Office Hours

Fall and Spring Semester

Monday thru Thursday
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday
8 a.m. – Noon

Summer Semester

Monday thru Thursday
7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday
Closed

Contact Financial Aid

One College Centre (OCC), First Floor

254-298-8321
1-800-460-4636

financialaid@templejc.edu

  View Financial Aid Staff  

Getting Started

STEP 1: Check Eligibility Requirements

You may be eligible to receive financial aid if:

  • You have a high school diploma, have completed high school in a homeschool setting approved under state law, have a General Educational Development (GED),  or have a state certificate or test transcript received after passing a state-authorized examination the state recognizes as the equivalent of a high school diploma [e.g., High School Equivalency Test (HISET), etc] .
  • You are enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program.
  • You are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • You have a valid Social Security Number.
  • You maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements at all times.
  • If you are male, you must be in compliance with the Selective Service. Males between the ages of 18-25 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • You are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe a refund on federal grant.
  • You must not have been convicted of possession or selling illegal drugs while receiving Financial Aid.

STEP 2: Complete Temple College Application

Complete and submit your application for admission. Enroll Now!

STEP 3: Meet Financial Aid Deadlines

Fall Semester
  • JUNE 1st
Spring Semester
  • NOVEMBER 1st
Summer Sessions
  • APRIL 1st (limited aid available)

STEP 4: Apply for an FSA ID

To apply for an FSA ID visit https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm. Students under the age of 24 are required to obtain FSA ID for the student and an FSA ID for a parent or guardian.

STEP 5: Complete the FAFSA

Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and complete the FAFSA. To receive aid, the FASFA must be complete each academic year. Temple College’s federal school code is 003627.

STEP 6: Stay Connected

1. Check your TC EMAIL for any messages about your financial aid.

2. Check your TConnect account for notice of missing documents.

3. Submit all required and/or missing documentation to Financial Aid.

FAX
254-298-8252

EMAIL
financialaid@templejc.edu

IN PERSON
One College Centre on Main Campus
EWCHEC-Hutto
EWCHEC-Taylor or
Cameron Education Center

4. Receive an Award Notification for Temple College.

STEP 7: Direct Loans

In this step, the student has the option to accept or reject Direct Loans on TConnect. If you need federal Direct Loans, please complete the following steps:

  1. Register for at least 6 credit hours or more
  2. Accept loans on TConnect
  3. If you are borrowing for the first time:
    1. Visit www.studentloans.gov and sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN).
    2. Complete online Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov for Temple College.
    3. Attend a mandatory in-person Loan Counseling Session on campus at Temple College. See the following schedule or call for more information.
Loan Counseling Sessions

Dates are subject to change. Please check periodically. Sessions will last approximately 1 hour. Seating is limited, and students arriving late to the sessions will not be admitted. Children are NOT allowed to attend. Students will need to provide accurate phone numbers and mailing addresses for two references. Loans for first-time loan borrowers will not be disbursed until session attendance is verified.

Temple Main Campus Dates
Room 301, Newton Science Building

Friday, January 6, 2017                      10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Friday, January 13, 2017                    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Friday, January 20, 2017                    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Friday, February 3, 2017                     10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Friday, February 10, 2017                   10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Friday, February 24, 2017                  10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 

 

EWCHEC- Taylor Dates
Room 105

Wednesday, January 11, 2017              5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017              4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017            4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017                   4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017                 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017                    4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017                       4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017                     4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

EWCHEC-Hutto Dates
Room A112

Every Wednesday                                   5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

NEW FALL 2016: EARN AS YOU LEARN

Starting Fall 2016, Temple College will implement a new program called EARN AS YOU LEARN. This will change how and when financial aid loan funds are disbursed. The program will allow Direct Loan borrowers to be more financially stable throughout the course of the Fall and Spring semesters.

Direct Loans will be applied to a learner’s Temple College account in three monthly installments throughout each Fall and Spring semester prior to the scheduled refund dates. Only one-third of the principal loan amount (less origination fees) will be credited to a learner’s Temple College account per installment.

A learner’s REFUND will not be processed until all his or her institutional charges are paid in full (including tuition, fees, and books), and there is a credit balance remaining on his or her Temple College account.

 

REFUND DATE SCHEDULE

Fall 2016:

  • Sept. 23          Pell Grants and certain Scholarships* plus 1st disbursement of 1/3rd of loan proceeds
  • Oct. 7              Initial disbursement of 1/3rd of loan proceeds for first-time loan borrowers
  • Oct. 21            2nd disbursement of another 1/3rd of loan proceeds
  • Nov. 18           3rd disbursement of remaining loan proceeds plus 2nd 8-wk class refunds

 

Spring 2017:

  • Feb. 17            Pell Grants and certain Scholarships* plus 1st disbursement of 1/3rd of loan proceeds
  • Mar. 3              Initial disbursement of 1/3rd of loan proceeds for first-time loan borrowers
  • Mar. 31            2nd disbursement of another 1/3rd of loan proceeds
  • Apr. 28            3rd disbursement of remaining loan proceeds plus 2nd 8-wk class refunds

What is Financial Aid?

