Pell Grant

Your Pell Grant Award has been calculated by the United States Department of Education after consideration of the income and number of family members you submitted on your FAFSA.  Your Pell award is for a specific academic year and is based on your registration as a full-time student (12 hours or more).  If you register for less than 12 hours, your Pell award will be adjusted.  Your yearly award is divided into two semester of use (i.e., half to be awarded for Fall and half for Spring). Students will have a time limit of 12 total full-time semesters to use Pell funds. Federal regulations require the College to adjust or modify the Pell awards for students enrolled in one-year certification or diploma curricula programs that require clock-hour conversion.

Critical Deadlines

  • Ten-day Signing Deadline — You must return your completed Pell Grant Award Agreement within ten (10) days of receipt of the offer for financial aid for the 2014-2015 academic year. Failure to return the agreement will delay your cost of living check and will prohibit you from charging your books in our College Store.

Important Information

  • September 12, 2014 — Verification of Attendance due to Financial Aid for students enrolled in 16 week or 1st 8-week courses.

NOTE: The white copy of your registration form (class schedule) with your instructor’s initials and/or your online course attendance verification form(s) must be submitted to the Admissions Receptionist in Student Services and logged in by signing the Pell award summary roster.  The attendance verification process for eligible Pell students attending 10-week or 1st 5-week courses begins during the first 10 days (second week) of courses at the start of each semester.

  • October 10, 2014 — Verification of Attendance due to Financial Aid for students enrolled in 12-week courses.
  • 2nd Session Classes — Pell will only pay for classes that have started attendance.  2nd session, 12-week, 5-week, 8-week and 4-week module classes that have not started attendance will not be included in your total credit hours until they start and you have verified your class attendance.  Your Cost of Living remainder may be initially reduced accordingly.
  • Return to Title IV — If you are withdrawn or dropped from all classes for the semester before the 60% point, or 2nd session classes, 12-week classes, or 4-week modules, you may have to return the unearned portion of the financial aid funds to the federal government. Please see your financial aid counselor for calculations.
  • Return to State Grants — If you are withdrawn or dropped from all classes prior to the 35% point of the term, you may have to return the unearned portion of your state grant scholarships. These include the North Carolina Community College Scholarship and the North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship. Please see your financial aid counselor for calculations.
  • Clock Hour Converted Programs — If you are registered for a program that is one year or less in length such as a Diploma or Certificate Program, your classes may be subject to the Clock Hour Conversion (CHC) rule. The CHC may be less than your actual registered credit hours and therefore your pell may be reduced. BLET, Cosmetology and Cosmetology Instructor will be paid in two payments, one at the halfway point of the semester (1/2 of award) and the other ½ of award at the end of the semester.
    Please see your financial aid counselor for a Clock Hour Conversion chart.

Verify Attendance

Federal regulations require that your attendance in each class be verified. For the Fall 2014 session, verification of attendance must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM Friday, September 12, 2014. Verification of attendance for 12-week classes must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM Friday, October 10, 2014.

Traditional Classes

Have your instructors’ initial their class listed on the white copy of your registration form.  Once you have all your instructor’s initials for your classes, bring the white copy to the Admissions Office Receptionist where you will turn it in and sign a logbook.

Online Classes

See the instructions on the Steps to Follow for Online Classes document.  Attach the on-line printout(s) to the white copy of your registration form.  If you login after the first five (5) days of class, log to Blackboard, sign in to your on-line class, click course documents, click Pell Grant verification, take survey, print copy, and click submit.  Bring your white copy, with on-line printout(s), to the Admissions Office Receptionist where you will turn it in and sign a logbook.  If you are unable to bring your online class printouts to the Admissions Receptionists, please mail them to: Financial Aid, Coastal Carolina Community College, 444 Western Boulevard, Jacksonville, NC  28546.

Distribution of Your Pell Grant

Charging My Books and Supplies

You may charge your books and supplies in the College Store. The dates for doing this will be given to you by the Financial Aid Office when appropriate.

Fall 2014 – Full/First 8-Week Sessions: You may charge your books and supplies in the College Store beginning Tuesday, August 12 through close of business on Friday, August 29.

Fall 2014 – 12-Week Session: You may charge your books and supplies in the College Store beginning Monday, September 8, 2014 through close of business on Friday, October 10, 2014.

Cost of Living Refund

If you receive your Pell Grant Award package (Notification letter, Pell Grant Award Information Sheet, and Pell Grant Award Agreement) from the Financial Aid Office at Coastal after the first day of class, the Information for Pell Students Handout will be enclosure (3) to the notification letter and will contain specific instructions, including when you can expect your cost of living refund. If you have a balance in your semester Pell Grant account after all charges have been subtracted, you will receive a cost of living refund from Higher One based on your elected refund preference.

Fall 2014: Refunds will be available on or about Friday, September 19, 2014. (An ACH refund preference option may take approximately 2-3 business days and a paper check preference option may take 5-7 business days.)

What Is The Clock Hour Conversion Rule?

This federal rule affects the following one-year degree and certificate curriculua by converting semester hours to clock hours. This conversion may lower your Pell award. If you are currently accepted or plan to apply for one of the following curriculua, the Financial Aid Office can provide you with a Clock Hour Conversion Chart.

  • Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology (D35100)
  • Architectural Technology (D60160)
  • Autobody Repair (D60100)
  • Automotive Systems Technology (D60160)
  • Basic Law Enforcement Training (C55120)
  • Cosmetology (C55140)
  • Cosmetology Instructor (C55160)
  • Dental Assisting (D45240)
  • Electrical/Electronics Technology (D35220)
  • Electronic Engineering Technology (D40200)
  • Fire Protection Technology (D55240)
  • Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology (D60240)
  • Practical Nursing (D45660)
  • Surgical Technology (D45740)
  • Welding Technology (D50420) and Certified Welder Certificate (C50420-C)

If you are registered for a program that is one year or less in length such as a Diploma or Certificate Program, your classes may be subject to the Clock Hour Conversion (CHC) rule. The CHC may be less than your actual registered credit hours and therefore your pell may be reduced. BLET, Cosmetology and Cosmetology Instructor will be paid in two payments, one at the halfway point of the semester (1/2 of award) and the other ½ of award at the end of the semester. Please see your financial aid counselor for a Clock Hour Conversion chart.