Fall 2017 Financial Aid Times

Posted By: Melissa Elliott - 12/6/2017 12:00:00 AM

WELCOME to the Fall edition of the Financial Aid Times.  Be sure to follow us on FACEBOOK! Like our page and/or visit regularly for recent news and scholarship opportunities. 


BIG FAFSA CHANGES FOR 2018-19 – The 2018-19 FAFSA is available NOW!! Students have been able to file a 2018-19 FAFSA since Oct. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date is a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as Oct. 1 every year.  On the 2018–19 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) must report their 2016 income information, rather than their 2017 income information.


DON’T BE A SAP!!!!  Federal regulations require that students who receive financial aid make satisfactory academic progress (SAP).    At VC that means a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, must have a successful pace of completion rate that is at least 67% of all courses attempted, and must not exceed the maximum time-frame limit.  This includes all periods of enrollment, even semesters in which the student did not receive financial aid.  If you fail to meet these standards, you will lose your eligibility for financial aid.  VC monitors SAP at the end of each semester and notifies students of their status via Campus Connect.   


HELP US HELP YOU!!!  The Campus Connect feature that is available from the VC website, allows students to check their financial aid status, see how much financial aid they have been awarded and/or used, check their SAP status, view their grades, register for classes, check their account status, and print an unofficial transcript and/or class schedule.  All you need is your user name and password that was assigned by the Admissions Office.  Contact the Admissions Office for more information. 


R2T4…..WHAT IS THAT??  If a student withdraws prior to completing 60% of the semester, a Return to Title IV calculation must be completed that determines how much aid the student actually earned.  This could result in the student owing money to VC, the federal government or both!  Contact the financial aid office prior to dropping classes or withdrawing.  STAY IN SCHOOL!!!


2017-18 SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE – Apply at https://www.vernoncollege.edu/scholarships by March 1, 2018.


TEXT MESSAGING - Did you know that financial aid offers text messaging? Don't miss out on important messages. Sign up today. For more information see https://www.vernoncollege.edu/Text-Messaging.


WOW!  Last year 3,094 students received over $14.9 million dollars in financial aid!


SAY WHAT???  Each month the financial aid office posts a Blog with helpful tips, upcoming changes, and information on the exciting world of financial aid. For more information see https://www.vernoncollege.edu/financial-aid-home-page.


HAVE YOU BEEN TO COUNSELING…….exit counseling that is!  If you received a student loan you must complete this requirement before you graduate, drop below half-time enrollment, transfer to another school, or withdraw from VC.  Failure to do so will result in a hold against your record.  Exit counseling, as well as information and guidance to help you understand how to manage your student loan debt and repay your loans, is available 24 hours per day at https://studentloans.gov. Other valuable information about your loans is available at https://www.nslds.ed.gov