Financial Aid is funds provided from the Department of Education or the State of Texas to help students pay for college if they need financial assistance. Financial Aid is available in the form of grants, a federal work study program and federal student loans according to financial need, academic grades, academic load and/or other eligibility requirements. A student’s personal and family resources are considered in determining the student’s financial need. Financial Aid is intended to supplement, not replace, the financial resources needed to pay for college.

What is Temple College’s school code for FAFSA?

The Temple College school code is 003627.

How do I apply for Financial Aid?

  • You must first apply to Temple College using our online application or through ApplyTexas.org.
  • Then you will apply for financial aid online through www.fafsa.gov.
    • After you have completed the FAFSA, Temple College will receive and process your student aid report, which can take several weeks. Once it’s processed, you will receive an email and be able to review your awards on TConnect.
  • If you’re a veteran, please see our Veterans Affairs page for more information about financial benefits.

When should I apply for Financial Aid?

The earlier the better! It’s best to apply early to avoid delays in processing your application and getting your financial aid funds.

To ensure that financial aid is available at the time you need to pay your tuition, complete and submit the FAFSA online and any requested documentation to TC’s Financial Aid office by these dates:

  • Fall semester JUNE 1
  • Spring semester NOV 1
  • Summer sessions – April 1 (limited aid available)

If you apply after these deadlines, financial aid may not be available when your tuition payment is due.

Do I have to reapply for Financial Aid every year?

Yes. You must complete the FAFSA once each academic year to apply for Financial Aid.

Can I get Financial Aid for the Summer?

Summer terms at Temple College are considered part of the prior academic year for awarding and payment of financial aid. Students are limited to receiving any unused financial aid eligibilities from the prior fall and spring semesters. This means that in most cases summer financial aid is very limited. Students must meet the following criteria to receive financial aid in the summer:

  1. Meet the General Eligibility Requirements mentioned earlier in this document.
  2. Not be considered a transient student, i.e., coming to Temple College in the summer and returning to a home institution for the fall/spring semesters.
  3. Enroll in a minimum of 6 semester hours for the eight-week summer term. The student must be enrolled for both six-week terms to be eligible.

*Summer loans are calculated on an individual basis.

Does Financial Aid pay for Flex (8-week) Classes?

Flex classes are included in the regular semester in which they are offered. To receive financial aid for these classes, students must register for them during the initial registration period for the regular semester.

Example: A class is being offered in the second eight-weeks of a regular semester. In order for a student to receive financial aid for that class, it must have been included in the student’s registration schedule at the time the student originally registers for other classes in that semester.

What is verification?

FAFSA verification is a process to check the accuracy of the information students enter on their FAFSA. TC is required by federal regulations to verify students selected by the Department of Education. The verification process consists of providing TC with documents used to complete the FAFSA. TC will then compare the information on the documents to the data entered on the application.

Students selected for verification will receive an e-mail on their Temple College email from TC’s Financial Aid Office that tells them to check TConnect for the documents required for verification.

The FAFSA verification process must be complete before a student will receive financial aid.

Documents may be faxed to TC Financial Aid at 254-298-8252, scanned and emailed to financialaid@templejc.edu, or turned in at One College Centre on Main Campus, EWCHEC-Hutto, EWCHEC-Taylor or the Cameron Education Center.

If the information on the FAFSA application has been determined to be accurate, the student will receive a notice by e-mail to check TConnect to see what financial aid the student is eligible to receive.

If the information on the FAFSA application is different from that on the documents submitted for verification, TC will send the correct information to the Department of Education. Once the correction is processed and sent back to TC, the student will receive a notice by e-mail to check TConnect to determine what financial aid the student is eligible to receive.

Do I need to complete the FAFSA before applying for a Direct Loan?

Yes, it is mandatory for students to complete the FAFSA before applying for a Direct Loan because the FAFSA allows the Financial Aid Office to determine your general eligibility for a Direct Loan. There are subsidized and unsubsidized loans available. The subsidized loans are awarded based on need. This need is determined by the results from the FAFSA. More information is available at www.studentloans.gov.

When will my Financial Aid balance be available for refund?

Generally, the classes you are enrolled in AND ATTENDING will determine the amount of financial aid you will receive. If you decrease your enrollment status, your financial aid may be adjusted to ensure that it is the appropriate amount for your enrollment level. Students with files completed at the time of registration will have their financial aid credited to their Temple College account. This credit will be used to pay registration costs including tuition, fees and books. Any credit balance remaining will be disbursed to students according to the Refund Date Schedule.

