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Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

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Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  1. To apply for need-based aid, including grants, loans, work-study and some scholarships, you must complete the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be completed on the web at www.FAFSA.gov. School Code: 002468.
  2. If you, your spouse, or parents cannot locate your/their IRS Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ needed to complete your FAFSA. You can request an IRS Tax Return Transcript:                             
    •  On the Web- at www.IRS.gov - In the Tools section, click on “Get a Tax Transcript”; Choose “Get Tax Transcript by Mail”
    •  Paper Request Form - IRS Form 4506-T
  3.  Once your FAFSA has been processed by the Department of Education, they will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR). This will come via e-mail if you supplied an e-mail address on your FAFSA application or via postal mail if you did not provide an email address.
  4.  Your application may be selected for a process called verification. If selected for verification you are required to complete the process prior to receiving any federal or state aid for which you may be eligible. Students selected for verification for the 2018-2019 FAFSA will complete this online at https://jeffco.proed.org. The Office of Student Financial Services will notify you if you are required to complete the verification process.
  5.  If you need to make corrections to your FAFSA after it has been processed, you may do so at www.FAFSA.gov.

 

The Federal Direct Loan Application

  1. To apply for a Federal Direct Loan, you must complete all FAFSA steps listed above. In addition, if selected for verification this process must also be completed.
  2. First time borrowers at Jefferson College must log on to complete the Student Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN), as well as, the online Entrance Loan Counseling at www.STUDENTLOANS.gov. Loan counseling is a federal regulation and is required prior to the approval of your student loan.
  3. Submit a Student Loan Datasheet to the Office of Student Financial Services to indicate how much you wish to borrow. The Student Loan Datasheet is online at www.JEFFCO.edu under Financial Aid.
  4. Once the Office of Student Financial Services has received your information, and your loan has been processed, you will receive an official award notification in the mail. Please allow 3 – 4 weeks for processing.

 

The Federal Work-Study Program

  1. Eligibility for Federal Work-Study is determined by completing the FAFSA steps, and if applicable, completing financial aid verification.
  2. Review student worker job openings at https://jeffco.peopleadmin.com/.
  3. Be sure to view the postings early in the semester as most jobs are filled during the first few weeks of the term.
  4. Once you find a position that you are qualified for, you can create an account and apply at https://jeffco.peopleadmin.com/.
  5. If selected for an interview, you will be contacted by the appropriate supervisor.
  6. Once you have accepted a position, you will need to visit Human Resources to complete your on-boarding process. This must take place on or before your start date.

 

Bookstore Vouchers

  1. Bookstore Vouchers are available for students with financial aid funds remaining after tuition and fees are deducted from the expected award amount. They are available at the Bookstore during designated time-periods prior to the start of each semester.  With your class schedule and student ID, you may charge books and supplies, directly related to your program of study, to your account and the charges will be automatically deducted from your financial aid disbursement.  

 

The Payment Process for Pell Grants

  1. Your student account will be credited with your award on a specified disbursement date as indicated (based upon your student type) on the Financial Aid Disbursement Schedule.
  2. Within 14 days after the date the funds are disbursed into your account, any grant funds remaining after all tuition, fees, book charges, etc. are deducted will be mailed to your home address or deposited into your bank account, if you signed up for direct deposit through "Manage Refunds" on the MyJeffco student portal.

 

The Payment Process for Loans

  1. Your student account will be credited with your award on a specified disbursement date as indicated (based upon your student type) on the Financial Aid Disbursement Schedule.
  2. Within 14 days after the date the funds are disbursed into your account, any loan funds remaining after all tuition, fees, book charges, etc. are deducted will be mailed to your home address or deposited into your bank account, if you signed up for direct deposit through "Manage Refunds" on the MyJeffco student portal.

 

The Scholarship Application

  1. 2018-2019 Scholarships are available to students in two categories:
  • Continuing, returning, GED, and non-traditional students – Application forms are due by June 1, 2018
  • 2018 high school graduates – Application forms are due by April 1, 2018.

 

Attendance Reminder

  1. Students who have been paid financial aid are required to earn funds by attending and participating in classes. Student participation data is used to determine the portion of aid earned by financial aid recipients who officially or unofficially withdraw from courses, not the date a withdrawal slip is submitted.Class participation is important!

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