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Financial Aid

Our #1 Priority is Helping You Succeed

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At Jackson College, total commitment to student success matters.



Our #1 Priority is Helping You Succeed


We have a variety of programs and offer various credit and non-credit courses each year. Choose from a wealth of educational opportunities, whether you are pursuing a degree, updating your job skills, or just want to take classes for fun. Our classes are convenient, too, since with  a variety of class lengths and sessions as well as online or in-person learning.


Financial Aid & Cost

 No student should hesitate to apply for admission because of financial circumstances.  Through the use of federal, state, institutional, and private funding, the Office of Financial Aid assists Jackson College students and their families seek, obtain, and make the best use of all financial resources available while achieving their educational goals.


Approximately 65 percent of all Jackson College students receive some form of assistance from these resources.  The Office of Financial Aid is dedicated to staying informed, remaining professional, and remaining a timely resource for all current and prospective students and their families.


Types of Financial Aid

Work Study


Grants can be an important part of your financial aid package.

If you have filled out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you’ve automatically applied for the major federal grant programs. To receive a grant, you must have financial need as defined by the federal government. You also must meet the eligibility requirements for financial aid.


There are two major types of federal grants:

  • Pell Grant
  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

Federal Pell Grant
The Pell Grant program is the federal government’s largest student financial aid program. The maximum Pell Grant is based on full-time enrollment. The actual amount you get depends on a number of eligibility factors. If you’ve already received a bachelor’s degree, you’re not eligible for a Pell Grant.


Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
Pell Grant recipients with exceptional financial need may qualify for the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG). Funding for the grant is limited. Priority is given to students with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that completed their FAFSA early.  A typical grant is $400 for the academic year.

Work Study


Almost all students qualify for loans, regardless of their family income. The U.S. Department of Education provides low-interest loans, which are called federal Direct Loans.


In order to be eligible for a loan, you must enroll in at least six credit hours in a program that’s eligible for financial aid.


Taking out a loan is a serious commitment. You’ll be required to sign a legal contract, called the Master Promissory Note (MPN), that gives you certain rights and responsibilities as a borrower. By signing this contract, you’re agreeing to pay back the money you borrowed—with interest—after you leave school. If you don’t, there are consequences that affect your credit and other factors.

Types of Federal Direct Loans
There are two types of Direct Loans:

  • Direct Loans for students to help pay for their education
  • Direct PLUS Loans for parents to help pay for their dependent children’s education. We encourage students to apply for the Federal Direct Loan (subsidized and unsubsidized) prior to determining PLUS Loan eligibility.


Federal Loans vs. Private Loans

Federal loans are a better deal than loans from private lenders. Federal student loans generally have lower interest rates that are fixed, generous repayment plans, no repayment penalties, and no credit checks (except for PLUS Loans).


For More Information

The federal government website offers lots of detailed information about loans.

Work Study


Many students can qualify for scholarships. Some scholarships require financial need, some are based on merit, and some combine both criteria. There also are special scholarships for students with disabilities. For more information on how to apply visit Federal Student Aid website.

Work Study

Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study
Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study. Students may not work more than 25 hours per week; hours vary by department.


Student Employment Requirements

  • Currently enrolled in at least 6 credit hours
  • Completed a FASFA application for the current academic year
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Complete Student Employment Application
  • Work study award approved through the Financial Aid Office
  • Participation in two (2) Student Employment Professional Development trainings per semester

If you are not sure if you have received or are eligible for a work-study award, please contact Human Resources at (517) 796-8468.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

STEP 1: Apply for Admission
Apply for admission to Jackson College.


STEP 2: Complete FSA ID
Complete a U.S. Department of Education FSA ID Registration if you do not have an FSA ID to use for your electronic signature.


STEP 3: File your FAFSA
Each year complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form as soon after October 1 as possible. JC’s Federal ID Code is 002274.


STEP 4: Scholarships
Explore the types of scholarships available at JC.


STEP 5: Keep in Contact
Respond promptly to any requests from the Financial Aid Office for additional information such as copies of federal tax returns, verification of untaxed income or benefits, etc.  Requests are most typically issued via email or through your Jet Stream account.


STEP 5: Explore Additional Options
Explore other financial aid options available in the community. Contact high school counselors, parent/student employers, local businesses, professional, civic and social clubs and organizations, religious clergy and public or college libraries.


Remember, you must reapply for financial assistance each academic year!


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