FEDERAL AC GRANT RECIPIENTS
The Financial Aid Office at Western Washington University congratulates you on the academic achievements you have made that lead to your Federal AC (Academic Competitiveness) award. The WWU Admissions Office has confirmed that you have completed a rigorous program of study as required for Federal AC consideration. In addition, information reported on your FAFSA indicates that you are a U.S. citizen and have met need-based aid requirements for this program.
WHY THIS NOTICE?
Federal requirements to qualify and maintain eligibility for the Federal AC Grant program are very strict. We regret the need to follow up with programmatic requirements that pertain to your Federal AC Grant eligibility. However, late approval of this program prevented the WWU Financial Aid Office and the U.S. Department of Education from including this information via standard publications. In the interests of helping you maintain your eligibility for this program, we advise you of the following requirements.
MINIMUM 12-CREDIT ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENT
You must be enrolled for at least 12 credits to receive and maintain eligibility for your Federal AC Grant. If you reduce your enrollment below 12 credits by the financial aid lock date (second Friday of the quarter), you will lose eligibility for your AC Grant disbursement and must repay it entirely. Although the minimum number of credits needed to meet the AC Grant enrollment requirement consists of only 12 credits, we recomment that you complete at least 15 credits per quarter because 45 credits must be completed per academic year to progress to the next class level and graduate in a timely manner.
SIMULTANEOUS FEDERAL PELL GRANT ELIGIBILITY/PAYMENT
You must be eligible for and receive a Federal Pell Grant payment during the same quarter in which you receive your AC Grant. If you lose your Federal Pell Grant eligibility, you will also lose your Federal AC Grant eligibility.
The Federal AC Grant can only be awarded to eligible students during their first and/or second academic years of college. The first academic year at Western consists of a minimum of 30 weeks and 0-44 credits; the second academic year consists of a minimum of 30 weeks and 45-89 credits. If you have already completed a portion of your first two academic years, you cannot receive a Federal AC Grant for past quarters of completion. You can only receive AC Grant funding for the remainder of the two-year timeframe, defined in part by the number of credits you have completed.
CANNOT EXCEED CALCULATED NEED
As with other need-based Federal student aid programs, the Federal AC Grant in combination with other aid you receive cannot exceed your calculated financial need. If conditions arise that create an overaward, efforts will be made to reduce any loan or work study eligibility you have first to preserve your AC Grant. If this is not possible, your AC Grant must be reduced in accordance with federal law.
SECOND-YEAR AC GRANT CONSIDERATION
To be considered for a second-year AC Grant, you must earn a cumulative GPA (grade point average) of at least 3.00 when your year in college as recorded by the WWU Registrar's Office progresses from freshman (class 1) to sophomore (class 2). Your year in college will change from freshman to sophomore when your cumulative number of credits progress from 44 to 45. If you do not have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 at the end of the quarter in which your class status changes from 1 to 2, you will lose eligibility for Federal AC Grant consideration. No further provision is allowed by federal law to gain second-year eligibility.
TOTAL WITHDRAWAL WITHIN THE FIRST 60% OF THE QUARTER
If you withdraw from all of your classes within the first 60% of the quarter, you may be required to repay all or part of your AC Grant in accordance with Federal regulations.
SUBJECT TO SAP REQUIREMENTS
For continued receipt of your Federal AC Grant, you are subject to published standard satisfactory academic progress requirements for financial aid recipients (in addition to meeting the minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA for second-year AC Grant consideration.
AWARDS DETERMINED THROUGH THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE
Final eligibility for the Federal AC Grant program shall be determined through the Financial Aid Office, based on federal requirements and availability of funds. The Financial Aid Office may require additional documentation to determine your eligibility for Federal AC Grant funds.
Please do not return this form; keep it for your records. For additional information, please contact Financial Aid: (360) 650- 3470.