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  1. How many units do I have to enroll in to get Financial Aid?

  2. What is a FAFSA?

  3. How can I get my FAFSA information sent to SJDC?

  4. I completed my FAFSA, now what?

  5. How do I find out who is working on my file in the Financial aid office?

  6. Is there aid for working students?

  7. Can I get financial aid now that I don't have to pay back later?

  8. I'd like to apply, but how can I get money when I can't even understand the form?

  9. How can I get a TRANSCRIPT of my 1040 tax forms?

  10. I have questions about financial aid. Who do I e-mail?

  11. Lots of students need financial help. How can I be sure that I'll get any money?

  12. I am not a high school graduate. Can I still get financial aid?

  13. I've heard about waivers for the enrollment fee, but I'm not on public assistance. Even so, I won't be able to afford the per unit cost. What can I do?

  14. I'm still confused!

  15. Want instant answers?

  16. I need to buy my books!!! Will I receive my financial aid disbursement before the semester begins?











How many units do I have to enroll in to get Financial Aid?


You don't have to be a full-time student to receive financial aid:

*Enrollment Requirements for disbursement Disbursement
Full-Time
12 or more units – You will receive 100% of your financial aid.

Three-quarter-Time
9 to 11.5 units – You will receive 75% of your financial aid.

Half-Time
6 - 8.5 units – You will receive 50% of your financial aid.
.Less-Than-Half Time
(half unit) .5 - 5.5 units - You will receive 25% of your financial aid if eligible.

Your enrollment (the number of units you are enrolled in) is checked by our automated system each time a disbursement is made. Your disbursement will be adjusted as you drop or add units.

What is a FAFSA?

It is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), it is completed by students annually for each academic year they want to be considered for financial aid. Applications are available every January for the upcoming academic year.

Many colleges use this application to award:

  • federal aid like Pell grant
  • Campus based aid - Work-Study, FSEOG, EOPS, Student Loans, etc..

The state uses the information to award state grants such as Cal Grants.

To begin the application process for grants, loans and work-study, you will need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).






I submitted my FAFSA but forgot to list SJDC, how can I get my FAFSA information sent to SJDC?

You need to call Central Processing Center,
1-800-433-3243. Tell them you would like to add San Joaquin Delta College and that our code number is 001280. They will ask you for your DRN number listed on the top left hand corner of your Student Aid Report, so have it ready when you call.

 


I completed my FAFSA, now what? What happens next?

If you listed Delta College on your FAFSA we will receive your information electronically about 2 weeks from the date you completed your online FAFSA.

When we receive your FAFSA we will send you an e-mail to your Delta College E-mail account letting you know what you need to do next to complete your file and be awarded financial aid.

You can also log in to Delta's Online Financial Aid System to check your status. You will need your Delta ID number and Delta assigned PIN (usually your date of birth). If you cannot log into the system then it means that we have not yet received your FAFSA.


I've already submitted all the required documents. How do I find out who is working on my file in the Financial aid office?

If you listed SJDC on your financial aid application (FAFSA) and you have received your Student Aid Report you can check your application status online. Follow these steps:
  1. Once the SJDC Financial Aid Office has received your financial aid application data from the processor, you will receive* an e-mail from us notifying you to log into Delta's Online Financial Aid System.
  2. Use your Delta ID & PIN number, then click the Submit button.
  3. Once your information has been retrieved then click on the Messages Tab on the Navigation Bar to locate the message indicating the Specialist working on your file.
  4. Click on their e-mail address, then compose and send your message.

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I thought I could afford community college. Now the fees are going up, the cost of books is unbelievable, even the price of gas is more than I can handle. I need help!!! Is there aid for working students?

You don't have to come from a low income family to qualify for financial aid. You just have to show that you need help with the costs of college attendance. Most middle income families need every dollar just to support the household. They don't have any extra money to pay for fees, books or school transportation. More than likely such families will qualify for financial assistance. Assume you are eligible. Apply now



I've thought about financial aid before, but I don't want to have a big debt hanging over my head when I leave college. Can I get financial aid now that I don't have to pay back later?

Most financial aid at SJDC or any other public college is money that doesn't have to be repaid. Grants, part-time employment and scholarships make up 90% of the approximately $20 million in annual aid received by students at Delta College. Only a small percentage of students take out student loans. If you apply early, chances are that all or most of your financial need can be met with aid that doesn't have to be repaid.


I've seen the application and instructions for student aid. It looks like an encyclopedia. I'd like to apply but I can't figure out the system. How can I get money when I can't even understand the form?