Grants’, including Pell grant, and certain scholarships’ credit balances are disbursed to students according to the Refund Date Schedule for those who have Financial Aid files completed at the time of registration. Students completing their files late will be paid later in the semester.

TC Foundation Success Scholarships will not be refunded until after the semester ends, as long as the student remains eligible. Please check with the TC Foundation for more information.

Direct Loan credit balances are disbursed according to the Refund Date Schedule for students who have completed all loan steps prior to registration. Students completing their files late will be paid later in the semester.

How will I get my Financial Aid refund?

1. Set up account with TouchNet.

2. Make sure you do not have any holds on your account (i.e. parking tickets, outstanding balances…etc.).

How do I get my books if I don’t have my refund yet?

Once your financial aid awards have been posted to your account and you have received your award letter, you will be able to go to the Temple College Bookstore during the designated dates and charge your books to your financial aid account.

After the allocated time for charging books to financial aid has passed, you will have to pay with your own funds.

Can I still get a Direct Loan if I have a student loan in default?

No. You must contact your lender and make arrangements to pay off your previous student loan. Generally you must make at least 6 consecutive monthly payments before you will be eligible to take out a new Stafford Student Loan.

How can I fix a defaulted student loan?

You must contact your lender/servicer of your loan. There are several options for you to consider in order to clear the defaulted loan.

Can I still get a Direct Loan if I have gone through bankruptcy?

Yes. If you are currently working with a bankruptcy attorney, you should seek his/her advice before taking on additional debt.

What are the requirements to be considered an independent student for FAFSA?

The Federal Law determines a students’ independent status.  If you answer yes to any of the questions listed below, then you will be considered an independent student.

  • Will you be at least 24 years of age before January 1, of the school year for which you are applying?
  • Do you have a Bachelor’s Degree?
  • As of today are you married?  (Answer “Yes” if you are separated but not divorced.)
  • Do you have children who receive more than half of their support from you?
  • Do you have dependents (other than your children or spouse) who live with you and who receive more than half of their support from you, now and through June 30, of the school year for which you are applying?
  • Are you an orphan, or are you or were you (until age 18) a ward/dependent of the court?
  • Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?

Do I have to be a full-time student to be eligible for a Pell Grant?

No, Pell Grant awards are prorated based on your enrollment status and EFC.* The annual Pell award is divided between the Fall and Spring semesters. If a student is not full-time during the Fall and Spring semesters, they may have remaining Pell grant eligibility for the summer.

  • 12 hours or more
    • full semester’s award
  • 9-11 hours
    • usually three-fourths of the semester’s award, based upon eligibility*
  • 6-8 hours
    • usually half of the semester’s award, based upon eligibility*
  • 1-5 hours
    • a fractional amount of the semester’s award, based upon eligibility*

*NOTE: Some students, based upon their EFC, may not be eligible for a Pell grant if less than full-time.

Do I have to be a full-time student to be eligible for a Direct Loan?

No, you must be enrolled in at least six hours (3 of them being college credit).

Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program FAQs

What is FWS?

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a program that funds jobs for students with financial need. Awards are based on need as determined by the FAFSA to help pay for college expenses.

How is FWS awarded?

FWS is based on the FAFSA. It will appear with your award package if you are eligible.

Work-Study is pending on TConnect. How do I accept it?

Unfortunately, students are unable to actually ‘accept’ the work-study aid. You must apply for a work-study position. Once you are hired, the Work-Study Coordinator will accept the aid.

How do I notify the Financial Aid Office that I am being hired?

Once a student finds potential employment on campus, they should advise the Supervisor to submit an email to the Work-Study Coordinator. The Work-Study Coordinator will update the students online application to Hired, which will notify Human Resources. The student will then complete the Human Resources required online trainings and then submit ALL documents to the Human Resources office.

I was originally awarded FWS and declined it, but now I want to accept it. What should I do?

If you declined your FWS but now want to accept it, you must complete the Financial Aid Adjustment Form. Keep in mind you must still show financial need for the FWS. Other aid you may have received, including loans, grants, or scholarships that were not part of your original Financial Aid package, may impact your eligibility.

Can FWS be deducted from the tuition bill?

FWS is earned as you work. It is paid to you in the form of a paycheck. It cannot be applied toward your tuition bill.

How does a student get a job assignment?

FWS job openings are not currently posted online. In order to change job assignments, the student should contact the potential hiring department and have them forward an email request to the Work-Study Coordinator. The student should also notify their current department Supervisor of their plans to resign.

How much will students be paid an hour?

Students are paid $7.50 per hour.

