PART-TIME STUDENT COMPLETION AWARD
Beatrice and Raymond Liebesman Completion Scholarship Fund
More than 25% of Hunter students attend Hunter College on a part-time basis. Many part-time students share a common challenge — maintaining a successful balance between college studies, family obligations and work schedule. Most part-time Hunter students are unable to attend college full-time due to these commitments or limited financial resources. Despite these challenges, many part-time Hunter students maintain strong academic records while managing a myriad of personal responsibilities.
In order to address the needs of part-time students, and acknowledge both their accomplishments and challenges, Hunter has established the Beatrice and Raymond Liebesman Completion Fund, also known as the Part-Time Student Completion Award. The primary goal of this award is to provide financial, academic, and personal support services to part-time students who are experiencing the situation described above, who also meet the criteria below.
- Current part-time students (11 ½ credits or less)*, who have also attended on a part-time basis during the prior semester/s.
- Commitment to register for an additional class needed for degree completion if financial support is awarded
- Matriculated status, including BA/MA students
- Completed at least 60 credits toward first undergraduate degree. Second undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees are ineligible.
- Declared major
- Cumulative Hunter College GPA of 3.0 or greater
- Fully-completed electronic (online) FAFSA and demonstrated need, as defined by Financial Aid/Scholarships
- Award candidates must attend a one-on-one meeting with the Program Coordinator
- U.S. citizens or documented international students**
- New York State residency. Applies to students who would take more than 11.5 credits per semester; program will pay up to NY State rate for eligible additional classes.
- Demonstrated other signs of academic success
Award recipients are expected to write a brief thank you note to the donor at the beginning of each semester.
→ * For this program, part-time enrollment is defined as taking fewer than 11.5 credits.
→ ** Undocumented students and international students who are unable to complete a current FAFSA are ineligible.
|Q.||I have met all of the requirements for eligibility, is there anything else that I must do to be considered for a Part-Time award?|
|A.||After eligible applicants are contacted by the Program Coordinator, the applicant must schedule a one-on-one meeting with Coordinator to answer basic questions and help ensure that applicant understands the Program structure and expectations.|
|Q.||I have met all of the requirements for eligibility, what type of award will I receive?|
|A.||An award candidate may take up to 3 additional credits beyond their current semester (or previous) level of enrollment at no additional cost of tuition.|
|Q.||Will the Part-Time award pay for all of my classes next semester, including the additional courses I plan to take?|
|A.||Award recipients will continue to be responsible for the level of tuition that they paid prior to receiving the award. For example, an award recipient who took six (6) credits in Fall 2015 and plans to take nine (9) credits in Spring 2016 would be responsible for the tuition cost of six (6) credits (or two courses) and the award would cover tuition for three (3) credits (or one course).|
|Q.||Is there a limit to the number of additional courses that I can take with the Part-Time award?|
|A.||Yes, the award will pay for a maximum of one (1) course during either the Fall or Spring semester.|
|Q.||How many semesters will I be able to receive a Part-Time award?|
|A.||As of Fall 2013, eligibility will terminate after one award semester.|
|Q.||What happens if I drop/withdraw from a course while receiving a Part-Time Award?|
|A.||Recipients who drop/withdraw from a course after the deadline for the 100% tuition refund are responsible for repaying the College all tuition charges related to the award course/credits.|
COURSES AND EXCLUSIONS
|Q.||Am I able to take any course that I want? And, are there any courses which would be excluded?|
|A.||An award recipient can take any required course that counts towards the completion of his/her degree. However, students can only take a maximum of four (4) CR/NC courses while receiving the award.|
|Q.||If I have all of the requirements for eligibility, will I definitely receive a Part-Time award?|
|A.||All awards are subject to available funding and final decisions are at the discretion of the Program Coordinator. Awards for the Summer and Winter sessions/semesters will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.|
How to Apply
You must have a current, electronic (online) Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file for this academic year. If you do not have this on file, please complete one immediately — you may do so at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
The Part-Time Student Support Award's primary goal remains to provide financial, academic support services and personal support to individuals currently taking 11.5 or less credits who would like to increase the number of courses they take and/or to become a full-time student.
To begin the process of applying for a Part-Time Student Support Award scholarship, complete the online Part-time Scholarship Application. Once your answers are submitted, you will be contacted by the Program Coordinator.
If you have questions, or if you have difficulty submitting the online application, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the Program Coordinator, Taahira A. Maynard, at 212.772.4925.
To enhance your academic and personal experience at Hunter College, we encourage you to take advantage of the many support services which we provide. Please visit the Division of Student Affairs website at: www.hunter.cuny.edu/studentaffairs.