How does financial aid determine the amount of money I can receive?
Cost of education, minus (EFC) Expected Family Contribution, minus other aid/benefits, equals financial need. Once eligibility is established, aid may be adjusted based on enrollment.
Financial need is the difference from cost of education, minus EFC and other aid.
Cost of Education: Educational budget used to calculate the cost of education. This budget includes items such as tuition, fees, books, transportation, room/board and personal/miscellaneous items.
Information provided on your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is used to calculate your EFC. EFC is the amount you/your family are expected to contribute to the cost of your education.
Other aid/resources: Include such benefits as veterans benefits, scholarships, work-study, loans and sources other than awarded by FSCJ.
Aid will be adjusted based on number of enrolled credit hours.
For more information on EFC, visit the SallieMae® CollegeAnswer.com® website.
A free Pell estimator is available online through FSCJ’s Connections under “financial aid.”
How can I view the status of my award letter?
Students can log on to their Connections student account, select “current academic year,” then select “financial aid” to see the status of their financial aid award along with other important financial aid information and forms. Award information is also sent to students through their College email address. It is the student’s responsibility to review their College email regularly to obtain important information that may impact their award status.
How can I decline or modify my student loan?
To decline or modify your student loan, go to Connections, “Financial Aid,” select the term, select "Award Summary" and then choose "Modify Loan." Please allow up to thirty business days for the request to be processed. Only submit your request ONCE. If you request a loan modification for the academic year, you must have a clear, good standing, Satisfactory Academic Progress status or an approved appeal for the term in which you wish to receive loans. If you are on SAP Warning or have an approved appeal (SAP Probation) you can only be awarded a loan for one term. One term loans are disbursed in two equal payments. The second payment will not occur until the mid-point of the semester. Check your SAP status on Connections by clicking on your financial aid checklist.
How can I reject my scholarship or third-party payment?
For scholarships, please follow the directions provided with your scholarship award letter/packet. For third-party, please follow the directions provided by your third-party provider.
What is available resources?
All sources of aid and/or assistance offered to the student to assist with their educational needs.
What is financial aid need?
Cost of education, minus (EFC) Expected Family Contribution, minus other aid/benefits, equals financial need.
Can I use financial aid and the Bright Futures scholarship at the same time?
Yes, Pell Grants and Bright Futures can be awarded at the same time. Other aid, such as loans, work-study, scholarships and other grants may be adjusted as the financial need is met.
Will my financial aid pay for my tuition and fees?
The student aid office will notify the business office of your financial aid award. The aid will automatically be applied against your bill. For Stafford Loan recipients, loan funds will not be available for coverage to pay for your tuition and fees until FSCJ has a record of your signed promissory note and completion of the entrance loan counseling requirement.
If the combined aid (Pell Grant, SEOG, FSAG, Star Opportunity Grant (formerly Institutional Needs Fund), Stafford Student Loan, PSAV Grant and other scholarships) is not enough to cover your tuition and fees, you must pay the difference from your own resources by the final payment deadline date. Your classes will be cancelled if the bill is not paid in full.