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2015 Financial Aid Summer Resource Guide

Federal PELL Grants for summer 2015 study may be available to continuing JCC students who were accepted and enrolled in spring 2015 courses and are eligible to receive PELL during the 2014-15 academic year. You must be in good academic standing and enroll in coursework that meets degree/certificate requirements to receive PELL grant funds. The amount you can receive is determined by your FAFSA results and the number of credit hours you enroll in. PELL will automatically be awarded to your summer student bill after you register for summer courses.

  • If you enrolled full-time in both fall 2014 and spring 2015, you received 100% of your annual 2014-15 federal PELL Grant for those two semesters and do not have remaining funds that can be awarded for summer study. If you receive financial aid refunds in the fall and/or spring semesters, plan to save some of those funds to pay for summer classes.
  • Students who enroll at JCC less than full-time during the preceding academic year may have remaining 2014-15 PELL Grant eligibility for summer coursework. You must be in good academic standing and enroll in a minimum of 3 credit hours to receive any remaining PELL Grant funds for summer study.
    • Your remaining PELL will be awarded for summer study after spring aid is disbursed, by March 1st. Your summer PELL award may be adjusted if you enroll in less than 12 credits.
    • PELL will be posted to your student bill upon registration in summer classes.
    • Check your PELL eligibility and student bill on the financial tab at banner.sunyjcc.edu 

Federal Direct Stafford Loans

Federal Direct Stafford Loans may be an appropriate option to consider if you are not PELL eligible. To receive a summer student loan, 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 approved 2014-15 Student Aid Report (SAR) on record with JCC.
  • Have remaining student loan eligibility for the 2014-15 academic year.
  • Submit a student loan request form according to instructions to the financial aid office.
  • Enroll and participate in at least six credit hours of summer study needed for your degree. There are no exceptions to this requirement. You may enroll in six 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 6 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.

JCC Institutional Assistance

  • PEP Grant- for high school juniors and seniors (including those graduating in June 2015). The PEP grant pays ½ the tuition for summer courses, up to a maximum award of $300. See your campus admissions office for application and registration forms. Funds are available on a limited, first-come-first-served basis to eligible students.
  • Payment Plan- JCC offers an abbreviated online monthly payment plan. Details are available from our campus business offices and online.

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.

New York State Funds

NY State Funds for resident students are not awarded until after the NYS budget is passed, and so JCC 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, JCC will credit summer TAP awards to student accounts and forward any refund to the student.

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 2015 semester.
  • Be eligible for state student aid by meeting both financial and academic progress requirements.
  • File a 2015-16 FAFSA application, and indicate summer enrollment at JCC on your NYS Application or TAP Change form.
  • File your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov.
  • 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 six 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 before applying for 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 (6 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 2015 PHEAA application (available at pheaa.org). If you did not file a 2014-15 FAFSA, then a 2015-16 FAFSA must be completed.
  • 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 six 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 at 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 the financial aid office at the:

Jamestown Campus: 716.338.1009 or 800.388.8557 ext. 1009

Cattaraugus County Campus: 716.376.7512 or 800.388.8557 ext. 7512