Jun 22, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Catalog

Financial Aid and Scholarships



Financial assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and employment is available to a number of qualified students. Information regarding programs and eligibility criteria can be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid, 410 Front Street, Orange, Texas 77630, at (409) 882-3317 or by visiting https://www.lsco.edu/financialaid/financialaid.asp.

How to Apply for Financial Aid and Awards

Students wishing to apply for grants, work-study, and/or loans must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students may complete the FAFSA online at https://studentaid.gov/.The FAFSA is a good for one academic year, a renewal FAFSA will need to be submitted in subsequent years.

After the application is submitted, the student will receive a FAFSA Submission Summary from the Department of Education. The FAFSA Submission Summary contains the Student Aid Index (SAI) that is used in determining the student’s eligibility to receive financial aid. The type and amount of assistance will be determined by the Office of Financial Aid based on several factors such as SAI, residency, enrollment, and classification. The FAFSA is used to apply for both federal and state financial aid.

Texas residents who are not eligible to complete the FAFSA may apply for state aid by submitting the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) at www.collegeforalltexans.com. A new TASFA must be submitted every aid year to apply for state aid.

Students wishing to be considered for scholarships must submit a scholarship application at https://www.lsco.edu/scholarships/scholarships.asp. Students should be aware that scholarship funds are limited and recipients normally must have grade point averages above 2.5 to be considered.

When to Apply for Financial Aid and Awards

Students may begin applying for financial aid as early as December 31st for the 2024-2025 academic year.  Texas has a state priority deadline of April 15th for state grants.  The most desirable types of financial aid such as grants and scholarships are limited so students should apply as soon as possible, preferably by April 15th.

To ensure all financial aid requirements are complete before the first day of class, applications and required documents should be completed by June 1st. 

Types of Aid

LSCO offers numerous federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs to assist with the cost to attend school.  A financial aid handbook is available in the Financial Aid Office and published at https://www.lsco.edu/financialaid/financialaid.asp with detailed information for each program.

Types of aid available to LSCO students include:

  • Scholarships
  • Grants
  • Work-Study
  • Veteran Education Benefits
  • State Exemptions and Waivers
  • Federal Student Loans

Grants

A grant is a form of need based financial aid that doesn’t typically have to be repaid, unless it is determined that the student is no longer eligible due to a change in enrollment or financial need.  With the exception of the Federal Pell Grant, grants are allocated to colleges in yearly, limited amounts, so a student may show eligibility but may not receive an award if grant funds have been exhausted.

The following grants are available to eligible students at LSCO.

Pell                            Federal Pell Grant

Federal SEOG          Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant

TPEG                        Texas Public Education Grant

TEOG                       Texas Educational Opportunity Grant

Students can apply for these grants by submitting a FAFSA.  Texas residents who are not eligible to complete the FAFSA may apply for TPEG and TEOG by submitting a TASFA.  Students must be enrolled in at least six credit hours and meeting eligibility requirements to receive a grant.  Students with exceptional need as determined by the Department of Education may receive a Pell grant if enrolled in less than six credit hours.

Male students, between the ages of 18-25, must be registered for selective service to receive TPEG or TEOG.

Work-Study

Federal and state work-study programs provide part-time jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay for education expenses.  To apply, students must complete a FAFSA and apply for employment at https://jobs.lsco.edu/. 

Students must be enrolled in at least six credit hours and meeting eligibility requirements.  Male students, age 18-25, must be registered for selective service to receive Texas Work-Study.

Loans

Federal Direct Loans are available through the U.S. Department of Education. In order to apply for Direct Loans, the student must complete the FAFSA form. They must also complete an online entrance counseling session and a Master Promissory Note at https://studentaid.gov/.  Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours to receive a loan.

Direct Loans must be repaid. Direct Loans are either subsidized or unsubsidized. A subsidized loan is awarded on the basis of financial need. The federal government pays interest on this loan (subsidizes the loan) until the student graduates, withdraws, or drops below half-time status. An unsubsidized loan is not awarded on the basis of need. Students will be charged interest from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full on an unsubsidized loan. 

Students must complete Exit Counseling at https://studentaid.gov/exit-counseling/  if they withdraw, are graduating, or if their enrollment drops below half-time (six credit hours).

Financial aid staff are available to provide guidance to students who may need to borrow a student loan.  Students may visit the Financial Aid Office or https://www.lsco.edu/financialaid/financialaid.asp for more information about student loans.

Information about repayment and managing loan debt can be found at, https://www.lsco.edu/financialaid/become-responsible-borrower.asp.

Scholarships

Scholarships are funds that cover portions of students’ expenses.  A limited number of Lamar State College Orange and endowed scholarships are available to students who qualify based on merit and/or need.  The amounts and numbers of these awards will vary each year depending on available funding and student need.

Scholarships at Lamar State College Orange are of two types: those administered solely by the college, including the selection of recipients; and those administered by the college at the request of donors who select the recipients themselves.  Scholarship application forms and information concerning other requirements and deadlines are available in the Office of Financial Aid and online at http://www.lsco.edu/scholarships/scholarships.asp.

