Updates from Johnson County Community College: Take full advantage of financial aid

FAFSA Event

At Johnson County Community College, we know important deadlines and confusing applications can be stressful. That’s why we provide financial aid guidance to both students and their parents to help make the process a little easier. Read on to learn more about our financial aid options.

FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a single application used to assess a student’s eligibility for federal educational grants, loans and work-study programs. It takes about 30 minutes to fill out—and it’s free! Completing the FAFSA by JCCC’s March 15 priority deadline improves the student’s chance of receiving the maximum amount of aid for which they’re eligible.

The FAFSA results provide an estimate of how much a family could pay for education (the Expected Family Contribution, or EFC). The difference between that number and the total cost of attending a college or university determines financial need. Students must submit a new FAFSA each year.

“What if 30 quick minutes resulted in a $1,000 scholarship? If students could secure funding for their education in that small amount of time – it would be totally worth it, right? Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), really can be that easy!” Said Ashley Jost, Coordinator – Financial Aid at JCCC.

We recommend all students complete the FAFSA. Many families are surprised (and delighted) to learn they qualified for some form of assistance!

Grants and Scholarships

Grants and scholarships are forms of financial aid that students can earn through a variety of channels. A one-time submission of the JCCC Scholarship Application makes students eligible for hundreds of scholarships. We award millions of dollars in scholarships every year to qualified students.

April 1 is the priority deadline to complete the JCCC Scholarship Application, but applications are still accepted after this date for scholarships awarded throughout the year.

Work-Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a student aid program that provides part-time employment while students are enrolled at JCCC. The program encourages community service and work related to the student’s course of study.

Many areas on campus hire student employees through the FWS program. Several office positions expose a student to the Microsoft Office suite. Lab aides provide assistance in the science department and help monitor and maintain lab facilities. All positions require the ability to follow directions and exhibit good customer service skills, which represent real world career expectations.

The maximum amount a student can earn through a FWS program in an academic year is $4,000. These funds do not have to be repaid. Students should be enrolled in at least six credit hours and must be making satisfactory academic progress to be eligible for the program.

For more information

Looking for more information on ways to pay for college? Our Financial Aid experts are here to help! Contact them at 913-469-3840 or finaid@jccc.edu.