2014 FAFSA/Scholarship Workshop Information
Suspension of 2014-2015 MAP Award Announcements Effective February 28, 2014
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is suspending the announcement of 2014-15 Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants for all students whose initial 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received by the Central Processing System (CPS) on or after Friday, February 28, 2014.
The February 28 suspension date is the result of continuing state budget difficulties and an unprecedented number of early applicants. A 5 percent reduction factor, which was approved for the 2014-2015 MAP start-up formula at the January 30 Commission meeting, allowed for the processing of more applications than would have been possible had awards not been reduced.
Note: Students should still complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for Federal Pell Grants and student loan eligibility for 2014-15.
2013-2014 Financial Aid Handbook (PDF)
IMPORTANT INFORMATION RELATED TO WITHDRAWING FROM CLASSES
ADJUSTING AID DUE TO ENROLLMENT STATUS CHANGES
Students who are eligible for financial aid and enroll at JJC receive an award notification which lists each type of financial aid they may receive. The award amount shown in the award notification is based on full-time enrollment (12 or more enrolled credit hours ) at the time the award is processed. If the award is processed for fall term, the award notification will also include a projected award amount for potential spring enrollment.
However, the actual amount of aid the student receives will be based on their actual enrollment as of the financial aid census date. Financial Aid will be adjusted based on student's actual enrollment status, up through the 60% point (census date) of each term. As a result this may cause a balance (from tuition, fees, books, and/or meal plan) that the student will owe JJC. Balances not paid may result in course(s) being deleted through the scheduled drop for non-payments process (for drop date information go to www.jjc.edu/info/duedates). After this point, financial aid will not be adjusted unless it falls into one of the following categories:
The student is enrolled in a late starting class that begins after the 60% point (census date) and drops the class before it starts. Students are not entitled to receive financial aid for classes they have not attended and their financial aid will be adjusted accordingly.
The student is dropped from a class by their instructor for non-attendance. Students are not entitled to receive aid for classes they have not attended and their financial aid will be adjusted accordingly.
If the Instructor drops a student in error and agrees to reinstate the student in the same class, financial aid will be adjusted accordingly. Please note: if a student enrolls in a different class from the one they were dropped in error, their financial aid will not be adjusted after the 60% point.
The student is identified as "never attending" the course(s). Students are not entitled to receive aid for classes they have not attended and their financial aid will be adjusted accordingly.
If the Instructor identified a student in error and confirms that the student has attended/participated in the same class, financial aid wil be adjusted accordingly.
STUDENTS WHO RECEIVE STUDENT LOAN(S) AND WITHDRAW FROM A COURSE(S)
Students may have their loans cancelled or adjusted if they are enrolled in less than six credit hours.
If the student began attendance in six or more credit hours, and they received a portion or the entire loan, they are entitled to keep the amount already disbursed. However, no further disbursements will occur if they remain enrolled in less than six credit hours for that term and any remaining portions of the student loan(s) will be cancelled.
If the student did not begin attendance in six or more credits when they received a portion or the entire loan, the loan(s) will be removed entirely for that term and no further disbursements will occur.
Spring 2014 Semester
Requested information for Spring 2014 semester must be submitted to the Joliet Junior College Financial Aid/Veterans Office by November 22, 2013 to ensure processing before the payment due date. Students who are unable to meet the November 22, 2013 deadline are still encouraged to complete their financial aid file, but may be responsible for payment by their payment due date.
Summer 2014 Semester
Requested information for Summer 2014 semester must be submitted to the Joliet Junior College Financial/Aid Veterans Office by April 17, 2014 to ensure processing before the payment due date. Students who are unable to meet the April 17, 2014 deadline are still encouraged to complete their financial aid file, but may be responsible for payment by their payment due date.
New Student Loan Process
To better serve you, JJC will require students to make a "Borrow Smart" loan appointment with a Financial Aid Adviser to process a Federal Direct Student Loan.
