Director of Financial Aid
Attending college is an exciting time! Paying for it is not. Our Financial Aid staff is dedicated to helping you afford a Jacksonville College education. More than 95% of our students receive some kind of financial aid and we try to provide financial assistance to students who would otherwise not be able to attend.
Jacksonville College offers two basic types of aid to assist students in meeting the financial demands of college attendance. Gift aid, performance discounts, or scholarships are provided by the College to pay for a portion of the educational expenses of the student. Governmental financial aid includes federal/state grants and work-study. Neither scholarships nor grants have to be repaid. Don't let the cost of your education keep you from attending Jacksonville College. Contact us -- we can help. Additional information on financial assistance can be found in the Jacksonville College Financial Aid Policies and Procedures Manual located in the Library, Financial Aid Office, and Admissions Office.
Cost of Attendance
Full-Time Average Cost of Attendance per Year*
* Tuition and Fees -- the average cost of tuition and fees for a typical student based on enrolling for 30 hours per year. The actual costs that a student incurs will vary depending on the student's degree or certificate program.
* Books and Supplies -- the average cost of books and supplies for a typical student for an entire academic year.
* Room and Board -- a reasonable estimate of what it would cost to live in Jacksonville while attending school. Actual costs may vary by individual choices related to location and circumstances.
* Transportation -- a reasonable estimate of the cost to travel between campus and permanent residence.
* Personal and Misc. -- items that become necessary or useful as a result of attending school.
Net Price Calculator
The Net Price Calculator will allow students, parents, and visitors to estimate how much the cost would be for attending Jacksonville College. This link lets you perform comparison costs between Texas Community Colleges and Universities.
The cost of attendance is calculated by totaling tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and other personal and miscellaneous items. Subtracted from that total are federal/state grants (if applicable) and institutional aid (if applicable). The bottom line is the part you can expect to pay for college per semester or year.
Costs vary greatly among colleges with private colleges typically being a little higher since they do not receive state reimbursement based on enrollment. However, private colleges also typically offer more assistance in the form of institutional aid.
Types of Financial Aid
Governmental Financial Aid
Governmental Financial Aid includes federal/state grants and work study and does not have to be repaid.
Types of governmental financial aid include:
Federal PELL Grant
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG)
Federal College Work Study (FCWS)
Texas College Work Study (TCWS)
Federal Direct Subsidized Loans
All federal aid is based on an applicant's FAFSA results. Therefore, the first step is to complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some information to consider before filling out your FAFSA:
Eligibility for and the amount of aid is dependent upon several factors, including but not limited to, the source of income, number of students in college, number of family members, dependent or independent, student need, and maintaining satisfactory academic progress.
You will be asked for information based on your previous year's income tax return, so have that information readily available. Even persons who do not file a tax return due to disability or low income must fill out the form; there are ways to indicated that on the form.
You will be asked to select the school(s) to where you want the results to be sent. It's best to send them to several schools since students sometimes change their minds before actually enrolling.
It takes approximately 4 working days for the application to be processed and returned to the recipient schools after you submit it. You should submit your FAFSA each year soon after you have filed the previous year's tax return.
Some aid is available from the State of Texas as well. Consult the Financial Aid Office to find out whether you may be eligible for it and what you must do.
Jacksonville College participates in the Federal Direct Subsidized Loan Program. Direct Subsidized Loans are available for long semesters (fall and spring). Students must be attending at least half time (6 hours) to receive a Direct Subsidized student loan. The maximum for an incoming freshman is $3,500 per year or $1,750 per semester of his or her remaining need. The maximum for a sophomore is $4,500 per year or $2,250 per semester of his or her remaining need. A student’s remaining need is determined by taking his or her yearly budget minus his or her EFC minus all grants and scholarships
Institutional awards are provided by the College to pay for a portion of the educational expenses of the student and do not have to be repaid. See Performance Discount and Scholarship information below.
Performance Discounts and Scholarships
Performance discounts and scholarships are awarded through the College Scholarship Committee to students who qualify. A number of different discounts and scholarships are available in various categories as outlined below.
Students receiving institutional performance discounts and scholarships (except ministerial part-time scholarships) must enroll for at least 12 semester hours of Associate Degree core courses each Fall and Spring semester until core courses are completed. Students must maintain enrollment in at least 12 semester hours during the entire semester in order to keep the discount or scholarship for the current semester. Required developmental courses and STSU 1100 (Student Success) are considered "core courses" for enrollment purposes.
Performance discount and scholarship monies cannot be used to pay for advanced credit or audit courses. All students receiving performance discounts and scholarships must attend regularly scheduled chapel programs. An individual student cannot receive benefit concurrently from more than one Jacksonville College scholarship. Performance discounts and scholarships will be awarded according to qualifications and on a first-come, first-served basis as long as monies are available.