It is confusing. That's why there are professional staff available just to help you fill out the application and answer your questions about the process. These options are available to assist you:
  • Go to the Financial Aid & Veterans Services window , DeRicco Student Services Building FINANCIAL AID WINDOWS (Main Entrance Foyer), for personal assistance;
  • Workshops are available for those in need of assistance completing the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet & paper FAFSA. Go to the Electronic Enrollment Services Lab to sign up for a one-on-one Financial Aid workshop.


 


How can I get a TRANSCRIPT of my 1040 tax forms?

You need to visit your local I.R.S. office to request a TRANSCRIPT of your 1040 tax forms. Beginning with the 2012-13 academic year we no longer accept actual copies of the 1040 forms.

If you live in Stockton, CA, you can go to the one
located at:

4643 Quail Lakes Dr Stockton, CA 95207
(209) 942-1910

Or for more information review the IRS Transcript Request Process .


I have questions about financial aid. who do I e-mail?

You can send an e-mail to the Financial Aid Office to ask a general question. Or, if you know who your Financial Aid Specialist is you can contact him/her.





Lots of students need financial help. How can I be sure that I'll get any money?

It's true, many students apply for financial aid. To make sure your application receives best consideration, apply early . For Cal Grants, you must apply by March 2nd. For other Delta College aid, you must *complete an application file by April 2nd, in order to be guaranteed the best possible funding and to make sure you have a disbursement the first week of school when you need it most.

*A completed application file includes:
  1. a valid Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR, an electronic version of the Student Aid Report (SAR) that the student receives in the mail
  2. all required supporting documents.



I am not a high school graduate. Can I still get financial aid?

Students without high school diplomas and are 18 years old can qualify for financial aid if they have a G.E.D., or other high school proficiency certificate. They can also demonstrate readiness for college by taking a standardized test available in the Delta College Assessment Center (ONLY, if student was attending a post secondary institution prior to July 1st 2012).

If you are a high school graduate you must provide one of the following documents that indicate your high school completion status:

  • A copy of the student’s high school diploma.
  • A copy of the student’s final official high school transcript that shows the date when the diploma was awarded.
  • A copy of the student’s General Educational Development (GED) certificate or GED transcript.
  • An academic transcript that indicates the student successfully completed at least a two-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor’s degree.
  • California State law does not require a homeschooled student to obtain a secondary school completion credential for homeschool (other than a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent). A transcript or the equivalent, signed by the student’s parent or guardian, that lists the secondary school courses the student completed and documents the successful completion of a secondary school education in a homeschool setting must be submitted.  The validity will be determined by the Financial Aid office.



 


I've heard about waivers for the enrollment fee, but I'm not on public assistance. Even so, I won't be able to afford the per unit cost. What can I do?

You might qualify for an enrollment fee waiver if you meet certain income requirements based on family size. There is a simple, one page application for the Board of Governor Fee Waiver Program available in the office of Financial Aid and Veterans Services or download the fee waiver complete it and submit it in DeRicco Student Services Building FINANCIAL AID WINDOWS (Main Entrance Foyer).

Submit the Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver (BOGW) Online!!! the quickest and preferred method of having your enrollment fees waived.


I'm still confused!

You're not alone. Just remember this: There is financial aid available for enrollment fees and other college costs. Apply now. Help is available for the asking. Contact the Financial Aid & Veterans Services office, DeRicco Student Services Building FINANCIAL AID WINDOWS (Main Entrance Foyer), (209)954-5115, or contact us for answers to your questions.


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I need to buy my books!!! Will I receive my financial aid disbursement before the semester begins?

Financial aid disbursements are never made before the beginning of the semester per federal regulations. The first disbursement of the semester is at the end of the first week of the semester.

Most students purchase their books and supplies on their own, others wait until the second week of the semester after they receive their first disbursement.

 

If you are just now submitting your documents to complete your file then financial aid will not be able to assist you in time.

Financial Aid processing may take up to 4 weeks from the time you complete your file (submit documents). Here are some suggestions to assist you with text books:

  • You can rent textbookswhich may be less expensive.
  • Check with your instructor to see if they have the class textbook at the Reference Desk in the Library. If yes, then you can use the textbook there.

The whole process from applying (completing/submitting the FAFSA), to completing your file to disbursement generally takes 4-6 weeks if you are prompt in submitting any missing documents.

Unfortunately, there are no emergency loans for late applicants. However, often-times instructors have books available for use in the library at the Reference Desk.





 

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