The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The college participates in four major student financial aid programs offered through the U.S. Department of Education. They include:
- Federal Pell Grants
- Federal Work-Study (FWS)
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
- Direct Loans (DL)
Most of these Title IV programs are need-based. Every recipient of need-based aid at Three Rivers must apply for and, if eligible, accept Pell Grant funds before other limited need-based aid funds will be offered. Financial need is calculated by a formula based on nationally determined standards. The following formula is a simplified explanation of financial need: Cost of Attendance - Expected Family Contribution = Financial Need.
The need analysis services of the U.S. Department of Education's Free Application for Federal Student Aid is used to determine student eligibility for federal, state, as well as some institutional and private student financial aid programs. Annual applications for federal programs may be filed after January 1. At the very latest, FAFSA forms must be received by June 30 of the following year. Priority deadline is April 1.
Apply for FAFSA Online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
School code for Three Rivers College is 004713.
|School year student to attend||Fall 2012
Items needed to submit FAFSA:
- Social Security number for yourself and parents (if dependent)
- Your Driver's License (if applicable).
- Your W-2 Forms and other records of money earned (and your spouse's, if you are married) Federal and State Income Tax Returns.
- Your Parents' Federal and State Income Tax return (if you are a dependent student).
- Any untaxed income (social security, temporary assistance for needy families, welfare benefits, veterans benefits records.
- Your current bank statements.
- Your current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond, and other investment records.
- Your alien registration or permanent resident card (if you are not a U.S. citizen).
The Pell Grant Program is a federal aid program designed to provide financial assistance to undergraduates in obtaining post secondary education. To be eligible for a Pell Grant a student must complete an application and meet all of the following criteria:
- Demonstrate financial need (difference between cost of attendance and family contribution).
- Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) Certificate.
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program. (You may not receive aid for correspondence or telecommunications courses unless they are part of an associate degree program.)
- Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen.
- Have a valid Social Security number.
- Meet satisfactory academic progress standards set by the institution.
- Use federal student aid only for educational purposes.
- Not be in default on a federal student loan and not owe money on a federal student grant made under Title IV, at any institution.
- Be registered with Selective Service (males ages 18 through 25).
If a student withdraws prior to payment of federal funds, attendance requirements will be used to determine the actual amount a student may be eligible to receive.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
These grants are available under provisions of the Higher Education Act of 1965 for students who have the greatest financial need. The grants typically range from $300-$600 at Three Rivers. The FAFSA is necessary to determine a student's eligibility for FSEOG. The application must be filed in the Three Rivers Financial Aid Office by April 1 for priority processing.
Missouri Student Grant Program
Missouri residents who show financial need may be awarded grants from the state of Missouri for attending Three Rivers. Students must file an application annually between January 1 and April 1 to be considered for any state grant. Application is made through the FAFSA needs analysis system. Eligibility and award amounts are determined by the state of Missouri.