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2016-17 Your Helping Hand to Understanding Financial Aid ]
Your Federal Student Loans. Learn the Basics and Manage Your Debt
Financial Aid Changes Affecting Students Effective 7/1/2012
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In December 2011, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74) which significantly affected the federal financial aid programs.
Students who first enroll in a program of study on or after July 1, 2012 MUST have a high school diploma or its equivalent or meet the home schooled requirements or passed the GED to be eligible for financial aid.
Effective July 1, 2012, students are now limited to 12 semesters (or 600%) of Federal Pell Grant eligibility during their lifetime. This change affects all students regardless of when or where they received their first Federal Pell Grant. The percentages are based off the annual award at fulltime enrollment status. For students with an annual award for 2011-2012 academic year, attending 12 or more credits in each semesters (Fall and Spring for example), the percentage used for the 2011-2012 academic year is 100%. If you only attended 9 credits for two semesters, your percentage used for the academic year would be 75%. You may view your percentage of Federal Pell Grant used by logging into http://www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA/ . Your 'Lifetime Eligibility Used' percentage will be displayed in the 'Grants' section.
Students who receive subsidized Stafford Loans on or after July 1, 2012 and prior to July 1, 2014, must pay interest that accrues during the grace period. If not paid, the accrued interest will be capitalized (added to the principal of the loan).
To receive financial aid, federal law requires that applicants who are selected for verification must use the IRS Data Transfer. Students and parents who are unsuccessful in completing the IRS Data Transfer in FAFSA on the Web must provide IRS Tax Transcript. Transcripts are available from the IRS at 1-800-908-9946 or online at www.irs.gov Federal Tax Returns (1040) are no longer acceptable documentation for verification purposes.
Public Law 112-74 amended HEA section 479 (c) to reduce the income threshold for an automatic zero expected family contribution (EFC) from $30,000 to $23,000 for the 2012-13 award year for both dependent and independent students.
The following are state related changes effective July 1, 2012:
The minimum need to qualify for a BOG C will change from $1 to $1,104 effective July 1, 2012.
Need is determined by this formula: Cost of Attendance (COA) MINUS Expected Family Contribution (EFC) = Financial Need
Beginning summer 2012, enrollment fees for California residents will increase to $46 per unit. If you have further questions, please call the Financial Aid Office at (818) 947-2412 or send us an email at email@example.com.