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Student PhotoTop 10 Financial Aid Facts

1. Most financial aid is awarded on the basis of "need", or the gap between the student’s cost of attendance (COA) and the "expected family contribution" (EFC). The COA includes tuition and fees, plus estimates of books, living expenses, and transportation costs.

2. The EFC is an amount calculated according to a federal formula that determines, based on information from the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), how much the student (and family) should be able to pay toward the cost of attendance.

3. It is not unusual for additional information to be required in order to determine students’ aid eligibility. Requirements are listed on students’ MyIvy financial aid page. A financial aid application cannot be considered until all documentation requirements are met.

4. Priority Processing dates: files complete by July 15 (fall), Dec. 1 (spring), or May 1 (summer) will be processed before the semester begins. Late applications will be accepted although aid may not be available by the beginning of classes.

5. If a student is not "independent" as defined by federal regulation (at least 24 years old, married, supporting dependents, is a veteran, or meets other criteria), the EFC is based in part on information from the student’s parents, even if the student is self-supporting. A student cannot be considered independent just because parents refuse to provide their information on the FAFSA.

Student Photo6. To be eligible for financial aid, students must be enrolled in an eligible academic program, not be in default on prior student loans, have a high school diploma or High School Equivalency Diploma, meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards, and several other criteria. Several aid programs have annual and/or aggregate limits. For complete information on student eligibility, visit

7. The actual amount of a student’s financial aid usually depends on enrollment level (full-time, 3 / 4-time, half-time, less than half-time) at the end of the 100% refund period. Students who have not participated in a course by that date must be promptly reported as "no-show" so that the appropriate amount of financial aid is disbursed. Simply logging in to an online course does not constitute "participation". Billing students for aid that was already disbursed creates a hardship for them, is difficult for the College to collect, and is a barrier to retention/completion

8. Previously-passed courses (with grades of B-C-D) can be repeated ONCE with financial aid. After one repeat, the course is not covered by financial aid.

9. Dropping or withdrawing from classes can result in aid adjustments prior to disbursement or return of aid funds after disbursement. Students are encouraged to talk with Financial Aid before deciding to drop or withdraw.

10. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is mandated by federal regulation, and includes cumulative GPA, cumulative Completion Rate, and Maximum Time Frame. Visit the Ivy Tech Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) page for details. Dual credit courses are included in these calculations.  Students who do not meet standards have one semester of warning before financial aid is terminated. If a student successfully appeals the aid termination, aid is reinstated with the condition that they meet the terms of their Academic Completion Plan (ACP). Failure to meet the terms of the ACP may result in financial aid SAP termination with no further option to appeal.