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How to Apply for Financial Aid

Applying for financial aid can be a confusing process. Because state grants are awarded on a first-come/first-serve basis, reading the information below (in addition to meeting financial aid deadlines) will ensure that you will be considered for the maximum amount of aid and that your funding will be in place in a timely manner.

Three Students

Step 1 – Get an FSA-ID.

Apply for an FSA-ID at (if you don’t already have one). You will need the FSA-ID to electronically sign your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other federal financial aid documents. If you are dependent, your parents will need to apply for an FSA-ID as well.  

Step 2 – File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

You can complete the FAFSA online by visiting Remember to include Tyler’s school code on the FAFSA; if you do not include our school code, we will not receive your application. John Tyler Community College’s school code is 004004.

Step 3 - Review the following to ensure that additional requirements are met:

What type of student are you?

New/Transfer Students

We are pleased that you have chosen to continue your education at John Tyler Community College! Please follow the steps below in order to determine your financial aid eligibility.

  1. Apply for admissions to JTCC online.
    Apply online at Applications are also available at the Admission and Records Office in Moyar Hall, Room M101 in Chester or the Administration Building, Room B106 in Midlothian.
  2. Apply for financial aid.

    Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at . Information from completed Federal tax return forms (1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ) should be used in the application process. Keep a photocopy of your tax return since we may request it.

    You must list John Tyler Community College, (school code: 004004), in order to receive financial aid at JTCC.

    At JTCC, Federal Direct Student Loans are not automatically awarded to students who file a FAFSA. To apply for a Federal Direct Student Loan, students must meet basic eligibility criteria and complete the following steps:

    1. First-time applicants need to complete Federal Direct Student Loan Entrance Counseling.
    2. First-time applicants need to complete a Federal Direct Student Loan Master Promissory Note.
    3. All applicants print a Loan Request Form at Complete the form and submit it to the Financial Aid Office via mail, fax or in-person.
  3. Schedule your placement tests.
    John Tyler Community College generally requires placement tests for all new students seeking admission to degree and certificate programs, as well as some career studies certificates programs. See the college catalog for specific placement testing requirements for your program.
  4. Visit the Advising Center to declare a major.  
  5. Monitor your myTyler account.

    To review your financial aid status, login to your myTyler account. Once you are logged on to myTyler, click on Student Information System and navigate to Self Service, Student Center, then look for the "To Do List" on the right side of the page. If you have any outstanding information due to the Financial Aid Office, it will be listed on your "To Do List." As these items are completed, they will be removed from the list. Once all items are complete, the Financial Aid Office will be able to determine your eligibility and e-mail you an award notification to your VCCS email account.

    As with the above, your award can also be viewed online using the myTyler system. Once you have logged on to Student Information System in myTyler, navigate to Self Service, Student Center and check under the Finances section for the “View Financial Aid” link.

    If you are not eligible for any grant funding, you will be emailed a notification explaining the option to apply for a Federal Stafford Loan. This is an additional application that can be downloaded from

    Please note that initial awards made prior to the end of the add/drop period for each semester are based on a projected full-time enrollment. After that time, your award amounts will vary based on the number of classes you are actually registered for and will be reduced accordingly if you are not a full-time student.

  6. Register for classes.

    Using the online course schedule and college catalog, select your courses and determine if there are course prerequisites and/or required placement tests for the courses you would like to take. If there are, make sure you satisfy those requirements before registering for your classes.

    You can then register for classes online using the Student Information System in myTyler or in person at the Admissions and Records Office during specified registration periods.

    It is recommended that you having funding in place to pay for tuition and fees before you register for classes.

Returning Students

Financial assistance is not automatically renewed each year. Recipients must apply each year. Most students are automatically sent a renewal reminder by e-mail if they provided an e-mail address or by regular mail if they did not. Students can reapply using Renewal FAFSA on the Web.


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