I received my Award Letter. Now what?
Your award letter will list the types of Grants and Loans you have available. You must accept or decline the loan amounts you have been awarded. Pell and/or Colorado Student Grant will be accepted automatically. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid to determine if you are eligible for work-study.
If you would like to be considered for a work-study position, you must complete a FAFSA and apply for a position by clicking the button below.
Federal (FWS) and State (CWS) Need-Based Work-Study
We participate in two work-study programs with award amounts based on the students documented need. These programs provide part-time employment for the eligible student to earn money to fund their education. Students must indicate on the FAFSA that he or she wants to be considered for this award.
Work-study positions are located on campus and students' earnings are restricted to the amount of their award.
Colorado No-Need Work-Study Program (CONN)
The State of Colorado provides limited funds for employment of students who do not necessarily have a financial need. Applicants must be Colorado residents for tuition purposes. Students' earnings are restricted to the amount of their award.
|Allotment per year||Up to $3,500|
|Hourly Rate (Average)||$12 - $13|
Grants are considered gift assistance and are provided from Federal, state, and institutional sources. In general, students must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours per semester in order to receive funds from most of the following programs.
The following grant programs are available at NJC.
Federal Pell Grant (PELL) Program
This program is designed for undergraduate students who do not have a bachelor's or professional degree. The U.S. Congress determines the amount of the Federal Pell Grant.
To apply for a Federal Pell Grant, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This can be done on-line through FAFSA on the Web. To determine an applicant's eligibility, the U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula, established by the U.S. Congress, to evaluate the information reported on the FAFSA. This formula produces an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number. The applicant will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) that informs the applicant of the EFC and whether or not they are eligible for the Pell Grant. The amount of the Pell Grant is determined by the EFC, cost of attendance and the number of credit hours for which the student enrolls. We will credit the Pell Grant to the student's account.
Federal Supplemental Opportunity Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Program
This program is for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need, that is, students with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and gives priority to students who receive Federal Pell Grants. Student must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours each semester to receive this grant. Priority is given to students who have completed their FAFSA by March 1. To be considered students must complete the FAFSA by March 1. There is no guarantee that every eligible student will be able to receive the FSEOG; students are awarded on a "first-come, first-served" basis and on the availability of funds. If a student receives the FSEOG, the funds will be credited to their student account.
Colorado Student Grant (CSG) Program
This program is funded by the State of Colorado General Assembly. The primary purpose of this grant is to provide financial resources to Colorado resident undergraduate students who would otherwise be unable to pursue post secondary education.
|Name of Grant||Min to Max/year (if eligible)|
|Federal Pell Grant||$762-$6095|
|Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant||$200-$4000|
|Colorado Student Grant||$1000-$5000|
Student loans are available to help offset educational expenses for the specific academic period. Borrowing through student loans should be your last alternative. You should exhaust all other resources of financial assistance, including scholarships, state grants, and campus student employment before applying for a student loan. Applying for a student loan too early may limit or exclude you from receiving grants/scholarships.
Student Loan Repayment Services
We have teamed up with Solutions at ECMC to answer all of your student loan repayment questions. Solutions is a service of the non-profit organization ECMC and is dedicated to helping students manage educational loans. Their resources are available to you free of charge. To contact a Solutions Student Loan Repayment Advisor call 1-877-331-3262.
We participate in the William D. Ford Direct Stafford Loan Program, which means all funds are borrowed directly from the government. This loan program includes the Federal Direct Stafford loan (Subsidized and Unsubsidized), and the Federal Direct PLUS loan. Stafford loan funds can be used for education-related expenses such as tuition, fees, books, living costs, transportation, childcare, etc. These loans must be repaid either after the student has graduated or stopped attending classes as a half time student (6 credits).
To be eligible for these loans you must:
- Have a completed financial aid file
- Be enrolled in a degree program or certificate program
- Be attending at least half-time (six credit hours minimum) for the entire loan period
- Not be in default on any type of student loan
- Not owe a repayment on a federal student grant
- Be in compliance with the NJC Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy (if not, you must complete an appeal form.)
