FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION PROCESS
Use the steps below to apply for all types of federal financial aid at ESCC. Failure to follow this process will delay our ability to process your aid application! Highlighted text indicates a live link that will take you to the appropriate website.
- Apply for admission to ESCC. Be sure to provide Admissions with an official transcript from your high school and each college you attended prior to coming to ESCC. “Unofficial” or faxed transcripts will not suffice. Your aid application will not be considered until all transcripts and supporting documents are received and reviewed by Financial Aid staff.
- Apply for a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. Your FSA ID allows you to sign your FAFSA and federal loan promissory notes electronically. Parents of dependent students will need their own FSA ID to sign these documents.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current year. When completing the FAFSA, please list the ESCC school code (001015) as one of the colleges you may attend.
- If possible, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within the FAFSA to provide your federal income tax return data. You should also use the Data Retrieval Tool to provide your parents’ income tax return data if requested.
- Complete any additional forms requested by ESCC Financial Aid and submit them to the appropriate ESCC Financial Aid Office (FAO) as soon as possible. If you are attending academic classes, please submit your financial aid supporting documents to the Enterprise Campus Financial Aid Office at P.O. Box 1300, Enterprise, AL 36331-1300. The Enterprise FAO fax number is 334.347.0191. If you are attending one of the Alabama Aviation Center campuses, please submit your requested financial aid documents to the AAC-Ozark Financial Aid Office at 3405 S. US Highway 231, Ozark, AL 36360. The AAC-Ozark FAO fax number is 334.774.0477.
- In some cases, you may be required to submit an IRS federal income tax return transcript (IRS Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, etc.). If you receive such a request from our office, there are several ways you can request this document. Most of these methods do not require the payment of a fee.
- Online: Go to www.irs.gov The IRS generally will mail a transcript to the requestor within 5 to 10 days. Please sign the transcript and submit it to Financial Aid by mail, fax, or hand delivery, or
- Smartphone app: Download the free IRS2Go smartphone app and follow the prompts to request a tax return transcript, or call the IRS Transcript request line at 1.800.908.9946. Once received, please sign the transcript and submit it to our office by mail, fax, or hand delivery, or
- IRS Form 4506T-EZ. The IRS will usually mail a paper transcript to the requestor within 5 to 10 days. Please sign the transcript and submit it to our office by mail, fax, or hand delivery.
What Happens Next?
ESCC will review your application information and, if necessary, request additional documentation to verify what you have provided. Once we receive and review all of your information, ESCC Financial Aid staff will create an official award showing your financial aid eligibility. We will then send you an award letter in the mail. This information will also be available to you online in the Student Information Center at https://grace.escc.edu/cgi-bin/advlogin.mbr/login. It is a good idea to check your Student Information Center periodically to see if we have added items to your list of required documents. If you receive notice that you are ineligible for financial aid, you may file an appeal of your status. You must file this appeal at least 30 days before the beginning of the next term. Normally, ESCC cannot consider appeals filed later than 30 days before the start of the next term due to the burden of processing new applications during the time leading up to the start of classes.
FEDERAL AID PROGRAMS
The Federal Pell Grant program is the primary component of most financial aid packages at ESCC. Annual award amounts vary according to the recipient’s enrollment status and the annual Pell payment schedule provided by the U. S. Department of Education. If the student wishes to do so, ESCC will authorize Pell recipients to charge tuition and fees against their Pell award during registration. Pell recipients can also charge books one week prior to the start of a new term. Students with Pell credit balances receive their balances once each term, two weeks into the semester. As stated above, ESCC creates Pell Grant awards only after students submit all required documents, and the documents are reviewed and approved by members of the ESCC Financial Aid staff.
While ESCC provides the student’s full-time Pell Grant award amount on the award letter, each student’s actual Pell Grant payment is based on the number of credit hours the recipient takes that term. This number of credit hours is set at the end of the College’s official Drop/Add period.
