How do I apply for aid?

We advise students to submit the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. This is an annual process with a new application available October 1 each year.   

School Year

Taxes Used

FAFSA Open

Applicable Terms

2019-2020

2017 10/1/2018 Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020

2020-2021

2018

10/1/2019

Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021

 *You will need the following tax documents (if applicable) to complete a FAFSA:

  • 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ
  • W2(s)
  • Schedule(s) C, E, F

-If you are the student and are dependent (Per FAFSA/Department of Education guidelines), you’ll need your taxes (if filed) as well as taxes from your parent(s).

-If you are the student and are independent (Per FAFSA/Department of Education guidelines), you’ll need your taxes (if filed) as well as taxes from your spouse (if now married but filed separately).

If you have gotten married since filing your taxes and you are completing the FAFSA application, you will add tax information from both your taxes as well as your spouse's taxes to complete the application.


Some funds may be limited and are distributed to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. For example, the State of Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) has limited funds.  Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA as soon after the opening date as possible.  Returning 2019-2020 MAP awardees have a priority filing for FAFSA prior to December 1, 2019.

To learn more about filing your FAFSA review the "Seven Easy Steps to the FAFSA, A Student's Guide to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid" tutorial. When completing the FAFSA you will use John Wood's school code 012813!

Step 1

Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list JWCC (School Code 012813) as your school of choice. The FAFSA may be completed online at https://www.fafsa.gov/.  You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Department of Education.

If you do not have the required taxes filed you can still file!  File with estimated figures and then once your taxes are filed you can update your FAFSA information.  To learn more about updating tax information review how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to update your information.
 
If you need help filling out the FAFSA online, JWCC has walk-in availability as well as appointment slots (right side of this web page) that you can take advantage of or you can review the link above on the "7 Easy Steps".  You will need to bring your tax return copies and any other required paperwork.

If you already have a FSA ID (replaced FAFSA PIN), bring it with you as well.  Here is additional information regarding the FSA ID: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid.  Students will need to have an FSA ID plus if considered dependent of a parent, one parent will need a FSA ID to sign the FAFSA application. 

Step 2

Log into your SOLAR account to view and complete any additional outstanding requirements (i.e. verification, appeals, etc.). 

Step 3

Allow at least seven business days for processing. After that check your student email account or your SOLAR account for status updates or notifications.

 

(1) Tutorials produced by University of California, Santa Barbara, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.