges are paid first.
    • If costs exceed the awarded aid, the student is responsible for the remaining balance.
  • After charges are paid, remaining funds are issued to students based on the selected payment preference. Students set up a preferred payment method when they begin enrollment at DCCC.
    • Students will be contacted by the Business Office and Heartland ECSI to select a preferred payment option for refunds from the College. Students may use their own bank account for direct deposit, create an account for quick access for funds or have a check issues that is issued and sent by postal mail.

Financial Aid Disbursement Dates


Disbursements made based on class start dates, attendance, enrollment level, and type of financial aid. Enrollment level (¼, ½, ¾, full-time or full-time PLUS) is reviewed the end of the month and changes to FA processed the following month.
Summer 2020Fall 2020Spring 2021Summer 2021
Disbursement 1July 14, 2020September 11, 2020February 19, 2021July 16, 2021
Disbursement 2July 24, 2020October 16, 2020March 12, 2021N/A
Disbursement 3November 13, 2020April 23, 2021N/A
Disbursement 4December 11, 2020May 14, 2021N/A

Return of Unearned Financial Aid Funds Policy for Students

  • Students must attend/participate in classes to earn financial aid funds.
  • Students withdrawing from a term will be reviewed for possible return of unearned financial aid.
  • DCCC calculates the portion of aid that was earned. If it is determined the student did not attend past the 60% date of the enrollment period, the unearned portion must be returned.
  • Students are notified by DCCC e-mail of the required return and may view billing information on StormTrac. Payment must be made within 45 days of notification.
  • Failure to repay unearned financial aid or to resolve resulting debts at DCCC may prevent further financial aid, re-enrollment at DCCC, the ability to receive transcripts and possible transfer of billing to a collections agency and/or the US Dept. of Education.
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