How do I apply for financial aid?
To apply for most financial aid, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application is used to determine eligibility for state and federal grants, and federal student loans. You can complete this application at https://studentaid.gov/fafsa.
How much financial aid can I receive?
How much financial aid a student can received is based off their expected family contribution (EFC) number. This all depends on your or your parent(s) income, living expenses, assets, and savings, as well as the cost of attendance. This amount is determined when you complete the FAFSA.
Do I need to include my parent’s information on my FAFSA?
It depends. You do not have to include parent information if you are:
- 24 or older by December 31 of the school year for which aid is requested
- Married or separated but not divorced
- Working on Master’s/Doctorate program
- Have children OR dependents who live with you that receive more than half of support from you
- Armed Forces – Currently Serving or Veteran
- Orphan, Foster Care, Ward of Court any time at or after age of 13 (requires documentation)
- Emancipated Minor or in Legal Guardianship (requires documentation)
- Unaccompanied Homeless Youth (requires documentation)
** If a student does not have a special circumstance and continues the FAFSA without parent information, they will only be eligible for unsubsidized loans.**
My parents are divorced; do I put both of their information on my FAFSA?
No. You will only need to put the parent you have lived with the most in the past 12 months. If the time spent with each parent was equal, you will report the parent’s information who provided the most financial support.
If the parent you spent the most time with is remarried, you would need to list the stepparent and their income on the FAFSA as well.
Can I use my financial aid to buy my books?
Yes. If a student has been awarded financial aid and they have remaining aid leftover after all their charges have been covered on their account, then they can use financial aid to buy books. About two weeks before each semester starts, students can use their leftover financial aid at the Lincoln Land Community College Bookstore.
My parents are refusing to give me their tax information to use for my FAFSA. Am I still able to get financial aid?
Yes. However, you will only be eligible for an unsubsidized student loan and your parents will need to fill out a Parent Refusal Form. If you have an unusual circumstance as to why your parents are refusing to give their information, please contact the Financial Aid office at 217-786-2237 or at email@example.com.
How can I check the status of my financial aid?
You can check the status of your financial aid on your Logger Central under Financial Aid. Under your checklist it will show you whether your FAFSA is still being reviewed.
How do I accept my loans?
You can accept your loans through your Logger Central under Financial Aid and then Review and Accept your Financial Aid Award Package. You can also accept your loans by filling out our Loan Confirmation Form and then turn it into our office.
Classes have already started and my Logger Central is still showing my full balance. Why has my financial aid not been applied?
Financial aid is applied to student’s accounts approximately 6 weeks after classes have started. If you have short semester or module classes, some of your financial aid might not be applied until after those classes have begun as well. If you have any further questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 217-786-2237 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I get help filling out my FAFSA?
If you need help filling out your FAFSA, you can come to our office for assistance. Our office is open 8am-6pm Monday through Thursday and 8am-5pm on Friday. **Between May 20, 2019 and August 9, 2019 our office will be closed on Fridays.** We ask that you come in at least 30 minutes before closing and to please bring copies of your taxes for the correct year as well as any other financial information we might need for your FAFSA. If you would like help over the phone, you can contact the FAFSA Helpline at 1-800-433-3243.
I was selected for verification, what does that mean?
Department of Education selects approximately 30% of applicants for verification. If selected, you will need to submit the correct documentation to our office in order to complete your FAFSA. You can review what documents are needed through your Logger Central under Financial Aid and then Required Documents or by contacting our office at 217-786-2237 or email@example.com.
How often do I have to fill out a FAFSA?
A student will need to fill out a new FAFSA every year. Each year, on October 1st the new FAFSA for the next school year is available for students to apply. For Lincoln Land Community College, each summer will begin the new FAFSA year and that FAFSA will cover Summer, Fall, and Spring courses.
What if I made a mistake on my FAFSA? How can I correct it?
If you make a mistake on your FAFSA, you can simply log back into https://studentaid.gov/fafsa and select “Make FAFSA Corrections.” Once you do that and submit it, we will receive the corrections from Department of Education in about 3-5 business days.
How will I receive my refund?
You can see what your refund options are by visiting our refund methods page.
Why did I receive notification that I have not met Satisfactory Academic Progress?
You have received this notification because you have not met the minimal standard(s) the U.S. Department of Education requires students to have to ensure students are making progress towards the completion of their academic program. Students must meet the minimum for the following:
- Cumulative GPA
- Cumulative Completion rate
- Maximum Time Frame
For more information, please look at our Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Financial Aid or contact us at 217-786-2237 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.