Your Award Letter reflects the funding you are eligible for based on the information you reported on your FAFSA, the resulting Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and your standard CCC Cost of Attendance (COA). COA is established based on the number of terms you attend in an academic year, the number of credits you take each term and if you are living with your parents or living on your own.
It is also important for you to realize that when notification is received that a student is receiving funding towards their educational costs from an outside source it impacts their financial aid. Examples of outside funding sources are, but not limited to, scholarships, Trade Act, Labor & Industry, Department of Employment, Tribal funding, tuition waivers/vouchers, etc. Notification on outside resources can occur at any time throughout the academic year and can cause a reason for adjustments to existing awards. Federal regulations prevent CCC from offering any financial aid that exceeds the COA when all outside resources and financial aid are combined. Exceptions to this rule is the Pell Grants. In order to comply with these regulations, CCC is required to apply estimated resources to the COA. Outside resources will be reflected on the "assistance other than financial aid" line in the Student Budget found at the bottom of the Award Letter.
Federal regulations do not require any recalculation for changes in enrollment status after the student has begun attendance in all of his or her classes. CCC does not recalculate the Pell Grant up or down, for enrollment status changes beyond the “add/drop” date of the term. The add/drop date at CCC is the last day of the first week of the term.
You may receive several revisions to an Award Letter during the year since financial aid funding is subject to change throughout the year if any of the following change:
If there is a revision to your Award Letter, adjustments will be made and you will be sent a revised Award Letter.
If you need to revise your terms of attendance, credit level, work study or student loans, you may use the Student Revision Form found on our Forms and Publications Page.