The Financial Aid Policies and Procedures manual is available in the Financial Aid Office. Fort Peck Community College administers a financial aid program for students who demonstrate need and meet the program requirements.
The following documents are required for all financial aid programs:
- Application for Admissions completed by the student
- Letter of acceptance from the college
- Completed financial aid form (FAFSA)
- Required verification documents provided by the student.
Financial aid forms can be obtained at the Financial Aid Office. Some sources of financial aid limit funds available; therefore, students are urged to complete their applications as soon as possible. Applications for financial assistance are processed in the order they are received.
A student will receive federal financial aid payments only if he/she:
- Is eligible for federal student aid based on federal guidelines
- Does not owe repayment or overpayment on any federal grant previously received
- Is not in default on any student loans
- Is attending classes regularly
- Is making satisfactory academic progress according to the standard of FPCC in the student’s declared course of study
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is designed to provide undergraduate, first degree, eligible students with a “foundation” for financial aid. High school academic performance has no bearing on eligibility. To be eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant, a student must:
- Be a U.S. citizen (or be in the U.S. for other than temporary purposes).
- Need financial assistance to further his/her education and
- Make satisfactory academic progress in a declared course of study.
- Be enrolled in at least six (6) credits or more.
The financial need of a student is determined by a formula developed by the U.S. Department of Education and is applied consistently to all applicants. The award is to be used solely for educational expenses, which include tuition, fees, rooms, books, and supplies. Additional funding is available for childcare and for disabled students. These grants cannot exceed 100 percent of the actual cost of attendance established for Fort Peck Community College. The amount of the grant also depends on the amount of funds actually available for a given year. To be eligible for institutional-based assistance, a student must apply for the Federal Pell Grant Program.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a federal grant program administered by the Fort Peck Community College. FSEOG grants range up to $4,000 per year but are also contingent on the amount of funds available to the college. Students must meet income guidelines and be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant in order to be considered for an FSEOG grant. FSEOG is awarded first to those eligible students with exceptional financial need and the lowest EFC’s.
Federal College Work Study
Federal College Work Study is a program that provides opportunity for employment to students who are in need of earnings to meet the cost of their college education. Work Study also provides practical work experience to complement the student’s academic studies. To be eligible for Work Study a student must demonstrate need and be making satisfactory academic progress while employed. There are no statutory or regulatory limits to the number of hours per week or pay periods a student may work provided no overawards occur.
The hourly wage for students under the Federal College Work Study program is determined by the federal government. Hourly pay rates shall not be less than the federal minimum wage and may vary with the type of work, the student’s experience and capabilities.
Montana Higher Education Grant (MHEG)
Montana Higher Education Grant (MHEG) is available to students who meet the following criteria: Montana resident, completed the FAFSA and are eligible for financial aid, having remaining need (COA – EFC = Need), enrolled in six or more credits per semester, and must not have received a bachelor’s degree prior to being awarded MHEG. These grants have limited funding and are awarded to those eligible students who apply for the FAFSA early. MHEG is paid to students by crediting their student accounts. If the amount of the grant exceeds the amount due to FPCC, students receive check for the remaining amount.
Montana Tuition Assistance Program (MTAP)
Montana Tuition Assistance Program (MTAP) Grant (previously known as the Baker Grant) is available to eligible Montana students who complete a FAFSA and meet specific criteria. To find out more about the criteria for the MTAP Grant, please contact the Financial Aid Director at (406) 768-6327. These grants have limited funding and are awarded first to those eligible students who apply for the FAFSA early. The MTAP Grant is paid to students by crediting their accounts. If the amount of the grant exceeds the amount due to FPCC, students receive a check for the remaining grant amount.
Student Assistance Foundation (SAF) Access Grant
Student Assistance Foundation (SAF) Access Grant is designed to help students who have a financial barrier that is affecting their access to higher education. The Access Grant is available to students who meet the following criteria: Montana resident, completed FAFSA and are eligible for financial aid, have remaining need (COA – EFC = Need), enrolled in six or more credits per semester, and have completed and returned the Access Grant application (available from the Financial Aid Office) to the Financial Aid Office. The money will be awarded until the Access Grant funds are liquidated for the year. The SAF Access Grant is paid to students by crediting their accounts. If the amount of the grant exceeds the amount due to FPCC, students receive a check for the remaining grant amount.
Other Types of Financial Aid
Fort Peck Community College offers eligible students waivers of tuition. Students must apply for waivers at the earliest possible time (recommended to apply during registration). The following waivers are available:
- Straight Waiver
- Employee Child Waiver
- Employee Waiver
- New Tribal High School Graduation Waiver
- New GED Recipient Waiver
- Senior Citizen Waiver
- Non-Beneficiary Waiver
Availability of waivers is dependent upon funds available for the year. Eligibility criteria for these waivers are available in the Financial Aid Office.
Stipends and Internships
Fort Peck Community College applies for many different grants; some of these grants may include student stipend and internship funds. Students are eligible for these funds if they qualify under individual grant criteria. The Financial Aid Director will determine student eligibility for all grant and internship funds available to students at FPCC.
American Indian College Scholarship Fund
The American Indian College Scholarship Fund awards grant funds to 36 tribally controlled colleges throughout the United States. The fund helps Tribal Colleges and Universities support the higher educational needs of American Indian students with scholarships. The American Indian College Fund raises funds from the private sector. FPCC receives scholarship monies each academic year. The number of scholarships varies each year due to the availability of funds from the American Indian College Fund.
FPCC awards the scholarships to as many eligible students as possible. The eligibility requirements for the American Indian College Fund are:
- Be a tribal member, or of Indian descent
- Have financial need
- Be an enrolled half-time or full-time student
American Indian College Fund recipients are asked to submit a written autobiography, picture and signed release to the financial aid officer prior to disbursement of scholarship monies.
Visit the American Indian College Fund website for more information.
The Veteran’s Administration administers the Veteran’s Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) providing financial assistance for the education and training. The program is designed to encourage self-improvement and offers financial assistance to eligible participants in raising their educational level.
To allow for timely processing, students applying for Veteran’s Educational Assistance are encouraged to apply for assistance one month, or as early as possible prior to registration. The Financial Aid Officer can assist with the application process and certify students through the VA online. For more detailed information or assistance, students may contact their nearest VA regional office, local service officer, or veteran’s organization representative, including the American Red Cross, in their community. Students may access the official website of the Department of Veterans Affairs Educational Service or call them at 1-88-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).
Bureau of Indian Affairs Adult Vocational Training
The Bureau of Indian Affairs Adult Vocational Training grant program provides services to eligible American Indian students for periods not to exceed 24 months. The program includes vocational counseling and guidance and institutional training in recognized vocations and trades. Training and related costs, maintenance during training, and transportation is included in the financial assistance. Students should apply for this program at their respective Bureau of Indian Affairs office. Although there is no deadline for Adult Vocational Training, it is recommended that applications be submitted at the earliest possible time.
Tribal Higher Education Program
The Tribal Higher Education Program provides financial assistance to students who are enrolled in a federally recognized tribe, have a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED), and meet the deadline requirements. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average to receive continued support and are responsible for providing each semester’s grades to the Higher Education Office.
Students who are enrolled Fort Peck Tribal members must apply through the Fort Peck Tribal Education Department. Members of other tribes must apply through their tribal agencies. The application deadline is July 15 of the current year. Call the Fort Peck Tribes Education Department at 406-768-5136 for more information.
State Vocational Rehabilitation Service
Certain students with disabilities may qualify for educational assistance through the Montana Department of Social and Rehabilitation Service. For more information, please call 1-877-296-1198.