Priority Dates for Financial Aid for the First Class Day:
- Fall Semester - June 1
- Spring Semester - November 1
- Summer Semester - May 1 (please note that effective summer of 2012, Pell Grants for summer sessions are limited to only students who attended one other semester during the award year. Check with the Financial Aid Office for details.)
Financial Aid applications are welcome and processed after the priority dates! However, to ensure Financial Aid is ready prior to the first class day for a specific semester, all aspects of the financial aid application should be completed by the Priority Date. The earlier a student completes their Financial Aid application, the sooner the application can be processed.
Applications for financial aid should be completed accurately. Financial Aid eligibility is determined for only one year at a time. Students need to reapply each year for Financial Aid.
Understanding the FAFSA
Complete the FAFSA in 3 easy steps.
Create an FSA ID
An FSA ID is a username and password you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Do not share your FSA ID with anyone.
You can use your FSA ID to:
- Electronically sign the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Access your Federal Student Aid information on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) website.
- Access and manage your Direct Loans at www.StudentLoans.gov
If you are a dependent student, one of your parents will also need an FSA ID to electronically sign your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Apply for an FSA ID now.
Forgot your FSA ID username and password? Retrieve it at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm.
Gather required documentation
You, and your parents (if you are considered a Dependent Student), need the following records to help you answer questions on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may be required to provide the Financial Aid Office a copy of these records.
- Your Social Security card
- Your driver's license
- Your Permanent Resident Card (if applicable)
- Your W-2 forms and other records of money earned
- Your income tax return or tax return transcript
- Records of Veterans benefits
- Records of child support paid
- Records of taxable earnings from Federal Work Study or other need-based work programs
- Records of student grants, scholarships, and fellowship aid, including AmeriCorps awards that were included in your or your (parents') AGI
- Current stocks, bonds, and other investment records
- Current business and farm records
- Current bank statements
Dependent students should have all the records listed above from their parents, except for their driver's licenses.
Complete the FAFSA
The Wharton County Junior College school code is 003668.
Submit Any Requested Verification Documents
After the FAFSA information has been received by WCJC students will be sent a communication requesting additional documents. These are known as verification documents. Students need to respond as quickly as possible to the request for a verification document.
Students will find most verification documents on the WCJC Website on the Financial Aid Forms page.
ALL STUDENTS SEEKING FINANCIAL AID MUST SUBMIT A STUDENT DATA FORM.
SPECIAL NOTICE TO GRADUATES OF ONLINE HIGH SCHOOLS AND HOME SCHOOLS
Students must be prepared to validate the credentials of their diploma from an on-line high school or home school. Please see the Financial Aid Office for information.
Attention all financial aid students:
Notifications to students regarding their financial aid process (missing documents, award information, status, updates, etc.) will be posted in a student's Online Services account. Students need to monitor their account on a regular basis.
The Financial Aid Office will communicate via WCJC Student Email addresses once the student has enrolled for courses. It is the student's responsibility to activate their WCJC student email account and monitor it.
If you do not complete all your financial aid documentation by the priority date you may have to pay your tuition / fees and books on an out-of-pocket basis and get reimbursed when your financial aid documentation is complete and you have been awarded. The college has an installment plan for students who wish to hold their classes while they complete their financial aid documentation.
All approvals are based on the assumption that Congress will appropriate funds for the various programs. Consequently, approved aid terminates if money is not allocated to Wharton County Junior College.