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Summer Financial Aid at JCC

Enrolling in summer classes at Jamestown Community College makes good academic sense for many students. Here's information to help you with your plans for paying your summer bill:

Federal PELL grants for summer 2014 study may be available to continuing JCC students who were accepted and enrolled in coursework during the spring 2014 semester and were PELL eligible during the 2013-14 academic year. You must be in good academic standing and enroll in coursework that meets degree/certificate requirements to receive PELL grant funds.

If you enroll as a full-time student during the academic year and you receive 100% of your annual federal PELL Grant during the fall and spring semesters, you do not have remaining PELL for summer study.  If you receive financial aid refunds in the fall and/or spring semesters, plan to save some of your annual grant to pay for your summer classes. 

If you enrolled less than full-time during the 2013-2014 academic year, you must enroll in a minimum of 3 credit hours to receive PELL grant funds for summer study.

Federal Direct Stafford Loans

Student loans may be an appropriate option for some students to consider. To be eligible for a student loan for summer study, you must:

  • Be currently accepted and pursuing a JCC degree or certificate.
  • Be eligible for federal student aid by meeting both financial and academic progress requirements.
  • Have a completed and correct 2013-14 Student Aid Report (SAR) on record with JCC. We also recommend you file your 2014-15 FAFSA for next year as soon as possible after January 1, 2014.
  • Submit the JCC Summer 2014 Student Loan Acceptance form according to instructions.
  • Have remaining student loan eligibility for the 2013-14 academic year.
  • Enroll and participate in at least 6 credit hours of summer study needed for your degree. There are no exceptions to this requirement. You may enroll in 6 hours in either session, or three hours in one session, and three in the second. If, for any reason (such as class cancellation or a change in your schedule), you cannot participate in six credit hours, you will not be eligible for any part of a summer loan to pay for credits taken, and you will be responsible to pay for courses with personal resources.

Institutional Assistance

PEP Grant- for high school juniors and seniors (including those graduating in June 2014). The PEP grant pays ½ the tuition for summer courses, up to a maximum award of $300. Submit your application and registration form to your campus admissions office. Funds are available on a limited, first-come-first-served basis to eligible students.

Payment Plan- JCC offers an abbreviated on-line monthly payment plan. Details are available from our campus business offices and at www.sunyjcc.edu

Third Party Agencies

Many local agencies can assist qualifying students with summer session expenses. We recommend that students contact agencies such as ACCES-VR or Chautauqua Works for information regarding these programs.

NYS State Funds

New York State resident students may be eligible to receive a TAP award for summer study. JCC will not receive notice of summer TAP funds until after the NYS budget is passed, and so subsequently must require that students pay for their summer student bill according to published due dates. After eligibility is certified and confirmed by the state next fall, JCC will advance summer TAP awards to student accounts and forward refunds at that time.

To be eligible for summer TAP you must:

  • Be accepted by JCC into a matriculated degree program.
  • Have earned 24 credits applicable to your degree in the prior two semesters at JCC; 18 must be college level credits.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time JCC student during the spring 2014 semester.
  • Be eligible for state student aid by meeting both financial and academic progress requirements.
  • File a 2014-15 FAFSA application, and indicate summer enrollment at JCC on your 2014-15 NYS Express Tap Application or TAP Change form. We recommend that you file your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov after January 1, 2014.
  • Enroll and participate in at least six college-level credits of summer study needed for your degree that you have not previously passed. There are no exceptions to this requirement. You may enroll in 6 hours in either session, or three hours in one session, and three in the second. If, for any reason (such as class cancellation or a change in your schedule), you cannot participate in six credit hours, you will not be eligible for any part of a summer TAP award.

We recommend that you consider your future academic plans when considering use of summer TAP awards. NYS tracks state aid eligibility by assigning points for each semester a student receives an award. One semester of full-time study = 6 points, part-time study = 3-5.5 points/semester. Undergraduate students are eligible to receive TAP for a maximum of 48 points (8 FT semesters) while they study for a bachelor’s degree, the first 36 (six FT semesters) of which they can use at JCC. Summer TAP counts as 3 points. Because summer tuition is usually less than fall or spring full-time tuition, students typically receive smaller TAP awards for summer study than for other semesters. Students should carefully evaluate their long-term academic plans to determine whether using their summer TAP is to their best financial advantage.

Pennsylvania State Funds

Pennsylvania resident students may be eligible to receive a PHEAA award for summer study. JCC will not receive summer PHEAA funds until late fall, and so subsequently must require that students pay for their summer student bill according to published due dates. After eligibility is certified and funds are received from the state, JCC will credit summer PHEAA awards to student accounts and forward refunds at that time.

To be eligible for summer PHEAA you must:

  • Be accepted by JCC into an associate’s degree program and attend either the Jamestown campus or Warren site.
  • Be eligible for state student aid by meeting both financial and academic progress requirements.
  • File a Summer 2014 PHEAA application (available from the financial aid office). If you did not file a 2013-14 FAFSA, then a 2014-15 FAFSA must be completed. We recommend that you file your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov after January 1, 2014.
  • Enroll and participate in at least six college-level credits of summer study needed for your degree that you have not previously passed. There are no exceptions to this requirement. You may enroll in 6 hours in either session, or three hours in one session, and three in the second. If, for any reason (such as class cancellation or a change in your schedule), you cannot participate in six credit hours, you will not be eligible for any part of a summer PHEAA award.

We recommend that you consider your future academic plans when considering use of summer PHEAA awards. Undergraduate students are eligible to receive PHEAA a maximum of four semesters while they study full-time, and up to 8 times as a part-time student. Students should carefully evaluate their long-term academic plans to determine whether using PHEAA for summer study is to their best financial advantage.

Visiting Students

Those students pursuing a degree from another college and who wish to take summer courses are not eligible for financial aid through Jamestown Community College.

However, you may have eligibility for summer funding from your home college for JCC courses through a financial aid consortium agreement. Contact your home college financial aid office for information regarding your eligibility for aid for JCC summer classes.

Questions 

Contact your financial aid office at
Jamestown Campus: 716.338.1009, or 800.388.8557 ext. 1009
Cattaraugus County Campus 716.376.7512 or 800.388.8557 ext. 7512