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Completing the FAFSA

Apply Early!! Some funds are limited, and the sooner you file the more financial aid you could potentially receive.

The Financial Aid process at Spoon River College is an annual activity beginning January 1 for the following academic year (fall, spring, and summer). The Free Application for Student Aid is required for all federal aid, including grants, Stafford student loans, and work study as well as the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP). The FAFSA is a free application, you should never have to pay a fee to submit your information.

  1. Fill out an Admissions Application for SRC
  2. Submit an official HS transcript or GED scores
  3. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Gather the documents you need:

Your SS#, DL#, W-2's, Federal Income Tax return, parent's Federal Income Tax return (if required), parent's W-2's (if required), and any additional untaxed income such as veteran's benefits, child support, and worker's compensation.

Apply for a PIN:

A PIN (Personal Identification Number) is a four-digit number used in combination with your SS# and date of birth to identify you as someone who has access to your own personal information. You, along with your parents (if required) will use your PIN to sign your FAFSA. Note: Your parents must also apply for a PIN, used to sign their portion of your FAFSA (if required). To apply for a pin visit www.pin.ed.gov.

Print a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet:

The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet allows you to read and complete the questions before entering your information online.
Spoon River College School Code: 001643

 

 

 

 

 

 Applying for the FAFSA is only the First Step!!

 

Financial Aid sample letterAfter the FAFSA is received by Spoon River College a letter will be sent to your mailing address on file with the school. An example of this letter is to the right. Please read this letter carefully and return all needed forms.

Letters for the next FAFSA year (Fall 2014, Spring 2015, & Summer 2015) will not be mailed until mid-April.

You will also be able to view and print needed forms on your My SRC by following the steps below.

Logging on to My SRC:

Your username format is firstname.lastname. If that username has already been assigned to another person, a number will be added to the end (firstname.lastname.1). Example: The name John Wayne Smith would be used to create a username of john.smith, but if that name is already assigned to another person, a sequential number would then be used to create a unique name as john.smith.1.

Password

The student's default password is the first 2 letters of the first name (first letter uppercase) first 2 letters of the last name (first letter upper case) and the last four numbers of the social security number. Example: Regarding the above example for John Wayne Smith, his password would be “JoSm1234.”

Accessing Financial Aid Documents in My SRC:

  • Select My Services Tab;
  • Click on the Student folder (or Candidate folder if you have applied to SRC but, have not registered for any courses);
  • Select Paying for College; then, View Financial Aid Document Tracking.
  • Select award year from drop down box (Make sure you have indicated the correct Award Year).

 

Verification

Approximately 30% of all FAFSA's are selected by the Federal Processor for verification. You will be contacted by SRC, by mail if your FAFSA was selected for verification or you can check My SRC for your financial aid status. If selected for verification, a verification worksheet and federal tax return transcripts are required to determine financial aid eligibility. Processing of your financial aid cannot continue until all required documents are returned to and accepted by the financial aid office.
Due to a change in Federal Regulations, we can no longer accept signed copies of federal income tax returns.  We now require a copy of an IRS issued tax transcript. Please remember to request a copy of your tax return transcript approximately three weeks after you e-file your federal income tax return.

  • To obtain an IRS tax return transcript, go to www.IRS.gov and click on the “Order a Return or Account Transcript” link, or call 1-800-908-9946. Make sure to request the “IRS tax return transcript” and not the “IRS tax account transcript.”
  • You will need your Social Security Number, date of birth, and the address on file with the IRS (normally this will be the address used when your IRS tax return was filed).
  • It takes up to two weeks for IRS income information to be available for electronic IRS tax return filers, and up to eight weeks for paper IRS tax return filers.
  • If you are married and you and your spouse filed separate tax returns, you must submit tax return transcripts for both you and your spouse. If you were required to provide parents information on your FAFSA and your parents are married but filed separate tax returns, you must submit tax return transcripts for both of your parents.
 

 Types of Aid Determined by the FAFSA

 

Gift Aid – Aid that is usually in the form of scholarship and grants and is assistance that does not have to be repaid.

Federal Pell Grants – Funds for undergraduate college students that covers costs, like tuition, fees, room, board and living expenses; eligibility is based on financial need

  • Pell Lifetime Eligibility - The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds a student may receive over his or her lifetime is limited by a new federal law to the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding.  Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding a student can receive each year of full time enrollment is equal to 100%, the six-year equivalent is 600%
  • You can log on to the National Student Loan Data System (www.nslds.ed.gov) Student Access Website using your Federal Student Aid PIN and view your Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU). The LEU will be found on the Financial Aid Review page.

 

Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG) – grant for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need.

Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant - grant that provides payment toward tuition and mandatory fees only.  Eligibility is based on financial need.  You must be in at least 3 credit hours and be an Illinois resident.

Spoon River College Foundation Scholarships – The SRC Foundation and Spoon River College offer a wide variety of scholarships each year. Scholarships may be for academic excellence or for talent or skill. Some scholarships are named after individuals who wish to continue making a difference in the lives of others. Some scholarships are for a particular profession or degree.  To view more information including the application form please visit http://www.src.edu/foundation/Pages/scholarships.aspx.

Self–Help Aid – Aid includes work opportunities and loans and is a form of aid that requires you to take a bit more responsibility.

Federal Work Study (FWS) – Allows you to earn money while you’re in college through a job the college helps you find.  On campus jobs paying at least the federal minimum wage; eligibility is based on financial need.  Applications for campus jobs can be picked up in the financial aid office on the Macomb or Canton Campus.

Loans – Student loans are also considered financial aid and must be repaid and should always be considered as a last resort for paying for college.

Federal Direct Stafford Loans – Subsidized (need-based) and unsubsidized loans for undergraduate and graduate students attending at least half time (6 credit hours).

Federal Direct Plus Loan – Loans for parents borrowing on behalf of dependent students attending at least half time (6 credit hours), and for graduate/professional students borrowing on their own behalf.

For more information about types of Federal student aid visit www.studentaid.ed.gov