Eastern Arizona College has a comprehensive
financial aid program to ensure, to the extent of available funding, that no
student will be denied a college education because of lack of funds. EAC
believes that primary responsibility for financing your education rests with
you and your family. The ability of you and your family to provide that support
is calculated through a federally approved needs analysis system.
A financial aid "package" often includes
more than one type of aid. Eligibility requirements for the following programs
are general in nature, and may change without notice. For more specific details
please access the EAC Financial Aid
World Wide Web site or contact the Financial Aid Office, Eastern Arizona College,
Thatcher, AZ 85552-0769, (928) 428-8287; fax (928) 428-8462.
Grants are awards which do not have to be repaid. Included are Federal Pell
Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), and for
Arizona residents, the Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP –
Federal College Work-Study Program (FWS): Federally funded part-time employment. Pay dates are
twice monthly. Student employees are paid at least the federal minimum hourly
Institutional Work-Study Program: College funded part-time employment awarded at
specific request of faculty or staff. Pay procedures are similar to those under
Terms and Conditions of Federal or Institutional Work Study Employment
If you have been awarded Federal Work-Study:
award with Financial Aid Office.
- Locate a job. See listing under
Employment at the Financial Aid World Wide Web site or in the appendix
of the Student Employment Handbook.
- If you are a first-time EAC
employee, fill out an employee "Set-Up Packet" at the cashier’s
counter in the Student Services Building. Bring two forms of identification
(social security card and driver’s license preferred).
your agreed schedule and keep a careful record of the dates and hours.
in your time sheets to your supervisor before noon on the 15th
and 30th of the month.
the timesheet with your correct social security number and sign it!
calendar for pay dates. Typically it is the 7th and 22nd
of the month. Take your identification and pick up your check at the
Note! If you are applying your work-study earnings
toward a college debt, you must come to the cashier’s counter and endorse your
check so the funds can be transferred to reduce your outstanding bill.
EAC no longer participates in the Federal
Student Loan Programs. Information on lenders of private educational loans is
available from the Financial Aid Office staff.
Disbursement of grants and scholarships in excess of institutional charges
will be by cash or check two days prior to the first day of classes or as soon
after as practical.
The Application Process
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be submitted as
soon as possible after January 1 if you plan to enroll the following fall term.
EAC's deadline for priority consideration is March 1. Since errors or incomplete
forms cause delays it is important to complete the form early, carefully, and
accurately. We encourage you to apply on the Internet at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Completing your FAFSA on the World Wide Web can speed up the FAFSA process.
Using the World Wide Web version can cut down on postal service delays. It
also does edit checks as you enter data which helps cut down on errors. If
there are difficulties or questions in filling out the form, please utilize
online assistance or request assistance from a high school counselor or our
Financial Aid Office.
Approximately 30% of all applications will be
selected for a process called "verification." If the Department of
Education or the College selects you for verification, you must prove that the
information you reported is correct by submitting income tax forms and other
documents. Therefore, you should save copies of all records and materials used
in applying for aid.
Before aid can be awarded your financial aid
file must be complete, including all documents requested. Aid is then awarded
on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted. The amount of
your award is determined by eligibility, availability of funds, and compliance
with deadlines. You must reapply for aid each year.
Two basic steps are used in determining
financial aid eligibility.
1. Determination of costs (student
budget). Financial Aid considers fees, tuition, room and board, books,
transportation, and personal expenses. Several standard budgets are designed to
reflect a modest but adequate standard of living. Budgets are revised only if
you can document extraordinary costs over which you have no control. The
following are samples of the standard budgets to be used for the academic year
based on an average of 16 credits per semester.
in Residence Hall
General Fees and Tuition
Room and Board
Books and Supplies
Out-of-state fees are an additional
$2,490 per semester or $4,980 per year.
Step 2. From the appropriate
budget, subtract the expected family contribution as computed from information
supplied on the FAFSA application. This results in the maximum eligibility.
Financial aid cannot be awarded until you
have declared a major and are enrolled in courses that will lead to a degree or
certificate. If you have neither a high school diploma nor GED, you must take
and pass the Ability to Benefit test and results must be in the Financial Aid
Office before aid can be awarded.