How often are work-study students paid?

Work-study students are paid once a month, at the end of the month (last day).

Are the jobs on campus or off- campus?

Jobs are available on campus and off- campus, but most are on campus.

What if a student earns all his/her FWS award before the award year is over?  Can it be increased?

It may be possible to increase the FWS allotment if funds are available and if the student still has remaining eligibility. Contact the Work-Study Coordinator in the Financial Aid office to find out if your award can be increased.

Is FWS taxable income?

If a student earns enough income to file a tax return, it must be included as taxable income for federal and state purposes.

Do students have to report FWS earnings on the FAFSA?

Students must report FWS earnings on the FAFSA.

Do FWS earnings count against the student to get aid for next year?

FWS earnings do not count against the student for the following year’s federal financial aid. Even though students report FWS as part of their total income on the FAFSA, there is a separate place on the FAFSA where FWS earnings are reported and the FAFSA formula does not count that against the student. FAFSA Question 44 part D states: Taxable college grant and scholarship aid reported to the IRS in your adjusted gross income. Includes AmeriCorps benefits (awards, living allowances and interest accrual payments), as well as grant and scholarship portions of fellowships and assistantships.

How can students find out more specific information regarding student employment?

Currently, specific job postings are not listed online. In addition, the Work-Study Coordinator does not receive a list of potential jobs. Students are encouraged to visit multiple departments on campus to enquire if they are hiring work-study students.

How can I get a FWS position?

The first step in getting a FWS position is to apply for financial aid.  Filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will establish eligibility for FWS as well as other types of federal financial aid. Be sure to indicate interest in Work-Study where the question is asked. Once the form is processed, you must return required supporting documents to the Financial Aid Office. When everything is received, the Financial Aid Office will review your file to determine your eligibility. Once your FWS eligibility has been determined, you will need to submit your Student Employment Application online at templejc.edu.

How do I go about applying and getting a FWS position?

You will receive an email from Temple College requesting that you access your TConnect portal to review (accept or decline) your award. If you are eligible for FWS, it will be listed with a dollar amount on the award letter in a pending status. The dollar amount is the maximum a student may earn for the academic year on the FWS Program. Summer FWS awards are determined separately upon request if sufficient funding remains. You will submit the Student Employment Application online. Once a department reviews your application, they will contact you for an interview. If the interview is successful you should be hired into a FWS position. The hiring department will notify you immediately of the start date and departmental guidelines.

Is there a FWS job for every eligible student?

Unfortunately, no. Students are placed in jobs on a first-come, first-served basis once eligibility has been determined. FWS funds are awarded to each school by the government, not directly to each student. Once the funds granted to the school for this purpose are earned by students, the government does not award additional funds until the following year. When funds are allocated, the school does not know how many students will actually choose to work or how many hours they will work, so more students receive awards than can work, to ensure that the funds are used. However, it has been our experience that most students who are interested in working as FWS students are placed in jobs within the first two months of the academic year.

Do I have to work to get the funds?

You are not required to participate in the FWS program, but working in a FWS position is the only way you will have access to the funds.

Must I accept the job offered to me?

You will have an opportunity to consider the jobs available at the time you want to start working. After interviewing with a department supervisor, you decide whether or not to accept the job. If you decide not to accept a job, you may consider other jobs which are available, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Am I paid to study?

FWS jobs are real jobs with real responsibilities. You are paid to work. A few jobs may include time when you may read, but most do not.

If I don’t use all the award money this year, can I use the FWS funds I got this year to work next year? If I have FWS this year, will I have it next year?

FWS is a form of financial aid and, like other forms of financial aid, may be used only in the year for which it was awarded. You must reapply for this, as well as all other types of aid, each year by filing the FAFSA. There is no guarantee that you will receive FWS each year, as it is part of your total financial aid package and will be influenced by other types of aid you receive (including loans), family income and your non-FWS income during the previous year. All of these items are variable and can impact your eligibility.

Can I return to the same FWS job each year?

If you are eligible for FWS and want to return to the same department, you may return, assuming that the department wants you back. You must apply for financial aid each year and you must be eligible for work-study each year.

Must I have a High School Diploma or GED before taking college classes?

Not necessarily. If you were enrolled in college or career school prior to July 1, 2012, or if you are currently enrolled in an eligible career pathway program, you may show you’re qualified to obtain a college education by:

  • having completed six credit hours or equivalent course work toward a degree or certificate or
  • passing an approved ability-to-benefit test. Follow these 3 steps.
  1. Complete the Temple College Application. Enroll Now!
  2. Complete the FAFSA at FAFSA.ed.gov.
  3. Take the Ability To Benefit test at the Temple College Testing Center.

For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office. Your financial aid counselor can tell you which programs may be eligible.