FAFSA (Federal Financial Aid) Complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Financial Aid) each year. • Use 2016 tax returns for 2018-2019 FAFSA. Be sure to use the IRS Retrieval Tool. If you are selected for Federal Verification, your tax transcript will have already been provided to the college which will save time and effort. • Bergen Community College must be listed as one of your college choices. The school code is #004736. • If you need help, attend one of the 2018-2019 FAFSA Workshops at Bergen Community College, or view the “ 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA” Video Tutorial. • Check Bergen Community College to see the Office of Financial Aid emailed you via your student email advising you were selected for Federal Verification. If selected, submit all documents required by the Office of Financial Aid via scanning process. You should receive an email confirmation within an hour advising that your documents were successfully scanned. • Check in Correspondence/My Documents in your Bergen Community College student portal to be sure you aren’t missing any documents. If your FAFSA is not listed in My Documents, the financial aid review process cannot begin. • Check Bergen Community College student email and student portal to be sure the Office of Financial Aid either sent you an award letter or an email stating you do not qualify for Financial Aid which signifies your file is complete. • Access How to be Sure Your Federal Financial Aid Review is Complete. 10
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NJ STARS Award • Students who are awarded enough federal and/or state-based financial aid to pay the tuition portion of their bill are considered “unfunded” NJ STARS students. Unfunded NJ STARS students are not awarded NJ STARS scholarships, however the federal and state financial aid process must be completed each academic year by posted deadlines to qualify for NJ STARS II scholarships. • NJ TAG (New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant) is a state-based financial aid award, and NJ STARS (New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship) is a merit based award. Some students may receive both but they are two totally different awards. • Students who are awarded NJ TAG must complete their FAFSA and the New Jersey Additional Application Questions by April 15th each year or they may temporarily or permanently become ineligible for NJ STARS scholarships. New and continuing students who did not receive NJ TAG have more time to complete the process but should still do so early in case any issues arise. • As long as the financial aid review process is complete for both federal and state financial aid, and students are in good standing, students who are not awarded financial aid, and students who are awarded only partial federal and/or state financial aid will see an Estimated NJ STARS award in the financial aid section of their BCC student portal. • Estimated awards will not be shown until all NJ STARS students are certified on HESAA Roster which is usually sometime in late November during Fall semesters, and sometime in late April during Spring semesters. • Once an estimated award appears in the BCC student portal, you should also see the award in the HESAA student portal. It will first show as unpaid but when a green dollar sign appears, the NJ STARS payment has been made to Bergen Community College. • Students who receive NJ STARS scholarships will first see an “Estimated” NJ STARS award in their student portal. Please do not accept estimated awards. Once applied to your bill, the award will no longer show as estimated. 25
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NJ STARS Award • Students who are awarded enough federal and/or state-based financial aid to pay the tuition portion of their bill are considered “unfunded” NJ STARS students. Unfunded NJ STARS students are not awarded NJ STARS scholarships, however the federal and state financial aid process must be completed each academic year by published deadlines to qualify for NJ STARS II scholarships. • NJ TAG (New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant) is a state-based financial aid award, and NJ STARS (New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship) is a merit based award. Some students may receive both but they are two totally different awards. • Students who are awarded NJ TAG must complete their FAFSA and the New Jersey Additional Application Questions by April 15th each year or they may temporarily or permanently become ineligible for NJ STARS scholarships. New and continuing students who did not receive NJ TAG have more time to complete the process but should still do so early in case any issues arise. • As long as the financial aid review process is complete for both federal and state financial aid, and students are in good standing, students who are not awarded financial aid, and students who are awarded only partial federal and/or state financial aid will see an Estimated NJ STARS award in the financial aid section of their BCC student portal. • Estimated awards will not be shown until all NJ STARS students are certified on HESAA Roster which is usually sometime in late November during Fall semesters, and sometime in late April during Spring semesters. • Once an estimated award appears in the BCC student portal, you should also see the award in the HESAA student portal. It will first show as unpaid but when a green dollar sign appears, the NJ STARS payment has been made to Bergen Community College. • Students who receive NJ STARS scholarships will first see an “Estimated” NJ STARS award in their student portal. Please do not accept estimated awards. Once applied to your bill, the award will no longer show as estimated. 22
