Cost & Financial Aid

Financial Aid Policy on Disbursements

Financial Aid Awards

Once class attendance is verified each term, financial aid is disbursed to the student’s account. If the student's aid is greater than the total tuition, fees, and bookstore charges for the term, the student may qualify for a financial aid disbursement check.

Book Advance

Students are eligible for a Book Advance up to $2,000 prior to the start of the term, if their financial aid exceeds their charges for tuition and fees. The Book Advance will allow students to purchase books and supplies prior to the beginning of the term. The Book Advance is calculated by subtracting tuition and fees from the amount of authorized aid up to a maximum Book Advance of $2,000. The Book Advance will allow up to $250 in purchases of incidental expenses, i.e. gas cards.

Students with available funding will be allocated up to an additional $1,100 for a laptop purchase. Students may purchase one laptop using the Book Advance during their time at Piedmont Tech.

Disbursements

Students will receive any remaining financial aid funds after tuition and fees are paid each term.    Loans are disbursed in two installments.  Grants and Scholarships are paid in one disbursement.  See the dates listed on the in the Financial Aid section of the events calendar on the web and on the Student calendar.

Student Benefits:
  • Provides funds for books and supplies prior to the start of the term.

  • Assists with budgeting and planning for the entire term.

  • Increases student success.

  • Decreases the amount of student loan defaults.

  • Ensures financial aid is based on actual enrollment.

  • Meets federal financial aid accountability requirements.

  • Saves college resources to help keep tuition low.

Disbursement Examples

Once a student's financial aid is transferred to their account, if the amount of the student's financial aid exceeds tuition, fees, bookstore charges, and other institutional charges on the student account, the student is entitled to a disbursement check. Students will need to plan ahead for other expenses such as rent, transportation, and child care until the financial aid check disbursement dates.

Example A

Example B

Example C

$5500 Financial Aid Award
- 1785 Tuition & Fees
= 3715 Remaining
- 2,000 Book Advance
= $1715 FA Disbursement Check

$2185 Financial Aid Award
- 1785 Tuition & Fees
= 400 Remaining
- 400 Book Advance
= $0 FA Disbursement Check

$1000 Financial Aid Award
- 1785 Tuition & Fees
=785 Student Owes
= 0 Book Advance
= $0 FA Disbursement Check

Disbursement Advance

A disbursement advance is a cash advance against an expected financial aid refund and is intended to help students meet their short term financial needs. Refund advance requests are available only to students receiving sufficient financial aid to create a credit balance after tuition and fees are paid. The maximum refund advance is $1,500 per semester, not to exceed the credit balance.

In order to request a disbursement advance you must:

  1. Submit an application to the Business Office 30 days prior to the start of classes.

  2. Register at least half time (6 credit hours) for the upcoming semester by 30 days prior to the start of classes.

  3. Complete all financial aid requirements and have a pending credit balance applied to your account by 30 days prior to the start of classes. Due to processing time, students must have all financial aid requirements, including loan applications, submitted 45 days prior to the start of classes.

  4. Be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students who have an approved appeal are ineligible for a disbursement advance.