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Financial Aid

Financial Aid Types

The Financial Aid Office administers federal, state, institutional and private sources of financial support. You may qualify for one or more of these four types of financial aid.

  • Grant or scholarship - gift assistance you do not have to repay.
  • Loan - borrowed money you must repay with interest.
  • Work-study - part-time employment on or off campus.

Federal -

Michigan -

Nursing Scholarhips

National -

Institutional Aid and Scholarships

  • Veterans - more information
  • JC Presidential and JC Foundation Scholarships
    Dozens of private scholarships are awarded at JC based on criteria set up by the sponsoring organizations and donors. For more information click on JC Foundation Scholarships.
  • Harriet Myer Student Emergency Fund - more information

Local Scholarships and Funding Sources

Scholarship application deadlines vary by the awarding institution. Make sure you look at each application closely to determine all of its requirements and to assure you meet the deadline.

  • Adrian Kiwanis Club - JC @ LISD TECH Campus Scholarship - more information external site
    The Adrian Kiwanis Club's mission is "Changing the world one child and one community at a time." This $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a JC @ LISD TECH student.


    • Must attend JC @ LISD TECH
    • Must have a 3.25 cumulative GPA
    • Must demonstrate at least 50 service hours focused on youth during the current academic year
  • Hillsdale County Community Foundation - more information external site
    The Hillsdale County Community Foundation offers more than 70 scholarships to area students. Scholarship awards vary in size and number, and are available for both graduating high school seniors and non-traditional students.
  • Jackson Community Foundation - more information external site
    The Jackson Community Foundation Scholarship Program offers a wide variety of scholarship funds. In 2011, more than $150,000 was awarded.
  • Jackson County RoseQueen Scholarship Pageant - more information

    This year’s Miss Jackson County RoseQueen Scholarship Pageant and Miss Jackson County Outstanding Teen Pageant will take place on Saturday, August 18, 2012.

    The pageant, which is in association with the Miss America program, is considered one of the largest pageants in the nation, providing candidates with thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes each year.

    Young women ages 17-23 vie for the RoseQueen designation and the opportunity to compete at the state level for the title of Miss Michigan with the hopes of winning Miss America.

    RoseQueen applications are due March 31, 2012, and preliminary competition will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2012

  • The Jackson Legacy Scholarship - more information external site
    Jackson Legacy Program will provide scholarships for most Jackson County high school graduates planning to attend Jackson Community College, Baker College of Jackson and Spring Arbor University. If community service and grade point average requirements are met, a scholarship for the second year will also be available. Please note that scholarship awards and their continuation are dependent on the sufficiency of available funding.
  • John George Student Loan Fund - more information
    John George, the founder of the Jackson Citizen Patriot, originated a trust fund for loaning students money to attend universities, colleges and community colleges supported by the State of Michigan, i.e. state schools. The John George Student Loan Fund will loan qualified students up to $5,000.00 per year at a 2% interest rate to attend state supported schools.
  • Lenawee County Community Foundation
    Scholarship funds support education by providing scholarships. Scholarships can support nonprofit preschool through high school education, or further the education of graduates of a particular high school, students in a specified field of study, students meeting specific criteria, or students enrolled in a chosen institution.
  • The Myer & Lois Franklin Charitable Trust Scholarship
    The Myer & Lois Franklin Charitable Trust Scholarship is a $500 - $5000 scholarship. Applications are available in Student Services in Walker Hall. Deadline to apply is April 1, 2013.


    • Must be a resident of Jackson County
  • NALS of Jackson County - more information

    For students pursuing a career in the legal field

    Submission Deadline – January 4, 2012

    The candidate must be a high school senior intent on enrolling in a school of advanced education in the legal field, or a student already enrolled in a school of advanced education in the legal field. Our award will be made on the basis of scholastic achievement (3.0 grade-point average or higher), future career goals, and the ability to enroll in the fall term of 2012.

  • Sigmund Foundation Scholarship - more information
    The Sigmund Foundation Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to Jackson and Lenawee County graduating high school seniors, students already enrolled in college as full or part-time students, or residents interested in furthering their educations. The scholarship of up to $5,000 can be renewed through the application process. Funds are restricted to tuition, books and related fees. Although not limited to any specific field of study, priority will be given to students majoring in the medical and aviation fields.
  • Veteran Scholarship Program
    The law firm of Plachta, Murphy & Associates, P.C., understands the obstacles and concerns that are presented to our community’s veterans that now dedicate themselves to a new cause—obtaining a degree. Plachta, Murphy & Associates’ goal is to provide Veterans with assistance in funding their higher education. Any veteran attending a local West Michigan college or university may be eligible for our scholarship. There are certain qualifications for eligibility.

    Two scholarships are offered annually and are one-time only scholarship awards per person. Veterans that are interested in applying need to fit the criteria below. Both scholarships will be decided by a panel of community veteran advocates. Application deadline is July 31, 2013 and scholarships will be awarded on August 31, 2013. Each Scholarship award is for $500 and will be given directly to the veteran.


    • Applicant must be attending a Michigan college or university
    • Provide copy of student ID
    • Must be a veteran of the US Armed Forces with Honorable Discharge
    • Submit copy of DD 214
    • Must be Michigan resident and provide a copy of State Identification
    • Application
    • Applicant must be attending a Michigan college or university

Scholarship Searches and Other Resources

  • F.C. Tucker Scholarship - more information
    F.C. Tucker Company, Inc. is committed to making investments into those who have the will and perseverance to succeed. As part of that commitment, F.C. Tucker Company, Inc. will be providing a scholarship in the amount of $1,500.00 to one qualifying student. It is our hope that this award will provide an opportunity that has the power to change one life, and eventually, the world. The recipient will receive a one-time $1,500.00 scholarship to be applied to qualified expenses, including graduate or undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and on-campus room and board for the 2014-2015 academic year.


    • Must be actively enrolled full-time as a first year, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student beginning with the Fall, 2014 semester and for the entire 2014-2015 academic year without interruption, barring illness, emergency, or military service.
    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States.
    • Must be at least eighteen (18) years old, or otherwise have reached the age of majority under the laws of the state where you reside, in order to participate.
  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
    The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program each year awards approximately 50 scholarships to students attending community colleges or two-year institutions in the U.S. and planning to transfer to four-year institutions. Each award covers a portion of educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, required fees, and books for the final two to three years of the baccalaureate degree.
  • Orphan Foundation of America - Casey Family Scholarships - more information external site
    OFA proudly administers a variety of sponsored scholarships – including the CharityWorks Scholars Program (for young people who have aged out of the foster care system in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area), and the Foster Students Education Foundation and Tangled Hearts Scholarships for outstanding students across the country.
  • Jackson College Access Center - more information external site
    Get assistance with finding scholarships and completing applications by visiting the Jackson College Access Center conveniently located at the Jackson Crossing Mall, 1072 Jackson Crossing, Jackson, MI 49202, directly across from Target. Walk-ins are welcome or call to make an appointment at 517.990.0671.
  • School Soup - more information external site
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