Melissa Elliott – Director

Jeanne Ballard – Assistant Director

Debbie Alexander – Financial Aid/VA Coordinator

Aletha Newman – Student Loan Coordinator

Rosa Alaniz - Processor  

Sharon Anderle – Processor

Nancy Arnold – Processor

Ellen Binion – Processor

Malinda Fleming - Processor

Crystal Wells - Processor

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    Wichita Falls, TX 76308
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1970 marked the beginning of Vernon College. Throughout this decade the College continued to grow and more students enrolled in both on- and off-campus courses. On January 20, 1970, a majority of the citizens of Wilbarger County voted to create the Wilbarger County Junior College District. Following that decision, Vernon Regional Junior College was established and on April 9, 1970, the newly elected Board of Trustees appointed Dr. David L. Norton as the College’s first president. Campus construction began in May 1971, and included an Academic Science Center, Administration-Fine Arts Center, Applied Arts Center, Library, and Student Center. The following year, on September 5, 1972, classes met for the first time on the Vernon campus with a total of 608 students. On August 1, 1974, Dr. Jim M. Williams became the College’s second president. In the fall semester of that year, combined on- and off-campus enrollment exceeded 800 students. During the 1975-76 academic year, the College expanded its services to include a learning center on Sheppard Air Force Base. During this year, enrollment in credit courses, both on- and off-campus, rose to a level of 1,199. The scope of the Vocational Nursing Program was enlarged during the 1976-77 academic year with the assumption of the Bethania School of Vocational Nursing in Wichita Falls. In August 1976 the Physical Education Center was dedicated in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas A. King longtime benefactors of Vernon College. Growth and changes continued during the 1980s. In August 1980 a Student Residence Center, designed to house 128 students, opened for occupancy. Further expansion of program offerings in the Wichita Falls area was accomplished through absorption of an existing proprietary school that was renamed the Vernon College Technical Center and the integration of the nursing program from the Wichita Falls Independent School District. On March 22, 1982, Dr. Joe Mills took over the leadership of the College as the third president. That fall, the College fielded its first intercollegiate rodeo team. During 1983-84, the Department of Cosmetology and the Career Development Center (previously known as the North Texas Skills Center) were established in Wichita Falls. On the Vernon campus, the Chaparral Center was completed, and the Pease River farm purchased through a state land trade. The following academic year, 1984-85, Vernon College reached a record credit enrollment of 1,863 and a record continuing education enrollment of 7,056 registrations. A Vocational Nursing Program opened in Seymour, and the Board of Trustees established a college foundation and approved an agreement to allow construction of the Red River Valley Museum on the Vernon campus. In February 1987 the College played its first intercollegiate baseball game on the Vernon campus. During May of that year, the new Natatorium was opened in the King Physical Education Center. A newly constructed Athletic Dormitory opened to house 28 athletes in August 1988. In October, Trustees voted to add women’s volleyball as a varsity sport, effective with the fall 1989 semester. In May 1989 Vernon College moved all Wichita Falls programs to one centralized location—Century City Center. Since the College opened its doors 38 years ago, many individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations have made an investment in our students through the creation of endowed and annual scholarships. As of this year, more than 100 scholarship funds are available to help students pursue their educational dreams.VERNON COLLEGE PHILOSOPHY: Vernon College is a constantly evolving institution, dedicated primarily to effective teaching and regional enhancement. With this dedication to teaching and to the community, the College encourages open inquiry, personal and social responsibility, critical thinking, and life-long learning for students, faculty, and other individuals within its service area. The College takes as its guiding educational principle the proposition that, insofar as available resources permit, instruction should be adapted to student needs. This principle requires both flexibility in instructional strategies and maintenance of high academic standards. Strong programs of assessment and accountability complement this educational principle. VC accepts the charge of providing a college atmosphere free of bias, in which students can exercise initiative and personal judgment, leading to a greater awareness of personal self-worth. It strives to provide every student with opportunities to develop the tools necessary to become a contributing, productive member of society. Vision VERNON COLLEGE VISION: Vernon College will promote a culture of success for our students and communities through learner-centered quality instructional programs and exemplary services. Values VERNON COLLEGE VALUES: Vernon College promotes a culture of success through our shared values and commitment to: Accessibility Accountability Building Relationships Diversity Inclusion Innovation Leadership Quality Student Success Teamwork Our values define who we are and guide us in conducting our business every day. Our values are our morals – what is important to us at our college. Mission VERNON COLLEGE MISSION The mission of Vernon College is teaching, learning, and leading. Vernon College is a comprehensive community college that integrates education with opportunity through our instructional programs and student support services by means of traditional and distance learning modes. Therefore, to fulfill its mission, the College will provide access, within its available resources, to: Career technical/workforce programs up to two years in length leading to associate degrees or certificates; Career technical/workforce programs leading directly to employment in semi-skilled and skilled occupations; Freshman and sophomore courses in arts and sciences, including the curricula leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees; Ongoing adult education programs for occupational upgrading or personal enrichment; Compensatory education programs designed to fulfill the commitment of an admissions policy allowing the enrollment of disadvantaged students; ; A continuing program of counseling and guidance designed to assist students in achieving their individual educational goals; Career technical/workforce development programs designed to meet local and statewide needs; Support services for educational programs and college-related activities; Adult literacy and other basic skills programs for adults; and Other To help prospective and current students, faculty, and staff locate important information about Vernon College, this webpage provides links to helpful information on a variety of government mandated and consumer information. Examples are academic programs, cost of attendance, financial aid, safety and security, and institutional financial reports. Vernon College’s presentation of this information complies with the Higher Education Act, as amended, and implementing regulations.