Student Aid

Federal Student Aid
The College participates in the following Federal programs:

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is an award to help undergraduates pay for their education after high school (an undergraduate is defined as one who has not earned a Bachelor’s or professional degree). For many students, Pell Grants provide a “foundation” of financial aid. The maximum award for the Academic year 2010-11 is $5,550.

Federal SEOG Grant

A Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need, as determined by the College. Priority is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients.

Federal Work-Study

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program provides jobs for undergraduates who need financial aid. FWS gives students a chance to earn money to help pay their educational expenses. The program requires community service.

College Work Exchange Program

Students may apply for College Work Exchange each semester. A variety of jobs are available on campus and may be identified by speaking with the Director of Student Services. An Agreement Form is completed by the student, prior to the start of the semester, detailing the job assignment and the monetary value of that task.

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts uses the FAFSA, which is a standard needs-assessment method employing “federal methodology,” to determine need-based eligibility for financial aid. All students interested in financial aid should file the FAFSA annually. A student’s demonstrated need is calculated on the information reported, and is evaluated each year (or within the year if circumstances change). Once enrolled in the College, students must make satisfactory academic progress toward the degree or certificate program in which they are enrolled (see SAP or Standards of Academic Progress). If a student remains in a probationary status for two consecutive semesters (less than a 2.00 GPA per semester), they will automatically lose eligibility for both need-based and merit-based financial aid at the college. The aid may be reinstated only after two consecutive semesters of demonstrated academic progress
resulting in both a 2.00 semester, and cumulative, GPA average.

At least half-time enrollment is required to receive financial aid. Please note that partial or complete withdrawal during the add-drop period each semester may result in cancellation of College-awarded aid (please see refund policy).

State Grants
The College participates in the CICS (Connecticut Independent College Student Grant) which means that if a student is a Connecticut state resident, is federally eligible, and has financial need, as determined by their FAFSA,the student may be eligible to receive CICSG aid on a sliding scale basis. State Student Incentive Grant (SSIG) Application Material Eligibility criteria, application materials, and deadlines vary widely among participating states. Consult the State Student Assistance agency for further information.

Other State Grants, such as the State Student Incentive Grant (SSIG) may be available through the state you reside in. Application Material Eligibility criteria, Application materials, and deadlines vary widely among participating states. Consult the your State Student Assistance agency for further information.