College Financial Aid Program – Frequently Asked Questions

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College Financial Aid Program – Frequently Asked Questions 2017-03-09T12:00:35+00:00

JFSA has updated the scholarship, grant and loan application and award process. We look forward to helping guide you through this new application process and will be available for any questions you might have.

Application

At most accredited schools, full time enrollment for undergraduate school is 12 credit hours or 4 classes and graduate school is 9 credit hours or 3 classes.  If your school has a different standard, please contact our office to verify your status.

The requests for scholarships always greatly exceed our resources. We work very hard to make sure scholarship funds are distributed equitably. We appreciate your help in making that possible. All information provided on the application is confidential and is used to determine your financial deficits in making decisions about potential awards.

The deadline for most JFSA Scholarships, Grants and Loans is April 10. We are accepting 2015 tax information in accordance with the new FAFSA rules. No applications will be processed without tax documents.

If you file your taxes independently of your parents, you must also include a copy of their most recent tax forms.

If your parents are divorced, you must provide a copy of both of their taxes. If you have any questions about this, please ask when you are contacted to schedule your interview.

You may leave that question blank on the initial application but please let us know as soon as you do make a decision. To your interview, please bring copies or your college acceptance letters for your choices.

Yes, as long as it is a copy of an official school transcript.

Teachers, employers, volunteer coordinators, or anyone who has observed or worked with you on activities or endeavors that highlight you. We do not accept letters of recommendation from family or friends.

Scholarships

About 200 scholarships are awarded each Fall for the next academic year. The amounts range from $500 to $12,500 based upon criteria listed in each individual scholarship.

Many of the scholarships are given directly to the students and can be applied towards tuition, fees, books, supplies, equipment, etc. Some scholarships are routed directly to colleges to be used for specific costs. This depends on variables designated by the scholarship itself.

Interviews are a great way for us to learn more about you and to talk to you about your future endeavors. Individual interviews generally last for 10-15 minutes. Interviews take place in April. If you will be out of state during that time, please indicate that on your application.

Yes, all students must fill out an online application each year in order to renew their scholarship (There are exceptions for the Berger Scholars Award and the Yoda Newton Scholarship. Please follow the links for both of these awards for more information). The online application will need to be filled out in its entirety, documents submitted, and processing fee paid in order to qualify for renewal.

Call our Office Administrator, Sheri Tavens, at 216-378-3421 about invoicing questions.

Receiving Funds

Some scholarship checks will be mailed to each recipient’s local mailing address as entered on the application. Others will be sent directly to your school. This depends on the scholarship requirements. Checks will be issued in late August.

Loans are due after you graduate or are no longer a student (at least 12 credit hours for undergraduate school or at last 9 credit hours for graduate school). If you decide to start graduate school immediately following undergraduate school, you must contact the office if you would like to defer your loan.

Students are given a 3-month grace period to begin mailing payments. Students will receive monthly invoices. Payments are $100 and are due on the 1st of every month. Checks can be sent to:

JFSA College Financial Aid Program
P.O. Box 74165
Cleveland, OH 44194-4165
Automatic payments may also be set up through your bank. We are currently not able to take online payments and credit card payments.
* Please note that previous invoice payment were made to the JELC which has been officially updated to CFAP.

Call our Office Administrator, Sheri Tavens, at 216-378-3421 about invoicing questions.

Update your demographic information on your online FAST account. Retain your user name and password to update information throughout the year and to apply for future scholarships, grants or loans.