Admissions & Aid

Financial Aid

FSCJ offers many types of financial assistance to students who would otherwise be unable to further their education without such support.

Depending on the type of aid, eligibility is based on one or more of the following criteria: financial need of the individual (in the case of dependent students, family need is used), educational costs, academic achievement and availability of funds. Inquiries regarding financial aid should be directed to the financial aid office on the student’s home campus. A student’s home campus is his/her point of contact for academic advising, financial aid advising and disbursement of funds.

Applying for Aid

Florida State College at Jacksonville Federal School Code is 001484

 

 

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine eligibility for federal financial aid, state aid and institutional scholarships. Students should apply early, preferably before April 15, each year. The application is available at local high schools, campus enrollment services/financial aid office and on the FAFSA website. The application is to be completed by the student and the student’s family and mailed to the address on the application or transmitted via the Web. It is strongly recommended students apply online to reduce errors and expedite processing of the financial aid application. Once the application is processed, the results of the federal analysis are sent to the schools listed on the application. The student will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) via mail or email. Students may also be required to submit additional documents to their campus financial aid office.

Financial aid is not automatically renewed each year. To continue receiving financial aid, students must reapply each year. As financial circumstances change from year to year, the award amount may be different each year. Financial aid is awarded for the academic year and credited toward tuition and fees each semester. Financial aid enrollment and disbursements are based on classes required for the student’s program of study. If the students choose to take classes outside their program of study, they may be required to cover the cost from their own resources.


Important Financial Aid Information

Effective September. 5, 2013

The online loan application process is temporarily closed while we work on upgrades to the financial aid system. We anticipate the loan application will reopen soon. We apologize for any inconvenience. Your financial aid award should reflect your initial loan eligibility. If you would like to decrease or increase the amount of your loan you will be able to do so when the loan application reopens.

The College is required to let students know about their loan eligibility. That is why students are offered either $3,500 or $4,500 (depending upon the amount of credits completed) in their award letters. The College cannot and does not "apply" for the loan for students. Only the student can apply for the loan by completing additional steps (see below). The loan amount that is listed in the award letter is advisory only. Students are also advised in the email that accompanies the award notice that they may be eligible additional loan funds. This process is unchanged from the 2012-2013 academic year.

  1. Loans are only processed and disbursed for those students who complete a master promissory note (MPN) and entrance counseling and meet all other eligibility criteria.
  2. If you have not completed a MPN and entrance counseling, the financial aid office will not take any action on the loan that was offered to you, and you will not receive any loan funds.
  3. If you do not want the loan that was awarded to you, you will be able to decline it when the loan application reopens. If you do not decline the loan and do not complete the MPN and entrance counseling, the financial aid office will remove the loan amount at the end of the year.
  4. If you later decide that you want all or a portion of the loan, you will be able to request the amount you need for your educational expenses.

If you have an urgent request for an increase in your loan, or if you wish to reduce the amount of your loan, please send your request via email to FAO@fscj.edu. You must send your request from your FSCJ email address.

If you are considering an increase to your student loan, we recommend you visit the financial literacy website to learn more about how borrowing affects your financial future.

Students who wish to apply for an increase in their loan funds can use the email address in the information above.

Thank you,
The Financial Aid Office


Confirmation of Applying

Student Aid Report (SAR)

The SAR is a confirmation of a student aid application (FAFSA). Students should receive a SAR approximately two to three weeks after they submit their FAFSA. The SAR is a two-part confirmation form to review for errors and omissions. Read the instructions on the SAR carefully. If changes are needed, contact your financial aid office to determine which corrections are necessary. If corrections are required, students may correct their application by completing part 2 of the SAR and returning it to the federal processor or making the corrections on the Web at FAFSA. Not correcting a SAR as soon as possible may cause delays in processing a student’s financial aid.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

If all the data is complete and correct, the SAR will include an expected family contribution (EFC). The EFC is calculated based on a federal methodology established by Congress. EFC is the index that is used to establish eligibility for need-based aid.

Eligibility for need-based aid is calculated by subtracting the EFC (and other outside resources such as veterans benefits, scholarships, tuition waivers, fellowships, etc.) from the cost of attendance. This determines a student’s financial need.

Florida State College at Jacksonville Cost of Attendance (COA)
$15,261
Less Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
6,000
Less Other Resources (private scholarship)
3,500
Financial Need
$ 5,761

If the EFC and other resources are less than the COA, the student may have financial need, and every effort is made to meet that need with a financial aid package that may include grants, work-study and/or loans.

Based on the above example, this student may be eligible for $5,761 in financial aid. This calculation establishes the eligibility for need-based aid, it does not guarantee the student will receive this amount. This is determined by other factors, such as the amount of funds available at the College. Some funds are limited, therefore it is in the student’s best interest to apply early each year.

Verification

The Department of Education selects 30 percent of student files for verification. In addition, FSCJ will verify SARS with conflicting information. When a file is selected for verification, a student and/or parent must complete a verification worksheet and submit copies of their tax return and other required documents. You must submit all documents in order to complete your file and continue processing of your application. The College is required to review accuracy of all household/income information.


Cost of Attendance (COA)

The examples below are based on college credit students enrolled full-time for two academic terms. Actual tuition and fees will vary based on actual credit hours taken per term. To view your current cost of attendance (COA) log on to Connections and view your award summary.

COA for a Full-time College Credit Student Living Away From Parents (Estimated Cost)

Expense
In State
Out of State
Georgia Resident
Full-time Tuition
$ 2,470
$ 9,583
$ 4,841
Fees
320
320
320
Room and Board (Off Campus)
8,260
8,260
8,260
Books
1,920
1,920
1,920
Transportation
2,470
2,470
2,470
Personal
1,120
1,120
1,120
Total (two terms)
$16,560
$23,673
$18,931

 


COA for a Full-time College Credit Student Living With Parents (Estimated Cost)

Expense
In State
Out of State
Georgia Resident
Full-time Tuition
$2,470
$ 9,583
$ 4,841
Fees
320
320
320
Room and Board (Off Campus)
2,720
2,720
2,720
Books
1,920
1,920
1,920
Transportation
2,470
2,470
2,470
Personal
1,120
1,120
1,120
Total (two terms)
$11,020
$18,133
$13,391

 


COA for a Full-time College Credit Bachelor Degree Student Living Away From Parents (Estimated Cost)

Bachelor Degree Students

Expense
In State
Out of State
Georgia Resident
Full-time Tuition
$2,749
$14,423
$ 5,400
Fees
320
320
320
Room and Board (Off Campus)
8,260
8,260
8,260
Books
1,920
1,920
1,920
Transportation
2,470
2,470
2,470
Personal
1,120
1,120
1,120
Total (two terms)
$16,839
$28,513
$19,490

 


COA for a Full-time College Credit Bachelor Degree Student Living With Parents (Estimated Cost)

Bachelor Degree Students

Expense
In State
Out of State
Georgia Resident
Full-time Tuition
$2,749
$14,423
$ 5,400
Fees
320
320
320
Room and Board (Off Campus)
2,720
2,720
2,720
Books
1,920
1,920
1,920
Transportation
2,470
2,470
2,470
Personal
1,120
1,120
1,120
Total (two terms)
$11,299
$22,973
$13,950

 


Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeals Revision

FSCJ has determined that after July 1, 2014, we will no longer accept satisfactory academic progress appeals for federal financial aid.

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Remember, it’s your responsibility to ...

  • apply early for financial aid assistance;
  • complete a FAFSA each year (FAFSAs for the upcoming fall term are available after January 1);
  • submit all required forms and documentation to FSCJ; and
  • use financial aid for educationally related expenses only.