Exemptions/Waivers

The state of Texas allows certain students to be exempt from paying all or a portion of tuition and fees.  Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid if they meet any of the conditions listed:

  • Residents of the state of Louisiana
  • Highest ranking high school graduate
  • Veterans who do not receive Post 9/11 or VA Voc Rehab veteran education benefits
  • Students who graduate from high school in three years or fewer
  • Children of fire/peace officers who were killed in the line of duty
  • Firefighters enrolling in classes related to fire fighting
  • Peace officers enrolled in Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice courses
  • Students who are blind and/or deaf
  • Senior Citizen Tuition
  • Educational Aide Exemption

Students must meet the requirements established by the state to be eligible.  For more information on these exemptions, visit www.collegeforalltexans.com.

Financial Assistance and Special Services for Disabled Students

The Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services office offers assistance for tuition and non-refundable fees to students who have certain disabling conditions, provided their vocational objectives have been approved by a TWS-VRS counselor.  Examples of such conditions are orthopedic deformities, emotional disorders, diabetes, epilepsy, heart conditions, etc.  Other services are also available to assist handicapped students to become employable.  Application for such services should be made at the Texas Workforce Solutions, Beaumont District Office, 5550 Eastex Freeway, Suite D, Beaumont, Texas 77708-5300, at (409) 924-7320 or (800) 242-8334.

The Advising and Counseling Office works closely with Texas Workforce Solutions.  Visually and hearing impaired students may be eligible for assistance, aid for the purchase of books, and assistance in acquiring specialized equipment.  For more information call the Texas Workforce Solutions Division of the Blind, 5550 Eastex Freeway, Suite D, Beaumont, Texas, 77708, at (409) 899-8490 or (800) 687-7013.

Veterans’ Affairs Office

A Veterans’ Affairs Office is maintained in the Office of Financial Aid and assists veterans in obtaining their educational benefits. Possible VA benefits available for eligible veterans and their dependents include:

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Chapter 33
  • Montgomery GI Bill®, Chapter 30
  • Montgomery GI Bill®- Selected Reserve Chapter, 1606
  • Montgomery GI Bill®- Reserve Educational Assistance Program, Chapter 1607
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Vet Success Program, Chapter 31
  • Survivors and Dependents Assistance, Chapter 35

More information about military benefits can be found at https://www.lsco.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/military.php

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

Hazlewood Exemption for Texas Veterans

The purpose of the Hazlewood Exemption is to provide an education benefit to honorable discharged or separated Texas veterans and to eligible dependent children and spouses of Texas veterans. For eligibility requirements and other information visit https://www.tvc.texan.gov/education.

Financial Aid Award Notification

The Financial Aid Office will begin sending financial aid award notification emails in late spring for the upcoming academic year.  Students are able to access their financial aid package in their Gator Self Service account.  All emails sent from the Financial Aid Office will be sent to the student’s LSCO student email address.  The college will continue to package federal student aid throughout the academic year and state and institutional aid as long as funds are available. 

Grants and work-study are automatically accepted for the student, however additional documents may be required for certain state grants.  Students will be notified by email if additional documents are needed. 

Loans are NOT automatically accepted for the student, instead positive confirmation through either a written request or Gator Self-Service is required.  Students may accept their loan offer by logging into their Gator Self Service account.  Information on how to accept a loan can be obtained by visiting the Financial Aid Office or at https://www.lsco.edu/financialaid/Applying%20for%20Direct%20Loans.pdf

Students are awarded financial aid under the assumption that they will be attending full-time (12 semester credit hours) for the entire academic year.  The student’s financial aid package may be adjusted if the student does not attend full time for this entire period.

Financial Aid Disbursement

Financial aid will be disbursed no more than ten days before the students first day of class.  If receiving a loan for one semester, the student will receive two loan disbursements.  The second disbursement will be applied mid-way through the semester.  First year, first time loan borrowers will have a 30-day hold placed on their loans.

Students may view their anticipated disbursement date in Gator-Self Service. Excess financial aid is returned to the student in the form of a refund by the Cashier’s Office.

Academic Progress Standards for Federal and State Aid Programs

Students are required to meet LSCO’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards to receive federal and state financial aid.  The SAP standards are:

  1. Maintain a 2.0 GPA.   Included in this calculation will be all college coursework attempted at all schools attended.
  2. Maintain a pace of at least 70%. Courses attempted include all courses for which a student is registered. In order for a course to be considered complete, the student must receive a grade of A, B, C, D, or S. Grades of W, Q, F, U, NG or I will not be considered as complete for SAP purposes. Included in this calculation will be all college coursework accepted at the institution.
  3. Complete degree within 150% of the published length of the degree program.  For example, if the stated number of hours for a degree program is 60 hours the student may receive aid for no more than 90 hours. (60 x 1.5 = 90) Included in this total will be all college coursework attempted at all schools attended.
  4. TEOG recipients are required to meet the state’s more stringent requirements at the end of a renewal year. Visit http://www.collegeforalltexans.com/ for more information.

