Federal Requirements & Appeals

MCC Offers the Following Federal Student Aid Programs:

Federal Aid Requirements

To receive federal financial aid you must meet the following conditions and provide documentation if requested to do so:

  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Be enrolled or accepted for admission as a regular student at MCC
  • Not be concurrently enrolled in an elementary or secondary school
  • Be enrolled in a degree program
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Have a demonstrated financial need if required
  • Maintain reasonable academic progress
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe a repayment of a federal grant or loan at any institution
  • Not have borrowed in excess of the annual or aggregate loan limits of a federal loan program
  • Agree to use funds received only for educational costs
  • Register with the Selective Service if required
  • Not have had a felony or misdemeanor drug conviction, without the specified counseling afterward
  • Not be receiving federal aid at another college for the same term

Note: These requirements apply to all federal aid. Also, federal aid is NOT available for correspondence study, continuous registration hours or audit hours.

Financial Aid Appeals

Occasionally students or parents will feel that the information required on the FAFSA does not realistically reflect their circumstances or their ability to provide the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). When this happens, a student may choose to submit an appeal to the MCC Student Services office requesting that his or her situation be reviewed.

Financial Aid Appeal: The most common type of appeal requests a reconsideration of the amount of aid that has been offered by providing additional information that will assist the office in determining the student’s eligibility for financial aid.

Dependency Appeal: This appeal is for students who feel that they should be considered independent from their parent(s) for financial aid purposes, even though they do not meet any of the automatic independent criteria as outlined in the FAFSA.