Earning Your Spring/Summer Financial Aid

 

Each semester, MCCC sets a day after which Pell Grants will not be recalculated for enrollment status changes.  Federal regulations only allow one “lock date” for Pell Grants per financial aid payment period.  The “lock date” for Pell is the date after which Pell Grant eligibility will no longer be recalculated based on enrollment status changes. 

Because we combine all of the credit hours for Spring and Summer courses into one financial aid payment period, MCCC can only have one “lock date” for Pell during the entire Spring/Summer period.  The “lock date” for Spring/Summer Pell is the last day of the 100% tuition refund period for the Summer term. This means that Spring/Summer Pell Grant payments will be based on the number of credit hours in which a student is enrolled as of the last day of the Summer 100% tuition refund period.  If a student drops a Spring class or a Summer class prior to or on the last day for the Summer 100% tuition refund period, that class will no longer be counted in determining a student’s Pell Grant eligibility. 

A student’s Pell Grant payment may be partially or totally reversed if a student drops any classes between the time of initial payment and the last day for the Summer 100% tuition refund period, which could create an outstanding balance that the student will be responsible for repaying to MCCC. Additionally, Spring or Summer classes added AFTER the last day of the Summer 100% tuition refund period, will not be eligible to be counted for Pell Grant eligibility purposes.

STUDENTS WHO RECEIVE FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID MUST CONTACT THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE PRIOR TO DROPPING CLASSES FOR THE SPRING/SUMMER TERM.

Additionally, please note that Federal Return to Title IV (R2T4) funds regulations require that a student who either officially or unofficially drops all of the classes in which the student is enrolled for either the Spring  or Summer will be subject to an R2T4 calculation for Spring/Summer term, which may result in the student being required to pay back a portion of the federal financial aid funding which the student has already received.

Example 1:
During the Spring/Summer semester, a student is enrolled in one 6-week Spring class and one 6-week Summer class.  If the student drops the first 6-week Spring class during the third week of the award period, a Return to Title IV Aid calculation must be performed within 30 days, even though the student is registered for a 6-week Summer class, beginning in the seventh week of the award period.  This calculation can only be avoided if the student provides written notification to the Financial Aid Office of his/her intention to remain enrolled in the 6-week Summer class and attends that class.

Example 2:
During the Spring/Summer semester, a student is enrolled in one 6-week Spring class and one 6-week Summer class, but is not enrolled in any other classes.  If the student passes/completes the first 6-week Spring class and earns a grade of “A” and then the student drops the second 6-week Summer class after its scheduled start date (at the beginning of the seventh week of the award period), a Return to Title IV Aid calculation must be performed within 30 days, even though the student passed/completed the first 6-week Spring class.