A notification of aid offered will be mailed
to you. The Fiscal Control Office disburses aid and all debts to the College
will be deducted from any amounts due you.
To insure compliance with Federal
regulations, EAC will award federal financial aid only to those students who
are making satisfactory academic progress toward obtaining a degree or
certificate. These procedures are designed to encourage you to successfully
complete a degree or certificate in the appropriate amount of time. EAC has
established the following by which to judge that progress. These standards
should not be confused with the academic standards of the College, which may
Standards: You are required to successfully complete at least 67% of
your total attempted credit hours whether or not you received aid for all the
terms attended. Repeat courses are counted in the total number of credits for
that semester. Audited credit hours are not included.
You are required to maintain at least a 1.75
cumulative grade point average (GPA) if you have attempted 1-30 semester
hours and a 2.0 or better cumulative grade point average if you have attempted
31 or higher semester hours.
Ninety-six (96) credits, including transfer
credits, will be considered the maximum time frame for completion of most
Associate degree programs. Proportional amounts of time will be allocated to
students in shorter programs.
Financial aid may cover a maximum of 30
credit hours of developmental classes. This includes classes below the 100
level and MAT 120 and ENG 100. However these credits will be included in the
maximum total of attempted hours allowed.
Financial Aid Status: If you completed fewer than the required credits
or did not achieve the required GPA, you will be placed on probation for the
following semester. While on probation, you may continue to receive financial
aid but must complete all attempted credits with at least a 2.00 semester GPA.
If you achieve less than a 1.00 term GPA or complete no credits, you will not
receive a probationary semester and future aid will be canceled.
Appeals: If you fail to meet the above standards and feel that
there are significant extenuating circumstances you may submit an appeal.
Appeals are to be made in writing to the Director of Financial Aid and should
outline the specific problem and project your ability to complete the program.
Reestablishing Eligibility: If your aid is canceled due to lack of compliance
with the above GPA standard, you can reestablish eligibility by completing credits
at Eastern Arizona College without federal financial aid and by bringing the
cumulative GPA up to the required level. If your aid is canceled due to lack
of compliance with the above earned credits standard, you can reestablish eligibility
by completing credits at Eastern Arizona College or another college without
federal financial aid. If these credits are taken at another school you must
arrange to have an academic transcript sent from the other school. Only those
credits which transfer will be included in the calculation. Transfer credits
are not included when your GPA is calculated. Only EAC credits affect
Financial Aid will attempt to notify you of any
deficiencies in a timely manner; however, it is your responsibility to be aware
of the conditions of Satisfactory Academic Progress and to ensure compliance.
You have the right to know:
programs are available at EAC.
deadlines for submitting applications.
your financial aid eligibility was determined.
refund and repayment policies.
satisfactory progress requirements.
costs at EAC.
- complete all application materials
accurately and on time.
- provide correct information.
Misreporting may be considered a criminal offense.
- accept responsibility for all
agreements that you sign.
- notify the Financial Aid Office
in writing of any changes in address, marital status, name, or drop in credits
that takes you below the number of credits for which you are receiving aid.
Veterans and Children of Deceased Veterans
Most of Eastern Arizona College's curricula
and courses listed in this catalog are approved for veterans training. You can
contact the EAC Veterans Affairs Office (in the Records and Registration
Office) for information on approved courses. These programs are maintained by
cooperative arrangement between Eastern Arizona College, the State of Arizona,
and the United States Department of Education. The College and students must
comply with all regulations governing the Act under which the students are
granted educational benefits.
You should apply for educational benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs
well in advance of your enrollment at Eastern Arizona College. Our Veterans
Affairs Office can provide you with the Veterans Application for Education Benefits.
You'll need to arrange for transmittal directly to EAC of an official transcript
from all colleges attended. For further information please write to Veterans
Affairs Office, Eastern Arizona College, Thatcher AZ 85552-0769.
For additional information contact: Records
and Registration Office, Eastern Arizona College, Thatcher AZ 85552-0769, (928)
428-8625; FAX: (928) 428-8462; send email to: email@example.com.