Some Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are flagged for “unusual enrollment history” by the U.S. Department of Education as a result of the student having received Federal Pell Grants at multiple institutions in recent years. Some students with an unusual enrollment history have legitimate reasons for their enrollment at multiple institutions; however, some students have an unusual enrollment history because they are enrolling only long enough to receive cash refunds of federal student aid.
As per the VC Catalog, all certificate and degree seeking transfer students must submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended. These transcripts, if not already provided, must be submitted to the VC Admissions and Records Office. The financial aid office will review the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic history for all students flagged as having an unusual enrollment history. If the student did not earn academic credit at one of more of the institutions, the student may submit an appeal explaining why they failed to earn academic credit. The appeal must include supporting documentation from a third party (doctor’s statement, hospital records, police report, obituary, military orders, etc.) to support the appeal. Appeals submitted without supporting documentation will be denied. The institution’s decision is final. If the appeal is approved, the student must sign a Statement of Educational Purpose certifying that the federal student financial assistance they may receive will only be used for educational purposes and to pay the cost of attending Vernon College for the 2014-2015 academic year.
If the appeal is denied, the student may regain eligibility by enrolling at VC and successfully completing at least twelve (12) semester hours. In addition, the student must also successfully complete at least 75% of the classes in which he/she attempted since being placed on financial aid suspension and their VC cumulative GPA must be 2.0 or higher. When this is accomplished, the student will be removed from financial aid suspension and therefore eligible for financial aid. STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR NOTIFYING THE OFFICE OF FINANCIAL AID WHEN THEY BELIEVE THEY HAVE REGAINED ELIGIBILITY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.