FAQs about Financial Aid
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about financial aid.
General Questions about Eligibility and Applying
1. I probably don't qualify for aid. Should I apply for aid anyway?
Yes. Many families mistakenly think they don't qualify for aid and prevent themselves from receiving financial aid by failing to apply for it. The FAFSA form is free. There is no good excuse for not applying.
2. Do I need to be admitted before I can apply for financial aid at LBWCC?
No. You can apply for financial aid any time after October 1. To actually receive funds, however, you must be admitted and enrolled at the college.
3. What is LBWCC’s Federal School Code?
4. What is the cost of attendance to attend LBWCC?
The cost of attendance to attend LBWCC includes tuition, fees, books, living expenses, miscellaneous and travel. An itemized list for each semester is listed below:
Fall 2020- Summer 2021
Fall 2021 - Summer 2022
5. Do I have to reapply for financial aid every year?
Yes. Note that your eligibility for financial aid may change significantly, especially if you have a different number of family members in college. Renewal of your financial aid package also depends on your making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree, such as earning a minimum number of credits and achieving a minimum GPA. For more information click here.
6. How do I apply for a Pell Grant and other types of need-based aid?
By completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) you are applying for Pell Grant, SEOG, and Alabama Student Assistance Program. In order to apply for Work-study, you must be pell eligible and you must complete the LBWCC Workstudy application by clicking this link.
7. How do I know if I will receive Federal Financial Aid (Pell Grant, SEOG, Work-Study)
Each eligible student will receive an award notification after file completion. This notification will be sent to the student’s Saints Email address assigned by the college. Please review all information carefully and follow directions.
8. Are work-study earnings taxable?
The money you earn from Federal Work-Study is generally subject to federal and state income tax, but exempt from FICA taxes (provided you are enrolled full time and work less than half-time).
9. If I have remaining funds after my tutition and fees are paid, how do I receive this balance?
Financial aid awards exceeding tuition, fees and other allowable charges will disburse via direct deposit to the account listed in the student’s account or by postal mail to the address on file in the Admissions and Records Office. Credit-balance refunds will be processed approximately two weeks after the registration period ends.
10. How are Federal Pell Grants awarded?
Federal Pell Grant awards are based on full-time enrollment and will prorate for enrollment less than full time and enrollment in classes outside the declared major. For applicable certificate programs, the Federal Pell Grant disburses based on both credit and contact hours.
The financial aid award may be reduced if the student does not begin attending classes, withdraws from classes or enrolls in courses not required for the declared major. Students may be obligated to repay the difference between the funds awarded and the amount recalculated. Students who completely withdraw before the 60% point of the semester may owe a repayment to the U.S. Department of Education. Also, reducing the enrollment status may affect the required standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and cause the student to lose eligibility to receive additional financial aid. It is recommended that students check with Financial Aid before dropping any classes or changing their schedule to determine how those changes may affect financial aid. Refer to the Lurleen B. Wallace Community College Catalog or visit the Financial Aid Office for more information.
The Financial Aid Office reserves the right to amend or cancel awards due to changes in academic status, remaining need or funding a student receives by Lurleen B. Wallace Community College or another organization.
1. Where can I get a copy of the FAFSA?
Paper FAFSA's are only available by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID. The online version of the form is available at http://www.fafsa.gov.
2. Are photocopies of the FAFSA acceptable?
No. Only the original FAFSA form produced by the US Department of Education is acceptable. Photocopies, reproductions, facsimiles and electronic versions are all not acceptable.
3. How soon after October 1 should the FAFSA form be sent in?
Send in the form as soon as possible after October 1. If you are planning to attend LBWCC, and plan to apply for a LBWCC Scholarship, applications must be submitted by March 1st. Otherwise, the priority deadline for Fall semester is July 1st. You will use 2018 U.S. Income Taxes to complete the 2020-2021 FASFA, 2019 U.S. Income Taxes to complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA and so on. You should use the IRS Data Link to import yours and your parents taxes when available. If you wait too long, you might miss the deadline for state aid. Most states require the FAFSA to be submitted by March 1st, and some even as early as early or mid-February.
4. I sent in my FAFSA over four weeks ago but haven't heard anything. What should I do?
If you haven't received a Student Aid Report (SAR), call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (toll free) or 1-319-337-5665. You must provide them with your Social Security number and date of birth as verification. You may also visit www.fafsa.gov to check the process of a submitted FAFSA. If it is submitted and you have not heard for the financial aid office within a reasonable amount of time, you should contact the finanical aid office listed below based on the first letter of your last name.
Greenville Campus - A-K - email@example.com
MacArthur Campus - L-Z - firstname.lastname@example.org
5. I was born on January 1, when I will be 24 years old. Can I check Yes in the answer to the FAFSA question "Were you born before January 1, ..." to qualify as an independent student?
The official answer is no. If you check yes, your SAR will be flagged for verification. However, most financial aid administrators would use professional judgment to override the default dependency determination for a student born on January 1 who also demonstrates financial self-sufficiency.
Home-Schooling and Financial Aid
1. Are there any programs that provide student financial assistance to home-schooled children?
Home-schooled students are eligible for federal student aid for college if they have "completed a secondary school education in a home school setting that is treated as a home-school or private school under State law" (Section 484(d)(3) of the Higher Education Act of 1965). Home-schooled students have not been required to take the GED since the Higher Education Amendments of 1998. High school dropouts must take a GED exam, but students who have completed a home schooled secondary education that satisfies the requirements of state law do not. For additional information, see Federal Requirements for Home-schoolers Seeking College Admission and Financial Aid, Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), May 2003.
There are not many scholarships specifically targeted at home-schooled students, other than those sponsored by the Home School Foundation. However, home schooled students may apply for LBWCC Institutional Scholarships by clicking on this link.
OCTOBER - DECEMBER
Start a financial aid folder to keep all of your financial aid documents and information organized. Be sure to keep this folder throughout your years in college. Much of the information will be needed in subsequent years.
Begin searching for private scholarships. Information on outside scholarships are often available from high school guidance counselors. You can also use one or more of the free on-line scholarships searches mentioned earlier in this brochure.
Complete the FAFSA on the Web beginning October 1 each year. You will need a FSA User ID and Password to sign your application. A FSA User ID and Password are needed to access your account with the U.S. Department of Education and it serves as your electronic signature. If you are a dependent student, one of your parents will also need a FSA User ID and Password to sign the application. For more information, go to www.fafsa.gov. This will determine your eligibility for financial assistance. You may list up to 10 colleges and all the schools you list will automatically receive your financial aid information.
After filing the FAFSA, you will receive the Student Aid Report (SAR), which summarizes the information you provided and specifies a dollar amount for your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Be sure to read this report thoroughly and submit any necessary corrections. This must be completed before you will be considered for federal and state aid.
Common Mistakes on the FAFSA
LBWCC will contact you through your Saints Email when your application is received. Some students will be chosen by the Department of Education for a process called Verification. In this process, the information you provided on the financial aid application will be compared to documents requested by the financial aid office that you must provide before your aid may be processed. If your file is selected for verification, you will receive an email from the financial aid office that your application was selected for verification. You will need to log into your myLBWCC(OneACCS) account to see what documents are required. Verification may cause significant changes in your aid. Therefore, it is important that you send the information requested as soon as possible. LBWCC will email you and award letter listing the financial aid for which you qualify when your application is complete and processed.