Award Information

Conditions for receiving financial aid at Black Hawk College

  • You must make satisfactory academic progress in your course of study as defined by the Black Hawk College Financial Aid Academic Progress Policy.
  • Financial aid money received must only be used for educational expenses related to your program of study at Black Hawk College.
  • You must be enrolled in a program leading to a degree or an eligible certificate at Black Hawk College.

Payment of Financial Aid
Your financial aid award is based on your enrollment on the 10th day of the semester and will not be increased for any credit hours added after this date.

Black Hawk College will pay any charges on your student account beyond regular tuition and fees from any excess federal financial aid funds. These charges may include but are not limited to: bookstore charges, parking fees, library fees, etc.

Financial aid is paid to students in regular class attendance. If you register for classes and do not plan on attending, you are responsible for completing an Add/Drop Form in the Enrollment Services/Admissions Office. If you are dropped for never attending a class, you may be responsible for repayment of part of your financial aid.

Refund Information
After your tuition and books are deducted from your financial aid, you may have excess funds. All refunds are processed in the Bursar’s Office.

Federal Pell Grant

Your Pell Grant award is based on the information reported on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The federal government calculates an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), which determines your financial aid award. The award listed is for full-time enrollment (12 hours or more) and will be reduced if you enroll in fewer hours – contact the Financial Aid Office to determine reduced eligibility.

New regulations expand the Federal Pell Grant to include additional funding for summer enrollment. Students who were paid Pell Grants for full time enrollment in the fall and spring semesters will have funds for summer. You must enroll in at least 6 credit hours and be making satisfactory academic progress.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission Monetary Award Program (MAP)
By applying for financial aid and agreeing to share that information with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), you have been considered for the State of Illinois (IL) Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant. If you were determined to meet the eligibility criteria for the MAP grant, an award is included on this award letter. This award may be an estimate made by the Financial Aid Office and, if so, is identified as a “State of IL MAP Grant (Est.).” MAP grants are limited based on the number of applicants and funding levels appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly. Please be aware that in light of state funding constraints, reductions to estimated or actual MAP grants are possible.

Eligibility for a MAP grant is tracked by the equivalent number of semester credit hours of MAP benefits paid on your behalf. This is called MAP Paid Credit Hours. Payment for each term is being made according to the equivalent number of credit hours eligible for MAP payment, with a minimum of three and a maximum of 15 MAP Paid Credit Hours.

There is a limit on the number of MAP Paid Credit Hours that can be paid while you are classified by your school as a freshman and sophomore. This limit is the equivalent of 75 MAP Paid Credit Hours.  If this maximum is reached, you must attain junior status for your MAP grant eligibility to resume. The maximum number of MAP Paid Credit Hours that can be received is capped at 135.

If a State of IL MAP Grant (Est.) is not included in your award letter, you are not eligible for the grant at Black Hawk College.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
SEOG is awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional need. The award will be reduced in half for enrollment in 6-11 credit hours.

Federal Work-Study (WS)
Work-study is a need-based work program for students enrolled at least half-time.  A paycheck is received for hours worked, and the wages must be used for educational expenses. Go to College Central for job placement opportunities.

Students convicted for sale or distribution of drugs
A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for federal student aid (FSA) funds. Convictions only count against a student for aid eligibility purposes if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving federal student aid. See the Financial Aid Office for a detailed chart illustrating the period of ineligibility for FSA funds following a drug conviction.