2012-2013 Southeastern University Catalog 
    
    Dec 16, 2018  
2012-2013 Southeastern University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Financial Aid


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Although the primary responsibility for financing a university education lies with the student and his or her family, Southeastern University offers many financial aid resources to those who qualify. Student financial assistance at Southeastern University is provided to eligible students in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and student employment.  Procedures to be followed in applying for student aid and counseling about federal and state programs are made available by the University’s Financial Aid Office.

The location of the university in central Florida provides students with many opportunities for part-time employment. The returns from such work, together with savings from summer employment and financial aid, enable many Southeastern students to work their way through college.

Southeastern University suggests that a prospective student contact his/her high school guidance counselor for information about ways to finance an education. Information regarding scholarships for Florida residents may be found at: www.FloridaStudentFinanicalAid.org


Federal Financial Aid Programs

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Academic Eligibility for Financial Aid

A student must maintain the requirements for retention as defined in the “Standards of Academic Progress” to be eligible for consideration for financial aid. (See the policies and procedures section of this catalog.) In addition to maintaining the required GPA for retention, a student must successfully complete a certain percentage of the attempted hours within a designated period. The table below defines the required completion.

REQUIRED COMPLETION OF ATTEMPTED HOURS

Semesters Attended

 

Hours Completed

 

Cumulative GPA

2

 

22

 

1.50

4

 

44

 

2.00

6

 

66

 

2.00

8

 

88

 

2.00

10

 

110

 

2.00

12

 

130

 

2.00

The following applies to recipients of federal student financial aid:

  1. Attempted hours are defined as those hours for which the student is enrolled at the end of the drop/add period;
  2. Grades of “I” (Incomplete) and “W” (Withdrawal) are considered attempted hours and will be counted in the completion percentage;
  3. Eligibility for renewal of federal financial aid will be made at the end of the spring semester of each academic year;
  4. A student is no longer eligible for federal financial aid at Southeastern University after 12 attempted semesters.

A student may appeal the loss of financial aid if extenuating circumstances (such as illness or accident) apply. A written appeal must be filed with the Financial Aid Appeal Committee within 15 days of the notice of eligibility. Supporting documentation and verification of the circumstances must be submitted with the appeal.

Student eligibility for university based merit-aid and state approved aid may follow more stringent eligibility criteria. Contact Financial Aid counselor for additional information.

Federal Pell Grant

All students applying for a Federal Pell Grant (and all other federal financial aid) must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students may apply for FAFSA on the WEB (www.fafsa.ed.gov). Students will receive a Student Aid Report Information Acknowledgement in the mail about two weeks after submitting the online FAFSA (students providing an email address will receive an email with a link to their Student Aid Record - SAR - in no more than five days.)

Based on the information in the SAR and a complete financial aid file, the University’s Financial Aid Department will calculate the amount of Pell Grant (and other financial aid) to be awarded to the student.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

A Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a federally funded program provided for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Priority is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients. The amount of the grant depends on the amount of verified need (as determined by the SAR) and on the availability of federal funds provided to the institution. 

Federal Perkins Loan Program

A Federal Perkins Loan is a low interest loan to help pay for education costs while attending the university. These loans are for students with exceptional need and priority is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients.

Repayment begins nine (9) months after a student graduates, leaves school, or drops below half-time. He or she may be allowed up to ten (10) years to repay. The amount of each payment depends upon the size of the debt and the length of the repayment period, but usually the student must pay at least $40 per month.

Federal Work-Study Program

The Federal Work-Study Program (FWSP) provides jobs for students who are eligible for financial aid and who need to earn part of their education expenses to stay in college. The salary is at least equal to the current minimum wage.

The amount of the work-study award depends on the financial need (as determined by the SAR), on the amount of other aid received, and on the availability of federal funds provided to the institution.

Some examples of FWSP jobs at Southeastern University include: library assistant, laboratory assistant, secretarial assistant and custodian.

Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan Program

Federal Subsidized Stafford Loans are low interest loans made to eligible students attending a post-secondary school at least half-time. Loan funds are provided by a lender and insured by the Federal Government. While the student is attending school, the Federal Government pays the interest on the loan and defers (postpones) repayment of the principal.

Maximum yearly loan amounts are $3,500 for Freshmen, $4,500 for Sophomores and $5,500 for Juniors and Seniors. The subsidized loan limit for a graduate student is $8,500 per academic year. A required origination/insurance fee is deducted by some lenders from each loan prior to disbursement to the student.

Repayment of this loan begins 6 months after the student graduates, leaves school, or drops below half-time. The repayment term is normally five to ten years depending on the amount of the loan. Applications are available through the University’s Financial Aid Office. 

Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Program

Federal Unsubsidized (non-need based) Stafford Loans are low interest loans made to eligible independent students attending a post-secondary institution at least half-time. Loan funds are provided by a lender and insured by the Federal Government. The Federal Government does not pay the interest on this type of loan while the student is in school or in deferment. Unsubsidized borrowers are responsible for all interest beginning at disbursement.

Maximum annual loan limits are $4,000 for Freshmen and Sophomores and $5,000 for Juniors and Seniors. The unsubsidized loan limit for graduate students is $10,000 per year. An origination/insurance fee is deducted by some lenders from each loan prior to disbursement to the student.

Repayment of this loan can be deferred (postponed) until six months after the student graduates, leaves school, or drops below half-time status. However, as noted above, the student is responsible for all interest that accrues during the deferment period. Applications are available through the University’s Financial Aid Office.

Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Student (Plus)

Federal PLUS loans are for parents who want to borrow to help pay for their student’s education. These loans enable parents with good credit histories to borrow for each dependent child who is enrolled at least half-time. An origination/insurance fee is deducted by the lender from each loan check prior to disbursement.

Interest rates are variable but will not exceed nine percent. Repayment begins immediately after disbursement of funds. Depending on the amount borrowed, parents may have up to 10 years to repay.

Students should complete a FAFSA and submit a valid SAR to the University’s Financial Aid Office in order to determine the amount of the parent’s eligibility for a Federal PLUS loan.

Financial Aid Programs for Florida Residents

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Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program provides scholarship awards to high achieving students.

Each recipient must be a Florida resident, enrolled for at least six (6) hours in an eligible Florida public or independent post-secondary educational institution, and meet all requirements of the scholarship program.  Initial eligibility is determined by the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance.  Visit www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org for additional information.

Florida Academic Scholars Award

Eligibility requirements are established by the Florida Department of Education. Each students eligibility is determined while the student is still in high school. Students receive eligibility notification from Bright Futures Division, Florida Office of Student Financial Aid.

Award Level:

A student who is enrolled in a nonpublic, post-secondary education institution is eligible for an award equal to the amount that would be required to pay for the average tuition and fees of a public post-secondary education institution at the comparable level, plus the annual $600 Scholars Award. The Scholars Award is pro-rated for students attending less than full-time.

Top Scholars Award

This award is given to the top student in each county who received an Academic Scholars Award. Each Top Scholar will receive an additional $1,500 annually for university-related expenses. Students attending less than full-time will receive a pro-rated award.

Florida Medallion Scholars Award

Eligibility requirements are established by the Florida Department of Education. Each student’s eligibility is determined while the student is still in high school. Students receive eligibility notification from Bright Futures Division, Florida Office of Student Financial Aid.

Award Level:

A student who is enrolled in a nonpublic post-secondary education institution is eligible for an award equal to the amount that would be required to pay 75% of tuition and fees of the average tuition and fees of a public post-secondary education institution.

Florida Student Assistance Grant

The Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG) provides aid to students who demonstrate financial need as evidenced by the federal system of needs analysis.

In addition to demonstrating need, a student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; a Florida resident for reasons other than education for no less than one year preceding the beginning of the academic year for which application is made; and, enrolled or accepted for enrollment, as a full-time undergraduate student. A FAFSA must be processed by the U.S. Department of Education by April 15th. Contact the University’s Financial Aid Office or a high school guidance counselor for information.

