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STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
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Financial Assistance Issues Colleges are not to limit honors, awards, and scholarships to a group on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, or disability unless such targeting is done to provide opportunities to members of a group that has not traditionally been represented. Outside agencies that provide awards are to be notified of the college’s nondiscrimination policy. A college may administer or assist in the administration of scholarships, fellowships, or other forms of financial assistance established pursuant to domestic or foreign wills, trusts, bequests or similar legal instruments or by acts of a foreign government which require that awards go to a student of a particular gender, race, or national origin, or with a particular disability. However, the overall effect of such restricted awards and scholarships must not lead to discrimination in access to total scholarships on the basis of gender, race, national origin, or disability. While this is primarily a postsecondary issue, secondary schools helping to prepare students for postsecondary experiences can help disadvantaged students by being aware of this requirement because financial aid is often the stumbling block for those historically underrepresented in postsecondary education. Interviews with the following persons may clarify compliance with this standard:  Financial Aid Director, Financial Aid Counselors, Guidance Counselors, Department Chairs, Title IX Coordinator, 504/ADA Coordinators.
Financial assistance is available to all students regardless of gender, race, color, national origin, or disability. Title VI: 34 CFR 100.3(b)Title IX: 34 CFR 106.37Section 504: 34 CFR 104.46(a) Guidelines VI-B Institutional data on financial aid demonstrates that there is equitable distribution of financial aid regardless of gender, race, color, national origin, or disability. If an apparent disparity exists, the institution offers a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason. Financial aid data by gender, race, color, national origin, or disability      Compliance Noncompliance Undetermined   N/A
Interviews with students    
Interviews with financial aid staff    
Interviews with counselors    
     
Comments

 At HCC financial assistance is available to all students regardless of gender, race, color, national origin or disability.  College data demonstrates that there is equitable distribution of financial aid to all students eligible to receive aid.  

Documentation: 

2008-09 Financial Aid Awards Federal State and Institutional  

Gender-restricted awards are made only when established by will, trust, bequest, or other legal instrument.  The overall effect may not discriminate on the basis of gender.Title IX: 34 CFR 106.37Guidelines VI-B   Documentation is available as to the number and amount of aid given as a result of will, trust bequest, or other legal instrument. Overall, the institution’s financial assistance does not discriminate on the basis of gender. Review of all financial assistance given as a result of trust, bequest, or other legal instrument      Compliance Noncompliance Undetermined   N/A
Review of all gender-restricted financial aid given    
Review total list of financial aid to ensure the overall effect does not discriminate    
     
Comments

 HCC’s list of financial aid resources is available on the college’s webpage.  The Financial Aid Brochure also provides directions for obtaining this information.  HCC does not have gender-restricted financial aid programs.  However, private groups restrict funds by gender for female students.  These gender-restricted scholarships are administered by the HCC Foundation. 

Documentation: 

Review total list of financial aid to ensure the overall effect does not discriminate:

Student Financial Web Page

Financial-Aid-Brochures

Review of all gender-restricted financial aid given:

HCC Foundation Scholarships Available  

Information about financial assistance is equitably written and does not lead students to believe it is awarded on a discriminatory basis. Guidelines VI-B Materials written provide information equitably.   All written materials contain the nondiscrimination statement.   Institutional awards provided as a result of the group being historically underrepresented or as a result of a bequest, trust, or other legal instrument is acknowledged as such in the written materials. Review materials written for students and families concerning the financial assistance available      Compliance Noncompliance Undetermined   N/A
Interviews with students    
Interviews with financial aid staff    
Information about financial aid is equitably written and does not lead students to believe it is awarded on a discriminatory basis.  Written materials provide information equitably.        
Comment

HCC’s information concerning financial assistance is equitably written and does not lead students to believe it is awarded on a discriminatory basis.  HCC distributes financial aid information on its website and in the form of brochures and flyers. 

Documentation: 

Review materials written for students and families concerning the financial assistance available:

Student Financial Web Page

2008-09 Financial Aid Brochures

2008-09 Financial Aid Awards Federal, State and Institutional   

National origin minority persons with limited English language skills receive information about financial assistance in their own language.Guidelines VI-B  Community demographics indicate that national origin minority persons with limited English language skills are a part of the population served by the college. Communications about financial assistance is available in the home language of these members of the community. Review written communications      Compliance Noncompliance Undetermined   N/A
Review demographics of the area served by the college    
Interviews with students    
Interview bilingual interpreters    
     
Comment

In Hillsborough County approximately 22.4% of the population is Spanish-speaking.  HCC has provided financial aid information in Spanish and this information is available on the financial aid website. 

Documentation: 

Review written communications:

Spanish Speaking Financial Aid Web Page

Guide to Federal Student Aid

2 Futuro Loan Program

FAFSA Information

Federal Student Aid Brochure