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Financial Aid applications are available in the Financial Aid Office. The forms can also be obtained from the Admissions Office and public libraries. An applicant will not be refused aid because of race, religion, creed, national origin, or sex. A student seeking financial aid must submit to Sojourner-Douglass College Financial Aid Form (FAF), Pell Grant Application (BEOG), and a Maryland State Scholarship form. The FAF/Maryland State Scholarship Service is submitted yearly for all students requesting financial aid. The student must provide evidence of financial need to qualify for financial aid. Sojourner-Douglass College offers a variety of educational assistance programs. Information and eligibility requirements for any form of financial aid listed below may be obtained from Sojourner-Douglass College's Financial Aid Office.

Students receiving financial aid must review and complete the tasks outlined here.

PELL Grants (formerly Basic Education Opportunity Grants)

Only undergraduate students who are United States citizens may apply for participation in the PELL Grant Program. Non-citizen undergraduates may gain eligibility by completing documents provided by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. The award is made in two payments during the year. The amount of the award is reduced if the student is enrolled for less than twelve (12) credits. Sojourner- Douglass students pursuing nine to eleven credits, and those pursuing six to eight credits are regarded as being three quarters (3/4) and half-time (1/2) students, respectively, and will be funded at lower levels. All interested Sojourner- Douglass students seeking financial aid must file the grant application. It is necessary to file for a PELL Grant as early as possible. The Student Eligibility Report is sent directly to the applicant by the PELL Grant Processing Center. If the Student Eligibility Report indicates that a student is eligible, the student sends it immediately to the Financial Aid Office of the College.

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National Direct Student Loan (NDSL)

The same eligibility requirements apply as under the PELL Grant Program. The student must be accepted for admission as a full or half-time undergraduate student, and meet the loan requirement. Loan resources are made available by the United States Government, but are administered by Sojourner-Douglass. The limited amount of money available requires that loan priority be given to full-time students. Students may obtain and file applications for National Direct Student Loans in the Office of Financial Aid. Applications received by April 1st are given priority consideration. Satisfactory academic progress and need are priority considerations.

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Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)

Again, the eligibility requirements are the same as for PELL and NDSL. The program provides the opportunity for Sojourner- Douglass students, who are citizens of the United States, to work on the campus. Sojourner-Douglass students are paid on a bi-weekly basis, and may use work-study awards to meet educational expenses. Work- study is an institutionally based federal program. This type of position is available during the academic year and is limited both by budget and the needs of the college. Financial need is considered in establishing the value of the awards.

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College Work-Study Program

The program provides the opportunity for Sojourner- Douglass students who are citizens of the United States to work on the campus. Sojourner-Douglass students are paid on a bi-weekly basis, and may use work-study awards to meet educational expenses. Work- study is an institutionally based federal program. This type of position is available during the academic year and is limited both by budget and the needs of the College. Financial need is considered in establishing the value of the awards.

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Sojourner-Douglass Tuition Grants

These grants are made available to Sojourner-Douglass students with outstanding academic achievement, and to those students who are in dire need of financial aid and cannot continue their education without it. Applications should be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid. High priority consideration is granted to those applications received before April1st. All applicants must be full-time students.

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Guaranteed Student Loan Program

Student loans are obtainable in Maryland from participating banks. Sojourner-Douglass College's Financial Aid Office is able to provide forms and counseling for Maryland residents. Counseling is also available for other types of loan organizations. Out of state students should get applications from participating banks or from their own state authority. Guaranteed loan applications must be completed by the school which the student attends or plans to attend. Many students are eligible for the Guaranteed Student Loan Program.

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