- How do I get financial aid (grants, loans and work study)?
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. (Computer labs and kiosks are available for student use throughout campus). You fill out the application using your prior year's tax information. The response can take from 2-3 days. You will receive a Student Aid Report from the Department of Education by email or letter. First time students to TJC will also receive a letter and continuing students will receive an email, within 2 weeks.
- What do I do with the Student Aid Report (SAR) that I received from the Department of Education after I completed the FAFSA?
First, check to see if your FAFSA was accepted and calculated. Find your EFC on the letter (first page) of the SAR. If there is a number by "EFC" the FAFSA has been accepted and processed. If there is not an EFC, the FAFSA was rejected and you must make corrections to your FAFSA.
Next, check the colleges listed to see if TJC is on the list. If TJC is not listed, you must add our school code by making a FAFSA correction on the website at www.fafsa.gov.
Finally, you need to check each question on the application to see if there are any errors that need to be corrected. Instructions should be included in the SAR which should be followed if it informs you of any issues.
Any correction to the FAFSA must be done via the website at www.fafsa.gov.
- What do I do with the FAFSA Response letter or email that I received from the Financial Aid Office?
Follow the instructions on your letter/email which begins by logging into Apache Access using the student id on the letter/email. During this process you may be required to download certain documents to TURN INTO the Financial Aid Office. All documents should be turned in via fax at 903-510-2794. When faxing documents please make sure your student id is on every page. Please make sure documents are complete with signature and no blank lines. Documents will be requested AGAIN if incomplete.
- When is the best time to apply for Financial Aid?
The priority deadline to complete the FAFSA for the Fall Semester is April 1st and Student Requirements in Apache Access completed (green lights) by June 1st. For the Spring Semester the priority date is October 1st and Student Requirements in Apache Access completed (green lights) by November 1st.
- What happens if I miss the deadlines?
Students who miss the above deadlines may not be awarded by the required tuition and fee payment due dates and would be required to PAY OUT OF POCKET for tuition and fees, books, and housing to begin the semester.
- What is your School Code?
Tyler Junior College's School Code is 003648.
- How can I check my financial aid status?
All students have live access to their financial aid status from Apache Access using their student ID found on the Admissions Acceptance Letter or the FAFSA Response letter. Once logged in, click Financial Aid. This directs students to the Financial Aid Traffic Light menu. Any items in yellow require student attention. Apache Access MUST be checked frequently since traffic lights can change without notice.
- How long will it take to receive my award?
An exact time is not known and depends upon whether the priority deadline was met. General response times are listed below but could be longer if the deadlines were not met.
If you are completing a FAFSA: 2 - 3 weeks until you get your SAR.
If you/we have made corrections on your FAFSA: 10 days to 2 weeks until TJC receives and processes those corrections.
If you have just turned in Student Requirement forms from Apache Access: 2 to 6 weeks to be reviewed and verified (if required)
If corrections were necessary after review and verification: an additional 10 days to 2 weeks
For awards to be posted to Apache Access: as little as 2 weeks after receiving the Student Requirements Green Light or as long as 8 weeks if verification and corrections are needed.
- What is the process for receiving student loans?
All students are offered the maximum amount of student loans that they can received when their awarding process is complete. The loan awards must be accepted on Apache Access. Upon acceptance, entrance loan counseling must be performed online (Student requirements light change yellow and provide the URL for the site). A Master Promissory Note must also be completed online AFTER the Financial Aid Office has processed a loan certification record for you. (The Complete MPN for Accepted Loans light will change YELLOW when it is time to complete the master promissory note. A link to a URL is provided to complete the MPN.)
- How can I get books with my financial aid?
Students who have been awarded can “charge” their books against their AWARDED financial aid at the TJC Bookstore at the beginning of each semester during a specific date range, generally about a week before classes begin.
- When will I get my financial aid refund?
Any student whose disbursed financial aid exceeds their account balance at the time of disbursement will receive a financial aid refund. The refund is processed by the Business Services office through the student’s Higher One Account. Generally refunds are generated on a weekly basis and begin each Fall and Spring semester approximately 30 days after the semesters begins. Maymester and Summer I aid refunds begin approximately 2 weeks after the Summer I semester begins. Summer II aid is not paid on the account until the first class day and refunded approximately one week later.
- How do I get summer financial aid if I am attending any of the Summer terms (Maymester, Summer I, Summer II)?
Students who attended TJC during the Fall and Spring semester and received financial aid for the Fall and Spring terms need to register for ALL of their Summer classes in any summer term by the final funding date (generally in early June). The financial aid office will then determine eligibility for grant funding and post the award or a notice of ineligibility on Apache Access.
Students who are attending TJC for the first time during the summer or those who have not already completed the FAFSA, should complete the entire FAFSA process and should do so at least one month prior to the Summer terms payment due date. Once the FAFSA process has been complete, students need to register for ALL of their Summer classes in any summer term by the final funding date (generally in early June). The financial aid office will then determine eligibility for grant funding and post the award or a notice of ineligibility on Apache Access.
Students who are only loan eligible MUST complete a loan request form to be considered for a loan award during the summer (many students have used all of their loans if they received them during the Fall and Spring semesters). Loan awards or a notice of ineligibility will be posted to Apache Access.
- I am currently attending another college and will transfer to TJC, what do I need to do?
Students transferring from another institution must formally cancel their financial aid at that college and add TJC as a school on their FAFSA. Proof of cancellation can be faxed to 903-510-2794. Students then need to check Apache Access for Student Requirements and continue with the TJC financial aid process as explained above.
Fax is the preferred method for submitting required documents. Please make sure to include your name and A# when sending these documents.