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Financial Aid Opportunities

Students attending JCC participate in a full range of financial aid resources including federal, state and institutional grants, scholarships, loans and work study programs. Students must be accepted and matriculated by the JCC admissions office and meet academic eligibility criteria to receive awarded funds.

Federal programs include PELL and Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG) awards, Stafford and PLUS student loans, and work-study funding. New York state resident students may be eligible for TAP grants for full-time students and APTS grants for part-time study. Pennsylvania resident students attending the Jamestown Campus or Warren Center may participate in the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) grant program for full- and part-time students.

JCC provides students with a large number of institutional scholarships including the USA, Holmberg, and Katharine Jackson Carnahan merit scholarships. In addition, OTA students are encouraged to apply specifically for the Dr. Harold M. and Joyce S. Childress Scholarship. Students interested in institutional scholarships should complete the JCC application for miscellaneous awards and/or the individual scholarship applications. All applications are available at www.fafsa.ed.gov and should be filed by March 1 each year.

Eligibility criteria and application deadlines vary for the individual sources of financial aid, and students are encouraged to learn as much as possible about the resources and programs available to them. Students are encouraged to read JCC’s financial aid resource guide, “Financing Your College Education,” and the U.S. Department of Education’s “The Student Guide,” both of which are available from the financial aid office. In addition, students should read application instructions carefully and retain copies of all applications for future reference.

Students may contact the financial aid office in person or by telephone for general questions and assistance, in addition to scheduling personal appointments for special circumstances.

How to Apply for Financial Aid
Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for all financial aid programs each academic year. The FAFSA application should be filed between January 1 and March 1 of each year for the following academic year. For example, students should file the FAFSA by March 1, 2009 if they plan to enroll in classes during the summer and fall 2009 and/or spring 2010. Due to limited funds for some programs, students who apply for aid by March 1 will receive priority consideration for federal campus-based and institutional aid programs. Late applicants are eligible for federal PELL grants and loans, and some state and miscellaneous scholarship programs.