Types of Financial Aid
financial aid that typically does not have to be repaid, usually based on income and/or financial need – called “need-based”
Federal Pell Grant – apply using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – www.fafsa.gov
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG) – apply using the FAFSA – limited funds, so apply early
Tennessee Student Assistance Award – apply using the FAFSA – limited funds, so apply early. More information may be found at www.collegepaystn.com
Helping Heroes Grant – has an online application with the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation – for select veterans – limited funding. More information may be found at www.collegepaystn.com
Foster Child Tuition Grant – identified through the Department of Children’s Services. More information may be found at www.collegepaystn.com
Scholarships - financial aid that does not typically have to be repaid, based on educational criteria, called “merit-based”
Foundation scholarships – limited funds, March 15th deadline. More information may be found at http://www.jscc.edu/financial-aid/scholarships.html
Access and Diversity scholarship – limited funds. More information may be found at http://www.jscc.edu/financial-aid/scholarships.html
Athletic scholarships - awarded through the Athletic Department. More information may be found at http://www.jscc.edu/financial-aid/scholarships.html
Disability Services scholarship – for students with documented disabilities. More information may be found at http://www.jscc.edu/financial-aid/scholarships.html
Lottery based – There are several different merit based scholarships offered through the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation with merit based factors, application is the FAFSA. More information may be found on http://www.tn.gov/collegepays/mon_college/lottery_scholars.htm
TN Promise – last dollar scholarship opportunity offered the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, has application on TSAC’s website, EARLY deadlines. More information may be found at http://www.tnpromise.gov/
These are scholarships offered by entities other than the institution and/or government. This can be from churches, businesses, organizations, etc. More information can be found at http://www.jscc.edu/other-scholarships.html or by doing a search for outside scholarships. However, be wary of scams. Information on how to avoid scams is located: http://www.jscc.edu/uploads/financialaid/10-11Forms/Scam%20Alert.pdf
Work programs – these are referred to as “self-help” because the student is working hours for pay
Federal Work-study – application is the FAFSA, limited funds, assigned to an on-campus job or off-campus community service agency. More information may be found at http://www.jscc.edu/financial-aid/employment.html
Regular Campus Work – non-need based employment, application is the FAFSA and there is also an additional application found at http://www.jscc.edu/financial-aid/employment.html
Loans - also referred to as “self-help” but is money which will require repayment
Private Loans – loans based on income and credit through a lender, application must be done with the lender and might require a co-signer. More information may be found at http://www.jscc.edu/financial-aid/alternative-loans.html. Note: JSCC does not participate in the Federal loan programs.
FAFSA INFORMATION - (Federal Aid)
1-800-4FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) - Use this number to check the status of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). TTY (for the hearing impaired) 1-800-730-8913
319-337-5665 -- Use this number to request a Student Aid Report.
The following website provides additional information about federal student aid. www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov
Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) - (State Aid)
1-800-342-1663 or 615-741-1346 -- Use either number to check the status of your TSAC Grant or the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship. You may also check online at https://clipslink.guarantorsolutions.com/StudentSignon/Default.aspx
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
1-800-829-1040 -- Use this number to request a TRANSCRIPT of your tax return. Allow 10 - 15 days for delivery.
Social Security Administration
1-800-772-1213 or locally at (731) 660-3384 -- Use either of these numbers to call for verification of your Social Security benefits. You may also go to the local office at 415 Cheyenne Drive, Jackson.
Selective Service System
847-688-6888 -- Use this number to check your registration information or go to http://www.sss.gov
U. S. Department of Education
For information to help you reach your college dreams visit http://studentaid.ed.gov/home
888-442-4551 -- Use this number to call concerning verification of your Veteran's benefits. Visit the JSCC Veterans Affairs website.
Financial Aid Facts -- Facts to help you with the Financial Aid process
Cash Course -- Free to JSCC students; to help you work on a personal budget, debt recovery, paying for college, and the best ways to handle your money.
Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
For additional information, locations and phone numbers in the state of Tennessee, go to http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/cc/ccareas_local.htm
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal and state-funded program providing services to help individuals with disabilities enter or return to employment. It is designed to assist individuals of work age with physical and/or mental disabilities compete successfully with others in earning a livelihood. CLICK HERE for brochure.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services are located throughout Tennessee. To locate your local department:
- Visit this website
- Call 1-615-313-4891 (TTY: 615-313-5695 or TTY: 1-800-270-1349)
- Contact your local Department of Human Services
- Contact Linda Nickell in the Disability Resource Center of JSCC@ 731-425-2616.
- Contact the Financial Aid Office at 731-425-2605 or 1-800-355-5722, ext. 50605
Families First provides temporary cash benefits to families who have children, and are experiencing financial difficulties. These benefits are time-limited to 60 months in a participant’s lifetime. The Families First program emphasizes work, training, and personal responsibility. To be eligible for the program, participants must agree to follow a Personal Responsibility Plan (PRP). As part of the PRP, the participant agrees to keep immunizations and health checks up to date for their children, keep their children in school, co-operate with Child Support Services to establish paternity, and participate in a work/training program for at least 30 hours per week. Unless a participant is exempt from the 30-hour work requirement, he/she will develop, with the assistance of a work activity contractor, an individualized career plan (ICP). This plan is based on the participant’s needs and skills. The ultimate goal of the ICP is to provide a work and training guide that will result in financial independence for the family.
Families First services are located throughout Tennessee. To locate your local department:
- Visit this website
- Call 1-615-313-4700 or Contact your local Department of Human Services
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