1. Financial Aid Handbook (PDF)
2. Code of Conduct for Educational Loans
- Joliet Junior College, as a member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) adheres to the standards established in NASFAA's "Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct for Institutional Financial Aid Professionals", found at https://www.nasfaa.org/Statement_of_Ethical_Principles. In addition, the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires institutions of higher education participating in the administration of educational loan programs to develop and publish a Code of Conduct. Any Joliet Junior College employee who has responsibilities with respect to student educational loans is required to comply with this Code of Conduct as outlined below.
Joliet Junior College does not maintain a preferred lender list for private student loans, nor does it maintain any other lists of lenders. We encourage students to pursue federal and state financial aid and actively discourage the borrowing of private student loans.
- The College shall not enter into any revenue-sharing arrangement with any lender.
- No officer or employee of the College who is employed in the Financial Aid Office of the College or who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to education loans shall solicit or accept any gift, gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, or other item having a monetary value of more than a de minimus (normal) amount from a lender, guarantor, or servicer of education loans.
- An employee who is employed in the Financial Aid Office of the College or who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to education loans shall not accept from any lender or affiliate of any lender any fee, payment, or other financial benefit as compensation for any type of consulting arrangement or other contract to provide services to a lender or on behalf of a lender relating to education loans.
- The College shall not request or accept from any lender any offer of funds to be used for private education loans including funds for an opportunity pool loan, to students in exchange for the College providing concessions or promises regarding providing the lender with specified loan number or volume or a preferred lender arrangement for educational loans.
- The College shall not request or accept from any lender any assistance with call center staffing or Financial Aid Office staffing.
- An employee who is employed in the Financial Aid Office, or who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to education loans or other student financial aid of the college, and who serves on an advisory board, commission, or group established by a lender, guarantor, or group of lenders or guarantors, shall be prohibited from receiving anything of value from the lender, guarantor, or group of lenders or guarantors, except that the employee may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in serving on such advisory board, commission, or group
3. Eligible Programs
An eligible program is one which leads to a degree or certificate which is at least 15 weeks in length and 16 credit hours and has been approved by the Department of Education for Title IV eligibility.
Review the program list to determine if your program is
'Title IV Eligible'.
Active Degree and Certificate Programs Offered in 2021-2022
Eligible programs are subject to change without notice. It is the student's responsibility to verify with the Financial Aid/Veterans Office the he/she is enrolled in an eligible program for financial aid.
If a student withdraws from Joliet Junior College, then the school or the student may be required to return some of the federal funds awarded to the student. The student may also be eligible for a refund of a portion of the tuition and fees paid to Joliet Junior College.
Title IV Refunds concern any amount awarded through Title IV financial aid. For information on Joliet Junior College's tuition refund policy, please see the refund policy page, in the registration section of JJC's website.
The federal formula requires a return of Title IV aid if the student received federal financial assistance in the form of a Pell Grant, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Federal Direct Student Loan, or PLUS loan and withdrew on or before completing 60% of the semester. The percentage of Title IV aid to be returned is equal to the number of calendar days remaining in the semester divided by the number of calendar days in the semester. Scheduled breaks of more than four consecutive days are excluded.
Joliet Junior College's Refund Policy exists for calculating the refund of institutional charges. The federal "Return of Title IV Funds" formula dictates the amount of federal Title IV aid that must be returned to the federal government by the school and the student. The policy evaluates the amount of financial aid the student "earned" up to the point of withdrawal. The federal formula is applicable to a student receiving federal aid other than Federal Work-Study if that student withdraws on or before the 60% point in time in the semester.
Visit with a Financial Aid Adviser
Refunds are processed automatically by the Financial Aid Office once a student withdraws; no appointment is necessary for the process to occur. However, if a student has questions about the Title IV Refund Policy that has not been answered on the Web site, they are encouraged to meet with a financial aid adviser. Call the financial aid office at (815) 280-2528 to schedule an appointment.
It is also recommended that the student consult with an academic counselor/adviser of their intention to withdraw. View the Student Advising Center page for more information.
5. Consumer Info
Federal regulations require that institutions provide specific consumer information to current students, prospective students and employees about the school and financial aid. All of the required disclosure information can be found through the links provided below. This information may also be obtained by contacting the Vice President of Student Development Office at (815) 280-6690.
Privacy of Student Records – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, sets forth requirements designed to protect the privacy of student education records. FERPA governs 1) release of education records, and 2) access to education records. More information can be found in the college catalog and on FERPA.
Facilities and Services for Students with Disabilities
Information regarding facilities and support services for students with disabilities are provided in a variety of college publications including the college catalog and Disability Services.
Information regarding student body diversity, including percentage of enrolled, full-time students in the following categories: male, female, self-identified members of a major racial or ethnic group and Federal Pell Grant recipients, can be found on the Department of Education College Navigator website.
Price of Attendance
The most current information regarding tuition, fees, and refunds is available on the Tuition webpage.
Information about academic programs, including current degree programs, educational and training programs, and faculty and other instructional personnel is available on the Academics web page.
Accreditation, Approval and Licensure of Institution and Programs
Joliet Junior College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Il 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456. Courses and programs are approved through the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) as appropriate. Additional information, including specialized accreditation, is available in the printed college catalog and the Institutional Research and Effectiveness web page.
Copyright Infringement – Policies and Sanctions
Information pertaining to copyright infringement policies and sanctions can be found on Student Rights & Responsibilities. Information about computer use can be found in the Responsible Use of Information Technology policy.
Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
If you have lost federal student aid eligibility due to a drug conviction, you can regain eligibility if you pass two unannounced drug tests conducted by a drug rehabilitation program that complies with criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program
In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, Joliet Junior College must inform students and employees of the college policies regarding drug and alcohol use. More information can be found on the Campus Police, Student Code of Conduct, and the Health & Wellness web pages.
Campus Security Policies, Crime Statistics and Crime Log
The annual security report provides information regarding crime statistics, policies for students and others to report criminal actions or other emergencies, and other important information regarding the college’s law enforcement. Printed copies are available from Campus Police. The report can also be found on the Campus Police.
Information about retention rates can be found on the Department of Education College Navigator website.
Intercollegiate Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data - Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act
Teams at Joliet Junior College are governed by the rules and guidelines of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the N4C conference. For more information visit the Athletics web page. Further information related to participation rates and athletics data required by the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) can be found on the Department of Education website.