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Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs
The Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs is available to assist eligible students in completing the application process for federal and state financial aid and veterans’ benefits. Students eligible to apply for financial aid must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens, have completed high school or a high school equivalency program, and must be planning to enroll in a degree or certificate program consisting of a minimum of 16 credit hours. Financial aid is not available to cover Adult Continuing Education classes, HSC (High School Completion) (formerly GED), ELA (English Language Acquisition) (formerly ESL), or short-term training certificates requiring fewer than 16 credit hours to complete.
The process for applying for financial aid at Triton College requires the following two steps:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov. A FAFSA on the web worksheet may be obtained from the Triton College Financial Aid Office.
- Have your final, official high school or high school equivalency transcript sent to the Admission and Records Office at Triton College.
Once these two items have been reviewed, additional documentation may be requested.
Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA beginning Oct. 1 of the fall prior to their expected first enrollment. While the Financial Aid Office will process applications throughout the year, students should apply as soon as possible after Oct. 1 due to the limited funding of certain grant programs.
Student financial aid programs involving grants, loans, scholarships, and employment will be available so that no qualified student will be denied an opportunity to receive a college education due to a lack of funds. Guidelines are developed and published by the Financial Aid Office.
No person will, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, age, or any other basis which is protected by law, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under the college’s financial aid programs. The Financial Aid Office is located in Room B-160 of the Student Center, or call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3155.
Board Policy # 5310; last updated: 11/11/03
Grants are monies that do not have to be repaid. Students who complete the FAFSA are applying for all federal and state based grants. The Federal Pell Grant can be used for tuition, fees, books, transportation, and other educational expenses.
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant may be used to pay in-district tuition and fees.
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is awarded to the highest need students also receiving the Federal Pell Grant. SEOG can be used for tuition, fees, books, transportation, and other educational expenses.
To be considered enrolled in a course for financial aid purposes; you must be registered in the course before the 50 percent refund period for the class concludes. If you enroll in a course beyond the refund period, your financial aid package will not reflect that course. Students may retake courses as often as desired; however, financial aid will only pay for a repeated course once after a course has been successfully completed.
The Federal Direct Stafford Student Loan allows a student to borrow at a low interest rate. Repayment begins six months after the student ceases to be enrolled in six or more credit hours. A freshman level student may borrow up to $3,500 in a subsidized student loan and a sophomore level student may borrow up to $4,500 per year, if eligible. A dependent student may additionally borrow up to $2,000 in an unsubsidized loan and an independent student may additionally borrow up to $6,000, if eligible. New borrowers after July 1, 2013, are limited on the maximum period of time they can receive subsidized loans. If this limit applies, they may not receive subsidized loans for more than 150 percent of the length of their academic program. The maximum eligibility period is based on the published length of their current academic program (available in the course catalog). Loan funds may be used toward tuition, fees, books, transportation, and other educational expenses. Student loan information is available in the Financial Aid Office, Room B-160 of the Student Center, or call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3045 for the loan specialist.
In an effort to reward students for their academic ability and involvement in community and school activities, Triton College offers prospective and current students the opportunity to apply for scholarships. Scholarships are available for students from a variety of sources. An updated list of available scholarships and applications can be found in the Scholarship Office located in the Financial Aid Office, Room B-160 in the Student Center or at www.triton.edu/scholarships.
In addition to institutional scholarships, the Scholarship Office has a list of scholarships available to students in specific areas of study, such as accounting, education, criminal justice, health careers, graphic arts/printing, etc. Information on these scholarships and those offered by a variety of service organizations is available in the Scholarship Office. The Financial Aid section of the college website also provides access to scholarship search engines in order to assist students in identifying nationwide scholarship information.
For more information, contact the scholarship coordinator at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3616.
The Federal College Work Study Program enables a student to work 15-20 hours per week on campus. This is a need-based program and students must qualify for financial aid. Students who qualify for the program will work in various areas of the college as long as funds are available.
The Triton Work Study program is a non-need based program. The number of hours per week a student can work is based on the position and its allocation.
Students can find out more information on both programs through the Work Study Office located in the Financial Aid Office, Room B-160 in the Student Center, or call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3616 for the work study coordinator.
Students wishing to work off campus may investigate job listings in the Job Opportunity Bulletin or stop by Career Services, Room A-204.
There are many military educational benefits available to eligible students. The Triton College Office of Financial Aid and Veteran Affairs coordinates processing for the following federal VA educational benefit programs:
- Montgomery GI Bill: for those who enlisted after July 1, 1985 (Chapter 30)
- Post 9/11 GI Bill: for those who served after September 11, 2001 (Chapter 33)
- Montgomery GI Bill: Selected Reserves (Chapter 1606)
- Montgomery GI Bill: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) (Chapter 1607)
- Montgomery GI Bill: Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)
- Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)
- Tuition Assistance: administered through the Cashier’s Office
Students receiving educational benefits through any of the above programs must be meeting the Standards of Academic Progress.
Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG)
The Illinois Veterans Grant is available to Illinois veterans who have performed at least one year of federal active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces; or who have served on federal active duty in a foreign country during a time of hostilities in that country and were honorably discharged after each period of federal active duty service. Students eligible for the Illinois Veterans Grant will be charged the in-district tuition rate. The program covers tuition and certain fees for the equivalent of four years of study. Students receiving educational benefits through the program must be meeting the Grade Point Average component of the Standards of Academic Progress.
Illinois National Guard Scholarship
The Illinois National Guard Scholarship is available to those who have completed one full year of service in the Illinois National Guard and are current Illinois National Guard members. Students eligible for the Illinois National Guard Grant will be charged the in-district tuition rate. The program covers tuition and certain fees for the equivalent of four years of study. Students receiving educational benefits through the program must be meeting the GPA component of the Standards of Academic Progress.
MIA/POW Scholarship Grant
The MIA/POW Scholarship Grant is available to eligible dependents of Illinois veterans declared by the Department of Defense to be a prisoner of war, missing in action, or to have died or become fully disabled as the result of a service-connected event. Students eligible for the MIA/POW Scholarship Grant will be charged the in-district tuition rate. The program covers tuition and certain fees for the equivalent of four years of study. Students receiving educational benefits through the program must be meeting the GPA component of the Standards of Academic Progress.
Triton College is approved by the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs, State Approving Agency for the training of eligible persons. For additional information relating to VA administered programs, contact the Office of Veterans Services at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3531 or 3651, or stop by the Financial Aid Office, Room B-160 in the Student Center.
Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress Policy
Public Law 99-498 requires that you make satisfactory and measurable academic progress in order to be eligible for state and federally funded financial assistance. When you attend Triton College and receive aid from the following federal programs: Federal Pell Grant, College Work-study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Veterans' Grants, Direct Student Loan (subsidized and unsubsidized), PLUS loan; or the following state programs: Monetary Award Program, Illinois Merit Recognition Scholarship, Police Officer/Fire Officer Dependent’s Grant, Illinois Veteran' Grant (Grade Point Average only), MIA/POW Scholarship Grant (GPA only), Illinois National Guard (GPA only); or any other programs covered by regulations of the U. S. Department of Education, federal or state law, you must meet the following standards:
A. To make satisfactory academic progress for financial aid, you must meet the following criteria:
- Successful completion of courses (quantitative standard). Students will be measured for the quantitative standard at the end of each semester. Students must successfully complete and receive credit for a minimum of 67 percent of all college level and college success courses attempted cumulatively, regardless of receipt of financial aid. The percentage can be calculated by dividing the successfully completed credit hours by the number of credit hours the student attempted.
If at the end of a semester, a student has not successfully completed a minimum of 67 percent of all credit hours attempted cumulatively, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Warning for the next semester attended.
If at the end of the "Warning" semester, the student has not successfully completed a minimum of 67 percent of all credit hours attempted cumulatively, the student will be placed on Disqualified Status, and will not be eligible to participate in financial programs in future terms.
All grades of "A", "B", "C", "D", "F", "P", "W", "I" and "R" are included in the calculation of credit hours attempted. Credit hours successfully completed toward the 67 percent are college and college success courses completed with a grade of "A", "B", "C", "D" or "P".
Students receiving an INCOMPLETE ('I') grade or late grade that places them on Financial Aid warning or Disqualified Status must complete the course in accordance with the 'Incomplete Grades' policy as outlined in the Triton College catalog. Financial Aid is not notified when a student finishes an incomplete class; therefore, the student must submit an appeal within the term to request that their financial aid be reinstated.
All attempted credit hours at Triton College will be counted toward the cumulative completion rate standards and the maximum time frame standards.
• College Success courses
• Repeated courses
• Withdrawn courses
• Non-completed courses
- Grade-point average (qualitative standard). All students must earn a 1.0 GPA at the end of their first semester of attendance and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 after two semesters of attendance, regardless of receipt of financial aid.
- Program time frame. Students must complete their program of study within an attempted 150 percent of the credit hours required for the program. Typically an associate degree will have a maximum time frame of 96 credit hours (64 credit hours x 150 percent). Certificates will vary more based on the credit hours required to complete the program. Maximum time frames will include all semesters of enrollment regardless of receipt of financial aid, and will include all evaluated transfer credit hours. Grades of "W," "I," "R" or "F" are considered to be hours attempted and are included in the maximum time frame.
