Students may only receive federal and state funds for classes that they sign up for before the end of the drop/add period each semester. This policy is true for all classes, even classes that start late and Open Entry courses. While you may sign up for these courses, that does not mean you can receive aid for them.
When you repeat a course, only the GPA and credits earned count for the class with the highest grade. However, every credit hour you repeat will go towards the maximum hour limit, whether you received aid for it or not.
Beginning with the Fall 2012 term, the federal requirements for class repeats has changed. The following are rules for when financial aid will pay for a class:
- You may only repeat a class that was already passed ONE TIME
A passed class is defined as one where the student received “credit” for the course. So, a “D” is considered a passing grade, even if it does meet graduation requirements or does not allow you to move on to the next class.
This rule is regulated by federal law and CANNOT be appealed.
All associate degrees at LMC are eligible for financial aid. However, programs where you do not earn an LMC degree may not be eligible. Any programs where another school awards you the degree (like the Dental Hygiene program) is not eligible. In addition, some of LMC’s certificate programs are not eligible as well. If you are working on classes for personal interest, you will not be eligible for financial aid.
Early College and Audited Courses
These courses are NOT eligible for financial aid.
Attending Two Colleges
Students may not receive financial aid at two schools during the same semester. Students must inform the financial aid office at the school they do not want to receive aid at. If a student does receive aid at two schools, the student will be responsible for paying back any aid that they were not eligible for. The only exceptions to this are explained under “Consortium Agreements.”
A Consortium Agreement (or Concurrent Enrollment Agreement) allows a student to attend two schools at the same time, with credits from both institutions being included in determining your financial aid eligibility. Only one school processes the aid, and you cannot be paid aid by both schools. You are responsible for making sure that the school knows that they aren’t suppose to process your financial aid, as you will be liable to pay back whatever funds you receive and are not entitled to.
In addition, you will be responsible for paying the school that you are not receiving financial aid at and must adhere to whatever payment deadlines/requirements they have.
LMC has agreements with the following schools:
Western Michigan University
Students who are working on a degree at Western Michigan University, and are also taking LMC classes that will work toward that degree, may be eligible for aid through the LMC/WMU Consortium Agreement. WMU processes and pays the student’s financial aid. Forms are available in the LMC Financial Aid Office and through WMU.
Grand Valley State University
Students who are working on a degree at Grand Valley State University, and are also taking LMC classes that will work toward that degree, may be eligible to do a Concurrent Enrollment agreement. In this case GVSU will process and pay the student’s aid. Forms are available on GVSU’s website at www.gvsu.edu/financialaid .
Michigan State University
Students who are enrolled in one of LMC’s Agriculture degrees, and taking classes at MSU to meet the degree requirements, may be eligible to do a consortium agreement. LMC would process and pay the student’s financial aid. Forms are available in the Financial Aid Office and through the program’s academic advisor.