Refunds & Disbursements
Financial Aid Refund Policies
A refund is money due a student or financial aid source when a student has withdrawn or dropped a class. Two refund polices are in effect at Southeastern Technical College. The refund policy used varies depending on the type of financial aid a student is scheduled to receive or if the student has completely withdrawn from school or has been administratively dropped.
STC Refund Policy
This refund policy applies when a student has totally withdrawn from school and paid cash or received a HOPE Scholarship/Grant payment. This policy states that pre-registered students may receive a full refund of all tuition and fees paid if they cancel prior to the scheduled enrollment date. Students who withdraw/drop during the first three (3) school days of each term will receive 100 percent of tuition charges refunded for each course dropped. Students who withdraw/drop after the third (3rd) consecutive school day will receive no refund of tuition and fees.
Federal Refund Policy
Students receiving assistance from Title IV programs (Federal PELL Grant or FSEOG) will be awarded aid depending upon the amount of aid earned. If the student completed more than 60 percent of the term, he or she will have earned 100 percent of the aid for that period. If the student completed 60 percent or less of the term, the percentage of the period completed is equal to the percentage of aid earned.
The percentage completed will be calculated by counting the number of days completed up to the point of withdrawal divided by the total number of days in the term. This percentage will be applied to Title IV funds for which the student established eligibility prior to the withdrawal date.
The Title IV aid earned is first used to pay the tuition, fees, and bookstore charges the student has deferred to their Title IV aid account. If any funds remain after deducting these charges, the student will receive the balance due in the form of a refund check prior to the end of the term. If the amount of Title IV aid earned is insufficient to cover these charges and any payments already made to the student, the student is liable for these charges and they must be repaid before the student will be allowed to enroll in another term of study at Southeastern Technical College. Examples are available in the Office of Financial Aid.
Refund of Books and Supplies
Students will receive a full refund if:
- Books are returned with proof of purchase (receipt); and
- Books are returned in new, resalable condition (no marks, writing, or soiling; plastic packaging or boxes unopened).
No refunds will be made for:
- Expendable supplies and equipment (i.e. cosmetology kits, tools, uniforms, diskettes, etc.);
- Books that have been written in.
NOTE: Refund requests for books and supplies must be made within two (2) weeks of the term in which they were purchased and intended for use. This deadline is enforced in all cases.
An overpayment is any amount paid directly to the student greater than a student is entitled to receive. This may occur when:
- Awards or disbursements are made incorrectly;
- A student reports incorrect information on his/her financial aid application; or
- A student withdraws from school.
Any information which the Director of Financial Aid discovers as incorrect must be corrected according to procedures outlined in the federal regulations. The student will be notified, collections of these funds will be attempted, and the collected funds will be repaid to the appropriate source of funding. If the student refuses, the appropriate agencies will be notified.
The maximum amount of Federal Work-Study wages that a student may receive above the student's need is $300. If the student's earning in excess of need is more than $300, the College may not use Federal Work-Study funds to cover the overage. Non-need-based earnings are not counted in determining the $300 over-award limit. If FWS is awarded in conjunction with other campus-based aid, the $300 over-award limit is in effect for total aid from all campus-based programs
If funds are remaining after tuition and fees are deducted from earned Title IV funds, the Business Office will issue payment to the student for the remaining balance after the fourth week of the semester. Any student who is issued a Title IV refund and then found to have dropped or withdrawn from classes prior to completion of the 60 percent attendance point in the semester must return the unearned funds back to the College. Students who have amounts due will not be allowed to receive grades, transcripts, or register for classes until the amount owed is paid in full.
PELL is credited to student accounts on the census date, which is the 14th calendar day of each term. PELL checks are issued on the 28th day of the term on both the Swainsboro and Vidalia campuses. The campus where the check is available is determined by the home campus of the program in which the student is enrolled.
Loan disbursements are credited to student accounts on the 21st day of each term. Loan checks are generally issued on the 35th day of the term on both the Swainsboro and Vidalia campuses. The campus where the check is available is determined by the home campus of the program in which the student is enrolled.
Per federal regulations, first-time freshman borrowers must wait 30 days into the term for loan amounts to be credited to accounts, and checks are issued 14 days after disbursement. In addition, students in their final term of enrollment who request a one-term loan will have their loan divided into two disbursements during the term, per federal regulation. In this case, the first disbursement will occur on the date of single term disbursements (21st day) and checks issued on the single-term check date (35th day). The second disbursement will occur after midterm.
To determine the actual date of loan disbursements, students should:
- Log into Banner Web.*
- Choose Student Services and Financial Aid.
- Click on Financial Aid and Authorizations.
- Click on My Financial Aid Award Information.
- Click on Award Payment Schedule.
- Choose the current Aid Year.
- Click Submit.
- Scroll down to the current term.
- Add 14 days to the Expected Date next to your loan amount. This is the date your check will be issued. First loan check runs each semester will be handed out to students on both the Swainsboro and Vidalia campuses determined by the home campus of the program in which the student is enrolled.
*Note: You must use your Student I.D. and PIN to access your BannerWeb account. If you have problems logging into your BannerWeb account, contact the Registrar’s Office to verify your PIN.