March 24, 2011


NACC Declares April Financial Aid Assistance Month

Prospective students, along with their families, will have some extra opportunities to obtain assistance in acquiring financial aid at Northeast Alabama Community College in order to pursue their educations. Northeast’s Financial Aid Director, Nick Willmon, has announced that the month of April will be Financial Aid Assistance month.

Willmon stated, “Our staff conducts sessions every Wednesday at 1:00 pm in the Student Center Room SC 111. In addition to these sessions, we will have sessions every Tuesday evening at 6:00pm in Room SC 111 during the month of April.” Willmon went on to say, “These sessions will serve students who want to enroll for the summer semester or the fall semester. For the summer semester students and/or parents will need to bring 2009 W2s and Federal tax forms and for the fall bring 2010 W2s and tax forms.” Sheila Hairston, a Northeast Financial Aid staffer, observed, “It will be easier for prospective students if they have a pin (personal identification number) when they come to the sessions. A pin number can be obtained from the website” Willmon added, “If applicable, the parents will also need a pin number.”

Participants in the sessions will be instructed in how to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). One of the most valuable options in federal financial aid funds is the Pell Grant. Since this is a grant, it does not have to be repaid. The total award for those who qualify for the full amount is $5550 for year 2010-2011 which translates to $2775 per semester. Part-time students are eligible but will receive a reduced amount based on the number of classes taken.

Willmon said, “It is important for students to know that this summer is the last semester that students can get the Achievement Grant. This annual grant of $750 for freshmen and $1300 for sophomores has traditionally been awarded to students who qualify for federal financial aid and who earn an advanced high school diploma after 2005. The grant is being terminated for the fall 2011, but this summer freshmen who will obtain an advanced diploma from high school can still get this additional award added to the regular Pell Grant. Students may want to seriously consider taking courses this summer to take advantage of this last Achievement Grant.”

Tonie Niblett, Dean of Student Services, said, “We are very happy to offer this financial aid assistance, and we are especially happy to have the evening sessions in April. With today’s changing economy, a two-year degree is a must for securing a good job. It is our desire to help students who have the dream of a college degree.” Dean Niblett added, “There are also many other forms of financial aid that a student can apply for such as student loans and scholarships. These are all listed on the Northeast website”

Willmon concluded by saying, “Students should also remember that they must reapply for Pell Grants before each fall semester.” The contact information for financial aid is 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, extension 327 or by email at

Ready to assist students, the Financial Aid Office staff at NACC are (L-R,standing) Stacy Guffey, Jennifer Brown , Holly Williams, and Sheila Hairston; and (seated) Financial Aid Director, Nick Willmon.