Students who feel they may need additional resources to fund their educational costs are encouraged to apply for financial assistance. The Financial Aid staff make every effort to utilize state, federal, and private resources effectively to meet a student’s documented need. Student financial aid is awarded after the student has been accepted for admission and has completed the financial aid application process. It is recommended that a student complete all necessary financial aid paperwork prior to enrollment for the upcoming semester. The priority date for applying and completing all paperwork to secure financial aid for the fall semester is April 1. However, students are welcome to apply for financial aid after April 1. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for priority dates for spring and summer enrollment.
Lamar Community College complies with all Title IV financial aid regulations of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended. For more information related to the Title IV financial aid regulations, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 719.336.1590.
For more information on financial aid procedures and options at Lamar Community College, consult the LCC Financial Aid Handbook available from the Office of Financial Aid or on line at http://www.lamarcc.edu/pdf/_financial/FinAidHB.pdf.
Applying for Aid
Lamar Community College utilizes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for determining the student’s eligibility for “need-based” financial aid. Applications are available in high school counselors’ and financial aid offices as well as on line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA application should be completed as soon as possible after January 1.
The financial aid application is complete when:
- The student is officially admitted to Lamar Community College.
- The Office of Financial Aid has the following documents:
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
- All income documentation and other requested information, which may consist of the federal income tax return, federal verification worksheet, and untaxed income verification as requested by the College.
The most important part of the financial aid process is the student’s timely response to requests for information. Many times students respond to the initial request and assume the application is complete. However, occasionally it may be necessary to provide additional information. It is strongly recommended that students respond to all requests for information as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary delays in the financial aid process.
Financial Aid Options
Lamar Community College offers multiple financial aid resources to help students and parents meet a student’s documented need. The four types of aid resources include: 1) grants, 2) work-study programs, 3) loan programs, and 4) scholarships.
Grant awards do not have to be repaid. By completing the application procedures previously mentioned, students are automatically applying for consideration for the following grants.
Federal Pell Grants
The annual Federal Pell Grant award can range from $976 to $5,350 per academic year, depending on student eligibility.
Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants
These need-based awards range from $500–$1,000 per academic year at LCC.
Academic Competitiveness Grants
This federal grant is based on a rigorous high school program (4 years English, 3 years Math, etc). or Advanced Placement test scores and requires evaluation of a final high school transcript. Pell-eligible students may submit a high school transcript to the Office of Financial Aid for evaluation.
Another type of need-based grant for Colorado residents; these range from $500–$1,000 per academic year.
Colorado Student Grants
Open to Colorado residents, these need-based awards range from $850–$2,000 per academic year.
Federal and State funds are utilized to provide part-time employment opportunities for qualified students. Students may work up to 20 hours per week and earn between $1,000 and $2,000 for an academic year. Awards are based on the evaluation of the student’s financial need. No-need work-study funds also are available to Colorado residents. Students do not have to document financial need to receive these funds. Interested students should contact the Office of Financial Aid.
Federal Stafford Loans—Subsidized and Unsubsidized
The Federal Direct Stafford Loan program is for independent and dependent students who borrow the funds through private lenders. Students must complete the FAFSA to receive consideration for a Stafford Loan. A separate loan application is required. Students borrowing on these programs have a yearly maximum borrowing limit. The subsidized and unsubsidized portion of the annual loan limit for an individual student is based on the evaluation of the student’s documented need.
Federal PLUS Loans
The Federal Direct PLUS Loan program (Parent Loans for Under graduate Students) is designed to assist parents in providing their contribution to educational costs. Eligible parent borrowers may borrow up to the amount of the student’s estimated cost of attendance less any other financial aid awarded during the academic year. A separate application is required.
Lamar Community College Foundation Scholarships
The LCC Foundation is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1973, which receives gifts, bequests, and donations on behalf of the College. It actively seeks donations from individuals and groups. The Foundation provides Presidential Scholarships and administers the LCCF Community Scholarships. In addition, the Foundation seeks to improve learning environments through campus beautification and capital improvement campaigns.
Presidential Scholarships are available to graduating seniors from Colorado. Seventy-five (75%) percent of the scholarships are reserved from graduating seniors from Southeast Colorado school districts that are members of the Southeast Colorado BOCES or located in LCC’s service area. The scholarship funds full in-state tuition and fees (15 credits per semester). Contact the President’s Office for more information.
The LCC Foundation also solicits contributions for a variety of privately-funded scholarships. These scholarships have different eligibility requirements and award amounts; they are open to new and continuing students from Southeast Colorado. Contact the Foundation Office or Student Services Center for more information.
Senior Citizen Scholarships
Scholarships for up to one-half of tuition or full in-state tuition for PED courses are available to all in-state citizens over the age of 60. Scholarship information is available in the Student Services Center.
LCC offers a number of other scholarships. Students with good high school records or other demonstration of academic achievement should contact the Student Services Center for scholarship information. Scholarships are awarded on academic merit, proven athletic abilities, and other areas.
Lamar Community College assists the Veterans Administration through the Office of Financial Aid by providing certification for educational benefits under Title 38, U.S. Code: Chapter 30 (New G.I. Bill), Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation), Chapter 32 (Post-Vietnam era), and Chapter 35 (Dependents Educational Assistance), and Title 10, U.S. Code: Chapter 1606 (Selected Reserve Members) and Chapter 1607 (REAP). Students eligible for any of these benefits must contact the Office of Financial Aid. Applicants should apply for admission and designate intent to complete a degree or certificate in an approved program at Lamar Community College before applying for veterans’ educational benefits. To receive full benefits, a student must maintain enrollment in at least 12 undergraduate credits. Students must notify the Office of Financial Aid of any changes of address, major, or enrollment status. A description of the regulations governing the receipt of Veterans Educational Benefits, Standards Program is available through the Veterans Educational Benefits Office.
Veterans should be prepared to finance their school and living expenses for at least 60 days. This is the estimated time required for the Veterans Administration Regional Office to process applications and arrange for assistance.
All students should notify the Office of Financial Aid of any changes in their financial situation, marital status, residence, class standing, or any other factors that can reasonably be construed to have a bearing on their financial aid.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Students applying for and/or receiving financial aid are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress consisting of meeting cumulative GPA requirements and the cumulative credit completion rate. Failure to perform at established levels may result in students becoming ineligible for financial aid. For more information, refer to the LCC Financial Aid Handbook.
Any student may present a written appeal to the Financial Aid Appeals Committee if the student has been denied aid due to academic or financial aid suspension or for any other reason. Further information on the appeals process may be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid.
Fraudulent Receipt of Funds
When fraud is suspected, financial aid staff report the case to the U.S. Office of Inspector General. When a student is suspected of fraud, all financial aid processes are ceased until there has been a review of the information.