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NJ STARS Award • Students who are awarded enough federal and/or state-based financial aid to pay the tuition portion of their bill are considered “unfunded” NJ STARS students. Unfunded NJ STARS students are not awarded NJ STARS scholarships, however the federal and state financial aid process must be completed each academic year by posted deadlines to qualify for NJ STARS II scholarships. • NJ TAG (New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant) is a state-based financial aid award, and NJ STARS (New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship) is a merit based award. Some students may receive both but they are two totally different awards. • Students who are awarded NJ TAG must complete their FAFSA and the New Jersey Additional Application Questions by April 15th each year or they may temporarily or permanently become ineligible for NJ STARS scholarships. New and continuing students who did not receive NJ TAG have more time to complete the process but should still do so early in case any issues arise. • As long as the financial aid review process is complete for both federal and state financial aid, and students are in good standing, students who are not awarded financial aid, and students who are awarded only partial federal and/or state financial aid will see an Estimated NJ STARS award in the financial aid section of their BCC student portal. • Estimated awards will not be shown until all NJ STARS students are certified on HESAA Roster which is usually sometime in late November during Fall semesters, and sometime in late April during Spring semesters. • Once an estimated award appears in the BCC student portal, you should also see the award in the HESAA student portal. It will first show as unpaid but when a green dollar sign appears, the NJ STARS payment has been made to Bergen Community College. • Students who receive NJ STARS scholarships will first see an “Estimated” NJ STARS award in their student portal. Please do not accept estimated awards. Once applied to your bill, the award will no longer show as estimated. 13
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FAFSA (Federal Financial Aid) Complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Financial Aid) each year. •Use 2016 tax returns for 2018-2019 FAFSA. Be sure to use the IRS Retrieval Tool. If you are selected for Federal Verification, your tax transcript will have already been provided to the college which will save time and effort. •Bergen Community College must be listed as one of your college choices. The school code is #004736. •If you need help, attend one of the 2018-2019 FAFSA Workshops at Bergen Community College, or view the “ 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA” Video Tutorial. •Periodically check your BCC student email to see if the Office of Financial Aid emailed you advising you were selected for Federal Verification. •Check your Financial Aid status in the new Self Service section of WebAdvisor to be sure you aren’t missing any documents and that your financial aid review process is complete, and if so, review and accept your Financial Aid Award Package. •Login with your BCC username and password and scan all required documents via the Office of Financial Aid scanners in Room A-128. You should receive an email confirmation within an hour advising that your documents were successfully scanned. •For detailed instructions, please access Federal Financial Aid Review Process (FAFSA): PowerPoint presentation or PDF version. To view the presentation, click “Enable Editing”, then click “Enable Content”. All links in the presentation and pdf version are clickable and videos are playable. 14
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Financial Information Financial Aid Things to Know Did you know… That you can lose your federal financial aid if you do not meet Standards of Progress-ie. You must pass 66.6% of all college courses ever taken, and you cannot be academically suspended. That you can appeal your loss of financial aid provided you have documentation of extenuating circumstances such as severe illness or change of program. However, you should make the Appeal immediately upon receipt of your letter so you can be sure to get an answer in a timely manner. Write your appeal using the form provided by the Financial Aid Office, have a Counselor review it (required) and submit it to the IVCC Director of Financial Aid. That you must re-apply for financial aid Every Year - apply in the Spring for the upcoming Fall through Summer terms. Be sure to visit with the IVCC Financial Aid Counselors for more help and information. back | home | next
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Section 6 - Paying for College FINANCIAL AID All students (with a social security or alien registration number) can apply for financial assistance to help pay for their college costs. The first step is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (fafsa.ed.gov) - this can be completed beginning in October every year. The Minnesota West financial aid office will communicate with you via email. You should also check your eServices student account for the status of your financial aid. Check my Financial Aid award. *If you do not have a social security number or alien registration number you may qualify for state aid via the Minnesota Dream Act. Click on this link for more details: Dream Act There is aid based on financial need (grants & subsidized loan) as well as aid available for students without a financial need (unsubsidized loans).
