Admissions & Financial Aid

Consumer Information

Consumer Information Disclaimer

The Department of Education requires that all institutions of higher education disclose pertinent policies to the student body.

Please contact the Financial Aid Office for clarification or for more information on any of the policies you see here.

Important Contact Information

State of Connecticut Department of Higher Education
800-947-1800

www.ctdhe.org

U.S. Department of Education
800-4-FED-AID

www.studentaid.ed.gov

Connecticut Code Of Conduct

The Albertus Magnus College Financial Aid Office abides by the
Connecticut Code of Conduct.

Education Tax Credit Benefits

Don't miss out on potential Education Tax Credits! You may be able to claim a tax credit against your federal income tax for qualified tuition and related expenses. For more detailed information, see IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Education.

American Opportunity Credit

The American Opportunity Credit is a tax credit for qualified education expenses paid for an eligible student, of up to $2,500 per eligible student. The student may be yourself, your spouse, or your dependent(s). If you take this credit, you may not also claim the Lifetime Learning Credit (as described below).

Lifetime Learning Credit

The Lifetime Learning Credit is a tax credit for any person who takes college classes. It provides a tax credit of up to $2,000 on the first $10,000 of college tuition and fees. You can claim the Lifetime Learning Credit on your tax return if you, your spouse, or your dependent is enrolled at an eligible educational institution and you were responsible for paying college expenses. You need not be enrolled at least half-time. Even if you took only one class, you may take advantage of the Lifetime Learning Credit.

Alternative Loan Disbursement Policy
The Albertus Magnus College Financial Aid Office abides by all federal, state, and institutional policies when disbursing alternative loans.

Alternative Loan Origination Policy
The Albertus Magnus College Financial Aid Office abides by all federal, state, and institutional policies when originating alternative loans.

Appeal Policy
The Financial Aid Office encourages and accepts appeals for certain extenuating circumstances. Types of appeals include:

  • Loss of Eligibility Due to Unsatisfactory Academic Progress
  • Loss of Merit Scholarship
  • Request for Dependency Override
  • Parent Refusal to Provide Information
  • Selective Service
  • Special Extenuating Circumstances
  • Unusual Enrollment History

Awarding Policy
The Albertus Magnus College Financial Aid Office awards financial aid applicants to their maximum federal, state, and institutional eligibility and funding eligibility at the time of awarding.

Department of Health and Human Safety (DHHS) Policy
The Financial Aid Office reviews the eligibility of all noncitizens for federal and state financial aid.

F Grade Policy
Albertus Magnus College mandates that attendance be taken in each course. Attendance records are reviewed if a student has received an F grade in all registered courses.

Federal Pell Grant Origination Policy
The Albertus Magnus College Financial Aid Office abides by all federal, state, and institutional policies when originating Federal Pell Grants. Prior to originating any Federal Pell Grants, the Financial Aid Office confirms the borrower's eligibility.

Fraud Policy
If the Financial Aid Office suspects that a student, employee, or other individual has misreported information or altered documentation to fraudulently obtain federal funds, the Office will report suspicions and provide any evidence to the Office of Inspector General.

Loan Disbursement Policy
The Albertus Magnus College Financial Aid Office abides by all federal, state, and institutional policies when disbursing student loans.

NSLDS Policy
The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education's central database for student aid. It receives data from schools, agencies that guaranty loans, the Direct Loan program, and other U.S. Department of Education programs.

Loan Origination Policy
The Albertus Magnus College Financial Aid Office abides by all federal, state, and institutional policies when originating student loans. Prior to originating any Title IV loans, the Financial Aid Office confirms the borrower's eligibility.

Loan Status Code Policy
The Financial Aid Office reviews the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) for Loan Status Codes to ensure student eligibility.

Preparatory Coursework Policy
Students who are participating in dual enrollment degrees, undergraduate students taking graduate prerequisite classes, and graduate students taking undergraduate prerequisite classes, must have their eligibility for Title IV Funds reviewed by the Financial Aid Office prior to being awarded.

Proration Policy
The annual maximum Title IV Loan and Federal Pell Grant eligibility for an undergraduate student must be prorated when a student is entering his/her final period of study which is shorter than a full academic year.

Quality Control Measures Policy
The Financial Aid Office established various Quality Control (QC) measures to ensure accuracy when awarding and reviewing financial aid, as well as provide redundancy to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations.

R2T4 Policy
The Albertus Magnus College Financial Aid Office recalculates federal, state, and institutional financial aid eligibility for any student who withdraws, drops, fails to return from a Leave of Absence (LOA), is administratively withdrawn, is considered unofficially withdrawn from the college prior to the end of a payment period, or receives unearned F Grades in all enrolled classes.

Reconciliation Policy
The Financial Aid Office is required to retain borrower records for a minimum of three (3) years from the end of the award year in which the student last attended.

Record Retention Policy
The Financial Aid Office reviews Student Aid Report (SAR) Comment Codes 361-368, which are the result of conflicting information between the student's and/or parent's marital and filing statues as reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy
The Financial Aid Office reviews Student Aid Report (SAR) Comment Codes 361-368, which are the result of conflicting information between the student's and/or parent's marital and filing statues as reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

SAR Comment Code Policy
All Financial Aid recipients must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to receive federal, state, and institutional aid. Students must maintain SAP throughout the duration of their academic program.

Secondary Confirmation Policy
A student whose immigration/citizenship status is questioned by the Department of Education when he/she completes the FAFSA must provide secondary confirmation to the Financial Aid Office.

Selective Service Policy
In order to be eligible for federal financial aid, students who are born male are required to register with Selective Service between the ages of 18 and 25. Because of this, the Financial Aid Office is required to review all students who are selected by the Department of Education who have an “030” Comment Code on their Student Aid Report (SAR) as reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Shopping Sheet Policy
Albertus Magnus College is a participating institution for the newly-implemented Financial Aid Shopping Sheet in an effort to improve consumer disclosures and ensure that students make wise decisions when investing in higher education.

Social Security Mismatch Policy
The Financial Aid Office reviews Student Aid Report (SAR) Comment Codes that are the result of conflicting information between the student's and/or parent's Social Security Number (SSN) and name as reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Study Abroad Policy
Albertus Magnus College is a participating institution in study abroad programs, and the Financial Aid Office works to review the financial aid eligibility of participating study abroad students.

Summer Pell Grant Policy
The Financial Aid Office will review a student's federal eligibility prior to awarding the Federal Pell Grant for summer terms.

Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Policy
A student is considered a homeless unaccompanied youth if on or after July 1, 2012, the following criteria are met:

  • The student is not living in the physical custody of a parent or guardian (Unaccompanied)
  • The student is lacking fixed, regular, and adequate housing (Homeless)
  • The student is 21 years old or younger (Youth)
  • The student is homeless and financially self-sufficient

Unusual Enrollment History Policy
The Financial Aid Office is required to review selected students for unusual enrollment patterns to determine if the student is enrolling into college only long enough to collect student aid funds and not progressing toward receiving a degree.

Verification Policy
Verification is the process by which the Financial Aid Office reviews information on a student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for accuracy and completeness.