Published or Revised August 17, 2015
Paris Junior College subscribes to the philosophy that all students who have the ability to pursue and can benefit from a college education should be given the opportunity. The purpose of federal financial aid is to provide grants and part-time employment to eligible students who need help with paying their college expenses.
Because students are the ones who will benefit the most from their college education, the students and their families are considered to have primary responsibility for paying the costs of attendance as determined by the Department of Education. Federal financial aid is intended to supplement, not replace, the student's and their family's responsibility for paying college expenses. For detailed information about the federal financial aid programs and institutional policies and procedures, students are advised to contact the Financial Aid Office (Phone: 903-782-0429 / FAX: 903-782-0333).
All federal financial aid is awarded in strict compliance with federal regulations and institutional policies and procedures. Priority is given to students with the greatest documented financial need whose completed applications are received by the priority dates.
Federal financial aid is awarded on the basis of documented individual need. Need is the difference between the college's estimated cost of attendance for the student and the amount the students and family can reasonably be expected to contribute toward the student's cost of attendance. Need based aid awards cannot exceed documented financial need.
Major Financial Aid Programs include: Federal Pell Grant (form), Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work Study, Texas Public Education Grant, Texas Grant, Leap, and Sleap.
Paris Junior College does NOT participate in the Federal Direct Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, or Parent Plus Loans.
The State of Texas has many special grant and exemption programs that may be available to eligible Texas residents. See College For Texans for available programs.
Financial aid recipients must meet all federal and institutional eligibility requirements, including the following:
Not participating at this time (effective 07-01-2011).
Federal College Work Study Program awards are made to students who demonstrate the greatest financial need and are granted on a “first come, first served” basis. This program provides part-time employment on campus for eligible students who work an average of 15 hours per week at a specified wage. Students must maintain acceptable work habits to continue employment. The number of available positions is limited and those available at PJC are listed in the PDF document linked below.
To be eligible for FSA funds, a student must make satisfactory academic progress (SAP). See Financial aid satisfactory academic progress policy.
The Pell and Campus-based programs (except for Perkins in the case of a student enrolled in a program for a teaching credential) don't require half-time enrollment, but the student’s enrollment status does affect the amount of Pell a student receives.
A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for FSA funds. The student self-certifies in applying for aid that he is eligible; you’re not required to confirm this unless you have conflicting information.
Convictions only count if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV aid. They do not count if the offense was not during such a period. Also, a conviction that was reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record does not count, nor does one received when she was a juvenile, unless she was tried as an adult.