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AACC Institutional Scholarships FAQs

 

Anne Arundel Community College offers more than 180 different institutional scholarships created and administered by the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation and funded through the generous donations from private individuals and groups (list of scholarships). Each scholarship has its own requirements based on merit, need, academic objective to pursue his/her studies and/or other considerations. All students are encouraged to apply by completing a single application by the posted deadline and will be considered for each award.  In addition, all applicants must complete a Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA).

Who is eligible to apply for Institutional Scholarships?

Any current or prospective credit student (full or part time) who has a completed Anne Arundel Community College Application and declared a program of study can submit a Scholarship Application. In order to receive scholarship funds, students must meet all eligibility requirements to receive federal title IV aid by completing a FAFSA for the current school year. Students must provide any additional requested documents to the Financial Aid Office for the current year by the application deadline.

Can an individual apply for a scholarship before registering for classes? (Including prospective high school graduates, students seeking a GED or completing an approved home school program)?

Students new to AACC who are starting an eligible credit degree program are eligible for many of the institutional scholarships. There are some specifically set aside for new AACC students. High School students will be required to provide an official high school transcript prior to the review deadline. New credit students must complete the Anne Arundel Community College Credit Admissions Application and gain access to their MyAACC online account.  

How do I apply?

In order to complete the Scholarship Application, students must have access to their MyAACC account. After logging in, the applicant would go to “Self Services,” then to “Credit Student,” then “Financial Aid.” Click on “Apply for Grants, Loans and Scholarships,” and then “Apply for Scholarships.”  This will take you to an online application that will interface with your student record. Note: Any false information provided will result in the immediate disqualification of the student from receiving any awards and possible disciplinary action from the college.

Is there a time limit while I am filling out the application?

Yes, please be advised that this application will time out.  You may want to preview the questions first, prepare the answers into a Word document, and then copy and paste them into your application.  For the three essay questions at the end, we ask that you not exceed 500 words.

How do I know whether my application was submitted?

Because the application times out, many students are unsure whether their application was actually submitted.  The easiest way to determine whether an application was submitted, is to attempt to fill it out again.  If you are able to get into the application again, you will know that it was not submitted. Students can only fill out the application one time per year.

Can I make changes to the application after submitting it?

Yes, students can make changes to the application after completing it online by submitting the changes in writing to the Financial Aid Office.  Please carefully review your application online before hitting the “Submit” button.

What are the deadlines?

The FAFSA process must be completed and the student has to have received an award letter by Scholarship Committee review dates:

Priority Consideration Deadline – April 15

Late Consideration – July 20

Students will be able to submit applications after these deadlines to be considered for Spring Awards.

How does the selection process work?

After the priority deadline passes, the Scholarship Committee reviews all applicants, drawing from data provided on the application and the students’ records (GPA, program of study, residency, etc.). Each Scholarship has its own set of criteria, and the committee attempts to find the best qualified applicants.  If no qualified applicants are found during the first round of awarding, the Committee will review applications submitted after the priority deadline.

How will I be notified?

After completing the online application, students will receive a confirmation e-mail through MyAACC.

If a student is selected, they will receive a notification e-mail that will explain which scholarship they were awarded, the amount, the criteria need to receive the award, and how to send a thank-you note.

If a student submitted an application, but is not selected to receive a scholarship, they will receive notification via e-mail after the final selections have been made (Note: applications are kept on file for the entire academic year, and will be re-visited if scholarships become available).

If selected is there anything else required of the student in order to receive the award?

If selected for a scholarship, recipients must agree to:

·        Continue to meet all criteria listed for the Scholarship.

·        Write a letter of thanks to the scholarship sponsor(s). If selected for a scholarship, this information will be provided to the student in the notification e-mail.

·        Attend the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation scholarship recognition event to thank donors and promote the scholarship program, if your class and work schedule allows.

Can a scholarship be rescinded?

Yes, Anne Arundel Community College reserves the right to pull back scholarship funds at any time if deemed necessary by the Scholarship Committee. This can occur if the student no longer meets the stated criteria for the award or for student misconduct.

If a student is suspended from receiving financial aid for failing to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements they are not eligible to receive institutional scholarships.  In order to have your scholarship reinstated, you must submit an SAP Appeal and an Academic Success Plan to the Financial Aid Office for review.  If your appeal is approved and you are granted probation, you may still be eligible to receive your award, if all other eligibility criteria is met.