Note: The IRS Data Retrieval Tool for FAFSA has been experiencing technical difficulties and they are not certain when services will be re-established. If you are completing your FAFSA, you will need to manually enter your 2015 tax information. If your FAFSA was selected for verification and you need to provide tax documents, you will need to obtain a copy of your IRS Tax Return Transcript. You can obtain that document at the following website: www.irs.gov
How to Apply for Financial Aid
- Apply for admission to Jackson College.
- Complete a U.S. Department of Education FSA ID Registration if you do not have an FSA ID to use for your electronic signature.
- Complete annually a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form as soon after October 1 as possible. JC’s Federal ID Code is 002274.
- Explore the types of scholarships available at JC.
- Respond promptly to any requests from the Financial Aid Office for additional information such as copies of federal tax returns, verification of untaxed income or benefits, etc.
- Explore other financial aid options available in the community. Contact high school counselors, parent/student employers, local businesses, professional, civic and social clubs and organizations, religious clergy and public or college libraries.
Remember, you must reapply for financial assistance each academic year!
7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA
- Before you Begin
- 1. Student Demographics
- 2. School Selection
- 3. Dependency Status
- 4. Parent Demographics
- 5. Financial Information
- 6. Sign and Submit
- 7. Confirmation
Determining the Amount of Aid
Most financial aid is awarded to students on the basis of need: estimated expenses – tuition, books, supplies, transportation, room and board, and personal expenses – minus your family’s expected contribution.
Related Educational Expenses include: tuition and fees, books and supplies (pens, pencils, paper, folders, calculator), room and board, transportation, and loan fees. Unrelated educational expenses include, but are not limited to: electronics, equipment (not required for your enrolled classes), accessories and clothing.
To estimate the amount of Federal Pell Grant that you may qualify for click on www.finaid.org/calculators/finaidestimate.phtml. Remember you must file a FAFSA to be considered for federal and state grants.
Some financial aid may also be available regardless of need. Such monies may be based on a specific area of interest, academic major, talent or other category.
Selective Service Registration
Male students who fail to register with Selective Service before turning age 26 are ineligible for federal student loan and grant programs, including Pell Grants, Federal Work Study, and Stafford Loans. (Parents who want to borrow a PLUS loan do not have to satisfy the registration requirement.) Even if you disagree with the requirement, you should register. Failure to register can have a serious negative impact on your ability to obtain a driver’s license, qualify for financial aid, pursue an education, or obtain employment. For details, click on www.sss.gov