Grants and Scholarships

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These grants are for income eligible students and are the first and largest grants to be awarded. All eligible students will receive an award. Other awards may be added to the student’s “financial aid package” to meet remaining student needs.

• Awards are available to full-time (12 or more credits per semester), three-fourths-time (9 to 11 credits per term), half-time (6 to 8 credits per term) and less-than-half-time (1 to 5 credits per term) enrolled students.

• Only undergraduates who have not yet earned a first baccalaureate degree are eligible.

• Pell Grant life-time eligibility is capped at the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters (this amount is prorated for part-time students—for example, 24 half-time semesters, 18 ¾-time semesters). Two full-time semesters equals one award year, and the Department of Education considers that 100%. Therefore, maximum lifetime Pell eligibility is 600%. Students can go to www.nslds.ed.gov sign in using their federal PIN, and check the percentage of Pell eligibility they have used. An approximation of the amount of Pell the student has used appears as a comment on the student’s FAFSA.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)

FSEOG’s are awarded to students with exceptional need who are also receiving Federal Pell Grants. All part-time and full-time students may qualify for awards, but due to limited funding, all eligible students will not receive awards. Only undergraduates who have not yet earned a first baccalaureate degree are eligible.

State of Maine Grant Programs

These awards are to students by the State of Maine who demonstrate a level of financial need and are full-time students. Part-time awards are available only to students with a certain level of need that are enrolled at least half-time (6 to 8 credit hours per term). Only undergraduates who have not yet earned a first baccalaureate degree are eligible. Students may only receive the Maine State Grant award for a maximum of 10 full-time semesters or its equivalency.

Bernard Osher Scholarship

These are available to students who are Maine residents who have a financial need and enrolled full-time (12 credit hours per term) in associate degree programs. Recipients will be known as Osher Scholars and must maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average to retain eligibility for continued awards during each year of enrollment.

Osher Scholarship for Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies

This are granted to first-semester, first-year students who are Maine residents taking at least six credits in their first semester and who have accumulated no more than 24 college credits.

WCCC and other Scholarships (Revised 11/2014):

Criteria for Eligibility:

• In order to apply, students must be in good academic standing (students who attend for the first time in the fall are considered to be in good academic standing).

• Students must be registered in at least six credits per semester for both fall and spring semesters.

• Students must demonstrate an unmet financial need as determined by the WCCC financial aid process (we use federal methodology).

• Students must submit a completed application form by the deadline listed on the application.

Procedure:

• Applications for these scholarships will be sent to all students in the Fall and Spring semesters of each year, with reminders sent throughout the summer.

• A Scholarship Committee will consider all applications, and will select scholarship recipients early in the fall and spring semesters. The funds will be applied toward tuition and fees.

• The awarded students will receive a letter notifying them of their award (fund and amount) and how it is applied as financial aid.

For more information on WCCC and other scholarships and grants available through WCCC from the Maine Community College System Office and from private sources, please contact the Financial Aid Office (1-207-454-1033).