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Financial Aid

Financial Aid

May 27
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Applying for Financial Aid

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in applying for financial aid. The FAFSA is the single application to determine a student’s eligibility for federal, state and institutional financial aid, including grants, student loans, work study and some scholarships.

The FAFSA for the 2022-23 award year is available through June 30, 2023 and can be completed online at The 2022-23 award year includes Fall 2022, Spring 2023 and Summer 2023. Tax information from 2020 is used to complete the 2022-23 FAFSA. Be sure to include John A. Logan College’s federal school code 008076 when completing the FAFSA.

The FAFSA for the 2023-24 award year is available starting October 1, 2022 and can be completed online at The 2023-24 award  year includes Fall 2023, Spring 2024 and Summer 2024. Tax information from 2021 is used to complete the 2023-24 FAFSA.

Every Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) needs to be signed with both a student and parent (for dependent students) FSA ID. This ID is a safe and secure way to electronically sign the financial aid application. Students must sign in with their FSA ID to start a FAFSA application. Students who do not have an FSA ID will be directed to complete this step before completing the FAFSA.

Once the FAFSA is submitted, the federal government will process it and send a Student Aid Report (SAR) via email within a few days. Please review the SAR to make sure the information reported on the FAFSA is accurate.

John A. Logan College receives FAFSA information electronically. In a current award year, JALC will receive FAFSA data  within 3 to 5 business days. Upon receipt of the FAFSA data, a financial aid offer will be emailed to the student listing estimated awards and any required documents. For the 2022-23 award year, JALC emails financial aid offers once the results of a valid FAFSA have been received. If the amount of expected aid is not sufficient to cover all charges for the semester, scholarship or loan options should be explored. In addition, John A. Logan College offers a payment plan through the Bursar’s Office.

Student bills are available on the MyJALC portal after registering for classes. The account information includes itemized charges, expected financial aid and payments. If charges exceed financial aid, the remaining balance will need to be paid. If financial aid exceeds total charges, the student can expect to receive a refund through Nelnet. Refunds are disbursed according to the dates listed on the JALC Financial Aid Website under Important Financial Aid Dates.

Need more assistance? Please visit us on campus in Room C210 or contact us by phone (618) 985-2828, ext. 8308 or email

The federal government provides a Step-by-Step Guide on applying for financial aid, as well as representatives available by phone, email and live chat for additional assistance.

Students apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA using income from two years prior. In some cases, income from two years ago does not accurately reflect the current financial situation of the family. Independent students, or dependent students whose parents were affected by any of the following situations, are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office to determine if a Special Circumstance is warranted.

Those situations include:

  • Illness which affected the family’s income
  • Change in employment status, income, or assets
  • Change in housing status (e.g., homelessness)
  • Medical, dental or nursing home expenses not covered by insurance
  • Student or Parents’ separation or divorce
  • The death of a family member which has negatively affected the household income.
  • Child or dependent care expenses
  • Tuition expenses at an elementary or secondary school
  • Other changes or adjustments that impact the student’s costs or ability to pay for college

A financial aid counselor will meet with you privately to discuss your situation and determine if you qualify for a Special Circumstance. Students who qualify for a Special Circumstance will be asked to provide documentation, so their financial aid eligibility can be determined based on the current household income.

Questions? Contact the Financial Aid Office at 618-985-2828, ext. 8308, or email