Here are some answers from NMC’s Financial Services department to frequently asked questions about financial aid during the coronavirus crisis.
Q: If I drop a class, will I have to pay financial aid back?
A: If you attended the class at least once, and then dropped it after the 100% Refund Date, we do not need to adjust aid for the semester — as long as you were still in at least one other class to the end of the semester.
Q: If I drop all of my classes, will I have to pay aid back?
A: If you withdrew from all classes, and had attended through at least 60% of the semester (example: March 15 was 60% for spring 2020), aid for the semester does not need to be adjusted. If you dropped or stopped attending prior to 60%, we may need to return aid.
Q: Can I be refunded my tuition and fees if I had to drop spring 2020 classes due to COVID-19 complications?
A: The refund date for the semester has already passed, but you can make a refund exception request using this form. We have streamlined the process and will not require additional documentation for COVID-19 related issues. Where possible, NMC will give retake credit for a future semester.
Q: Will I lose my future financial aid if I did poorly in spring 2020 or had to withdraw due to COVID-19 complications?
A: To continue financial aid, students need to be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Read NMC’s SAP policy. If you were suspended for aid, you can appeal for reinstatement for COVID-19 related complications. If you are suspended from aid, you can then appeal: Here’s how to submit an SAP Appeal.
Q: My 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was based on 2018 income. Can my aid (Expected Family Contribution) be recalculated if I currently make less than 2018?
A: If your loss of income has been going on for at least 10 weeks, you can complete an appeal form and provide documentation: Instructions for appeals. Keep in mind that we need to count unemployment payments as income.
Q: How can I get help with expenses related to COVID-19 disruption?
A: Apply for emergency aid here: NMC Emergency Aid Application.
Q: How can I get help with tuition and fees for the semester?
A: Apply now for scholarships: NMC General Scholarship Application.
- Completing a FAFSA at StudentAid.gov will help you maximize your aid options.