Monticello College Policy on Federal Funding

United States federal funding of education is a fundamental violation of U.S. Constitutional original intent. Original intent suggested that all education was to be administered privately or at the state level and there is no indication that the founders envisioned funding or administration of education at the federal level as we have today. Supreme Court rulings make it clear that the receipt of any of the funds listed below is classified as “a recipient of federal funds” and puts the receiver college under federal jurisdiction and regulation.*

A small handful of colleges** including Monticello College do not accept nor certify any funding that is available via FAFSA, including the following:

  • Loans under the Federal Direct Loan Program (Student or Parent Programs)
  • Perkins Loan Program
  • Pell Grants
  • Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships
  • Academic Competitiveness Grants
  • TEACH Grants
  • SMART Federal Grants
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants; Federal Work Study
  • President's Service Challenge Scholarship through the Corporation for National and Community Service (also known as AmeriCorps Scholarship)
  • Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarships
  • National Science Scholars Program Scholarships
  • National Academy of Science, Space and Technology Grants
  • Presidential Access Scholarships
  • ROTC Scholarships; educational benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Assistance through the Office of Health and Human Services (such as grants from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation or Blindness and Visual Services)
  • Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) Funding

Further, we do not accept any scholarships or loans that may be construed as providing direct or indirect federal aid to the College. The College also does not allow any student to register for classes if it is aware that a student has accepted or received such federal financial aid for that semester.

Monticello College has carefully reviewed the legislation pertaining to the New GI Bill, a package of educational benefits available to United States veterans and their dependents.

Unfortunately, the College can find no way to accept the benefits offered in this legislation without submitting to the government control that is a requirement for participation in the program.  Therefore, Monticello College is unable to certify eligibility, receive funds, or otherwise participate in this program.


** US Colleges that reject Federal Funding as of 2016:
Hilsdale College
Grove City College
Monticello College
Christendom College
Pensacola Christian College
Wyoming Catholic College
Patrick Henry College

Testimony of Anne D. Neal
President, American Council of Trustees and Alumni

Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act:
Evaluating Accreditation’s Role in Ensuring Quality