After Your Award
We know that once you have your financial aid award, you have a lot of things to consider before enrolling in these uncertain times. But you don’t have to figure it out alone.
Have you seen our plans to screen people before entering the building; sanitize classrooms; reduce class sizes; and offer safe, flexible online and on-campus course options?
We’re working hard to make sure you feel comfortable, and still have access to support like financial aid, advising, wifi, tutoring, events, financial coaching, and counseling.
The first day of Fall classes is August 24 and multiple start dates are available. Please check out the next steps and resources below.
How to Accept or Decline Aid
Make sure you accept or decline the types of aid you are offered. Some types of aid – like grants – don’t require you to accept, but it’s best to double-check.
- Visit https://myeagle.hccs.edu
- Select ‘Student Sign-in’ tile to login
- Select 'Financial Aid' tile/tab
- Choose the aid year.
- Review the details of your award package. Some of the awards are automatically accepted for you.
- Accept, reduce or decline the loans offered to you.*
How to View Requirements for Grants and Loans
FEDERAL PELL GRANTS
- Pell Grants are automatically accepted, and therefore do NOT require any action to accept.
- You don't have to enroll in a certain number of hours for the Pell grant. The amount of the award will be adjusted based on how many credit hours
STATE GRANTS (TEOG or TPEG)
- State Grants are automatically accepted, and therefore do NOT require you to accept or decline.
- Enroll in Six Credit Hours | State Grant Programs (TEOG or TPEG) require enrollment of 6 or more credits. Award will be canceled if you enroll in less than 6 credits.
- Texas Grant programs require additional documents. Please check your to-do list.
- Accept or Decline Awards | You can decide how much of the loan(s) you want to accept.
- Enroll in 6 Credit Hours | Loan funds require enrollment of 6 or more credits. Award will be canceled if you enroll in less than 6 credits.
- Master Promissory Note (MPN) | If you haven't already done so, submit an MPN online at www.studentloans.gov.
- Entrance Loan Counseling | If you haven't already done so, complete Entrance Loan Counseling online at www.studentloans.gov.
- Enroll in Six Credit Hours | Work-Study funds require enrollment of 6 or more credits.
- About the Work-study Program
You are able to work part-time to cover expenses. Students earn the amount of their work-study award by working up to 19.5 hours a week. The work-study award is not a lump sum payment to the student. Work-study positions are available at all campus sites and off-campus, but are not guaranteed.
How to Enroll in Online and On-campus Course Options
Now that you have your financial aid award, it will hold your classes so they will not be dropped.
There are 4 Ways to Learn @ HCC this Fall. Visit www.hccs.edu/collegeyourway to check out all the safe, flexible online and on-campus course options.
Be sure to enroll in classes that are on your program plan because financial aid does not cover courses outside of your program plan.
Steps to Enroll
- Click here to login to Student Center.
- Make sure no Onboarding and Pre-enrollment items are on your Checklist.
- Select "Manage Classes"
- Select "Enroll by Planner"
For help, please check out the enrollment video tutorials at the bottom of the page. You can also call 713-718-2000 or click here to use Virtual Lobby to ask questions.
What to Do If It Shows You Owe for Classes
The system will show that you owe money for classes because your financial aid has not disbursed. Disbursement means that all eligible financial aid funds will be posted to your account as a payment for classes. Financial aid funds will not disburse until you attend classes for a period of time. Remember, now that you have your financial aid award, it will hold your classes so they will not be dropped.
- *If you do not have enough financial aid to cover costs of classes, you will have to make arrangements to pay for balance not covered by financial aid award. For more information about payment plans, please click here.
Disbursement and Refund Schedule
Financial aid funds are not released to students until they are earned. You earn financial aid funds by successfully attending classes for a period of time.
Disbursement means that all eligible financial aid funds will be posted to your account as a payment for classes. Once a disbursement of your financial aid is posted as payment for your classes, any aid leftover will be refunded to you within 48 – 72 hours (2-3 business days).
Students will begin to receive disbursement and refunds when they attend classes (all classes, including late start) for at least 5 to 6 weeks.
Click here for more information.