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Spring 17 Financial Aid Times

Posted By: Melissa Elliott - 4/11/2017 4:35:51 PM

WELCOME to the Spring edition of the Financial Aid Times.  Be sure to follow us on FACEBOOK!

2017-18 FAFSA -  The time to apply for financial aid for the 2017-18 school year (Fall 17 – Summer 18) is now!!!  Complete a 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at

SUMMER PELL -  Students who enrolled full-time during the 2016-17 year have already received their scheduled Pell award and are not eligible for additional Pell funds. Students who attended less-than-full-time during the 2016-17 year, could possibly have remaining Pell eligibility from their first scheduled Pell award.  For more information, see the VC homepage and complete a Summer 2017 Pell Grant Review Form at

TEXT MESSAGING – Did you know the financial aid office offers text messaging? Don’t miss out on important messages. Sign up today!

FINANCIAL AID BLOG – We want to provide you the financial support you need to afford your education and utilize various methods to keep you informed.  Check out our latest blog at

STUDENT EMAILS - See the VC homepage for information on how to activate your account. Award notifications and status letters are sent to your VC email account. Instructions can be found at

HELP US HELP YOU – Over 4,300 students have applied for financial aid for the current school year and over 2,100 for the 17-18 school year.  How can you help?  If you have a question, access Campus Connect 24 hours per day at your convenience to check your financial aid status, view awards, etc. at

DATE TO REMEMBER - June 21, 2017– Fall 17 Financial Aid Priority Deadline.  For more information see

GOT QUESTIONS…..WE’VE GOT ANSWERS! – Check out Chap Assistance TV, Financial Aid 101 or Why I Chose VC videos on the VC Financial Aid homepage. You can also find out your processor contact information, announcements, disbursement dates, and other helpful information etc. at

DON’T BE A SAP - Federal regulations require that students who receive financial aid make satisfactory academic progress (SAP).  Vernon College students must maintain a financial aid cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, a cumulative successful pace of completion rate that is at least sixty-seven percent (67%) of all courses attempted at VC, and not exceed the maximum time-frame limit. The student’s Financial Aid Transcript that is located in Campus Connect under the Account Information option, and not the VC academic transcript, is the transcript used for all satisfactory academic progress calculations.  The financial aid cumulative GPA and the number of hours attempted and earned could be different than the student’s academic cumulative GPA and number of hours attempted and earned. This includes all periods of enrollment, even semesters in which the student did not receive financial aid.   If you fail to meet any of these standards, you will lose your eligibility for financial aid.  For more information, see the Financial Aid homepage

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. 

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.  This requirement can be completed 24 hours per day at your convenience at

Good luck on your finals!!! 

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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.