Students should apply for financial aid as soon as possible after January 1. JSC's priority deadline for new students (freshmen and transfers) is March 1. To ensure that an application has a processed date of March 1, students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA by February 1. New students must be accepted to JSC before a financial aid award will be offered; students should not wait until they have applied for admission or have been admitted to apply for financial aid. Tentative award notifications are usually mailed to new, on-time applicants in April.
JSC's priority deadline for currently enrolled students is May 1. Complete the FAFSA online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov by April 1 to ensure that an application has a May 1 processed date. While applications received after the priority deadlines will be reviewed, institutional aid is limited and late applicants may lose out on some types of funds. JSC may require that additional information such as tax returns, W-2s, and proof of untaxed income be submitted prior to disbursing financial aid. Award notifications are usually mailed to on-time applicants in June.
Federal regulations require that all federal aid must be disbursed to a student's account within 180 days of the last date of the semester for which the aid was awarded. If a student does not complete the semester for which the aid was awarded, aid must be disbursed within 180 days of the last date of the student's attendance in that semester. Therefore, the Financial Aid Office must receive all requested information in a timely manner in order to allow required processing time before disbursements can be made.