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Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office administers a comprehensive program of grants, loans, and work-study aimed at helping students bridge the gap between their family's resources and the cost of attending Joliet Junior College.

Financial Aid

Through the highest quality service, the expertise of our staff, significant community outreach efforts, and continual assessment of our policies and procedures, the Financial Aid Office is deeply committed to providing our students with every opportunity to obtain funding to meet their educational costs.


2018-2019 FAFSA/Scholarship Workshops

About the Workshop

  • Professionals will help you begin and complete the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • English/Spanish translators will also be available. Habrá alguien que hable español para asistir y contester cualquier pregunta.

To file the 2018-2019 FAFSA, please bring copies of the following:

  • Student’s 2016 federal income tax forms and W2 forms
  • Parent’s 2016 federal income tax forms and W2 forms (if applicable)
  • All other 2016 income documentation for student and parent(s)

Scholarship Assistance
An explanation of scholarships available to JJC students will also be provided. Attendees can get answers to their questions and receiveassistance with the application process. A JJC student ID is required to apply for scholarships.

Dates: February 7, March 14, April 11
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Main Campus, C-Building
1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet, IL
Room: C-2014-C2017
Parking Lot S6

FAFSA/Scholarship Workshops 2018-19

Financial Aid Information

  • Applying for Financial Aid

    All students who want to be considered for financial aid must submit a FAFSA (Joliet Junior College code: 001699) as early as possible after October 1st preceding the academic year for which you wish to be considered for aid.


    Create an FSA ID prior to completing your FAFSA for both student and parent. Keep this for your records, as you will need this every year to renew your FAFSA.

    What Happens Next?
    1. A week after you submit your FAFSA check MyJJC/Financial Aid Self-Service or your JJC student email account for a list of requested documents.
    2. Submit all requested documents to the Financial Aid Office. Note priority deadlines.
    3. Award notifications are emailed and award details can be viewed on MyJJC/Financial Aid Self-Service.

    Financial Aid Forms

    Financial Aid

    Verification Forms

    1. Rights and Responsibilities and Credit Balance Authorization
    2. Dependent Verification Worksheet
    3. Independent Verification Worksheet
    4. Illinois Residency Requirements
    5. Homeless Verification

  • Types of Financial Aid

    • Federal Pell Grant
      • Federal Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. Pell Grants are based on financial need as demonstrated on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
      • The FSEOG is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need; students who receive Federal Pell Grants have priority. FSEOGs are awarded by a college's financial aid office based on information in the FAFSA.
    • Monetary Award Program (MAP)
      • The Monetary Award Program (MAP) provides grants, which do not need to be repaid, to Illinois residents who attend approved Illinois colleges and demonstrate financial need, based on the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Federal Work Study
      • Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study.
    • Legacy Scholarship
    • Scholarships

  • Loans

    • Federal Direct Student Loans are one form of student aid from the federal government. Under the Federal Direct Student Loan program students borrow money for school from the federal government. The Financial Aid Office encourages students to evaluate loan options carefully, borrow only what is really needed and remember that loans must be repaid.
    • Types of Direct Loans Available:
      • Direct Subsidized Loans
        • You will not be charged interest until you begin repayment on subsidized loans.
        • Repayment begins six months after you graduate or cease to be enrolled at least half-time (including leaves of absence).
        • The interest rate for Federal Direct Subsidized Loans for undergraduate students disbursed on or after July 1, 2017 is 4.45%.
      • Direct Unsubsidized Loans
        • Interest accrues and must be paid or capitalized while you are still in school and/or during periods of deferment
        • The interest rate for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans for undergraduate students disbursed on or after July 1, 2017 is 4.45%.
      • Direct Parent PLUS Loans
        • PLUS Loans are federal loans that parents of dependent students can use to help pay for college.
        • For Direct PLUS Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2017, and before July 1, 2018, the interest rate is 7%.
        • Parent must not have an adverse credit history.
        • If parent is denied, the student may qualify for additional unsubsidized loans.
    • Apply for a Direct Student Loan
    •  Apply for a Direct Parent PLUS Loan
      • Please do not apply online. If interested in applying for a Direct Parent PLUS Loan, contact the Financial Aid Office.
    • Frequently Asked Questions?
    • Helpful Links

  • Managing Your Account

    • Financial Aid Self-Service
      • The Financial Aid Office utilizes MyJJC/Financial Aid Self-Service to provide our students with a secure system to manage their student accounts online in real time. Begin by logging on to MyJJC/Financial Aid Self-Service in order to view:
        1. Current information about your financial aid
        2. Requested and missing documents
        3. Award letters and award details
        4. Accurate account balance
        5. Standards of Academic Progress
    • Books, Supplies, & Meal Plans
      • After financial aid funds are applied to tuition and fees, excess funds can be used to purchase books, supplies, and meal plans. To confirm fund availability, login to your MyJJC/Financial Aid Self-Service and click on Account Activity. Money available for books/supplies/meal plan will appear as a credit in a negative figure. Books and supplies may be purchased at the JJC Bookstore or Joliet Textbook Inc. Meal plans may be purchased at the JJC Cafeteria. A copy of your schedule and JJC Student ID are required for purchase.

