By Nicholas Hill
CCC Journalism Program
For the approximately 8,500 students who receive financial aid at Camden County College, following the rules and policies for financial aid is important to be able to maintain successful academic progress to graduate with a degree.
Of the 14,613 who went to Camden County College in the 2010-11 school years, 8,501 students received financial aid provided by the college. For those students, the aid totaled $23,430,260, an average of $2,756.18 per student.
Students use financial aid to help pay for many things at any college, not just Camden County College. For Camden County College students, the aid helps to pay for class credits and books for the classes.
The process to receive financial aid is different for each student, as it factors in the income one makes and the ability to pay for classes at the Camden County College. Once one does receive the aid, their work is not done; they must continue to follow guidelines to keep the financial aid.
In information provided by Felicia Bryant, the director of financial aid at Camden County College, a student receiving financial aid must follow policies to continue to receive the aid. These policies include a time element, which is “his/her program of study, which is, generally, 150% of the length of the program measured in credits.” Also, a student must receive a passing grade, which would be an A, B, C, D or P, in their classes; whereas, an F, withdrawn, never attended or not attending would result in a refund of a student’s financial aid. Even if one does receive a passing grade, a student must have a certain grade point average to continue. The GPA ranges from 1.5 to 2.0, depending on the number of credits attempted.
The last policy includes that a student cannot have more than 30 credits of remedial coursework taken at Camden County College. Remedial courses are defined as all courses under the 100 level, except English as a Second Language courses.
Some students who receive financial aid, such as Brittany Pegram, need a reminder of the policies to receive financial aid. “I was confused by the difference of the credits and GPA policies, but I knew that getting good grades was important and the fact that I can’t get too many absences, which is, for me, more important about learning the subject and not about the financial aid.”
For many students, the ability to go to school is more important than the need to be forced into going because of the policies of financial aid. “I come to school to learn,” Angel Nogueras stated Wednesday. “I don’t think about the policies for financial aid. They don’t factor in me wanting to come to CCC.”