FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 13, 2010
MENDOCINO COLLEGE, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482
Contact: Lisa Lunde, Public Information & Marketing Assistant
File: NR-MC Financial Aid record
On Thursday, October 14, Mendocino College will set a new record and help the local economy at the same time. The Mendocino College Financial Aid Office will disburse more than $1,000,000 in financial aid grant checks. While there are probably several hundred Mendocino College students who have either not begun the financial aid process or have not completed it, according to Assistant Dean Jacque Bradley, those students who finished the process will get their second check for the semester this week.
The financial aid year is broken into two terms plus a summer session. Each semester, eligible students receive two checks for grant aid. The rules for eligibility have changed dramatically over the last few years and so has the need for financial aid. Some students who were not eligible for aid two years ago might be eligible now. Bradley recommends that all students apply for aid and see what they are eligible to receive. Last year the college disbursed over $6 million dollars in aid to students, most of which was spent in Mendocino and Lake counties.
Financial aid eligibility begins with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students may access the application on the Department of Education web site www.fafsa.ed.gov . Students do not need to attend full-time to receive aid, but they are required to complete their coursework with a C average or better.
There has been much news in the media lately about the loan burden some students are taking to achieve their college education. The Mendocino College aid office discourages loans unless there is an exceptional need. “The enrollment fees for a California resident are only $26 a unit and almost half of our students are able to have those fees waived,” said Bradley. The bulk of the aid delivered at Mendocino College is waivers, grants and scholarships. Since there is a limit to the total amount of loans a student may borrow over the course of their education, most community college aid officials recommend students save their loan eligibility until they transfer to a four-year college or university.
Bradley estimates that most of the million dollars going out Thursday will be spent on rent, groceries, gas and personal items that enable students to attend college and not work full-time. Financial aid is a win-win for the local community: a boost in the local economy and a better educated population.
It’s not too late to apply for aid or complete the process. Students and/or parents may stop by the financial aid office in MacMillan Hall, Room 1130 or check out the website at www.mendocino.edu.
Created: October 13, 2010 @ 08:58 AM
Last Modified: February 23, 2011 @ 04:25 PM