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Financial Information So what if I don’t have the money to pay for my classes? There are several types of financial assistance that you may qualify for to help you pay for classes. Regardless of your financial situation, whether great or bit of a challenge, you should always apply for financial aid. There are several sources of aid of which you can apply. Check them out! Sources of Financial Aid Grants: Financial Aid awarded to students based on financial need. They are typically funded by the Federal or State Government, however many private colleges and universities have institutional grants which are awarded according to their own criteria. Grants are "free." No repayment is necessary. Scholarships: Financial Aid awarded to students based on merit, talent, financial need, or other specialized criteria. Scholarships given to IVCC students are funded by the State Government, the Illinois Valley Community College Foundation, and Private Agencies. Scholarships are also "free." No repayment is necessary, (except in a small number of cases which will be specified on the application materials). back | home | next
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Making Money Let’s face it, work is a fact of life. However, at Williams, you aren’t expected to work too much. Your course work is your primary job. The great thing about campus work is that college employers know that academic responsibilities come first and are very flexible. Here’s some info: 1. Jobs On and Off Campus All first-year financial aid students signed up for work study are given the opportunity to apply for campus jobs prior to arriving. You’re NOT guaranteed a job, but priority is given to students who receive financial aid. First-year students not on financial aid are allowed to get jobs too, but not until the middle of September. Some jobs require interviews, some don’t. Once you choose a job, you don’t have to remain in the same position, but doing so earns a pay raise for the next year. You can apply for a different job, and have multiple jobs, but you’re capped by an earning and hourly limit. You can check pay rates, schedules, and earning limits, along with all sorts of information, here: http://hr.williams.edu/student-employment . This site also has a list of available jobs updated throughout the year. Finally, you can always email the Student Employment Coordinator, [email protected], with any questions, concerns, or shout outs. Most students are expected to work 6-8 hours per week at $8-8.75/hr. If you feel that you need more hours to meet your financial needs, your first step should be to go to the financial aid office and explain why you need to earn more than your limit. If that fails, you can always look for outside jobs (coffee shops, restaurants, etc.). The rules about earnings and hourly limits don’t apply to jobs outside of Williams! If you don’t want to lose crucial study time, find a job that will allow you to study part of the time.
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SPAC ORGANIZATION CHART Effective 9/8/2015 Lynn Lynn McGinley McGinley AVP, AVP, SPAC SPAC Nathan Nathan Hollaway Hollaway Admin Admin Assistant Assistant Moji Moji Nabavian Nabavian International International Accountant Accountant Kevin Kevin Cooke Cooke International International Accountant Accountant Beryl Beryl Gwan Gwan Manager, Costing Manager, Costing and and Compliance Compliance Laura Laura Scarantino Scarantino Director Director Tong Tong Li Li Cost Analyst Cost Analyst Vacant Vacant Cost Cost Analyst Analyst Amy Amy LaFevers LaFevers Assistant Assistant Director Director Krista Krista Salsberg Salsberg Red Red Manager Manager Kevin Kevin Smith Smith Yellow Yellow Manager Manager Kathleen Kathleen Wiess Wiess Manager Manager Fritz Fritz Alphonse Alphonse Team Team White White Manager Manager Michelle Michelle Moore Moore Financial Financial Accountant Accountant Shernett Shernett Wynter Wynter Financial Accountant Financial Accountant Daniel Daniel Grote Grote Financial Financial Accountant Accountant Victoire Victoire Bikoi Bikoi Financial Accountant Financial Accountant Tina Tina Zhu Zhu Financial Accountant Financial Accountant Wendy Wendy Yu Yu Financial Accountant Financial Accountant Ron Ron Hill Hill Financial Accountant Financial Accountant Christian Christian Onwudiegwu Onwudiegwu Financial Accountant Financial Accountant Vacant Vacant Financial Accountant Accountant Financial Mary Mary Miller Miller Collections, Collections, Accountant Accountant Karen Karen Little Little Accounting Accounting Analyst Analyst Brenda Brenda Hester Hester Accountant Accountant Cheryl Cheryl Williams-Smith Williams-Smith Financial/Closeout Financial/Closeout Accountant Accountant Yitzchok Yitzchok Bloch Bloch Financial Accountant Financial Accountant
