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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are there any scholarships available for preacher's kids or missionary kids?
A: None through our office are specifically for them, but we do encourage you to apply for Institutional & Memorial Grants. Also you can check out the Internet's largest free scholarship search at www.fastweb.com.

Q: Do I have to turn in my and my parents' tax forms?
A: Not initially. If the results of your FAFSA come back saying that you have been selected for verification, then we will send a letter requesting your and your parents' signed tax return transcripts from the IRS.

Q: How long does it take to find out how much Pell I can get?
A: If you file your FAFSA on the web we will have the results in 2-3 days. If you mail it in to the federal address on the FAFSA, it will take longer. Once we receive the results of your FAFSA, we will notify you in 1-3 weeks.

Q: How much Pell grant can I get?
A: It depends on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and your enrollment status. Your EFC is computed by the Department of Education from your FAFSA. The maximum Pell Grant for 2009-2010 is $5,350 for the year, half each semester.

Q: What is the maximum amount of money my parents can make in order for me to still be eligible for Pell?
A: Everyone should apply, even if you think you won't qualify. The government doesn't just look at the amount of earnings. They also consider factors such as assets, number of people in household, number of family members in college, etc.

Q: My parents didn't claim me on their taxes. Am I considered independent?
A: That is not a factor that the government considers for financial aid eligibility. They determine your dependency status strictly from the set of 7 yes/no questions on the FAFSA.

Q: Do you offer state grants?
A: Since we are a private religious college, our students are not eligible to receive state aid. However, you can get the maximum amount of federal funds available that you qualify for.

Q: How will my Pell Grant be affected if I am getting married this year?
A: If you plan to get married during the calendar year, please call us before filling out your FAFSA for information that could affect the amount of financial aid you are eligible for.

Q: Does the College have a Drug Violation Penalty Policy? A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for federal student aid funds. The student self-certifies in applying for aid that he is eligible; you’re not required to confirm this unless you have conflicting information.
A: Convictions only count if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV aid—they do not count if the offense was not during such a period. Also, a conviction that was reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record does not count, nor does one received when she was a juvenile, unless she was tried as an adult.

The chart below illustrates the period of ineligibility for FSA funds, depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses. (A conviction for sale of drugs includes convictions for conspiring to sell drugs.)

Period of Ineligibility for FSA funds
Number of Offenses  Possession of Illegal Drugs  Sale of Illegal Drugs 
1st offense  1 year from date of conviction  2 years from date of conviction
2nd offense  2 years from date of conviction Indefinite period
3+ offenses  Indefinite period Indefinite period

If the student was convicted of both possessing and selling illegal drugs, and the periods of ineligibility are different, the student will be ineligible for the longer period.

Q: How does a student regain eligibility for federal student aid funds following a drug violation?
A: A student regains eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when he successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program. Further drug convictions will make him ineligible again.

Students denied eligibility for an indefinite period can regain it only after successfully completing a rehabilitation program as described below or if a conviction is reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record so that fewer than two convictions for sale or three convictions for possession remain on the record. In such cases, the nature and dates of the remaining convictions will determine when the student regains eligibility. It is the student’s responsibility to certify to you that she has successfully completed the rehabilitation program; as with the conviction question on the FAFSA, you are not required to confirm the reported information unless you have conflicting information.

When a student regains eligibility during the award year, schools may award Pell, ACG, and Campus-based aid for the current payment period and Direct loans for the period of enrollment.

Standards for a qualified drug rehabilitation program 

A qualified drug rehabilitation program must include at least two unannounced drug tests and must satisfy at least one of the following requirements:

  • Be qualified to receive funds directly or indirectly from a federal, state, or local government program.
  • Be qualified to receive payment directly or indirectly from a federally or state-licensed insurance company.
  • Be administered or recognized by a federal, state, or local government agency or court.
  • Be administered or recognized by a federally or state-licensed hospital, health clinic, or medical doctor. 

 If you have any questions concerning your financial aid, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail us. 

Phone: 417.626.1234 (X2017) or (X2027)
Toll Free Phone: 1.800.299.4622
Email: FinAid@OCC.edu