Federal Pell Grants are need-based gift aid that does not need to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded to eligible students with financial need who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree.
Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) is a need-based grant available to Pell-eligible students only. The school determines the award amount each year based upon the availability of funds.
Federal Work Study (FWS) is a federal need-based work opportunity and based on the Expected Family Contribution on your processed FAFSA. The school determines the eligibility and award amount each year based upon the availability of funds. Work Study positions are posted with the Student Services Office for both on and off campus opportunities. A position is not guaranteed. If a student is determined eligible for FWS, the student will earn a bi-weekly paycheck for hours worked to be used for personal expenses. The earnings should be excluded from the following year’s FAFSA data.
Federal Direct Subsidized Loan awards are federal need-based loans. The six-month grace period begins as soon as a student falls below half-time status. Loan levels are set by the government based on academic year in school.
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan awards are federal non-need-based loans and available regardless of financial need. Interest accrues while a student is enrolled in school. Interest is deferred while a student is enrolled at least half time in school. The interest is capitalized (added to the principal balance) at the end of the six-month grace period.
You can view and manage your Federal Direct Stafford Loan debt at www.nslds.ed.gov. There is a limit to the total amount of Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans that a student may receive. For more information, visit www.studentloans.gov.
Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan program is a borrowing option for parents of dependent undergraduate students. Financial need is not a requirement for borrowing a PLUS loan. Parents can borrow up to the financial aid cost of attendance minus all financial aid awards. A positive credit history is required. The PLUS application and loan promissory note can be completed electronically at www.studentloans.gov.
The Master Promissory Note: All Federal Direct Loan borrowers are required to complete a Master Promissory Note. An electronic Master Promissory Note can be completed online at www.studentloans.gov. You will need your FSA ID to log in to the federal loan website.
Visit www.StudentAid.ed.gov for additional information on all federal financial aid sources.
Vermont residents can apply for a Vermont State Grant by visiting VSAC online, or by calling 800.798.8722 to request a paper application. State grant applications are usually available after the first of the year and some have specific application deadlines. Students from outside of Vermont should check with their state higher education authority about the availability of state grants, eligibility requirements, and application process. If you need assistance contacting your state higher education agency, call NECI’s Office of Financial Aid at 877.223.NECI (6324).
To apply for NECI scholarships, all required documentation must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office via email, fax, or mail prior to your initial financial aid offer.
NECI reserves the right to revise your initial award offer if you receive outside resources or if you become eligible for additional institutional scholarships.
Academic Excellence Scholarship
The Academic Excellence Scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement.
*All awards made prior to the completion of high school are subject to GPA verification upon receipt of a student’s final official transcript.
Culinary Excellence Scholarship
The Culinary Excellence Scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated exceptional culinary achievement.
Many local and state organizations offer scholarships. Check with your town hall, guidance office, and State Higher Education office for additional scholarship listings and information about relevant search engines. Many scholarships have various application deadlines, award dates and application criteria. This is not a complete list of external scholarship opportunities, yet it is a terrific place to start.
National Scholarship Websites
Culinary Specific Scholarships
Merit and Need Based Scholarships
Due to the enactment of the Student Aid Provisions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, all Federal Stafford and Plus Loans will be originated through the Federal Government (Direct Lending) for all academic periods beginning after June 30, 2010.
First Time NECI Students
Please go to www.studentloans.gov to complete your Stafford Loan Entrance Counseling requirement and to sign your Master Promissory Note. You will need your Federal PIN number to complete this.
Parent Plus Loan Borrowers
If you are a parent of a dependent NECI student and wish to borrow a Parent Plus Loan for your student, please go to www.studentloans.gov to authorize a credit check and to complete a Plus Master Promissory Note.
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