Steps to complete the FAFSA for JCC
1. Create an FSA ID
Create an FSA ID, which includes a username and password for the student. If you are dependent for FAFSA purposes, one parent will also create a separate username and password. Am I dependent or independent?
- For help with creating an FSA ID: How to create an account username and password (FSA ID)
2. Complete the FAFSA
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically any time after October 1. JCC’s federal school code is 002869.
If possible, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when given the option on the FAFSA.
You should print a copy of the completed FAFSA and the confirmation sheet for your records.
The FAFSA form is required to be eligible for any federal or state aid. A complete institutional award package cannot be determined if the Office of Financial Aid does not receive a FAFSA.
- For help with completing the FAFSA: Filling out the FAFSA form
3. Check your Student Aid Report
Once your application is processed, you will receive an email with a link to your Student Aid Report. The report will contain your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the information you provided in your FAFSA. The EFC is used to calculate the amount of your Pell Grant and other federal aid that you and your family may be eligible for.
The EFC is only an estimate of what the federal government thinks you can afford to pay for college. A "zero" EFC does NOT necessarily mean that your family won’t have to pay anything toward your college costs.
4. Receive your financial aid
Continuing students, as well as newly accepted students, are "packaged" or provided with the financial aid award they’re eligible to receive during the academic year, with their financial aid awards on an ongoing basis.
New students will receive their award letter in the mail.
Continuing students will receive an email notifying them that their financial aid award information is available in Banner.
5. FAFSA follow up & verification
Your FAFSA may be selected for a process called "verification" by the US Department of Education. In this process, the Financial Aid Office is required to review your FAFSA information to ensure accuracy. If selected, you will receive a list of required documents. It is extremely important that you provide the required documents as soon as possible. Failure to provide these documents will prevent you from receiving federal student aid, and you will be responsible for all tuition and charges until the verification process is complete.