Asnuntuck Community College makes available to its students a variety of financial assistance programs. The objective of the student financial aid program at ACC is to provide financial aid to those students who, without such assistance, would not be able to pursue their program of study at the College.

For this reason, all grant aid awarded by the College is based on financial need. Financial need is determined through the use of a financial need analysis system approved annually by the U.S. Department of Education. Utilizing federal, state, and institutional dollars, the College offers grant, work-study, and loan programs.

Our contact information is:

Phone: (860) 253-3030

Fax: (860) 253-3029

Email: AS-FinAid@asnuntuck.edu

CONSUMER INFORMATION

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires institutions to annually notify students of their right to receive various consumer information items. Asnuntuck Community College has made this information available to the public on the college website.

Listed below is a description of the available information:

Privacy of Student Records: Students’ rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) can be found on page 50 of the 2019-2020 Asnuntuck Community College Catalog.

Information for Individuals with Disabilities: Asnuntuck Community College is committed to serving individuals with disabilities and all programs and services at the college are in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Asnuntuck Community College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admissions, treatment or access to its programs and activities. Any student with a documented disability is eligible to request services through Student Accessibility/Disability Services. Each student has the responsibility to meet with the Associate of Accessibility/Disability Services and submit documentation. After this initial informational interview, accommodation memos will be generated to notify the student and faculty members of the need for the appropriate academic accommodations. More information is available on the Disability Support webpage.

Students who have inquiries regarding 504 or ADA compliance may contact the college’s 504 Coordinator:

Deborah Kosior
Associate of Student Accessibility/Disability Services
dkosior@asnuntuck.edu
(860) 253-3005

Asnuntuck Community College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in terms of employment. Inquiries concerning persons with disabilities and employment should contact:

Cheryl Cyr
Interim Director of Human Resources
ccyr@asnuntuck.edu
(860) 253-3045

Student Financial Aid Information: Information on the many forms of aid available is on our website.

Student Body Diversity: Information and statistics on student body diversity.

Price of Attendance: Information on the price of attendance and the Net Price Calculator are available on our website.

Refund Policy, Requirements for Withdrawal and Return of Title IV, HEA Financial Aid: The college refund policy and withdrawal policy are available on our website, along with the return of Title IV policy.

Academic Programs, Faculty, Staff, and Instructional Facilities: Information about current academic programs and instructional facilities is available in the college catalog.

Transfer of Credit Policies and Articulation Agreements: Asnuntuck Community College will evaluate a transcript from another college or university for acceptance toward a degree or certificate program. Information on transferring credit to Asnuntuck Community College is available on our website, as is information on articulation agreements.

Institutional and Program Accreditation, Approval or Licensure: Asnuntuck Community College is fully accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education to offer programs of learning and to award the associate of arts degree, the associate of science degree, and certificates. More information is available on our website.

Annual Security Report: By October 1 of each year, Asnuntuck Community College sends each enrolled student and employee notices of the availability of the Security report. The Campus Crime Annual Report is available on our website. Individuals may also request a paper copy of the report by contacting the Dean of Students Office in Room 101 or by calling (860) 253-3020.

Copyright Infringement Policies and Sanctions (Including Computer Use and File Sharing): Asnuntuck Community College’s policy on computer use and file sharing is available on our website.

Vaccination Policies: Although general admission to Asnuntuck Community College does not require a complete health history, students are required to submit a health form and proof of certain vaccination, immunization, and titer requirements in order to register. Details of these requirements are available on our website.

Retention Rate: The retention rate is available on our website.

Completion/Graduation Rates: Information and statistics on completion and graduation are available on our website.

Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

Students might not be able to receive federal student aid if they have been convicted of selling or possessing illegal drugs, if the drug offense for which they were convicted occurred while they were receiving federal student aid (grants, loans, and /or work study). If a student has been convicted in the past, this does not automatically mean that he or she us ineligible for federal student aid.

Penalties outlined in the Higher Education Opportunity Act Section 484(r)

(r) SUSPENSION OF ELIGIBILITY FOR DRUG-RELATED OFFENSES. —

(1) IN GENERAL. —A student who has been convicted of any offense under any Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance shall not be eligible to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under this title during the period beginning on the date of such conviction and ending after the interval specified in the following table: If convicted of an offense involving:

The possession of a controlled substance:  Ineligibility period is:
First offense 1year
Second offense 2 years
Third offense Indefinite.
The sale of a controlled substance:  Ineligibility period is:
First offense 2 years
Second offense Indefinite

(2) REHABILITATION. —A student whose eligibility has been suspended under paragraph (1) may resume eligibility before the end of the ineligibility period determined under such paragraph if—

(A) the student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program that—

(i) complies with such criteria as the Secretary shall prescribe in regulations for purposes of this paragraph; and

(ii) includes two unannounced drug tests;

(B) the student successfully passes two unannounced drug tests conducted by a drug rehabilitation program that complies with such criteria as the Secretary shall prescribe in regulations for purposes of subparagraph (A)(i); or

(C) the conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered nugatory.

(3) DEFINITIONS. —In this subsection, the term ”controlled substance” has the meaning given the term in section 102(6) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802(6)).

GRANT PROGRAMS:

Grants are gifts of aid to students, which normally would not have to be repaid. However, if a student completely withdraws from classes before the 60% point of the semester, the student will owe a partial repayment to the Federal government for any Title IV funds received (Federal PELL Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)),* and Federal Direct Loans. Other available grants include Connecticut Aid for Public (CAP) College Students Grant and Asnuntuck Community College Grant.

Return of Title IV Funds

Students who receive federal student aid and withdraw from all classes are subject to a Return of Title IV Funds calculation. When a student withdraws from an institution of higher education prior to completing over 60% of the term a calculation is performed that allows you to keep only the portion of federal aid, which was earned, based upon the number of calendar days you were in attendance versus the number of calendar days in the entire semester.

Example: A student received $1,000 in federal loans, but withdrew after 40% of the semester. He is said to have “earned” 40% of the loan proceeds, or $400. The remainder of the loan, or $600, is said to be “unearned.” You may owe that percentage of direct costs (tuition, fees, and books) depending on your enrollment status.

WORK-STUDY PROGRAMS:

The College offers opportunities for employment on campus in various departments to eligible financial aid recipients. Jobs include custodians, office assistants, library assistants, and peer tutors, all at competitive pay rates.

LOAN PROGRAMS:

Asnuntuck participates in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program (subsidized and unsubsidized) and PLUS loans (for parents).  Please remember that all loans need to be repaid with interest.

More information on these loans can be found at https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/loans.

Steps to Receive Loan Funds

  1. Students must accept all or a portion of their student loan eligibility through www.my.Commnet.edu using Banner Self Service.
  2. First time Direct Loan borrowers must complete Loan Entrance Counseling and sign a Promissory Note for undergraduate student loans and notify Asnuntuck Community College at studentloans.gov.
  3. All loan borrowers are required to participate in a Financial Literacy Workshop.  Please contact the financial aid office for more information.

HOW TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID:

Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or a Renewal FAFSA at http://fafsa.ed.gov.

Once your information is processed, it will be sent to us electronically. You will then receive an e-mail from us requesting documents necessary to complete your Financial Aid file.

To view your application or award status, go to www.my.commnet.edu.  Enter your NetID and password and click Login.  Choose the Student tab.  Click the Student Self Service link, choose Asnuntuck and then choose Financial Aid.

FEDERAL VERIFICATION PROCESS:

If your FAFSA application is selected for verification by the U.S Department of Education, you will receive an email to your school email account where you will be directed to complete one of the following forms and submit the appropriate supporting documentation.