FAQ’s regarding the Perkin’s Grant
Q1. What is the Perkins Grant?
- A. A portion of funding available through the Carl D. Perkins Grant, designated for students enrolled in occupational courses at the college level.
Q2. Who is it for?
- A. The Perkins Grant is intended for students enrolled in occupational courses who are considered economically disadvantaged.
Q3. How does the Perkins Grant work?
- A. The Perkins grant is a reimbursement program for items that are required for class such as uniforms and shoes and other specialized equipment (tools, stethoscopes, thermometers, knives, etc). You must purchase the items and fill out an application for reimbursement in which you must also submit your receipts.
Q4. Do I qualify for the Perkins Grant?
- A. Are you enrolled in an occupational course (certificate, licensure, or applied science area)? If you are unsure contact Kim at 786-2599 or an academic advisor.
- B. Are you receiving financial aid? OR
- C. Did you have a taxable income last year of $20,000 or less?
- D. If you responded “YES” to A & B or A & C then you should qualify for the Perkins Grant.
Q5. Who decides who receives money and how is it decided?
- A. Applications are collected from students during the first part of both the fall and spring semesters. After the deadline date, November 1 for fall and April 1 for spring, the Perkins Coordinator reviews the applications and make decisions based on degree of financial need as indicated on the application.
Q6. Do I have to pay the money back, like a loan?
- A. NO, this is a grant not a loan so you are not obligated to pay the money back.
Q7. Will this grant affect my financial aid for next year?
- A. No receiving the Perkins Grant money for your occupational course will not affect financial aid for the next year.
Q8. If my application is approved, is there a maximum dollar amount I can receive?
- A. The Perkins Coordinator will determine a maximum dollar amount for reimbursement but typically will not exceed $300.00 per person.
Q9. If my application is approved, how long does it take to receive the money?
- A. Money will be disbursed approximately 14-16 business days after the deadline.
Q10. Will I receive the Perkins Grant in the form of cash, check, or financial credit for books etc.?
- A. A check will be mailed to your home address that is registered in the college database. Please be sure your information is up to date so that the check is mailed to the correct address.
Q11. What does the Perkins Grant pay for?
- A. Perkins Grant can reimburse you for “tools” you are required to purchase for your occupational class. Examples of such items are uniforms including shoes, stethoscopes, timers, knives, mechanics tools, thermometers, watches, etc.
Q12. Is there anything the Perkins Grant will not cover?
- A. The Perkins Grant will not cover “normal” college costs of tuition, fees, and textbooks. The Perkins Grant will not cover personal items such as physicals and immunizations for healthcare classes. The Perkins Grant will also not cover testing fees for national or state certification tests.
Q13. Can I apply more than once for the Perkins Grant?
- A. You can apply 1 time each semester. Application for the Perkins Grant does not guarantee approval.
Q14. Do I need to purchase the items before applying or will the Perkins Grant give me the money for the items before I purchase them?
- A. The Perkins Grant works on a reimbursement basis. This means you must purchase all your materials, uniforms, tools etc., and turn in all your itemized receipts with your Perkins Grant Application. Be sure all parts of the application are completed. Seek assistance from Kim Eddings in the Center for Academic Success, 786-2599, if you are having trouble with the application. A check will be issued as a reimbursement for your purchase. You may not be reimbursed for the entire amount.
Q15. What if I don’t graduate or pass my class for which the money was granted?
- A. You may be required to return the money or equipment if the class was not successfully completed.