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Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Guidelines –  Policy & Procedure for Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity

Grant (FSEOG)

 

Orange Coast College awards Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) to qualified students each semester.  The guidelines below drive the awarding policy in Orange Coast College.

 

To receive FSEOG, students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order for the college to determine students‟ financial need. Students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grants and have the most financial need will receive FSEOG first.  If there are funds remaining, a secondary disbursement will be made.


Amount of Award

 

Students may receive between $100 and $4,000 a year, depending on their financial need based on the amount of other aid they receive and the availability of funds.  The maximum award for the Coast Community College District for the 2015-2016 school year is $500.  Since each participating school receives a certain amount of FSEOG funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education‟s office of Federal Student Aid, once the full amount of the school‟s FSEOG funds has been awarded to students, no more FSEOG awards can be made for that year.

 

Deadline

 

The deadline for the Coast Community College District colleges is May 20th.

 

To receive FSEOG, students must:

 

Meet the "students with exceptional need" criteria, as defined, and be eligible for Federal Pell Grant. The Coast Community College District, which includes Orange Coast College, will use the following awarding process:

 

In August, the District Fiscal Office identifies available FSEOG funding to students.  75% of the funds will be awarded for students beginning their school year in the fall semester. 20% of the funds will be available for students beginning their school year in the spring.  5% of the funds will be awarded to students beginning their year at in the summer.

  1. In August, before fall POE (Enrollment Units) loads are set to actual units (default is full- load), financial aid staff will run a selection set to find all Pell-eligible, Pell Awarded students who: (a) have registered for classes at the campus, (b) have completed their FAFSAs by the priority data of May 19th, and (c) have an EFC of 0.
  2. From this group, staff will run a report that ranks all individuals by original need (showing those with the greatest need at the top and the least amount of need at the bottom).
  3.  Staff begin packaging with those at the top of the list and award maximum FSEOG (currently $500) moving down the list until all 75% of the FSEOG funds are awarded. Students who are in IP status at the time of the report will not be awarded FSEOG, but will be considered if funds are still available after all other students on the report are awarded FSEOG.
  4.  If any funds are remaining after all students on the report are packaged (including IP students, i.e. those whose files are in progress and not yet complete), then a new report will be run to include students meeting all packaging criteria, but who completed their FAFSA after May 19th.  Then Steps 3 and 4 will be repeated.
  5.  If funds are still left after all students on the second report are packaged, then a new report will be run to include students meeting all packaging criteria of Step 2 who are Pell eligible, but who did not receive a Pell Grant (e.g., LEU used up).  Then Steps 3 and 4 will be repeated.
  6.  Previously awarded FSEOG funds that become available again (e.g., the student does not attend) will be awarded to students who have not been awarded and FSEOG, starting with criteria in Step 2 and moving through Step 6 until the funds are all awarded.

Note:  Students who have been awarded FSEOG but who are determined to have Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) problems will have their FSEOG kept on hold until their appeal can be reviewed.  Those who have their appeal approved will receive their FSEOG.  Those whose appeals are not approved will lose their FSEOG and the funds will be awarded to another student.

 

Spring FSEOG Awarding

  1. Twenty percent of the annual FSEOG funds will be awarded at this time (January, prior to POE loads being set to actual units).  More funds may be available if students who received an FSEOG in the fall do not continue into the Spring or if students lose FSEOG funds due to SAP issues and appeals not being approved.
  2.  Staff will run a selection set to find all Pell-eligible, Pell Awarded students who have an EFC of 0, who have registered for classes for spring, but who were not enrolled in fall.
  3.  From this group, staff will run a report that ranks all individuals by original need, showing those with the greatest need at the top and the least amount of need at the bottom.
  4.  Staff begin packaging with those at the top of the list and award maximum FSEOG (currently $500) moving down the list until all of the spring FSEOG funds are awarded. Students who are in IP status at the time of the report will not be awarded SEOG, but will be considered if funds are still available after all other students on the report are awarded FSEOG.
  5.  If funds are still remaining after all students in Step 2 are awarded (including IP students), then a new report will be run to include students meeting all packaging criteria of Step 2 who are Pell eligible, but who did not receive a Pell Grant (e.g., LEU used up). Then Steps 3 and 4 will be repeated.
  6.  Previously awarded FSEOG funds that become available again (e.g., the student does not attend in spring) will be awarded to students who have not been awarded FSEOG, starting with criteria in Step 2 and moving through Step 5 until the funds are all awarded.

Students who have been awarded FSEOG but who are determined to have a SAP issue will have their FSEOG kept on hold for them until their appeal can be reviewed.  Those who have their appeal approved will receive their FSEOG.  Those whose appeals are not approved will lose their FSEOG and the funds will be awarded to another student.

 

Summer FSEOG Awarding

  1. Five percent of the annual SEOG funds will be awarded at this time (May, prior to POE loads being set to actual units).  More funds may be available if students who received FSEOG in the spring do not continue into the summer, or if students lose FSEOG funds due to SAP issues and appeals not being approved.
  2.  Staff will run a selection set to find all Pell-eligible, Pell Awarded students who have an EFC of 0, who have registered for classes for summer, but who were not enrolled in the fall or spring.
  3.  From this group, staff will run a report that ranks all individuals by original need, showing those with the greatest need at the top and the least amount of need at the bottom.
  4.  Staff begin packaging with those at the top of the list and award maximum FSEOG for one semester only (currently $250) moving down the list until all of the spring FSEOG funds are awarded.  Students who are in IP status at the time of the report will not be awarded FSEOG, but will be considered if funds are still available after all other students on the report are awarded FSEOG.
  5.  If funds are still left after all students in Step 2 are awarded (including IP students), then a new report will be run to include students meeting all packaging criteria of Step 2 who are Pell eligible, but who did not receive a Pell Grant (e.g., LEU used up).  Then Steps 3 and 4 will be repeated.
  6.  Previously awarded FSEOG funds that become available again (e.g., the student does not attend in summer) will be awarded to students who have not been awarded and FSEOG, starting with criteria in Step 2 and moving through Step 5 until the funds are all awarded.

Students who have been awarded FSEOG but who are determined to have SAP issues, will have their FSEOG kept on hold for them until their appeal can be reviewed.  Those who have their appeal approved will receive their FSEOG.  Those whose appeals are not approved will lose their FSEOG and the funds will be awarded to another student.

 

If FSEOG funds are increased due to converting a portion of Federal Work Study (FWS) funds to FSEOG, then awarding of these funds will begin with the fall group then move to spring and then summer until the funds are awarded.