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Southeastern University    
 
    
 
  Jul 27, 2017
 
2013-2014 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

To be eligible for financial aid, you must meet (1) credit completion ratio, (2) grade point average, and (3) maximum timeframe. 

1.     Credit completion ratio

You must earn at least 67 percent of the credits you attempt in order to maintain satisfactory academic progress. At the end of the academic year, your academic progress will be determined by comparing the number of credits you attempted (including any course in which you were enrolled past the drop/add period) to those you actually earned. Note: Transfer credits from another institution will be included in both attempted and earned credits.

2.     Grade point average

Your cumulative grade point average (GPA) will be reviewed by the Student Financial Services office at the end of the academic year (the end of the spring semester).

3.     Maximum timeframe

You are eligible to receive financial aid for a maximum of 150 percent of the published degree credits required to complete your program. For example, if your undergraduate degree program requires 120 degree credits, you are eligible for aid up to 180 attempted credits. You will not be eligible to receive financial aid once you have exceeded the SAP maximum timeframe (total attempted credits) of 150 percent of the published degree credits required to complete your program.  If you exceed the timeframe before you have finished your studies, you must use your own funds to pay for your college expenses. 

Financial Aid Suspension

If you do not attain the required cumulative GPA and/or credit completion ratio, you will be placed on financial aid suspension. While on suspension you are not eligible for most financial aid programs (the exceptions include private loan programs that do not require a stipulation of meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress and outside assistance not subject to SAP).

You may attend the university, at your own expense, until you obtain the cumulative GPA and cumulative credit completion requirement. To regain financial aid eligibility your record must reflect that you have met these requirements. If you failed to meet these standards due to unusual circumstances, you have the right to appeal your SAP suspension status.

Your Right to Financial Aid Appeal

A student on financial aid suspension may submit an appeal to the Student Financial Services office. The written appeal must be filed with the Student Financial Services office within 30 days of the notice of ineligibility. Supporting documentation and verification of the circumstances must be submitted with the appeal.  The appeal must state the reasons why the student failed to meet the SAP requirements and what steps have been taken to ensure academic success in the future. This process is separate from the academic appeals process and must be handled through Student Financial Services.  Upon an approval of such an appeal, the student will be placed on financial aid probation and may receive financial aid on a probationary status as described in the appeal response. Any appeal conditions will be outlined in the response and may include an ongoing academic plan or timeframe for which a student must meet certain requirements in order to continue to receive financial aid.  If a student fails to make satisfactory academic progress during the period of financial aid probation as assigned, and/or fails to meet correct academic deficiencies within the prescribed time, that student will be then notified by Student Financial Services of his or her change to financial aid suspension, subject to the total loss of financial aid, and the loss cannot be appealed again.

Notification of Satisfactory Academic Progress Deficiency

Both undergraduate and graduate students that are not meeting quantitative and qualitative satisfactory academic progress are notified by Student Financial Services via email to their assigned SEU student email, at the end of the spring semester, for the upcoming award year.

REQUIRED COMPLETION OF ATTEMPTED HOURS

Attempted Hours

 

Cumulative GPA

1 – 31

 

1.6

32- 63

 

1.8

64 +

 

2.0

 

To be eligible for federal and state financial aid, a student must meet the following minimum guidelines:

 

  • Be eligible to enroll under the university’s academic policies.
  • An undergraduate student must attain a cumulative grade point of 1.6 by the end of the freshman year (completion of 31 hours) and a 1.8 by the end of the sophomore year (completion of 63 hours) and maintain a 2.0 average thereafter (see chart above).
  • Graduate students must remain in good standing according to policies set forth by Academic Policies.
  • A graduate student must earn a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA at all times when enrolled in a graduate program of study.
  • An undergraduate and graduate student must complete 67% of the total credit hours attempted.  The number of hours attempted is based on the total cumulative credit hours for which the student was enrolled at the end of the add/drop period. The number of hours earned is the cumulative total of these hours for which the student received a passing grade, as noted on the academic transcript.
  • Complete the program of study in a time-frame not to exceed 150 percent of the published length of the program (measured in credit hours). For example, if the academic program length requires 120 hours, the maximum time-frame cannot exceed 180 credit hours attempted.
  • SAP evaluations are reviewed at the end of spring term each academic year. If after the end of the academic year (or spring term, if student only attending one semester) the student is not meeting SAP standards the student will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension.
  • If an appeal has been granted for the student, the student will be placed on an Academic Plan. The Academic Plan will include the requirement to maintain a 2.5 GPA for all term hours attempted, and it must be followed and satisfied each term. Otherwise, the student is ineligible for further federal and state aid until SAP standards are met.

Appeals are final. 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

Alfred and Hulda Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Bible Department Student Scholar Book Award

Bible Quiz/Religion Department Scholarship

J. Bashford Bishop Scholarship Fund

Foster W. Bolin Memorial Scholarship

Broadcast Scholarships

Myrtle Evelyn Bush Scholarship

Thomas Cross Scholarship Fund

Ralph and Audrey Crowell Memorial Scholarship

Crossroads Scholarship

Danford Trust Scholarship

For Ishmael’s Sake

Founders Fund Scholarship

Audrey Frazier Memorial Scholarship

Robert and Margaret Gatlin Scholarship Fund

Jennifer Gordon Memorial Scholarship

Great Commission Trust

E. E. Hennesy Ministerial Scholarship

Cyril E. Homer Living Memorial Scholarship

Mack James Memorial Preaching Scholarship

Joseph and Eloise Judah Missions Scholarship

Koinonia of Ruskin Scholarship Fund

Rev. Constance Lang Memorial Scholarship Fund

Charles and Gwynneth Lee Scholarship

Porter Noble Leighton Roebuck Scholarship

Glory MacMillan Scholarship Fund

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

Family Discount (10% of Tuition Charges)

Music Scholarship

John Myers Mission Scholarship

T. H. Spence Scholarship

Student Government and Student Missions Association Scholarships

Theatre Scholarship

Eleanor S. Thompson Scholarship

Cecil Wiggins Scholarship

Harry and Irma Wolf Scholarship Fund

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 apply through the Veterans services website at http://www.gibill.va.gov/. All information, instructions and procedures are found at that website.

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 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. Southeastern University also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Three Easy Steps to receiving VA benefits at Southeastern University:

1. Apply for benefits on the VA website at www.gibill.va.gov
2. Submit a copy of your application or Certificate of Eligibility that you receive to the SEU Office of the Registrar
3. Our Certifying Official will certify your enrollment hours and tuition to the VA website immediately following the drop/add period for each semester that you are enrolled.

Southeastern University VA Representative:
Ivette Valentin imvalentin@seu.edu 863-667-5034



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