What is financial aid?
Financial aid is money to help you pay for college. Your financial aid package is a combination of scholarships, grants, loans, and work study opportunities that you can receive when you attend JCC.
How do I get my financial aid?
Start by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA helps us know which types of aid you’re eligible for.
You can file your FAFSA any time after October 1 prior to the year you plan to start classes. We recommend that all students file the FAFSA before January 1 to receive priority consideration for grants and scholarships with limited funding.
You must apply for financial aid every year, so apply as soon as you can!
|1. Apply for aid|
Filing your FAFSA online is free and secure.
|2. Follow up|
Get your Student Aid Report (SAR) after your FAFSA is processed. Your SAR will show your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) based on your FAFSA information. If you entered JCC’s school code, this information will be sent directly to us.
Review and make any changes or corrections to your SAR.
If you have been asked to submit documentation or have received a financial aid award notification from JCC, contact us before making changes.
If your application is selected for a process called verification, we will contact you to submit additional information to make sure that your FAFSA is accurate.
If you or your family have unusual circumstances (such as loss of employment or income, marital separation, or death in the family, questions about dependency status), contact us to speak with a financial aid advisor.
|3. Review your award letter|
You will receive an award letter that describes your types and amounts of aid you may receive at JCC with any additional instructions.
Check your JCC Banner account regularly and watch your mail for information or documentation you may be asked to submit for financial aid. Follow instructions in Banner to receive your awards.
|4. Confirm your eligibility|
You will need to complete the FAFSA and state aid applications each academic year in order to continue to receive financial aid. New York, Pennsylvania, and federal aid have their own eligibility requirements.
Frequently asked questions
|What kind of financial aid can I receive?|
Your unique eligibility for different kinds and amounts of financial aid is determined by the results of your annual FAFSA and specific criteria for each fund. JCC issues your SUNY Smart Track award letter after your FAFSA has been received and reviewed by our Financial Aid office. Our goal is to award you the best combination of funds that you can receive at our college.
We also encourage you to pursue assistance through private grants and scholarships, employee reimbursement plans, ACCES-VR (VESID), Native American aid, veteran’s benefits, and workforce development and retraining programs.
|How long does this all take?|
It’s up to you. Apply early and submit all the information immediately to complete your application. Below are common reasons for processing delays. Review this list to avoid setbacks!
|How do I file for state aid?|
Full-time New York state residents: You can connect to Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) from the FAFSA confirmation page to apply for the NYS TAP grant.
Part-time New York state residents: You will complete a separate application for Aid for Part-time Study (APTS).
Pennsylvania residents: You will receive notice regarding your PHEAA grant eligibility. PHEAA is not available for courses taken at the Cattaraugus County Campus or North County Center.
- File your 2017-18 FAFSA now
- JCC federal school code: 002869
- JCC New York state TAP code: 2085