Financial Aid Policies and Procedures
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OPEID Number: 00563800
According to Federal regulations, (34 CFR 668.16(e), 34 CFR 668.32(f), 34 CFR 668.34 and institutional regulations, financial aid recipients must meet all Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards prior to the awarding and/or disbursing of any federal student aid funds. A review of SAP is conducted prior to each disbursement date for all Title IV recipients. The Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy ensures student success and accountability and promotes timely advancement toward objectives at Downey Adult School (DAS). SAP guidelines are based on reasonable expectations of academic progress. Accordingly, these guidelines should not be a hindrance to any student in good academic standing and will be measured using two standards.
- Qualitative – All students must maintain a minimum of cumulative grade point average (GPA) requirement
- Quantitative – Meeting a minimum number of hours per week.
Gainful Employment Disclosures
In order to be eligible for Federal Student Aid, a student must be enrolled in an educational program that prepares them for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Students must be enrolled in one of DAS’s non-degree certificate programs in order to be eligible for Federal Student Aid at Downey Adult School.
Education Benefit Programs Offered by the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense
If you served on Active Duty, you might be eligible for education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. For example, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for educational and housing expenses to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
If you are currently serving in the military, you may be eligible for funding offered through the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance program. Check your eligibility status and the amount for which you qualify with your Service prior to enrolling.
If you are the spouse or child of a service member who is serving on active duty Title 10 orders in the paygrades of E1-E5, O1-O2, or W1-W2, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the Department of Defense for education, training, and/or the occupational license and credentials necessary for a portable career.
If you are the spouse or child of a service member, you may be eligible for transfer of the service member’s Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to you.
Please contact Evelyn Velasco at (562) 940-6284 for further information.
DAS makes a good faith effort to provide voter registration forms for all students who are eligible to vote and haven’t yet registered or for students who have moved, changed names, or wish to change party affiliation and need to update their information.
Monthly student assemblies offer an opportunity to remind students to register to vote. At our Constitution Day celebration, we include representatives from such organizations as the League of Women Voters to encourage students to register. Requirements for voting in California and other helpful information such as registration deadlines are presented on the California Secretary of State’s website: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration.
Voter registration forms are available in the DAS office. Students can pick up forms at any time before the registration deadline for each election. For those who prefer to register electronically, California also offers online registration at http://registertovote.ca.gov.
Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, the United States Department of Education has implemented Year-Round Pell Grants, permitting students to receive up to 150% of the regular Pell Grant Award over the course of 1 academic year.
Provisions of the new law passed, state that any Pell Grant received will be included in determining the student’s Pell Grant duration of eligibility and Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) in accordance with section 401(c)(5) of the HEA.
With careful planning, Pell Grant recipients may take advantage of this new regulation to complete their eligible program. However, students should keep in mind that the use of Year-Round Pell may significantly reduce their Lifetime Eligibility Units (LEU).
In an effort to help offset the cost of attendance for your program, DAS will automatically award you Year-Round Pell. If you wish to cancel your entire pell grant award or not utilize Year-Round Pell from your award offer, you must notify the Financial Aid Office, in writing or in person, any time up to the date of your 2019/2020 disbursement.
Rates for Completion and Placement and Licensure
Summary of Program Data for
Downey Adult Career and Education Center
Students Graduating July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018
Reported December 2018
|COE Minimum Benchmarks:||60%||70%||70%|
|Career Technical Education (CTE) Programs||DAS|
|Clinical Medical Assistant||70%||70%|
|Emergency Medical Technician||100%||10%|
|Medical Assistant and Phlebotomy||100%||50%|
|Medical Biller Coder||63%||87%|
|Advanced Private Security Academy||Not Reported in 2018||Not Reported in 2018||Not Reported in 2018|
*There were no graduate completers in this program during this time period.
As mandated by Downey Adult School Career and Education Center’s accreditation agency, the Council on Occupational Education, the Job Placement rate is calculated as follows: The numerator consists of all graduates within the specified time period that got training-related jobs. The denominator consists of all graduates within the specified time period. Excluded from this calculation were graduates unavailable for employment because of pregnancy and other serious health-related issues, caring for ill family members, or death; and graduates who refused employment or enrolled in a program strictly for personal use.
The Council on Occupational Education 7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350, Telephone: 770-396-3898 / FAX: 770-396-3790, www.council.org
Student’s Right and Responsibilities
IMPORTANT: Students receiving financial aid must be aware of their rights and responsibilities as financial aid recipients.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW:
* The types of financial aid available to you at DAS: Federal Pell Grant.
* The deadlines for submitting applications, eligibility requirements, terms, polices, procedures and regulation that apply to each of the programs.
* How your financial need is determined; this includes, cost for tuition and fees, books and supplies, food, housing, personal/misc.
* How and when financial aid is paid to students
* How to continue to maintain eligibility for financial assistance; including how the financial aid office determines you are maintaining satisfactory academic progress and what happens if you are not.
* DAS’s withdrawal policy: Specifically, information regarding the portion, if any, of tuition and fees that are refunded to you if you withdraw and the portion, if any, of the financial aid you must pay back to DAS immediately, if you withdraw before the end of the payment period or the program. (See refund policy)
IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO:
* Understand and comply with the terms and conditions of federal student aid that you receive
* Use financial aid funds only for education expenses (tuition, fees, books, supplies and other living costs)
* Respond promptly to all requests for supplemental information or documentation from the Financial Aid Office
* Read, understand and keep copies of all forms that you are asked to submit or sign
* Notify the Financial Aid Office if there is any change to information you reported on the FAFSA;
* Know and comply with DAS’S Refund and Withdrawal policies
* Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress to continue to be eligible for financial aid
* Understand that by signing the FAFSA, you agree that the information provided is accurate and complete and that if you purposely give false or misleading information, you may be subject to penalties under the U.S. Criminal Code.