Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements
- you must demonstrate that you are both qualified to enroll in and have the ability to benefit from a post-secondary education. The ability to benefit requirement (ATB) can be satisfied one of the following ways:
- Request an official high school transcript be sent to JCCC showing final grades and a graduation date.
- Submit proof of successful GED completion.
- Request official college transcripts showing successfully completed credit hours.
- you must be enrolled in a qualifying program that leads to an associate's degree or an eligible vocational certificate (PDF) or be in a transfer program that leads to a bachelor's degree at another institution.
- you must be attending a minimum of half-time number of credit hours a semester to be eligible for loans.
- you must meet satisfactory academic progress standards set by the postsecondary school you are or will be attending.
For more information regarding legal requirements such as citizenship, selective service status, loan defaults, incarceration or illegal drug conviction refer to the section titled, "Basic Requirements," on the current Federal Student Aid Guide (PDF).
Already Have a Bachelor's Degree?
If you already have a bachelor's degree, you won't be eligible for the Pell Grant, but you may be eligible for other types of federal aid.
Attending Two Schools at the Same Time?
You can only get financial aid at one school at a time during the same semester. If you plan to attend more than one school, you will need to contact the financial aid office to discuss the possibility of a consortium agreement. Contact our Financial Aid office.
Financial Aid Repeat Coursework Process
JCCC will count towards enrollment status and award Title IV funds to a student who is repeating, for the first time only, a previously passed class for which they were previously paid Title IV aid. We will also pay Title IV funds once for a failed class that they were previously paid Title IV aid. If a student withdraws before completing the course that they are being paid Title IV funds for retaking, then that is not counted as their one allowed retake for the course. Withdrawing from a class will affect their Satisfactory Academic Progress however.
If a student previously took a course and did not get paid Title IV aid the first or second time they took the course and they are NOW taking it again and wish to receive Title IV aid for it, they will need to self-identify. A student must self-identify, the situation will be researched, and the system will be overridden in order to pay for the repeated course if it is eligible per our policy. Refer to our board policy regarding grading for a repeated class.
Note: The Director of the Financial Aid Office at Johnson County Community College has the authority to override this process at any time.