Hebrew College’s financial aid program is designed to ensure that, to the extent possible, financial need is not a barrier to study here. Regardless of your family income, please consider applying for financial aid. We take many factors into consideration, not just financial need. The only way to know if you will be eligible for grants, loans, fellowships and scholarships is to apply for aid.
Preference in financial aid decisions is given to those who return their completed application by the March 1 deadline. Financial aid decisions are based on both need and merit, and reflect the college’s commitment to admit students regardless of financial need.
All matriculated students must reapply for financial aid each year. The entire application is due on March 1, including the student’s FAFSA application (www.fafsa.ed.gov) and tax information. We cannot base any financial aid decisions on incomplete applications. Applications received after the March 1 deadline will still be considered, but there may be less money available for distribution.
Those students wishing to apply for fellowships and other merit-based funds only should complete the Hebrew College Financial Aid form and note on the form that you do not wish to be considered for need-based or federal aid. If this is the case, you do not need to complete the FAFSA Application.
Qualifying for Financial Aid
To qualify for financial aid, the application must meet the following criteria:
- Be a matriculated student in one of the college’s degree or certificate programs, or be in the process of applying for admittance to one of the degree or certificate programs.
- Be enrolled in enough credits during the semester to be considered at least a half-time student. (While the number of credits required to be counted as attending half-time may vary by program, generally this means taking a minimum of six credits during the semester.)
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress in the student’s course of study.
No one who owes a refund on a federal grant or is in default on a federal educational loan will qualify for aid.
Any award is subject to revision if the student changes the number of credits he/she is taking, or if the student’s financial situation changes. The college will also make adjustments if there are discrepancies between the financial aid application and supporting documentation.
Hebrew College reserves the right to withhold financial support from any student who has not met his/her financial obligations to the college.
Federal Direct Loans are low-interest loans made to the student through the U.S. Department of Education. These loans are subject to federally mandated regulations regarding student eligibility, interest rate, repayment, and refund rules. The loans are obtained through the college, and if the student is qualified, will be offered as part of the student’s financial aid package. Students are not obligated to take out a student loan. The college cannot, however, offer additional aid if the student does not want to borrow in order to pay for school.
How to Apply
All students must complete both the Hebrew College Financial Aid Application (pdf) and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Hebrew College’s FAFSA code is #002157. NOTE: International students need not complete the FAFSA.
The FAFSA application may be completed online at the FAFSA website. Awards are based on your federal tax returns. Applications for the 2014-15 academic year are based on your 2014 federal returns (those due in April 2014). You may begin your FAFSA application using estimates, but once you file your taxes, you will be required to go back to your FAFSA and change your answers to match your tax forms. You will also be asked to use the IRS Data Retrieval System available on the FAFSA website once you file your taxes. Full information is available on the FAFSA website.
Continuing matriculated students must reapply each year for finaincial aid. Applications are due by March 1 to receive full consideration. Applications will be accepted after that date, but late applicants run the risk of receiving less funding.
Students applying for admission should complete their aid application at the same time they complete their admissions application or as soon as they are accepted. Should you defer admittance for a year, your application for financial aid will be due by March 1 before your entry date (in July or September).
Marilyn J. Jaye
Director of Financial Aid 617-559-8642
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