Florida Resident Access Grant

The Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG) provides tuition assistance at eligible independent non-profit Florida colleges and universities. The maximum award amount is specified in the General Appropriations Act. Actual award amounts depend on the level of funding and number of eligible students. Applicants must be Florida residents, enrolled full-time in a first bachelor’s degree program and making satisfactory academic progress. For information or application, contact the University’s Financial Aid Office.

Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund

This program provides financial assistance to Hispanic-Americans who meet scholastic requirements, demonstrate financial need, and enroll for undergraduate study. A student must apply as a high school senior and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). An applicant must enroll full-time, be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, and be a Florida resident for a minimum of one year. Apply online by April 1st at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org.

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program

This program provides scholarships to outstanding high school graduates who show promise of continued academic achievement. Outstanding Florida high school seniors with a 3.85 unweighted grade point average may participate. Students must be nominated by their high school. Apply online at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org by April 15th.

Southeastern Academic Scholars Programs

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Please contact the Admission Office for information regarding Academic Scholarships.

National Assemblies of God Scholarships

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These scholarships are awarded by the General Council of the Assemblies of God.

J. Robert Ashcroft National Youth Scholarship

This award is made jointly by the Assemblies of God National Christian Higher Education and Youth Departments to winners chosen from district nominees. High school seniors who are planning to attend an Assemblies of God university in the fall following high school graduation are eligible.

Four criteria are:

  1. Academics
  2. Extra-curricular involvement (includes employment and community service)
  3. Christian service (includes participation in church ministry, youth ministry, and/or other Christian education ministry)
  4. Other (includes references, statement of financial need, statement of Christian commitment and an essay on why the student wants to attend an Assemblies of God university).

Applications are available from the offices of the district youth directors in November of each year. Deadline for application is March 31 of each year.

Endowed Scholarship Program for Minority Students

The purpose for the Assemblies of God Endowed Scholarship Program for Minority Students is to assist and encourage ethnic minority students to receive education at endorsed Assemblies of God post-secondary schools and enter into effective ministries in their ethnic and cultural communities in the United States.

These scholarships are awarded through, and administered by, endorsed Assemblies of God post-secondary schools in a program coordinated and funded by the Assemblies of God Division of Christian Higher Education. The deadline for submitting the application to the Financial Aid Office is February 1.

Florida Independent College Fund (FICF) Scholarships

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The Florida Independent College Fund is the non-profit foundation for program and resource development for the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida. FICF is dedicated to providing financial assistance to students attending Florida’s independent colleges and universities. Scholarships are available both to Florida residents and out-of-state students.

UPS Scholarship

Senior, Florida resident, community service involvement and demonstrated financial need

Other Scholarships

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Applications for most of these college scholarships are available from the Financial Aid Office. Awards are made during the spring semester for the following academic year. Applications for any of the scholarships listed below should be made as soon after January 1 as possible. Deadline date for application is April 1.

Alumni Association Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established through proceeds from the publication of an alumni directory with annual funding by Southeastern University alumni. Applicants must show need and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above. Preference will be given to children of graduates.

Alfred and Hulda Anderson Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in their memory by their grandchildren. It is a need-based scholarship that is to be awarded annually to either a junior or senior who has a proven GPA of 3.25 or higher. 

Bible Department Student Scholar Book Award

Each year three students —upper-class people, sophomores, juniors, or seniors— will be awarded $100 each to use to select books from a list of scholarly books provided by the members of the Religion faculty. These students MUST be registered as a Religion major. They also must have at least a 3.0 average. The total annual award of $300 is funded by donations from the members of the Religion faculty.

Bible Quiz/Religion Department Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded by the Department of Religion and requires a separate application.

J. Bashford Bishop Scholarship Fund

Established in honor of longtime faculty member J. Bashford Bishop. Awards are made to students who have financial need and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.