  • Policy and Procedures

    1. Handbook
    2. Standards of Academic Progress (SAP)
      • SAP Policy
      • SAP Appeal Form
      • Deadlines:
        • The Standards of Academic Progress Committee meets on the first Tuesday of every month. Appeals must be submitted by the Wednesday prior to Tuesday’s meeting.
        • For current semester reimbursement, the appeal must be submitted by the following meeting's deadline:
          • Fall Semester - October
          • Spring Semester - March
          • Summer Semester - July
    3. Code of Conduct for Educational Loans
      • Joliet Junior College, as a member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) adheres to the standards established in NASFAA's "Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct for Institutional Financial Aid Professionals", found at https://www.nasfaa.org/Statement_of_Ethical_Principles. In addition, the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires institutions of higher education participating in the administration of educational loan programs to develop and publish a Code of Conduct. Any Joliet Junior College employee who has responsibilities with respect to student educational loans is required to comply with this Code of Conduct as outlined below.

        Joliet Junior College does not maintain a preferred lender list for private student loans, nor does it maintain any other lists of lenders. We enourage students to pursue federal and state financial aid and actively discourage the borrowing of private student loans.
      • The College shall not enter into any revenue-sharing arrangement with any lender.
      • No officer or employee of the College who is employed in the Financial Aid Office of the College or who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to education loans shall solicit or accept any gift, gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, or other item having a monetary value of more than a de minimus (normal) amount from a lender, guarantor, or servicer of education loans.
      • An employee who is employed in the Financial Aid Office of the College or who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to education loans shall not accept from any lender or affiliate of any lender any fee, payment, or other financial benefit as compensation for any type of consulting arrangement or other contract to provide services to a lender or on behalf of a lender relating to education loans.
      • The College shall not request or accept from any lender any offer of funds to be used for private education loans including funds for an opportunity pool loan, to students in exchange for the College providing concessions or promises regarding providing the lender with specified loan number or volume or a preferred lender arrangement for educational loans.
      • The College shall not request or accept from any lender any assistance with call center staffing or Financial Aid Office staffing.
      • An employee who is employed in the Financial Aid Office, or who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to education loans or other student financial aid of the college, and who serves on an advisory board, commission, or group established by a lender, guarantor, or group of lenders or guarantors, shall be prohibited from receiving anything of value from the lender, guarantor, or group of lenders or guarantors, except that the employee may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in serving on such advisory board, commission, or group
    4. Ineligible Majors
      • An eligible program is one which leads to a degree or certificate which is at least 15 weeks in length and 16 credit hours.

        Eligible programs are subject to change without notice. It is the student's responsibility to verify with the Financial Aid/Veterans Office the he/she is enrolled in an eligible program for financial aid.

        AE060 Beginning Abe Literacy

        AE090 Beginning Basic Educ-Abe

        AE100 Abe/Beginning Level

        AE200 Ase/Advanced Level

        AE250 Basic Voc Skills

        AE300 Low Adult Sec Educ-Ase

        AE360 Beginning Esl Literacy

        AE400 Esl/Beginning Level

        AE440 Abe/Intermediate Level

        AE450 Low Intermediate Esl

        AE480 I ntell/Cultural Dev

        AE500 High Intermediate Esl

        AE550 Low Advanced Esl

        AE600 High Advanced Esl

        AE700 Personal Development

        AG100 Ag Production

        AG800 Swine Confinement

        BU200 Customer Service

        BU256 Social Media Marketing

        DC010 Dual Credit (HS)

        DG001 Non-Degree Seeking

        EE010 Early Entry (High School)

        FS180 Paramedic

        FS185 EMT Basic

        HS001 High School Credit

        NC002 ECDL

        NC003 HLRA

        NC004 BATC

        NC005 NFCA

        NC006 UFH

        NC065 Medical Corpsman to Practical Nurse

        NU071 Phlebotomy Technician

        NU073 Electrocardiography Technician

        NU400 Nurse Assistant Training

        PN799 Applicant - LPN Transition

        RN799 Applicant - Nursing

        RT799 Applicant - Radiologic Technology

        SN799 Applicant - Diagnostic Medical Sonography

        TE020 Auto Driveline Spec

        TE077 FCAW

        TE078 Basic Welding

        TE079 GMAW

        TE080 SMAW

        TE081 Pipe Welding

        TE082 GTAW

        TE090 Brake & Chassis Spec

        TE126 Spinal/Upper Extremity Orthotics Technology

        TE127 Transtibial Prosthetics Technology

        TE128 Transfermoral Prosthetics Technology

        TE129 Upper Extremity Prosthetics Technology

        TE130 Diesel Maintenance Specialist

        TE316 Basic Construction - CCO

        TE339 Construction Preparation Level 1

        TE528 Basic Electronics

        TE544 PCIT

        TE560 Blueprint Reading

        VT799 Applicant - Veterinary Medical Technology

    5. R2T4
      • If a student withdraws from Joliet Junior College, then the school or the student may be required to return some of the federal funds awarded to the student. The student may also be eligible for a refund of a portion of the tuition and fees paid to Joliet Junior College.

