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What is Program Objective Enrollment Compliance (POEC)?

​POEC is a term-by-term, federally mandated review of a student’s class schedule. The goal of POEC is to determine whether or not all classes within a student’s schedule for a given term are truly necessary for completion of that student’s declared degree. Classes which are identified as unnecessary for degree completion will be flagged as such, and excluded from financial aid coverage i.e. any coursework that is not recognized as being required will be excluded when calculating eligibility for Title IV funds (Pell Grant, Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, etc.).

For more information on POEC, click here.

What is Verification?
Definition and Purpose
•     Verification is a process used to check the accuracy of the information that a student has given when applying for federal financial aid.
•     If during the verification process it is determined that inaccurate information was in fact provided to the federal government corrections may be necessary.

Applicant Selections
Broward College is a Quality Assurance Institution and the US Department of Education has given BC authority to set its verification criteria.

Verification Process
Students can be selected for verification by both the US Department of Education and Broward College. Students (and parents, in the case of dependent students) who successfully utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool will not fall into our selection criteria and will not have to submit verification documents. Students who do not utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and fall into our selection criteria will be required to submit the necessary verification documents. *Please note: the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) is currently unavailable. When completing the income information section(s) on your FAFSA you will need to manually input your 2015 tax information. 
What is a Student Aid Report (SAR)?

(SAR) Student Aid Report— available on the FAFSA web site (as well as in your email), it summarizes the information on your completed FAFSA. Most notably it contains comments to help you identify any mistakes you may have made on your FAFSA, and even alerts you to any documentation that you may need to provide to your school. Review your SAR for comments and possible mistakes, then make corrections (at as necessary and gather documentation for submission to your school to resolve any remaining flags/discrepancies.

What is Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?
(EFC) Expected Family Contribution—A measurement of your family's financial strength, and is used to determine your eligibility for need based aid. You receive an EFC based on the processing results of your FAFSA. Your EFC can be found on your confirmation page once your FAFSA is submitted or on your SAR, or online at​
What is Cost of Attendance (COA)?
Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of the combined costs of direct and indirect educational expenses.  It takes into account your basic living expenses, such as:  housing, transportation, etc. Students are not allowed to receive aid that exceeds their cost of attendance. Use the Net Price Calculator for help.
What is '(financial) need'?

'Need' can be calculated as follows: COA - EFC = Need. ​Need-based awards include, but are not limited to, the Pell Grant, FSAG, FSEOG, FGMG, Federal Work Study, Federal Direct Subsidized Loan, etc. The greater the difference between a student's COA and their EFC the more room they will have for need-based aid. Each college/university sets its own COA based on its tuition costs etc., while EFC is determined by FAFSA information.     

What is the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) is located within the income section of the FAFSA application and allows the applicant to transfer their tax information from the IRS directly to the FAFSA. You must use the IRS DRT whenever possible. If you do not you may have to submit hard copies of your tax documents to the Financial Aid Office and holds may be placed on your financial aid account. Please note: the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) is currently unavailable. When completing the income information section(s) on your FAFSA you will need to manually input your 2015 tax information. 
Where can I get help completing my FAFSA?
Click Here for some general information on the FAFSA.

If you need in person assistance please visit one of our financial aid office locations.
What school code do I use on the FAFSA for Broward College?

Use school code 001500. Even though that code references the Fort Lauderdale location, it is actually good for all Broward College campuses and does not affect a student's ability to attend their preferred campus i.e. Central, North, South, etc. or receive aid there.

What is an FSA ID?

​As of May 10, 2015 an FSA ID replaces the PIN as your (and your parent's signature, if dependent) on your FAFSA. Whereas your PIN consisted of four numbers the FSA ID consists of a username and password. You will need your FSA ID to not only sign your FAFSA initially, but also to log back into your FAFSA to make any necessary corrections or updates, therefore it is very important that you not only establish your FSA ID as soon as possible but make a note of it as well.     
For more information regarding the FSA ID please click here.

What is Unusual Enrollment History (UEH)?

Unusual Enrollment History (UEH) refers to the circumstance where a student has enrolled at multiple institutions and received federal grant and/or student loan funding at those schools, all within a relatively short period of time, and is now attempting to receive additional aid.


Students who are flagged for UEH will need to provide a typed, detailed letter explaining their enrollment at their prior institutions. Before submitting this letter to the Broward College Financial Aid Office for review, students who have been flagged for UEH should review the information that is provided behind the 'Document Details' button on their MyBC financial aid 'Application Status' page, then return to the screen with the red flag to access the form that specifically applies to them. (There are two types of UEH flags, Category 2 and Category 3, and a student should be sure to address the one that applies to them.)             



Does federal aid cover remedial coursework?

Yes, but only up to 30 credit hours. A student who exceeds the 30 credit hour limit and still needs to take remedial coursework will need to pay out of pocket for any credits above the stated limit. For example, if a student has already attempted 28 credits of remedials and then enrolls for an additional remedial class, if otherwise eligible he/she will only be able to get coverage for 2 credit hours of that class. Furthermore, if a student has already reached or exceeded the 30 credit hour limit and subsequently enrolls in a remedial class they will have to cover the full cost of the additional remedial class out of pocket. 

What is Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU)?

The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you may receive over your lifetime is limited by federal law to be the equivalent of six years of funding. Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding you can receive each year is equal to 100%, the six-year equivalent is 600%. Once you hit this limit, regardless of your income, EFC, or other eligibility factors etc. you will have lost the ability to receive the Federal Pell Grant.  

What is Return to Title IV (R2T4)?

Return to Title IV or R2T4 is a federal regulation which governs how much aid a student earns for a given term. For example, if a student completes 60 percent or more of a term/payment period, the student earns all eligible aid during that term/payment period, and a Return to Title IV calculation is not required. If a student unofficially withdraws before 60 percent of the term/payment period, and fails to earn a passing grade in at least one course offered over an entire period, then that student is considered to have unofficially withdrawn. If a student officially withdraws, then this institution will use that date to determine the refund calculation and the amount of aid earned. If the student is considered to unofficially withdraw from the term/payment period, then this institution will use the midpoint of the term/payment period to determine the amount of aid earned.

This policy governs all Title IV funds including Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans.

What is Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR)?
(ISIR) Institutional Student Information Record- contains the information submitted on the FAFSA and the EFC as well as other information regarding financial aid eligibility. The ISIR is electronically transmitted to the school.​
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