Foster W. Bolin Memorial Scholarship

Awarded annually to a senior ministerial student who shows promise of successfully engaging in the full-time ministry of the gospel.

Broadcast Scholarships

Three scholarships of $300 each are offered each semester to students with experience in broadcasting and who take an active role in producing and broadcasting programming on the Southeastern campus television channel and radio station.

Myrtle Evelyn Bush Scholarship

This scholarship is established to help any qualified senior Ministry Major who demonstrates financial need and maintains a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Thomas Cross Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is funded by Belleview First Assembly of God and provides assistance to students maintaining a 2.0 GPA and showing financial need.

Ralph and Audrey Crowell Memorial Scholarship

Awarded annually in memory of Ralph and Audrey Crowell to honor their lifelong love and dedication to the students of Southeastern University. This scholarship seeks to award a junior or senior with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Crossroads Scholarship

Established for Hardee County, Florida students only. It is available first to home-schooled students; secondly, to private Christian school students; and, thirdly, to any Hardee County student.

Danford Trust Scholarship

Awarded to a student demonstrating need, academic ability, and promise in successfully engaging in full-time ministry of the gospel.

For Ishmael’s Sake

A two hundred fifty dollar ($250) scholarship is awarded annually to an upperclassman with a 3.0 GPA who has a proven interest in the Muslim world. 

Founders Fund Scholarship

Established to assist students with their educational costs enabling trained young men and women to take the message of Christ to the ends of the world.

Audrey Frazier Memorial Scholarship

Established by the family in loving memory of their wife and mother, Audrey Frazier. This scholarship is to be awarded annually to a missions major with a GPA of 2.5 and above.

Robert and Margaret Gatlin Scholarship Fund

Established by the West Florida District Council in honor of Reverend and Mrs. Gatlin for inspired and faithful leadership of the district. The scholarship is awarded annually to a worthy student from the West Florida District preparing for service to the Kingdom of God.

Jennifer Gordon Memorial Scholarship

Alumnus Kennith Gordon established this scholarship in memory of his daughter. This scholarship is to be awarded to a full-time student who maintains a GPA of 3.5 or higher with demonstrated leadership potential.

Great Commission Trust

Awarded to worthy students from the Great Commission Trust foundation.

E. E. Hennesy Ministerial Scholarship

Established by James L. Hennesy and friends in memory of his father, E. E. Hennesy.

Cyril E. Homer Living Memorial Scholarship

One thousand dollar ($1,000) scholarships are awarded annually in memory of Dr. Cyril E. Homer to juniors or seniors with a Pastoral or Missions major whose GPA’s are 3.0 or above. The fund was established by his family and friends and the Board of Directors of Southeastern University in memory of Dr. Cyril E. Homer who served the university with distinction for two separate tenures as president.

Mack James Memorial Preaching Scholarship

Awarded annually to worthy students having financial need who are preparing for preaching ministry.

Joseph and Eloise Judah Missions Scholarship

Awarded annually in memory of veteran missionaries, Joseph and Eloise Judah. Missions majors in their junior and senior year who are planning to enter full-time missions service are eligible.

Koinonia of Ruskin Scholarship Fund

Established by Mrs. Betty Buhrkhul and the remaining members of the Koinonia of Ruskin Church in Ruskin, Florida, the scholarship is to be awarded to a full-time student who demonstrates financial need and has a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Although not a requirement, preference will be given to a single parent of a child currently living under the care of the student parent and who is under the age of 18.

Rev. Constance Lang Memorial Scholarship Fund

Raymond Lang established this scholarship in memory of his wife. This scholarship is established to help a sophomore, junior or senior. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference may be given to a Music Major, but this is not a requirement of the scholarship.

Charles and Gwynneth Lee Scholarship

A six hundred dollar ($600) scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior from Alabama in a ministry related degree program. Applicants must maintain a 2.0 GPA and show financial need.

