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28 Student Financial Aid In addition to the catalog, financial aid information is avail- able through the Lee College website, campus workshops, the Financial Aid Office, and the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC). Policies regarding financial aid are subject to change based on government regulations. Financial Aid Application Students needing financial assistance are encouraged to ex- amine every source of student aid. Assistance and counsel- ing are available in the Financial Aid Office and Educational Opportunity Center, and literature is available in the library on scholarships, loans, and other financial aid. Lee College is committed to assisting students who require financial assistance to attend college. The Financial Aid Office administers three broad program areas: grants, em- ployment, and loans. The Free Application for Federal Stu- dent Aid (FAFSA) is required for all need based financial aid programs. Students requesting information about the financial aid pro- grams should ask for a brochure and a list of financial aid op- portunities. Information is available in the Financial Aid Office. When To Apply Many financial aid programs are based on priority of need. In order to establish priority, completed applications must be received in the Financial Aid Office by the following dead- lines: Fall semester, April 15; Spring only, November 1; Sum- mer only, March 1; scholarship deadlines vary. Applications received after the deadlines will be awarded only if funds are available. Loans Lee College participates in the Federal Direct Loan Programs, which include the Stafford and PLUS loans. All students in- terested in applying for a student loan must complete the FAFSA to qualify. The Financial Aid Office and EOC provide workshops and individual help for students who must com- plete the FAFSA. Students who have received loans must no- tify the Financial Aid Office each year to recertify their loans. A student interested in private loans must request certifica- tion of a private loan. Financial Aid Eligibility To qualify for financial aid at Lee College, applicants must: a) Be accepted for admission to the College and be enrolled in a degree program or an eligible certificate program. b) Not be in default on any loan. c) Not owe a refund on a loan, grant, or scholarship. d) Be in good academic standing. e) Maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP). f ) Transfer students must provide the Financial Aid Office with a list of other colleges or universities attended, even if they did not receive aid while attending those institutions. Federal Pell Grant Pell Grants are federally funded grants based on students' fi- nancial needs as determined by government regulations and the cost of attending the college of their choice. Stu- dents seeking Pell Grants and/or other federal student aid must apply each year by completing the FAFSA. To be eligi- ble to receive student aid, students must be pursuing certifi- cates or degrees in an approved program. Students in new certificate programs (programs that have been offered for less than a year) and/or certificate programs which have low completion rates may not be eligible to receive federal aid. A list of certificate programs and their status regarding federal aid is available from the Financial Aid Office. Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG) The SEOG is a federally funded grant based upon financial need as determined by government regulations and cost of attendance. Students must apply each year for the grant by completing the FAFSA. The restrictions that apply to Pell Grants apply to SEOG (see Federal Pell Grant above). Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) TPEG is based on financial need and is designed to assist stu- dents in enrolling and remaining in college. The FAFSA serves as the main application for TPEGs and priority consid- eration is given to applicants who are at least part-time stu- dents. Some funds are available for non-residents, community education, and dual enrollment students. Non- residents and dual enrollment students should complete a TASFA. Texas Educational Opportunity Grant Texas residents who show some financial need by complet- ing the FAFSA may be eligible for Texas Grant funds if they: • Have not been convicted of a felony or a crime involving a controlled substance and registered with Selective Service if required. • Have an EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) below the cap set by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. • Enroll at least half-time (6 semester hours).