- Loan Borrowers must complete the Loan Entrance Counseling as well as sign a Master Promissory note at the Student Loans website.
Subsidized Loans: are interest-free while you are enrolled in school at least half-time in a degree seeking program. This loan is available to students who have demonstrated financial need. Loan payments begin six months after you complete your degree or drop below half-time.
Unsubsidized Loans: accrue interest while the student is enrolled in school and during the repayment period. This loan is not based on financial need. Loan payments begin six months after you complete your degree or drop below half-time.
Parent Plus Loans: are for the parents of dependent students. Parents may borrow up to the cost of attendance per child (minus other aid). Repayment typically begins sixty days after the final disbursement for the period of enrollment for which you borrowed. Plus loans are usually less expensive than private student loans. Plus loans are based on a credit check, if it is denied the student usually becomes eligible to borrow up to $4,000 in additional Unsubsidized Stafford Loans. This additional Stafford loan cannot exceed the student’s Cost of Attendance minus all other aid (including other loans).
To apply for a student loan you must have a completed financial aid file at NJC. After your financial aid eligibility has been determined, you need to accept your student loan on your NJC access account under Student Finance Tab/My Financial Aid/Accept Your Awards/Accept Award Offer. You will then need to complete entrance counseling and a master promissory note at the Student Loans website or your loan will not disburse to your account.
Loans are an effective method to fund your education. However, there are a few things you should consider before borrowing a loan:
When you borrow a loan, you are accepting the responsibility of repaying the loan plus interest. The specific amount of money you borrow is the principal. Interest is a percentage of the principal, which you pay as a fee for borrowing. When it comes time to pay back the principal and interest you usually pay in monthly installments. If you fail to repay (or default) the government may penalize you.
It is your responsibility to know all of the terms and conditions!
Federal Subsidized (need based)
|Federal Unsubsidized (for those not eligible for above)||
|Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)||Cost of Attendance minus other aid||7.60% Fixed|
Scholarships are an excellent way to help cover the cost of an education. There are many scholarships available, but you may need to do some research to find them. Your high school counseling center is one source of information. The Colorado Council on High School/College Relations Handbook, local libraries, churches, parent's employer, local service civic organizations, and the Internet are other good services.
Annually we award scholarships to incoming freshmen and many of these are renewable. To be considered for a scholarship, a student must first apply for admission. The admissions and scholarship applications must be submitted by March 1, prior to fall enrollment. There are also scholarships that may require a separate application, portfolio, personal interview or tryout.
For more information regarding NJC's scholarship opportunity please visit our Scholarships page.
Colorado Merit Scholarship
This program is funded by the State of Colorado General Assembly so you must be a Colorado Resident and meet the individual criteria outlined on the scholarship application.
We work with the Veterans Administration to assist in administering the provision of the various programs of benefit to veterans or eligible relatives of veterans. The Office of Financial Aid certifies enrollment, submits applications, and transmits necessary credentials and documented information to the proper Veterans Administration Office. If you are eligible for Veterans Benefits, please bring your certificate of eligibility to the Office of Financial Aid. To apply for your certificate of eligibility please visit the GI Bill website.
Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits:
There may be funding available to assist students in need of vocational/occupational rehabilitation because of physical or emotional handicaps. These funds help to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, maintenance, medical services and transportation. You may call your local Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Office.
The Workforce Center (ORJT or JTPA):
There may be funding available to assist students for tuition, fees and books. This office may also help you find additional employment off campus. They are located in the Broadway Shopping Center, 100 Broadway #24. You may set up an appointment by calling 970-522-9340.
Off Campus Employment:
There are occasions when local employers will post available positions. To see if local employers have notified NJC of available positions within the community, please contact the Office of Residence Life, located in the Hays Student Center, 970-521-6600.