Students should visit https://www.lsco.edu/financialaid/standards-of-satisfactory-academic-progress.asp to learn more about the SAP policy and appeal procedures.

Academic Progress Standards for State Exemptions and Waivers

In accordance with Texas Senate Bill 1210, undergraduate students receiving certain waivers/exemptions are required to meet the following academic requirements.

  1. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0- The GPA calculation includes coursework attempted at all schools for which the institution has evaluated a transcript.
  2. Not have attempted as of the beginning of the semester or term, a number of semester credit hours that is considered to be excessive under Section 54.014.  Students are considered to have excessive hours if before the semester begins, the student has attempted credit hours that exceed the credit hour required by the student’s degree program by at least 15 credit hours.  For a 60 credit hour program, the student cannot exceed 75 credit hours.  Students who are not enrolled in a degree program are considered to be enrolled in an associate degree program and must not exceed 75 credit hours.

Visit https://www.lsco.edu/financialaid/hardship-policy-for-state-waivers-exemptions.asp to learn more about these requirements and the hardship policy.

Academic Progress Standards for Scholarships

Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA to receive institutional scholarships.

Return of Title IV

Students who receive Title IV financial aid and withdraw or drop all courses during the semester must be aware of the impact on their financial aid. Federal Title IV aid impacted by withdrawing includes Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Subsidized/Unsubsidized Direct Loans.  It is recommended that students visit with Financial Aid prior to withdrawing or dropping courses.

Title IV aid recipients must be continuously enrolled for more than 60% of the period for which aid is disbursed to retain all the financial assistance issued for that period. After the 60% point, students are considered to have earned 100% of the Title IV funds disbursed. Any student who resigns prior to completing more than 60% of a period must repay any unearned portion of their federal financial aid.

The amount of the repayment depends on the number of days attended during the period, the type and amount of financial aid received and the total amount of institutional charges.

Earned federal financial aid is prorated according to the percentage of the period completed. The earned aid is determined by the amount of total aid received minus the amount of unearned aid.

Unearned aid is returned in the following order;

  1. Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
  2. Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
  3. Federal Pell Grant
  4. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Attendance Policy for Federal Financial Aid Recipients

Regular class attendance is important to the attainment of students’ educational objectives. Federal regulations require students to begin attendance in courses for which they are receiving federal financial aid dollars. Although Lamar State College Orange (LSCO) is not an attendance taking institution, the institution is required to document students’ academic attendance in courses for which they are receiving federal aid, to finalize the student’s financial aid package.  Learn more about this policy at https://www.lsco.edu/admissions/aid/policies-procedures/attendance-policy-federal-financial-aid-recipients.php.

Pell Recalculation Date (PRD) Financial Aid Freeze Date Policy

The Pell Recalculation Date (PRD), also known as the Financial Aid Freeze Date, is a date in which the Financial Aid Office locks enrollment for the semester. Enrollment on this established date will determine the student’s enrollment for purposes of determining the Pell Grant amount. Any classes that are added or dropped after this date will not impact (neither increase nor decrease) the student’s Pell Grant award for the semester. However, if considered withdrawn (officially or unofficially) or if the student does not begin attending class(es) for which they were given the Pell grant, a recalculation of federal financial aid dollars may be required.  Learn more about this policy at https://www.lsco.edu/admissions/aid/policies-procedures/prd-financial-aid-freeze-date-policy.php.

Short-Term Deferment Tuition Plan

Lamar State College Orange provides short-term deferment tuition plan.  Short-term deferment tuition plan for 60 days are designated to pay tuition and fees during registration and must be repaid within the semester in which the deferment tuition plan is made.  Students withdrawing from the college remain responsible for the repayment of the short-term deferment tuition plan.  Students interested in acquiring short-term deferment tuition plan should contact the Business Office/Cashiers Office for information and application forms.

Employment

Students who do not qualify for work-study may seek employment as a student assistant.  The college and local businesses and industries provide a number of part-time jobs that enable students to earn part or all of their expenses while attending the college. Students are able to apply for student job programs on line at https://jobs.lsco.edu.

Consumer Loan Disclosure

In compliance with federal regulations under HEOA Sec. 489 amended HEA Sec. 485B, the Financial Aid Office is required to notify students who enter into an agreement regarding TIV, HEA loans that the loan will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and accessible by authorized agencies, lenders, and institutions determined to be authorized users of the data system as determined by the U.S. Department of Education.

Incentive Compensation

LSCO does not provide payment or compensation to any person involved in student recruiting, admissions activities, or the awarding of Federal Title IV funds based on success in securing enrollments or financial aid.

Policy Regarding Referrals of Suspected Fraud or Criminal Misconduct

In the event that an applicant is suspected of participating in fraud or other criminal misconduct in connection with application for Title IV, HEA program assistance, the information will be referred to the appropriate college, state, and/or federal authorities. These authorities may include but are not limited to, college discipline officer, college police, Orange Police, and the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education.