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Through the highest quality service, the expertise of our staff, significant community outreach efforts, and continual assessment of our policies and procedures, the Financial Aid office is deeply committed to providing our students with every opportunity to obtain funding to meet their educational costs.
JJC Remote Services Encouraged
While JJC's physical campus buildings are now open, remote services are still available and encouraged. If you need to visit campus, please schedule an appointment by contacting the Financial Aid Office so we can prepare for your visit. For details on safety measures and answers to common questions about returning to campus, visit the COVID-19 FAQ page.
Financial Aid Phone: (815) 828-4340
Financial Aid Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Access your financial aid information (missing documents,
SAP status, award letters, etc.) on Financial Aid Self-Service from the my.jjc.edu Self-Service menu.
To submit documents:
Joliet Junior College has moved all courses and services online. All Fall 2020 lecture courses will be online only. Courses scheduled with a combination of lecture and lab should be delivered in a hybrid format, with the lecture portion online and the lab portion face-to-face. This is contingent upon the State's Restore Illinois mandated and achievement of the Phase 4 standard. Lab-only courses will be delivered face-to-face contingent upon the State's Restore Illinois mandate and achievement of the Phase 4 standard.
Students planning on applying for Financial Aid must have files complete and be awarded aid prior to their tuition due date to avoid the risk of being dropped from their classes for non-payment. Students that are awarded financial aid that is less than their tuition and fee balance must pay in full or set up a payment plan for the gap balance by their tuition due date (July 22, 2020).
The 2020-2021 FAFSA application is now available on the FAFSA website.
Retention of Illinois Students & Equity Act and Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid.
The RISE (Retaining Illinois Students and Equity) Act was signed into law and became effective January 1, 2020. This law allows state and institutional financial aid eligibility to a subset of students who were previously ineligible. The Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid provides a pathway for students to apply for the Illinois MAP Grant.
Students impacted by the RISE Act include:
If you will be attending JJC in Fall 2020, Spring 2021 & Summer 2021 use
If you will be attending JJC in Fall 2019, Spring 2020 & Summer 2020 use the following:
All students who want to be considered for financial aid must submit a FAFSA (Joliet Junior College code: 001699) as early as possible after October 1st preceding the academic year for which you wish to be considered for aid.
Create an FSA ID prior to completing your FAFSA for both student and parent. Keep this for your records, as you will need this every year to renew your FAFSA.
Federal Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. Pell Grants are based on financial need as demonstrated on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The FSEOG is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need; students who receive Federal Pell Grants have priority. FSEOGs are awarded by a college's financial aid office based on information in the FAFSA.
The Monetary Award Program (MAP) provides grants, which do not need to be repaid, to Illinois residents who attend approved Illinois colleges and demonstrate financial need, based on the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The RISE Act is a new law that will enable some students who were previously ineligible for State of Illinois financial aid (i.e. MAP grants) to receive aid. This includes:
Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study.
Federal Direct Student Loans are one form of student aid from the federal government. Under the Federal Direct Student Loan program students borrow money for school from the federal government. The Financial Aid Office encourages students to evaluate loan options carefully, borrow only what is really needed and remember that loans must be repaid.
The Financial Aid Office utilizes MyJJC/Financial Aid Self-Service to provide our students with a secure system to manage their student accounts online in real time. Begin by logging on to MyJJC/Financial Aid Self-Service in order to view:
After financial aid funds are applied to tuition and fees, excess funds can be used to purchase books, supplies, and meal plans. To confirm fund availability, login to your MyJJC/Financial Aid Self-Service and click on Account Activity. Money available for books/supplies/meal plan will appear as a credit in a negative figure. Books and supplies may be purchased at the JJC Bookstore or Joliet Textbook Inc. Meal plans may be purchased at the JJC Cafeteria. A copy of your schedule and JJC Student ID are required for purchase.
2. Code of Conduct for Educational Loans
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 2020-2021
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Let our JJC students guide you through campus – virtually! From our Main Campus in Joliet to our extended...