Financial Aid at Paris Junior College
Published or Revised July 18, 2021
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, Federal Stafford Loans, 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; firstname.lastname@example.org).
PJC Online (NET Partner) Financial Aid System
Paris Junior College has launched an online financial aid system. You must complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov at least 48 hours before you can access the portal. Then log in as a "First Time User" to complete the set-up requirements by clicking here to enter PJC's online (NET Partner) financial aid system.
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, Federal Stafford Loans, Texas Public Education Grant, and Texas Educational Opportunity Grant.
Paris Junior College does NOT participate in 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:
- Have a financial need, as established by the FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov).
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program.
- Maintain a no-default status on any loan with Paris Junior College, state or federal government.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Make satisfactory academic progress.
- Sign a statement of educational purpose/certification statement on refunds and default.
- Sign a statement of updated information.
- Sign a statement of registration.
The TEACH Grant Program
Not participating at this time (effective 07-01-2011).
- Click here for information about general scholarships at Paris Junior College.
- Click here to complete the PJC online scholarship application.
Student Employment / Work Study
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.
Paris Junior College (PJC) began participating in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program (Direct Loans); a Federal Title IV Program, in 2018.
It is the primary goal of the Financial Aid Office at Paris Junior College to help students gain understanding of the responsibilities of utilizing Federal Direct Loans. Loans should be taken out as the last alternative for financing a student’s education. It is also recognized that is some cases, a student loan may be the only alternative available to assist with their educational expense.
Students interested in a Federal Direct Loan at PJC must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit all required documents needed to complete the application process.
Paris Junior college strongly recommends a total borrowing limit of $15,000. This loan limit includes all student loans, including amounts received from other institutions.
Private loans are not guaranteed by the federal government and do not provide the same benefits to students as federal loans. For this reason, and our low costs, PJC does not endorse, certify, or participate in alternative loan programs. Click here for loan application/packaging information.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
To be eligible for FSA funds, a student must make satisfactory academic progress (SAP). See Financial aid satisfactory academic progress policy.
Enrollment Status Requirements
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.
Drug Conviction Can Disqualify for Financial Aid
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.
Contacts & Hours of Operation
Financial Aid Advisor, Paris Junior College, 2400 Clarksville Street, Paris, Texas 75460, 903-782-0429. Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Financial Aid Advisor, PJC - Greenville Center, 6500 Monty Stratton Parkway, Greenville, Texas 75402, 903-454-9333. Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Financial Aid Advisor, PJC - Sulphur Springs Center, 1137 Loop 301 East, Sulphur Springs, Texas 75483, 903-885-1232. Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.