Federal Title IV Financial Aid is available for students who demonstrate financial need. Financial aid is meant to assist students in completing an eligible training program successfully and acquire a College credential. Therefore, it is the policy of Dixie Tech to award financial aid only to students enrolled for the purpose of obtaining a credential (Certificate of Program Completion 600 hours or more in length) who maintain satisfactory attendance and progress.
To apply for any type of federal student aid you must:
To be eligible to receive any type of Federal Financial Aid at the Dixie Tech the students must:
Types of assistance available Pell Grants (see definition below).
Pell Grants are the primary gift-aid program (gift-aid is aid that is provided with no expectation of repayment) offered by the federal government. Eligibility is based on an index provided by the federal government.
Provided below is the estimated cost of attendance at the Dixie Technology College for a typical student in a 900 hour program. These costs are based on an average cost per program so your actual costs may vary.
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|*amount reflects average costs|
The Net Price Calculator is another tool that may help you determine the cost of attending college at Dixie Technical College.
The amount of your Pell Grant eligibility is determined by the Department of Education. They use a need-based formula, which assigns students an index number that is called an “Expected Family Contribution (EFC)”. This index number reflects the amount a student is expected to contribute to his or her own education costs. Once an index number gets above a certain range you will no longer qualify for a Pell Grant. The Dixie Technical College (College) does not participate in federal student loan programs. If you do not qualify for federal funding you may apply for secure funds from private or public agencies outside the College.
If you are eligible for financial aid, the College will be notified by our third party administrator, DJA administration and provide you with an Award Letter. Three conditions must be met in order for you to activate your award. 1) You must be eligible; 2) You must have started school; 3) you must have submitted all required paperwork. Awards cannot be processed prior to your start date because award packages must be date defined.
The College requires all funding to be in place prior to the first day of class. If your funding is not in place you will be considered a self-pay student. If you qualify for adequate funds, book vouchers can be provided for required books and supplies on or before the first day of class.
If you withdraw before completing the hours you have been paid for you are at risk for overpayment with the Department of Education or may owe money to the school. Amounts owed to the College that are not recovered will be referred to State of Utah for collection.
You can only receive Federal Financial Aid at one school at a time. You must notify the Financial Aid Office if it is your intention to transfer to another school. You must officially stop your federal aid at Dixie Tech before accessing aid at a new school. If you fail to do this, any costs that accrue or Federal Aid overpaid are your responsibility.
In keeping with federal grant regulations, the College pays federal grant funds in increments called payment periods. Payment periods are defined by federal regulation and are determined by your program length, the academic year of your program, and for students receiving aid in more than one year, the remainder of the program.
The College evaluates eligibility for payment upon receiving latest DJA reports. Once you qualify to receive a disbursement, the financial aid office will pay all estimated tuition and fee charges for the entire payment period and any other charges you have authorized us to pay. If you have funds remaining after these charges have been paid the school will release this Title IV refund to you dependent on the following criteria: first disbursement will be awarded when you have achieved 67% progress in your given program. Additional disbursements will be awarded by maintaining 67% progress and remaining in good academic standing. Students may choose to have their funds mailed, mailed to the last known address on file with Student Services) or picked up at the cashiers office. You are responsible for updating address information directly with the Student Services Office. Funds returned undeliverable will be sent back to the Department of Education.
Tuition and fees are charged at the beginning of each course, not for an entire payment period. To ensure adequate funding is available for the entire payment period the Financial Aid Office will withhold enough aid to cover those costs and place them in your student account. Any funds remaining at withdrawal or at the end of the payment period will be provided to you as part of a Title IV refund calculation (see Early Withdrawal – Return to Title IV).
The Financial Aid Office recommends that your attendance be 80% or higher. It is our experience that students with attendance less than 80% often fail to meet the progress requirements. In addition, federal aid funds are earned through school attendance and progress, but costs are assessed by the scheduled hour. Therefore, lower attendance means your tuition costs will remain constant but we will be unable to pay you for non-attended hours. This could lead to a deficit of funding for tuition costs. The absolute minimum attendance allowance is 67%. If your attendance is less than 80% you will receive a courtesy warning. This warning is only to alert you of the potential risk of low attendance. If your attendance falls below 67% your aid will be suspended.
Once your aid has been suspended you can regain eligibility by getting your cumulative attendance to 67% and maintaining it at that rate. You are only eligible for payment in the payment period in which you regain eligibility – not for any prior payment periods. Please note that progress standards must also be met in order to be considered for reinstatement.
Attendance standards for prior enrollment periods will count towards your current federal aid eligibility for five years from the date of your last withdrawal. The office will require you to serve a paid probation if your attendance was poor during your prior enrollment. Paid probation is the process of delaying an award package until you have been in good standing for half of the payment period. In addition, you could be required to serve a non-paid probation period. If you had demonstrated poor attendance habits in a prior enrollment period that impacted your aid eligibility at that time, regardless of the time frame.
The College progress standard requires that you be able to complete your program in no more than one and one-half times the length of the program. In order to accomplish this, your cumulative progress must be 67%. The financial aid office will monitor individual student progress at every payment period. If you are maintaining satisfactory progress you will have completed 67% or more of your work at each progress increment. For example, at hour 675 you must have completed 450 hours or more of competency. If you fail to complete the work required to be making satisfactory progress by the end of the payment period you will lose the disbursement for the following payment period. Once your aid has been suspended you can regain eligibility by getting your cumulative progress to 67% and maintaining it at that rate. You are only eligible for payment in the payment period in which you regain eligibility – not for any prior payment periods. Please note that attendance standards must also be met in order to be considered for reinstatement. Progress standards for prior enrollment periods in the same program will count towards your Federal aid eligibility for five years from the date of your last withdrawal. If you have enrollment prior to applying for federal aid and your progress in the same program is below 67%, you will be required to meet satisfactory progress standards before your financial aid will be activated. In addition, the office may require you to serve a non-paid probation period, if you had demonstrated poor progress in a prior enrollment period that impacted your aid eligibility at that time, regardless of the time frame. Non-paid probation periods are always one full payment period.
When students withdraw from school before completing the period of enrollment they have been paid for, they are subject to the Dixie Tech Financial Aid policy on Return to Title IV. The Financial Aid Office will conduct a calculation to determine how much of the aid was earned. Any funds not earned must be returned to the Department of Education. If the student received more funds than they are entitled, they are considered overpaid. Those funds must be paid back to the Department of Education directly and students will lose their financial aid eligibility until those funds are repaid. If the college must return unearned aid that was used to pay direct school costs accrued by the student, the College will return those funds to the Department of Education and bill the student for any outstanding charges.