        Title IV Refunds concern any amount awarded through Title IV financial aid. For information on Joliet Junior College's tuition refund policy, please see the refund policy page, in the registration section of JJC's website.

        Federal Formula

        The federal formula requires a return of Title IV aid if the student received federal financial assistance in the form of a Pell Grant, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Federal Direct Student Loan, or PLUS loan and withdrew on or before completing 60% of the semester. The percentage of Title IV aid to be returned is equal to the number of calendar days remaining in the semester divided by the number of calendar days in the semester. Scheduled breaks of more than four consecutive days are excluded.

        Joliet Junior College's Refund Policy exists for calculating the refund of institutional charges. The federal "Return of Title IV Funds" formula dictates the amount of federal Title IV aid that must be returned to the federal government by the school and the student. The policy evaluates the amount of financial aid the student "earned" up to the point of withdrawal. The federal formula is applicable to a student receiving federal aid other than Federal Work-Study if that student withdraws on or before the 60% point in time in the semester.

        Visit with a Financial Aid Adviser

        Refunds are processed automatically by the Financial Aid Office once a student withdraws; no appointment is necessary for the process to occur. However, if a student has questions about the Title IV Refund Policy that has not been answered on the Web site, they are encouraged to meet with a financial aid adviser. Call the financial aid office at (815) 280-2528 to schedule an appointment.

        It is also recommended that the student consult with an academic counselor/adviser of their intention to withdraw. See the Counseling page for more information.

        Examples of How Complete Withdrawals Can Affect JJC Students

        • If you completely withdraw before school starts, you must repay the amount of your Pell Grant that was used as part of your book voucher. You may return the books to reduce the amount you owe, according to the bookstore refund policy.
        • If you completely withdraw within the first 15 days of school the refund will be returned to you or the resource that paid the tuition. You will be responsible for the amount of Pell Grant that was used as your book voucher. You may return the books to the bookstore to reduce the amount that you owe, according to the bookstore refund policy.
        • If you withdraw after the 15th day but before the loan disbursement, your loan will be cancelled. You may owe JJC for your tuition depending on the amount and type of other aid you have.
        • If you withdraw after the loan is disbursed but before the 60% point in the semester, Joliet Junior College will use the Title IV Refund policy to determine how much of your aid is to be repaid by you, JJC or both.
        • If you withdraw after the 60% point in the semester, you will have earned all of your financial aid and there will be no liability by you or JJC.
    6. Consumer Info
      • Federal regulations require that institutions provide specific consumer information to current students, prospective students and employees about the school and financial aid. All of the required disclosure information can be found through the links provided below. This information may also be obtained by contacting the Vice President of Student Development Office at (815) 280-6690.

        Federal College Navigator

      • Privacy of Student Records – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

        The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, sets forth requirements designed to protect the privacy of student education records. FERPA governs 1) release of education records, and 2) access to education records. More information can be found in the college catalog and on the FERPA Web page.

      • Facilities and Services for Students with Disabilities

        Information regarding facilities and support services for students with disabilities are provided in a variety of college publications including the college catalog and the Disability Services website.

      • Student Diversity

        Information regarding student body diversity, including percentage of enrolled, full-time students in the following categories: male, female, self-identified members of a major racial or ethnic group and Federal Pell Grant recipients, can be found on the Department of Education College Navigator website.

      • Price of Attendance

        The most current information regarding tuition, fees, and refunds is available on the Tuition Web page.

      • Academic Programs

        Information about academic programs, including current degree programs, educational and training programs, and faculty and other instructional personnel is available on the Academics Web site.

      • Accreditation, Approval and Licensure of Institution and Programs

        Joliet Junior College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Il 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456. Courses and programs are approved through the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) as appropriate. Additional information, including specialized accreditation, is available in the printed college catalog and the Institutional Research and Effectiveness Web site.

      • Information pertaining to copyright infringement policies and sanctions can be found on the Student Rights & Responsibilities webpage. Information about computer use can be found in the Responsible Use of Information Technology policy.

      • Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

        If you have lost federal student aid eligibility due to a drug conviction, you can regain eligibility if you pass two unannounced drug tests conducted by a drug rehabilitation program that complies with criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education.

      • Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

        In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, Joliet Junior College must inform students and employees of the college policies regarding drug and alcohol use. More information can be found on the Campus Police, Student Code of Conduct, and Holistic Wellness Web sites.

      • Campus Security Policies, Crime Statistics and Crime Log

        The annual security report provides information regarding crime statistics, policies for students and others to report criminal actions or other emergencies, and other important information regarding the college’s law enforcement. Printed copies are available from Campus Police. The report can also be found on the Campus Police Web site.

      • Retention Rate

        Information about retention rates can be found on the Department of Education College Navigator Web site.

      • Intercollegiate Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data - Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act

        Teams at Joliet Junior College are governed by the rules and guidelines of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the N4C conference. For more information visit the Athletics Web site. Further information related to participation rates and athletics data required by the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) can be found on the Department of Education Web site.

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