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    Financial Aid

    Did you know that more than 75% of college students pay for their education with grants and scholarships?

    The LSCO Financial Aid staff is dedicated to helping you find the right type of financial aid and to making the financial aid process as straightforward as possible.

    Financial assistance available through our office includes federal, state and local aid – grants, loans, work-study, veteran’s assistance, and scholarships.

    Where to Start

    Complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 now at FAFSA.gov (Free Application Federal Student Aid) This FAFSA asks for the 2018 tax return information. The data retrieval tool is available. 

    Use School Code Number: 016748.

    When To Apply

    Application should be made each spring for the following award year. The award year begins with each Fall semester. Priority deadlines are as follows:

    • Fall and Spring: June 1
    • Summer: May 1
    • Scholarships allocation deadline for the Fall semester is July 1 and December 15 for the Spring semester. (No applications will be accepted after this date)

    Changes to Your Family’s Financial Situation

    If your or your family’s financial situation has changed significantly from what is reflected on your federal income tax return (for example, if you’ve lost a job or otherwise experienced a drop in income), you may be eligible to have your financial aid adjusted. Complete the FAFSA questions as instructed on the application (including the transfer of tax return and income information), submit your FAFSA form, then contact the school you plan to attend to discuss how your current financial situation has changed. You will be required to fill out the Professional Judgment request form prior to any adjustments are made. Not all students will qualify for an adjustment. Note that the school's decision is final and cannot be appealed to the U.S. Department of Education.

    Were You Selected for Verification

    Inceptia Verification Gateway

    Financial Aid Forms

    Types of Aid Available

    Grants

    Federal Pell Grant - The Federal Pell Grant is a federally funded grant based upon financial need as determined by the information received from the FAFSA.

    Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) - TPEG Grants are based on financial need and are designed to assist students in enrolling and remaining in college. Priority consideration is given to applicants who do not qualify for the Pell Grant.

    Towards Excellence Access and Success Grant (TEXAS) - Texas Grants are based on financial need and the high school curriculum of the student as well as other guidelines. For more information on this and other state programs, please visit www.collegeforalltexans.com.

    Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG) - TEOG Grants are based on financial need and are designed to provide grants to financially needy students enrolled in Texas public two-year colleges. For more information on this and other state programs, please visit www.collegeforalltexans.com.

    Texas Reskilling Support Fund Grant Program - Lamar State College Orange has received a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to cover tuition and fees for students who began college but dropped out before earning a degree or certificate, who wish to return, and who meet specific eligibility requirements. For more information, please visit lsco.edu/comebacktocollege.

    Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) - SEOG Grants are available to students who demonstrate exceptional need. Because funding is limited, priority is given to those who receive Pell Grants and meet application deadlines.

    Loans

    Direct Loans - Federal Direct Loans are available through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program.  In order to apply for Direct Loans students must complete the FAFSA form. First-time borrowers at LSCO must also complete an online entrance counseling session.

    Direct Loans must be repaid. Direct Loans are either subsidized or unsubsidized. A subsidized loan is awarded on the basis of financial need. The federal government pays interest on the loan ("subsidizes" the loan) until repayment begins and during authorized periods of deferment. An unsubsidized loan is not awarded on the basis of need. Interest is charged from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full.

    Students with previous loans should remain with the same lender.

    Applying for Direct Loans

    College Work Study - Students with documented financial need are eligible to apply for part-time employment. Employment will be either on campus or in a community service setting (e.g. GOALS - Greater Orange Area Literacy Service). Applications for student employment may be obtained in the Advising and Counseling Office.

    Scholarships - Scholarships are available through the LSCO Financial Aid Office and various other sources. Possible sources include, but are not limited to, organizations within the community, foundations, corporations, the parents' and/or the student's employer, churches, fraternities, sororities and various non-profit organizations. Information concerning scholarship sources can be found through numerous publications available in the library, via the Internet and by contacting the student's high school counselor.

    LSCO Scholarship Application and Search Sites

    Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Statement

    Students receiving financial aid are required by federal regulations to be making satisfactory progress toward a degree or certificate program. Copies of the standards of satisfactory progress are available in the Financial Aid Office and are distributed to all students receiving state and/or federal funds.

    Standards of Academic Progress (SAP)

    Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals Procedures

    Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form

    Withdrawal Policy

    Because of the Department of Education's withdrawal policy, students receiving Pell Grants who withdraw from school before 60 percent of the semester is complete may have to repay portions of their grants. Students will be ineligible to receive any future assistance until satisfactory repayment arrangements have been made.

    Contact Us

    Feel free to contact us for guidance through the application process.

    Phone: 409-882-3317
    Email: finaid@lsco.edu

    In Person:
    Office of Financial Aid
    410 Front Street, Orange, Texas 77630
    Inside the Ron E. Lewis Library on the third floor

    Office Hours:
    Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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