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

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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 offense1year
Second offense2 years
Third offenseIndefinite.
The sale of a controlled substance: Ineligibility period is:
First offense2 years
Second offenseIndefinite

(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 (ACC).

*For more detailed information, see Refunds/Return of Title IV Funds in the current Program and Course Schedule or contact the Financial Aid Office.

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.