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Eligibility for Federal Financial Aid is determined for students who annually complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Award packages are determined as early as March of each calendar year for the upcoming academic year for early applicants. Awarding continues as Financial Aid applications are processed. A student is eligible only for those Federal programs that have funds available at the time your file is fully processed and the student meets eligibility guidelines. To be considered for Federal Aid, you must meet basic financial aid requirements:

  • Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be registered with the Selective Service if required by law
  • Be admitted and enrolled in a program leading to a degree*
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress
  • Not be in default on a federal educational loan and not owe a refund on a federal grant
  • Be qualified to receive federal financial aid if you were ever convicted of possessing or selling illegal drugs while receiving financial aid


  • Be enrolled at HutchCC in a degree-seeking major and meet enrollment requirements.
  • Make satisfactory academic progress as stated in HutchCC policy.
  • Complete and meet FAFSA eligibility.
  • Enrollment

    Financial Aid is awarded on the bases of full-time enrollment in a degree-seeking major every semester. To be aid eligible, students must meet certain enrollment requirements pertaining to their course load.

    • Enrollment Requirements

      Financial Aid is awarded on the basis of full-time enrollment in a degree-seeking major every semester. Enrollment is verified each semester prior to the disbursement of aid to the students account. A change in enrollment status could result in a revision of the financial aid package. If you plan to take a course load below the full-time status, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor so you are aware of projected changes to your aid package.

      • Full-time Enrollment Status=12 or more credit hours in a single semester
      • Three Quarters Time Enrollment Status=9-11 credit hours in a single semester
      • Half-Time Enrollment Status=6-8 credit hours in a single semester
      • Less Than Half-Time Enrollment Status= <6 credit hours in a single semester
      • Minimum Enrollment Status to be considered for Direct Student Loans, Federal College Workstudy, and SEOG is at least 6 credit hours.
      • These definitions apply to ALL semesters, including summer.

      Repeat Course Work

      When a student repeats a previously passed course (any grade higher than an "F"), that course may be included in the enrollment status for financial aid purposes for the first repeat only (i.e. one repetition per class). After that, if a student enrolls for the same course again, the student's enrollment level and eligibility for financial aid will be calculated in a way that excludes the credit hours of the repeated course.

    • Changes & Withdrawal

      Enrollment Changes

      Changes in your enrollment status may result in your financial aid package being revised. It is recommend you discuss any enrollment status changes with your financial aid advisor so you may better understand any resulting changes in your aid package.


      If you withdraw from classes during a semester, you may have to repay the aid you received. Using a federal formula, the Student Financial Aid Office determines whether the aid you received exceeds reasonable allowances for the educational and living expenses incurred. If you received more than necessary for the time enrolled, a refund to your aid program will be made. If your withdrawal is back-dated to the beginning of the semester, all aid will be refunded to the aid program, and you will receive a bill from the Business Office for the total amount of aid you received. It is recommended you check with your financial aid adviser before withdrawing to determine how your financial aid eligibility will be affected. Recipients of federal grants and loans who withdraw from HCC or stop attending classes before 60 percent of the semester has passed are required to return any unearned portion of federal aid received.

      The calculation of the return of these funds may result in the student owing a balance to the institution and/or the federal government.

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress

    Student should be meet basic academic standings in three categories: Completion Rate, Cumulative GPA and Maximum Attendance Time Frame as outline in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

    Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
  • FAFSA Eligibility

    The Federal government regulates the disbursement of aid based on the availability of funds, a definition of need, and your expected family contribution. (described below)

    • Definition of Need

      Financial need is the difference between the cost of attendance (COA) and the expected family contribution (EFC).

      The cost of attendance (COA) refers to the total amount of education expenses. COA includes tuition and fees, housing and food, books, course materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, and miscellaneous personal expenses.

      The EFC is the number used to determine your eligibility for federal, state and institutional need-based aid programs. This number results from the financial information provided in your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    • Expected Family Contribution

      The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a number schools use to evaluate your eligibility to receive federal, state and institutional financial aid.

      EFC is determined by the Government as part of their analysis of your FAFSA Information. ( Link to free application for federal student aid (FAFSA)). You will receive your official EFC number as part of your award letter. The financial aid office uses the EFC to determine financial need, which is defined as the difference between the cost of attendance at HCC and your EFC.

      How the EFC is calculated:

      • Determined by Federal Government based on an established formula.
      • Primary factors of the formula are family income, assets, household size and the number of family members attending college.

      How the EFC is used:

      • Determines eligibility for federal financial aid, such as Pell Grants, federal loans and federal Work Study programs
      • Used by institutions and the state to determine a student's eligibility for other aid programs

      The EFC is not:

      • The amount of money your family will have to pay for college
      • The amount of student aid you will receive
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