SLCC offers financial aid options

South Louisiana Community College is now eligible to offer its students more federal financial aid options through federal work-study and direct loan programs.

The additional financial aid options will be available to students starting in the fall. Current financial aid options available to students include: the federal Pell Grant program, National Guard tuition exemption program, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs assistance, the state’s TOPS scholarship program and AmeriCorps payments. The college also offers more than $60,000 in scholarships.

The new options will help more college students pay for their education because nearly 60 percent of SLCC students pay out of pocket for college and don’t qualify for Pell Grants, said Christine Payton, SLCC public relations director.

The work-study option allows students to attend classes full time while working part time on campus, David Volpe, SLCC vice chancellor of student services, said in a news release.

“The availability of on-campus employment will provide additional flexibility when scheduling classes. Students won’t have to account for extra drive time to reach a job off campus,” Volpe said.

To become eligible for financial aid, students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The federal form enables the college to determine a student’s eligibility for financial aid.

For more information about SLCC’s financial aid programs, visit www.solacc.edu/financial aid. Information about SLCC’s scholarships can be found at www.solacc.edu/students/ studentscholarships.