- 12 or more credit hours (full time) – 100% of full award as shown on the award letter
- 9 – 11 credit hours (three-quarter time) – 75% of full award
- 6 – 8 credit hours (one-half time) – 50% of full award
Some students who take fewer than six hours are eligible to receive Federal Pell Grant benefits, but some are not. Please see a member of the ESCC Financial Aid staff for an explanation of how this may affect you if you have questions.
To apply for Pell and all other federal financial aid programs, completion of the FAFSA is required. Select here to complete the FAFSA online. To obtain additional information, call (334) 347-2623, extension 2214, or write to Student Financial Aid, Enterprise Community College, P.O. Box 1300, Enterprise, AL 36331-1300.
FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT (FSEOG)
ESCC administers this federal grant program providing grants to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Awards are determined by ESCC Financial Aid staff, and usually range between $400 and $800 per year. FSEOG funds are limited and are awarded to the neediest students based on a priority system using the student’s expected family contribution (EFC). Students receive payment once per term. There is not a special application for these funds; completion of the FAFSA is all that is required to apply for FSEOG.
FEDERAL WORK STUDY (FWS)
This federal work program provides jobs for qualified students who have financial need and who desire to earn part of their educational expenses. FWS awards vary widely, with students working up to 20 hours per week. Current student workers receive $7.49 per hour. Students are paid once per month, on the last working day of the month. Interested students may apply for FWS by notifying ESCC Financial Aid or by indicating their interest on the FAFSA. While most FWS jobs are located on the ESCC campuses in Enterprise and Ozark, some community service jobs are available off-campus. See the Director of Financial Aid for more information about community service FWS jobs.
FEDERAL DIRECT LOANS
Federal Direct Loans are low-interest, federally authorized student loans available to students and parents to help pay the costs associated with attending ESCC. We urge students and parents to consider borrowing as a last resort, and to borrow no more than is necessary to cover the cost of attendance.
Federal regulations (CFR 685.304) require students who borrow from the Federal Direct Loan Program to complete an entrance counseling session for any loans they choose to accept. Students are also required to sign a master promissory note (MPN). Students must complete both entrance counseling and sign the MPN by using their FSA ID and password to log into studentloans.gov and clicking on the appropriate links. Students and parents can also select here for the Direct Loan Entrance Counseling Guide published by the U.S. Department of Education for more information on these requirements. Students must complete both the MPN and entrance counseling requirements before ESCC Financial Aid staff can enter any loan funds into the student’s account. Members of the ESCC Financial Aid staff are also available to answer any questions regarding the student loan process or the entrance counseling requirements.
Federal regulations (CFR 682.604) also require all borrowers to complete exit counseling shortly before ceasing at least half-time attendance (6 credit hours) at ESCC. ESCC will not release final transcripts until ESCC has received official notification that the borrower has completed this requirement. Students can complete the exit counseling requirements by using their FSA ID and password to log into studentloans.gov and clicking on the “Complete Exit Counseling” link. Students can also select here for the Direct Loan Exit Counseling Guide published by the U.S. Department of Education. Members of the ESCC Financial Aid staff are available to answer any questions regarding the exit counseling requirements.
USEFUL FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID LINKS
STATE OF ALABAMA AID PROGRAMS
ALABAMA STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
To be eligible for this state-funded grant program, students must be residents of the state of Alabama and must be able to demonstrate financial need. Students are selected to receive ASAP based on a priority system using the student’s expected family contribution (EFC). There is no special application for these funds; completion of the FAFSA is all that is required to apply for ASAP.
The Federal Government and the state of Alabama have established programs to provide financial assistance to veterans and their dependents. ESCC desires to assist veterans as they attempt to receive educational benefits earned through service to the nation. Veterans are encouraged to stop by the ESCC Financial Aid Office for applications and information and to contact Stephen Adcock by phone at (334)347-2623, ext. 2214 or by email at email@example.com.