You can schedule a loan appointments by phone, (815) 280-6781 or in person at the Financial Aid/Veterans Office (Main Campus or Romeoville Campus).
Please make sure you have completed the following steps before you make a loan appointment:
- Complete the 2014-2015 FAFSA.
- Submit all required documents in order to complete your financial aid file.
- Have received your JJC award notification.
- Be enrolled in 6 or more financial aid eligible credit hours.
- Must complete the Entrance Loan Interview (all students) by visiting www.StudentLoans.Gov.
- Complete the MPN (if not completed in the last 12 months) by visititing www.StudentLoans.Gov.
- **Print and complete the JJC BORROW SMART LOAN PACKET. (It is also available on the Financial Aid Forms page under 2014-2015 forms.)
- Make a Loan Appointment with the Financial Aid/Veterans Office by calling (815) 280-6781 or in person at the Financial Aid/Veterans Office (Main Campus and Romeoville Campus).
**Completed loan packets can only be submitted during the "Borrow Smart" loan appointment. Loan packets submitted to the Financial Aid/Veterans Office outside of a scheduled appointment will not be accepted or processed.**
Important Information Regarding Communication for from the Financial Aid/Veterans Office
All correspondence will be conducted utilizing eResources and JJC student email account. It is important that you check eResources and your JJC student email account frequently so you do not miss any pertinent information.
Information that will be sent electronically includes: Missing Information Notifications, Award Notifications, and Standard of Academic Progress Notifications.
- If you do not have a JJC student email account, please complete an online Admission application.
- If you have been assigned an email account, but do not know your username and password, check your JJC email.
Additionally, you may check your current missing information status on eResources, and then choose "My Documents".
Haven't completed the FAFSA yet?
Review the Financial Aid Checklist.
Already submitted the FAFSA?
Once the results of your FAFSA have been received by our office, you will be able to log in to eResources to access information regarding your financial aid file.
Verification policy and procedures
Any student may be selected for verification by the federal government or the Financial Aid Office. At Joliet Junior College all students selected for verification are required to submit documentation in order for this process to be completed. The verification process allows JJC Financial Aid/Veterans Office to review the information reported on the FAFSA, checking for accuracy against documents provided by you.
If you have not received the results of your FAFSA application, check the FAFSA Web site or call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at (800) 433-3243.
Financial Aid consists of federal and state grants
These grants are need-based and awarded based on student eligibility. Federal student loans are a type of financial aid and are available to all students who have completed a FAFSA. Students may also be awarded College Work Study for on- and off-campus employment opportunities.
- Pell Grant, MAP Grant
If you have received an award letter listing Pell or MAP grant, your classes will be not be dropped for non-payment at this time. After your funds are applied to your account, you would be responsible for any remaining balance (if applicable).
- Student Loans
Applied to Student's Spring Account: Approximately the third week in February 2014.
If you have returned a signed award letter accepting student loan funds listed, and completed a promissory note, either in a prior JJC semester, or on-line, a hold will be placed on you tuition balance until student loans are disbursed after 30 days into the semester.
- Veterans Education Benefits
Veterans Education Benefits include Illinois Veterans Grant, National Guard Grant, and MIA/POW Scholarships. Please contact the JJC Veterans Office to request your benefits be applied, if you have not yet done so for Spring 2014. You are responsible for payment of fees that are not covered by your benefits.
Federal Work Study (FWS)
- See the student employment page for more information on employment options and procedures.
- Based on EFC and enrolled in 6 or more credit hours.
- Priority date is May 1, 2014. Students who have complete files and financial need by this date are first considerations.
- Paid every two weeks in conjunction with the regular college payroll.
Student Self Service
The Student Self Service site will enable students who have been authenticated through JJC eResources to have direct access to perform a range of activities, including:
- Viewing electronic deferments or notification forms sent to student lenders.
- Printing proof of enrollment verification certificates.
- Viewing real time loan information.
- Viewing enrollment information held by the Clearinghouse provided by JJC.