Financial Aid

***At this time, Morris Brown College is not approved to administer Title IV funds (Federal Financial Aid from FAFSA). Please continue to check back for updates.

The Financial Aid Office is located in the Dr. Gloria L. Anderson Multi-Purpose Complex (Administration Building) on the second floor. The primary purpose of the Financial Aid Office at Morris Brown College is to provide financial assistance to students who, without such aid, would be unable to attend college.

Specific information about scholarship disbursement to student accounts, payment deadlines, balance information, e-billing, deposits, and payment plans can be viewed in Populi. In addition, enrollment requirements and types of scholarships, awarding procedures, can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.

Tuition and Fees

Morris Brown College Fees

Refund Policy

Refund of Tuition, Fees, and Other Charges 

The following regulations apply with respect to refunds and adjustments in charges.

  1. All funds, except the $30.00 maximum application fee, are fully refundable if a student withdraws within three days (72 hours) of signing their student contract/enrollment agreement.
  2. If a student desires to withdraw officially from the College at any time during the semester, he/she must apply formally to the Registrar and obtain clearance from the offices of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President of Student Affairs, and the Vice President of Fiscal Affairs.
  3. Students must officially withdraw from the college to be eligible for a pro-rated refund.

Please note: Once a student begins classes, tuition is subject to refunds pro-rated based on the amount of the course attended up to 50%. After 50% of the course has been completed, no refund is required. 

Note: Students are eligible for refunds if official withdrawal is made according to the following schedule for traditional semester students (16 weeks):

(a) 2nd week of semester = 87.5%; (b) 4th week of semester = 75%; (c) 6th week of semester = 62.5%; and (d) 8th week of semester = 50%. (e) 9th week and beyond = 0%.

Students are eligible for refunds if official withdrawal is made according to the following schedule for students (8 weeks):

(a) 2nd week of semester = 75%; (b) 3rd week of semester =50%; (c)4th week and beyond = 0%

Scholarships

General Scholarships:

The Office of Admissions awards several scholarships to new and returning students. Recipients are selected from a competitive pool of students based on the academic profile and details submitted in the admissions application. The scholarship committee considers those who demonstrate strong academic performance and engagement. This determination is based on need, the grade point average, standardized test scores, community service and leadership.

Students who have been awarded a General scholarship are notified after the scholarship committee meets. The details of the scholarship are included in the scholarship letter. Morris Brown College does not require a separate application process for General scholarship consideration nor do students have to request to be considered.

We highly suggest that students research outside scholarship resources.

Institutional Scholarships:

Academic Scholarship: $4250 Per Semester; 3.0 – 3.4 GPA on final high school transcript; For traditional students from high school ONLY. Please contact the Office of Admissions for the application.

A.M.E Scholarship:  Up to $4250 Per Semester; 2.5 GPA and member of AME Church; For adult and traditional students who are current or new students. Visit AME Church – Morris Brown College for more details and to apply.

Miss MBC Scholarship:  $4250 Per Semester; 3.0 GPA or higher.  Please contact the Office of Student Services for the application.

Mr. MBC Scholarship:  $4250 Per Semester; 3.0 GPA or higher. Please contact the Office of Student Services for the application.

eSports Scholarship:  $500 Per Semester; eSports majors.  Please contact the Office of Admissions to apply.

SGA President Scholarship: $4250 Per Semester; 3.0 GPA or higher.  Please contact the Office of Student Services for the application.

Tips for Obtaining Outside Scholarships

START EARLY
The more time you give yourself, the more successful your search. Start the process at least nine months before you need funds.

GET INVOLVED
Scholarship donors are looking for well-rounded students who are involved in activities both in school and in the community. A well–rounded student has a better chance of receiving scholarships.  Also remember that some clubs and organizations have scholarships associated with membership.

DO RESEARCH
Consider unique circumstances or conditions that might make you eligible for scholarships such as being a foster child, having asthma, having a disability or being a part of a military family. Scholarship opportunities can be found in many places including local civic organizations, your (or your parents’) employers, local businesses, your high school guidance counselor’s office, and the Internet.

APPLY
Apply for as many scholarships that you are eligible for as possible.  Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to complete applications and remember many applications require letters of recommendation, transcripts and other supporting documentation.  Give yourself plenty of time to collect this information.  Give people writing letters of recommendation at least two weeks to complete the letter.  Most scholarships have strict deadlines for applying.  Keep a calendar with all of the deadlines listed so that you do not let any expire.

Before you send in your completed application, make sure to double check for spelling and grammar errors. Put your best effort forward, be neat and organized – first impressions count!

Remember that the application process takes time and it could be months before you are notified of any awards. It’s not uncommon for there to be no follow-up correspondence from the organization as they receive numerous applications.

DON’T GIVE UP
Just because you didn’t receive one scholarship doesn’t mean you won’t receive others, so keep applying and don’t get discouraged, the more applications you submit the more likely you’ll receive a scholarship.

Outside scholarship search:

http://www.salliemae.com/scholarshipsearch

https://www.fastweb.com

Satisfactory Academic Policy

Satisfactory Academic Policy

Federal regulations mandate a student receiving financial assistance under Title IV programs must maintain satisfactory academic progress in his/her course of study regardless of whether or not financial aid is awarded each semester. Title IV funds include Pell Grant, SEOG, Direct Loans, and Federal Work Study.

Student financial aid, as defined in this policy, specifically applies to all federal, state, and certain institutional aid programs. Federal guidelines stipulate that this policy applies to ALL enrollment periods, regardless of whether students have received financial aid.

SAP will be reviewed at the end of each semester for programs one year or less.  SAP will be reviewed at the end of each academic year (Spring Semester) for programs greater than one year.