B. Financial Aid Academic Warning and Disqualification
- Students who fail to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in any semester will be placed on Financial Aid Warning (except if the GPA is less than 1.0 in the first semester of attendance, then the student is disqualified).
- Students who fail to meet the required course completion (see A-1) in any semester will be placed on Financial Aid Warning. Students who receive the Illinois Veterans' Grant, National Guard Grant or MIA/POW Scholarship Grant, are exempt from the quantitative component of the Standards of Academic Progress. Students may receive financial aid while on warning status without appealing.
- Students who fail to meet the 1.0 GPA in their first semester of attendance will be placed on Financial Aid Disqualification Status.
- Students who fail to meet the 2.0 cumulative GPA requirement for two consecutive semesters or who fail to successfully complete their courses as stated in section A-1, will be placed on Financial Aid Disqualification Status.
Students may not receive financial aid while on Disqualification Status. This includes eligibility for federal and state grants, loans, work-study and federal VA benefits.
C. Financial Aid Reinstatement
- Students on Disqualification Status may appeal to the Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress Committee if they have mitigating circumstances. Students wishing to appeal their status must obtain an official appeal form in the Financial Aid Office. All appeals must be complete, provide detailed information and supporting documentation about mitigating circumstances, and must be submitted in writing to the Financial Aid Office. Additionally, appeals must include an approved academic plan. Future appeals will only require an academic plan if there is a change in the program of study.
- Students who have been away from Triton College for a minimum of three years may be allowed to return on a "probationary" status for one semester. During that time, the student must make satisfactory progress or become disqualified for further financial assistance. Students who were disqualified at the time they ceased their prior enrollment will be required to submit an appeal for reinstatement.
- Students who are not reinstated by the committee may appeal again after they have successfully completed at least six credit hours of additional course work in a semester, unless the disqualification status is a result of having exceeded the program time fame as explained in A-3.
- Reinstatement of students who have exceeded the maximum program time frame will be considered for an extension only if they can document a change in academic program, and/or that they have taken College Success course work.
- Students have the right to appeal the decision of the Financial Aid Committee by submitting a typed statement to the financial aid administrator requesting a review of the committee’s decision. The decision will be final.
- Students reinstated by the Financial Aid Committee and/or the financial aid administrator to a probationary status must meet the criteria for Standards of Academic Progress or the requirements of an academic plan from that point forward.
D. Notification of Status
The Financial Aid Office will notify students when they have become disqualified. However, it is the students' responsibility to know their academic progress status and how it affects financial aid eligibility.
Return of Federal Funds Policy
Students who withdraw from coursework in a semester may be required to return a portion of the federal financial aid that had been applied to their account. The final amount of financial aid earned will be based on the period of time the student participated during the semester. Students receiving federal funds who fully withdraw, either officially or unofficially, before the conclusion of the semester, are subject to a "Return of Title IV Aid" calculation established by the federal government. This calculation determines the portion of federal funds that were earned by the student up to the time of withdrawal. The withdrawal date (last date of attendance) will be determined by official withdrawal from classes by the student, or as reported by the instructor in cases of unofficial withdrawal. If the student withdraws beyond the 60% point in the semester, they are considered to have earned 100% of the federal financial aid they were scheduled to receive. Students enrolled in classes that do not span the entire semester are considered withdrawn if, at the time of the withdrawal, they are not actively attending another class and have not provided written confirmation of anticipated return in the semester for a late start class. Federal financial aid disbursed in excess of the earned amount must be returned to the federal government. The college will perform the "Return of Title IV Aid" calculation within 30 days of the date of determination that a student has completely withdrawn and return any unearned federal funds it is responsible for returning within 45 days of the date the school determined the student withdrew. If the student previously received a refund from financial aid, which was to be used for education-related personal or housing expenses, they may be required to return a portion of those funds to the college. When the college returns a student’s unearned funds to the government, they will be billed for any balance due for any unearned refunds received or institutional charges that are now unpaid as a result of the return of federal funds. If it is determined through a "Return of Title IV Aid" calculation that the Federal financial aid already disbursed to the student is less than the earned amount, the school will generate a post-withdrawal disbursement to the student no later than 45 days after the date of the school's determination that the student withdrew. Funds returned to the federal government based on the Return of Title IV Aid calculation referenced above, reduce the outstanding balances in individual federal aid programs. Federal financial aid returned by the student, the parent, or the college, are allocated in the following order:
- Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan
- Federal Subsidized Direct Loan
- Federal Direct Parent Loan (PLUS)
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
If financial aid is awarded after the conclusion of the semester, federal aid is awarded based on the courses completed for that semester. Students receiving federal financial aid and considering withdrawing from registered coursework should make an appointment with a Financial Aid Specialist to examine the implications to their financial aid.