Porter Noble Leighton Roebuck Scholarship

Glen and Debbie Porter established this scholarship in honor of their grandparents. The scholarship is to be awarded annually to a junior or senior Missions Major who maintains a 2.5 GPA or above.

Glory MacMillan Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is available to students of any level in a ministry-related major who have a 2.0 GPA. Applicants from the Columbus, Georgia, area are given first consideration.

Graduate Education Loans

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Graduate students currently enrolled in the Master of Arts Ministry Leadership program are eligible to participate in a private alternative loan program to cover the cost of attendance. Alternative loans are available through several lenders. Southeastern University Financial Aid Department recommends the Key Alternative Loan (1-800-539-6657), the Wells Fargo Collegiate Loan)1-800-658-3567), the CitiAssist Loan (1-800-967-2400), and the Educaid/Wachovia Select Loan (www.educaid.com)

Missionary Dependent Scholarships

Children of appointed Assemblies of God Foreign and National Home Missionaries who itinerate for their support and who serve on a full-time basis are eligible for a scholarship of 25% of their tuition each semester provided they remain single and have not reached their 24th birthday. Children of any Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) appointed foreign or home missionaries are included in this scholarship. Full-time enrollment is required. Applications are available in the University’s Business Office.

Family Discount (10% of Tuition Charges)

This discount is available to second (and additional) enrolled dependent students from the same immediate family. “Dependent student” is defined the same as “dependent student for federal financial aid purposes.” Ten percent (10%) of tuition charges is discounted. Full-time enrollment is required. Applications are available in the Business Office.

Music Scholarship

Performance-based scholarship. Audition required. Contact Music Department chairperson

John Myers Mission Scholarship

Awarded to a junior or senior student with a missions emphasis.

T. H. Spence Scholarship

Established by the family of T. H. Spence. T. H. Spence served as the district superintendent of Alabama and as chairman of the Board of Directors at Southeastern University.

Student Government and Student Missions Association Scholarships

Scholarships of varying amounts are awarded annually to Student Government Association and Student Missions Association officers; to the editor and business manager of The Torch; and the editor, the business manager, and secretary of The Flame.

Theatre Scholarship

Performance based scholarship. Audition is required: 2 contrasting, 1-minute monologues. 2.5 GPA or higher and yearly re-audition are also required. Not limited to theatre majors. Contact Theatre Director.

Eleanor S. Thompson Scholarship

This scholarship is established to provide support to a female student majoring in one of the liberal arts majors. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, be a full-time student, and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Cecil Wiggins Scholarship

This scholarship is established to help a student who resides in the State of Florida, with priority consideration going to a student who attends Evangel Temple Assembly of God in Jacksonville, FL. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Harry and Irma Wolf Scholarship Fund

Established in honor of parents of Harry and Irma Wolf. The scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled as a sophomore or above and who has a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. The recipient must be an active member of an Assembly of God church in the Peninsular Florida District.

Other Programs

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Veterans Benefits

Southeastern University is approved by the State Approving Agency of the State of Florida for the education and training of veterans and eligible dependents under public laws in effect. Students who are eligible for educational benefits under any Veterans Administration program should contact a veterans’ service office for information, procedures and forms as early as possible. The Office of the Registrar at Southeastern University is responsible for enrollment certification. A request to initiate, change or renew benefits must be filed with this office.

Students must be enrolled for 12 or more semester hours to be eligible for full-time benefits. A student cannot receive educational benefits for audit courses. VA regulations require that students take courses that are applicable to their degree program, make satisfactory progress toward their degree, and maintain satisfactory attendance for the degree program as stated in the Standard of Progress.

Veterans’ benefits will be terminated for students who fail to make satisfactory progress or receive dismissal for academic or disciplinary reasons.

The Office of the Registrar notifies the Veterans Administration of reported changes in enrollment or withdrawal. However, the student is responsible for notifying the certifying official of the university, and the VA Regional Office of any enrollment changes or termination of enrollment. The VA student is responsible for any overpayment of benefits resulting from a change in enrollment. The VA toll-free number is 1-800-827-1000.