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Racial/Ethnic Group

Classification indicating general racial or ethnic heritage based on self-identification, as in data collected by the Bureau of the Census, or on observer identification, as in data collected by the Office for Civil Rights. These categories are in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget standard classification scheme presented below:

Regular Student

One who is enrolled in an institution to obtain a degree or certificate. Generally, to receive aid from the programs discussed in this booklet, you must be a regular student. (For some programs, there are exceptions to this requirement. See the definition of eligible program.)

Renewal FAFSA

The version of the FAFSA that students may use if they applied for federal financial aid the previous award year. If a student is among those allowed to complete a Renewal FAFSA, it will be sent directly to him or her by the FAFSA processor or the school.

Repayment Policy

The institutionally established policy that determines the amount of education-related expenses (non- institutional costs) reasonably incurred during a student's actual period of attendance.

Repayment Schedule (A Specific Timetable)

The borrower's repayment plan as its basis, that details the amount of loan principal and interest due in each repayment installment and the number of payments that will be required to pay off the loan in full. Additionally, a repayment schedule traditionally lists the loan's interest rate, the due date of the first loan payment, and the frequency of loan payments.


Other student aid that must be taken into account to prevent an over award in the campus-based programs, as defined in federal regulations for the campus-based programs. Resources are called "estimated financial assistance" in determining a student's eligibility for some federal student loans.

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships

A Title IV financial aid program that makes scholarships available to full-time postsecondary students with exceptional academic ability and promise. Students apply for the merit-based scholarships through their state education agencies. The program was created in 1984 and named to honor Senator Robert C. Byrd.