By Madison Heiser
The 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid opened on Oct. 1. The application is available to all college students in search of grants, loans and work-study opportunities for the coming school year.
According to the financial aid page on the Tyler Junior College website, the deadline to complete the FAFSA for fall 2021 classes is April 1. For spring 2022 classes, the FAFSA must be completed by Aug. 1. TJC (school code 003648) must be listed on the application in order to receive financial aid from the college.
To complete the FAFSA, students must visit studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa. The current application uses 2019 tax information to determine financial aid eligibility. If a student is the dependent of a parent or legal guardian, their caretaker’s tax information will be needed to complete the application.
If a change in income has been reported, especially due to COVID-19, TJC offers a Special Conditions request form, which allows students to explain any extenuating circumstances that affect their financial situation. The form must be submitted before a student is awarded financial aid from TJC. This allows the college to review and update financial information submitted through the FAFSA.
“COVID-19 interruptions did not make any changes to how a student completes the financial aid process,” said Devon Wiggins, director of financial aid at TJC. “Financial Aid and Apache Enrollment Center staff have continuously worked throughout the pandemic so student awarding was not affected either.”
After the FAFSA has been submitted, students should periodically review their financial aid traffic lights on Apache Access. Here, students can submit any additional documentation needed for scholarships and financial aid. Once awarded, this is where individuals can review their aid received for the designated term. Upon accepting their financial aid awards, students must complete a Master Promissory Note as indicated on Apache Access.
“Completion of the FAFSA is not the only step in the financial aid process. Students should receive a FAFSA response email in late December,” Wiggins said. “There are additional steps and requirements that must be done in Apache Access for every FAFSA filer, so make sure this next step is completed no later than June 1 – but earlier is better.”
For more information on completing the FAFSA, as well as contact information for TJC’s financial aid office, visittjc.edu/info/20147/financial_aid. Students may also visit the financial aid office on the first floor of White Administrative Services Center.