Grants and Awards


Students at the Learning Resource Center

Once you have followed the steps in our financial aid checklist, you will receive a tracking letter through your JJC student email account informing you of the necessary information you need to complete your financial aid file. Your financial aid file will then be processed and you will receive award information through your JJC student email account. This information my also be accessed through eResources. Your award letter may include one or more of the following awards and is based on full-time attendance. See the list below if you have questions about a specific award on your letter. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on your Student Aid Report (SAR) for the 2017-2018 award year determines your eligibility. The EFC is based on a formula derived from the federal government. See the glossary or Financial Aid FAQ for additional help.

Grants and Award Programs Available:

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Pell Grant

  • Grant available to undergraduates that does not have to be repaid. It can be used for tuition, fees, books and living expenses.
  • Based on EFC (0–$5328) and enrollment for the semester. Maximum annual award is $5920.
  • Deadline: June 30, 2018
  • Refund checks will begin to be released after week 10 each semester (not including summer) and are based on balance remaining after tuition, fees and book charges. Also, amount is subject to enrolled hours at that point 

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JJC Legacy Program

Joliet Junior College Legacy Program is awarded to the child, stepchild, or legal dependent of a JJC alumnus/alumna based on the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be the child, stepchild or legal dependent of a JJC alumnus/alumna.
  • The alumni/alumnae has received an Associate's Degree or Certificate from JJC.
  • Applicants must be/have been enrolled full time at JJC (12 or more credit hours) in Spring 2017 or Summer 2017.
  • Applicants must earn a 2.5 grade point average in the currently enrolled semester.
  • Applicants must be pursuing an Associate's Degree or Certificate from JJC.
  • Applicants must be a resident of JJC's district.
  • Applicants must not have already earned a degree from JJC.
  • Program Funds are available for the first 100 eligible applicants per semester.

Failure to meet any of the above criteria will result in disqualification for legacy funding.

 

 NOTE: Students who are receiving the JJC Employee/Dependent tuition waiver program are not eligible for both programs during the same semester.

 

 

Legacy Program Application FALL 2017.pdf

 

 

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Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

  • Campus-based grant awarded to undergraduates that does not have to be repaid. It can be used for the same expenses as the Pell Grant.
  • Based on EFC for 2017-2018 award year and enrollment. Maximum annual award $400. Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours.
  • Priority date is May 1, 2017. Students who have complete files and financial need by this date are first considerations.
  • Refund checks will begin to be released after week 10 each semester (not including summer) and are based on balance remaining after tuition, fees, and book.

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Illinois Student Assistance Commission Monetary Award Program (ISAC MAP)

  • Illinois state grant available to undergraduate students that does not have to be repaid. It is used for tuition and fees, excluding course fees at JJC.
  • Based on EFC, state calculation and Illinois residency, award amounts may vary. Amounts are subject to change due to state funding.
  • Funds are directly credited to student's account for tuition and applicable fees.
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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, 2017. 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.
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Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Student loans can be a helpful tool in funding your education, but borrow them wisely. You should be aware that student loans must be repaid

To apply for William D. Ford Direct Loan program (Stafford Subsidized, Stafford Unsubsidized, and/or Federal Parent PLUS), please complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov
  2. JJC will require all new and returning students to make a "Borrow Smart" loan appointment with a Financial Aid Advisor to process a Federal Direct Student Loan.
  3. Complete an Entrance Loan Interview at www.StudentLoans.gov
  4. Complete a Master promissory Note at www.StudentLoans.gov

Federal Direct Stafford Loan Programs
These loans are low-interest loans to help you pay for your college education. There are two kinds of federal Direct Stafford loans:

Subsidized
The subsidized loan is based on need, and the government pays the interest while the student is enrolled on at least a half-time basis.

Unsubsidized
The unsubsidized loan is a non-need-based loan for educational expenses. The student is responsible for the interest upon disbursement.

Most students will begin repayment six months after leaving JJC or dropping below half-time. The interest rate for subsidized  and unsubsidized student loan is 4.45%.

Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program
The Federal PLUS Loan is a non-need-based federal program. Parents of a dependent student may borrow up to the cost of attendance minus any financial aid to help finance their student's undergraduate education. The interest rate for the PLUS loan is 7.00%.

If you drop below half-time status or do not enroll in the following term you are required to complete Exit loan Counseling at www.StudentLoans.gov.

If you are delinquent, eligible for a deferment, or are inquiring about your account you may call the Direct Loan Servicer at (800) 848-0979.

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Effective July 1, 2014 Congress has passed and the President has signed the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013, which ties federal student loan interest rates to financial markets. Under this Act, interest rates will be determined each spring for new loans being made for the upcoming award year, which runs from July 1 to the following June 30. Each loan will have a fixed interest rate for the life of the loan.

To learn about interest rates and fees associated with federal student loans, please visit www.StudentLoans.gov.

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Scholarship Websites

Below are common websites you may use to apply for additional scholarships.

Other Financial Aid/Scholarship Sites:

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