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How to Apply for Financial Aid

Applying for financial aid can be a confusing process. Because state grants are awarded on a first-come/first-serve basis, reading the information below (in addition to meeting financial aid deadlines) will ensure that you will be considered for the maximum amount of aid and that your funding will be in place in a timely manner.

Three Students

Step 1 – Get an FSA-ID.

Apply for an FSA-ID at http://www.fsaid.ed.gov (if you don’t already have one). You will need the FSA-ID to electronically sign your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other federal financial aid documents. If you are dependent, your parents will need to apply for an FSA-ID as well.  

Step 2 – File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

You can complete the FAFSA online by visiting www.fafsa.ed.gov. Remember to include Tyler’s school code on the FAFSA; if you do not include our school code, we will not receive your application. John Tyler Community College’s school code is 004004.

Step 3 - Review the following to ensure that additional requirements are met:

What type of student are you?

New/Transfer Students

We are pleased that you have chosen to continue your education at John Tyler Community College! Please follow the steps below in order to determine your financial aid eligibility.

  1. Apply for admissions to JTCC online.
    Apply online at apply.vccs.edu. Applications are also available at the Admission and Records Office in Moyar Hall, Room M101 in Chester or the Administration Building, Room B106 in Midlothian.
  2. Apply for financial aid.

    Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. . Information from completed Federal tax return forms (1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ) should be used in the application process. Keep a photocopy of your tax return since we may request it.

    You must list John Tyler Community College, (school code: 004004), in order to receive financial aid at JTCC.

    At JTCC, Federal Direct Student Loans are not automatically awarded to students who file a FAFSA. To apply for a Federal Direct Student Loan, students must meet basic eligibility criteria and complete the following steps:

    1. First-time applicants need to complete Federal Direct Student Loan Entrance Counseling.
    2. First-time applicants need to complete a Federal Direct Student Loan Master Promissory Note.
    3. All applicants print a Loan Request Form at http://www.jtcc.edu/finaidforms. Complete the form and submit it to the Financial Aid Office via mail, fax or in-person.
  3. Schedule your placement tests.
    John Tyler Community College generally requires placement tests for all new students seeking admission to degree and certificate programs, as well as some career studies certificates programs. See the college catalog for specific placement testing requirements for your program.
  4. Visit the Advising Center to declare a major.  
  5. Monitor your myTyler account.

    To review your financial aid status, login to your myTyler account. Once you are logged on to myTyler, click on Student Information System and navigate to Self Service, Student Center, then look for the "To Do List" on the right side of the page. If you have any outstanding information due to the Financial Aid Office, it will be listed on your "To Do List." As these items are completed, they will be removed from the list. Once all items are complete, the Financial Aid Office will be able to determine your eligibility and e-mail you an award notification to your VCCS email account.

    As with the above, your award can also be viewed online using the myTyler system. Once you have logged on to Student Information System in myTyler, navigate to Self Service, Student Center and check under the Finances section for the “View Financial Aid” link.

    If you are not eligible for any grant funding, you will be emailed a notification explaining the option to apply for a Federal Stafford Loan. This is an additional application that can be downloaded from www.jtcc.edu/finaidforms.

    Please note that initial awards made prior to the end of the add/drop period for each semester are based on a projected full-time enrollment. After that time, your award amounts will vary based on the number of classes you are actually registered for and will be reduced accordingly if you are not a full-time student.

  6. Register for classes.

    Using the online course schedule and college catalog, select your courses and determine if there are course prerequisites and/or required placement tests for the courses you would like to take. If there are, make sure you satisfy those requirements before registering for your classes.

    You can then register for classes online using the Student Information System in myTyler or in person at the Admissions and Records Office during specified registration periods.

    It is recommended that you having funding in place to pay for tuition and fees before you register for classes.

Returning Students

Financial assistance is not automatically renewed each year. Recipients must apply each year. Most students are automatically sent a renewal reminder by e-mail if they provided an e-mail address or by regular mail if they did not. Students can reapply using Renewal FAFSA on the Web.


Frequently Asked Questions:

If my parents are separated or divorced, do they both have to provide their information on my FAFSA?

The custodial parent and current spouse, if any, must complete the FAFSA. The non-custodial parent is not required to report their information on the FAFSA. On the other hand, the custodial parent must include child support received from the non-custodial part on the FAFSA.

How do I become an independent student for financial aid purposes at John Tyler?

You can only be considered independent if you meet one of the following criteria: are 24 years old by December 31 of the involved aid year, are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or serving on active duty for other than training purposes, are married, are an orphan or ward of the court, or have children or dependents who receive more than half of their financial support from you. If you do not meet one of these criteria, you must provide your biological or adoptive parent(s) information on the FAFSA, regardless of whether or not you live with them or receive any financial support from them.

What do I do with my Student Aid Report (SAR) that I received in the mail or via e-mail?

Review your Student Aid Report (i.e., the results of your FAFSA) for accuracy. If any information is incorrect, make the necessary corrections and re-submit it to the federal processor. Changes can be made online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Otherwise, retain the SAR for your records. The Financial Aid Office will receive your information electronically; therefore, there is no need to submit your SAR to us.

How long does it take for my financial aid eligibility to be reviewed once the FAFSA is received by the Financial Aid Office?

You will usually hear something by mail within a week or so of the Financial Aid Office receiving the results of your FAFSA. Keep in mind that once you submit your online FAFSA to the Department of Education, it normally takes about a week or two for the application to be processed and for the results to be sent to the schools you listed. The paper application takes twice as long to be processed. Therefore, if you submitted your FAFSA online, the turnaround for receiving a response from the Financial Aid Office is approximately 2-3 weeks from the time you submit it.

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