NECESSARY REQUIREMENTS FOR SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS: 

Qualitative – Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) must be at least 1.75 at the end of the Freshman year (first time college students only).  All other students are required to earn at least a 2.0 at the end of each academic year.  All students are required to earn at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of their second year of attendance (fourth semester of enrollment) and each subsequent academic year until graduation.

Quantitative – Refers to a student’s pace. Must complete at least 67% of the cumulative hours attempted each semester. This will include remedial classes. Attempted also includes any classes with a grade of “F, FN, W, WF, WP, WU, and I”. Transfer credits accepted by the institution towards a student’s program are included in the attempted and completed hours and will be used in the pace calculation.

Maximum timeframe – Morris Brown College is a four-year college with certificate and bachelor’s degree programs. Students must complete their program of study within 150% of the length of the program. For example, a program with a length of 120 hours must be completed within 180 attempted hours. 120 x 150% = 180 hours. Another example would be the Esports Certificate program with 24 hours required- 24 x 150% = 36 maximum attempted hours. Again, all courses taken, including transfer courses and courses with a grade of “F, FN, W, WF, WP, WU, and I”, will be included in this calculation. This number will not be rounded up or down. The quantitative standard is used to measure a student’s pace in a program. A student may be on pace for the semester but not be on pace when calculating the cumulative hours. Pace is measured by dividing the cumulative number of hours the student has successfully completed by the cumulative number of hours the student has attempted.  A student is ineligible for financial aid when it becomes mathematically impossible to complete the program within 150% of its length.  An appeal will be possible.   

FAILURE TO MEET MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: 

Financial Aid Probation is a status assigned to a student who fails to make satisfactory academic progress for a subsequent payment period and who has appealed and has had eligibility for aid reinstated. A student on financial aid probation may receive Title IV funds for one payment period (semester). At that point, the student must meet the school’s SAP standards or the requirements of the established individual academic plan to maintain Title IV eligibility.

Financial Aid Suspension is a status assigned to a student who has not met the requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress and has not been granted an appeal or a student who was on Financial Aid Probation and failed to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress or the requirements of the established academic plan and will not be eligible to receive Title IV funds.

APPEAL PROCEDURES: 

Students who have not made satisfactory academic progress may file an appeal to the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals Committee.

You can appeal if:  

  1. There is a death of a relative
  2. an injury or illness occurred
  3. other special circumstances

How to appeal:  

  1. Complete a SAP appeal form (available in the Financial Aid Office)
  2. Appeal is due to the Financial Aid Office within seven calendar days of notification.
  3. Students must submit a SAP appeal form, a current MBC transcript, and a letter of explanation of mitigating circumstances with all appropriate documentation attached.
  4. Appeals and supporting documentation should be emailed to Stephanie Gunby, Director of Financial Aid, stephanie.gunby@morrisbrown.edu

The Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals Committee will review the request and make a decision within ten business days of the receipt of the appeal.  Written notification of the decision will be forwarded to the student.   

If your appeal is approved:  

  1. You will be placed on Financial Aid Probation/PLAN.
  2. You must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress minimum requirements as outlined                         above.
  3. You must meet the minimum requirements EVERY semester.
  4. You will be evaluated at the end of each semester to determine that you continue to be eligible for Title IV funds.

If your appeal is denied:  

  1. A student has the right to appeal to the President.
  2. The student has 10 business days after receiving the Appeals Committee’s decision to appeal to the President.
  3. The decision made by the President is final and no other appeal exists.
  4. The student must follow any conditions set forth by the President while in PLAN status in order to continue in PLAN status for subsequent terms. For example, if a student is required to meet with an academic advisor during a specified semester, failure to do this would place a student back in suspension status.

If you fail to meet minimum standards while you are on Financial Aid Probation/PLAN:  

  1. You will not receive any Financial Aid funds.
  2. If you are on suspension for GPA/PACE, then you must get back into Good Standing on your own.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 

Excluded Grades 

The following types of grades cannot be used to remove financial aid probation or suspension or to fulfill re-matriculation requirements: credits by audit or special examination; grades earned from advanced placement or CLEP exams for which prior approval was not obtained; withdrawal or incomplete grades; and grades earned in zero-credit courses.

Additional SAP Requirements 

  1. Students who are not receiving financial aid will still be evaluated for financial aid eligibility on the same basis as students who receive federal, state, or institutional aid.  Should such students apply for financial aid, eligibility will be based on their past performance as measured by the SAP standards for financial aid.
  2. Students who are enrolled in a dual degree program may request in writing an extension of the maximum time frame provision of the SAP policy.  Such requests will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  3. Students who are pursuing a second degree will be given the equivalent of six (6) full-time semesters to complete the program, including prerequisite courses.
  4. Transfer students will be placed within the policy’s maximum time-frame level based on the number of transfer credits accepted by Morris Brown College.
  5. Credits earned at foreign institutions are included in the financial aid SAP evaluation if the college accepts the credits.
  6. Courses in which a grade of “I” was given will count toward the academic year attempted minimum and will influence the GPA in the semester the course was taken.  All attempted and earned credits are counted in maximum time-frame determination.
  7. Credit for remedial courses will count toward determination of enrollment status, minimum credits, and maximum time frame.
  8. Courses that are repeated will count toward enrollment status and maximum time frame.  For purposes of financial aid SAP, only credits adding to the cumulative credits earned will be acceptable toward the required minimum number of credits earned each year.  Repeat courses for which a student previously received a passing grade will not count.

Contact Us

Morris Brown College

Financial Aid Office
643 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Atlanta, GA 30314
Phone: 404-458-6085 ext. 2003
Fax: 678-585-6648
stephanie.gunby@morrisbrown.edu