Performance discounts and scholarships are awarded on an annual basis for one academic year (Fall and Spring semesters). Once awarded for that academic year, the type of performance discount or scholarship cannot be changed without the approval of the Scholarship Committee. Maintaining a performance discount or scholarship is dependent upon meeting specified academic performance and class attendance requirements. Performance discounts and scholarships may also be reduced or revoked if recommended by the College Judicial Committee or directed by the Administration for due cause. Contact the Financial Aid Office or Admissions Office for further details.
Available Performance Discount and Scholarship awards and applications:
Departmental Scholar Scholarship (The Departmental Scholar Scholarship is not available for application. The scholarship is based on academic merit and is awarded at the discretion of the respective Department Chair. However, a student may inquire about the availability of the scholarship).
Additional Financial Aid Information
Benefits for Veterans and Other Eligible Persons
Veterans and other eligible persons should apply directly to an office of the Veterans Administration before the school term begins. At the time of registration the veteran should submit to the Registrar a certificate of eligibility obtained from the Veterans Administration. A veteran entitled to benefits under these laws will receive a monthly check varying in amount with the number of dependents and class load. The student shall pay college charges upon registration.
The Texas Rehabilitation Commission offers assistance for tuition and non-refundable fees to students who have certain disabling conditions provided their vocational objectives have been approved by a TRC counselor. Examples of such conditions are orthopedic deformities, emotional disorders, diabetes, epilepsy, heart conditions, etc. Other services are also available to assist the disabled student to become employable. Applications for such service should be directed to: Texas Rehabilitation Commission, 504 East Pine Street, Jacksonville, TX 75766; telephone number 903.586.3526.
Students receiving scholarships/awards from the institution must meet specified academic, performance and class attendance standards. Failure to satisfy the requirements of the scholarship may result in scholarship probation, reduction of scholarship amount or scholarship withdrawal.
Students receiving institutional scholarships (except ministerial part-time scholarships) must enroll for at least fifteen semester hours of associate-degree core courses each fall and spring semester until core courses are completed.
If a student remains on "Scholarship Probation" for two successive long-term semesters, the student may be placed on "Scholarship Withdrawal" for the next long-term semester.
"Scholarship Withdrawal" means that the student is not eligible for a Jacksonville College scholarship during the next long-term semester.
Governmental Financial Aid
All students enrolled at Jacksonville College who receive financial aid through the Federal Title IV Programs must meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements.
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 1.50 during the first year, 24 to 32 hours, and complete at least 67% of hours attempted. If the student has not met these requirements, he/she will be placed on financial aid warning for the following long semester. After a student has been placed on financial aid warning, he/she must have a cumulative GPA of at least 1.75 after the completion of the following long semester or they will be placed on financial aid suspension.
If the student has met the GPA requirements, they will continue receiving financial aid the following semester.
Any student receiving an “I” in a course may fulfill the course requirements and receive a proper grade within forty-five days after the end of the term in which the “I” was given. Any student who has more than 90 semester hours of college work attempted will be ineligible for financial aid at Jacksonville College unless they change majors.
Exceptions to the above levels of “Satisfactory Academic Progress” may be made by the Financial Aid Officer based upon documented data indicating unusual and unavoidable hardships which may influence the student’s ability to make “Satisfactory Academic Progress”.
Tuition Equalization Grant recipients not completing 24 hours in their first academic year and/or unable to acquire a 1.75 GPA may be the recipient of a hardship waiver. Hardships include but are not all inclusive: children at home, finances, a death in the family, family problems, military, illness, work and transfer from other colleges or universities.
Exceptions to the above penalties may be made by the Financial Aid Officer based upon documented data indicating unusual or unavoidable hardships which may influence the student's ability to make satisfactory academic progress.
Veterans and Other Eligible Persons
The minimum satisfactory academic progress required of veterans and other eligible persons receiving VA educational benefits is a 2.00 ("C" average) cumulative grade-point average (GPA). This satisfactory progress requirement is in addition to any other general college requirements. Academic progress for veterans and other eligible persons is evaluated at the end of each semester and policies are administered by the Academic Dean's Office of Jacksonville College under the sanctioning legal guidelines of the Veterans Administration. Students who fail to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 shall be placed on probation for the following semester. If the student achieves a semester GPA of 2.00 or better during the probationary semester, but has not achieved the required cumulative GPA of 2.00, the student may continue on probation for one more semester. If the student on probation fails to achieve a semester GPA of 2.00 at the end of the first probationary semester, the student shall be reported to the Veterans Affairs Regional Office as making unsatisfactory progress. A student who fails to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 at the end of the second consecutive probationary semester shall be reported to the Veterans Affairs Regional Office as making unsatisfactory progress. In either case, unsatisfactory progress shall result in enforced withdrawal from the college for the next long-term semester. However, a student may make appeal to the Academic Dean and a special admissions committee for a hearing and under special circumstances may not be forced to withdraw. The requirements for special admission shall be documented and agreed to by the student. A student who returns to the college subsequent to the date of the withdrawal status shall return on probation unless and until the cumulative GPA reaches 2.00 or more.