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Resources for NJ STARS Students Bergen Community College’s NJ STARS Webpages at www.bergen.edu/njstars •Information for High School Students and Graduates •Eligibility Requirements for New and Transfer Students •How to Apply to the NJ STARS Program •Contact NJ STARS Representative •Current Students •Events •FAQs •News and Social Media •NJ STARS II •Resources •RSVP for NJ STARS Events •Student Testimonials BCC NJ STARS Documents •2018-2019 NJ STARS Application Process Checklist •NJ STARS Program - New Student Application/Contract-Fall 2018/Spring 2019 •BCC NJ STARS Brochure NJ STARS Official NJCCC Website Step-by-Step Guides to Complete Financial Aid Process •Federal Financial Aid Review Process (FAFSA) •State-Based Financial Aid Review Process (HESAA) FAFSA- Federal Financial Aid •FAFSA website (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) •7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the 2018-2019 FAFSA(Department of Education) •7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA Video Tutorial HESAA (Higher Education Student Assistance Authority) State-Based Financial Aid) •HESAA Student Portal/website (NJFAMS) •Additional HESAA Forms and Instructions •HESAA NJ STARS Brochure •NJ STARS Fact Sheet for 2018 High School Graduates •NJ STARS Fact Sheet for 2017 High School Graduates •NJ STARS Fact Sheet for 2016 High School Graduates NJ STARS of Bergen Community College Social Media •Facebook (@bccnjstars): Register for NJ STARS Events and Like page and receive notifications for early registration, etc. •Twitter (@njstarsofbcc): Follow us on Twitter and receive notifications for early registration, etc. •Pinterest (njstarsofbcc): Follow us on Pinterest and get great information such as How to Succeed in College, College Note Taking & Studying, Leadership, Scholarship Opportunities and much more! •Instagram (njstarsofbcc): Follow up on Instagram to see the latest photos of NJ STARS students at Bergen Community College. 38
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What’s Next? If you completed your FAFSA online, then the U.S. Department of Education will process your application within 3-5 days. If you submitted a paper FAFSA, your application will be processed within 7-10 days. • Once your application is processed, you will receive a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR), which summarizes the information you provided on your FAFSA. Review your SAR and make sure all of the information is complete and accurate. • If there is any missing or incorrect information, then you should complete or correct your FAFSA as soon as possible. • Your SAR will include your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC determines your eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant, and the college uses the EFC to assess your eligibility for other federal and nonfederal student aid. • Once your FAFSA is processed by Federal Student Aid, your SAR is sent to the colleges that you listed on your FAFSA. Each college will use the information on your SAR to determine your eligibility for federal and nonfederal student aid. The colleges you listed are responsible for creating your award package and disbursing your financial aid. 9
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SPAC ORGANIZATION CHART Efective 6/1/2015 Lynn Lynn McGinley McGinley AVP, AVP, SPAC SPAC Nathan Nathan Hollaway Hollaway Admin Admin Assistant Assistant Moji Moji Nabavian Nabavian International International Accountant Accountant Kevin Kevin Cooke Cooke International International Accountant Accountant Beryl Beryl Gwan Gwan Manager, Manager, Costing Costing and and Compliance Compliance Laura Laura Scarantino Scarantino Director Director Tong Tong Li Li Cost Cost Analyst Analyst Vacant Vacant Cost Cost Analyst Analyst Amy Amy LaFevers LaFevers Assistant Assistant Director Director Under Under Recruitment Recruitment Financial Financial Accountant Accountant Krista Krista Salsberg Salsberg Red Red Manager Manager Kathleen Kathleen Wiess Wiess Manager Manager Kevin Kevin Smith Smith 6/15/15 6/15/15 Yellow Yellow Manager Manager Fritz Fritz Alphonse Alphonse Team Team White White Manager Manager Karen Karen Little Little Collections, Collections, Accountant Accountant Victoire Victoire Bikoi Bikoi Financial Financial Accountant Accountant Shernett Shernett Wynter Wynter Financial Accountant Financial Accountant Daniel Daniel Grote Grote Financial Financial Accountant Accountant Mary Mary Miller Miller Accounting Accounting Analyst Analyst Kerrisha Kerrisha Riggs Riggs Financial Financial Accountant Accountant F/A Zhu 50 F/A a Tin ant . Vac Wendy Wendy Yu Yu Financial Financial Accountant Accountant Brenda Brenda Hester Hester Accountant Accountant Ron Ron Hill Hill Financial Financial Accountant Accountant Michelle Michelle Moore Moore Financial Accountant Financial Accountant Yitzock Yitzock Bloch Bloch Financial Financial Accountant Accountant Cheryl Cheryl Williams-Smith Williams-Smith Financial/Closeout Financial/Closeout Accountant Accountant
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