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How To Apply For Financial Aid

A new application is required for each school year. Apply now.

Financial Aid Application Details

Because the financial aid process can take several months, you should apply as soon as you can. You will need to apply for financial aid each school year.

DACA students apply with the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) for each school year.  

October 1 was the first day to apply for next school year with the 2020-21 FAFSA.

Recommended FAFSA Targets for 2020-2021
Enrollment termComplete the FAFSA and My Chemeketa requirements by:
Summer 2020 April 20, 2020
Fall 2020 July 13, 2020
Winter 2021 October 19, 2020
Spring 2021 February 1, 2021


Step By Step Instructions

  • Complete the FAFSA at studentaid.gov
    • Chemeketa’s federal school code is 003218
    • If you or your parent(s) that are on your FAFSA filed taxes we recommend using the IRS data retrieval tool to link to the tax information
  • When we get your FAFSA information, we will send instructions to your My Chemeketa account if there is anything else we will need to have sent to the financial aid office
    • Check your My Chemeketa email or "Services" tab for financial aid requirements 

Review Process

When all the required items are complete and in our office, your file will move into the review process. This can take several weeks.

You can view what the financial aid office needs for your in your My Chemeketa account.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Eligibility

    How do know if I’m eligible to apply for financial aid (FAFSA)?

    Regular students, both US citizens and eligible non-citizens can qualify for financial aid. The application will notify you if you don't meet the basic criteria to apply. The FAFSA is just the first step in the process to find out if you are eligible to receive financial aid at Chemeketa. 

  • One or both of my parents do not have a social security number. Am I still eligible?

    As long as you, the applicant, meet the federal student aid eligibility requirements, you can apply.

  • WHAT TYPES OF FINANCIAL AID ARE AVAILABLE?

    Financial aid includes direct loans, federal and state grants and federal work-study.  

  • What are the estimated costs to attend Chemeketa Community College?

    Listed below are the estimated costs you may incur for attending Chemeketa Community College full-time (12 or more credits) for one term during the 2020-21 school year.  Financial aid is available for part-time study and the costs listed below will be appropriately prorated.  Visit the Tuition and Fee page for updates about tuition and fee costs.

    What are the estimated costs to attend Chemeketa Community College?
    Expense Living Off-CampusLiving With Parents
    Tuition & Fees $1,512 $1,512
    Books & Supplies $400 $400
    Room & Board $3,954 $1,305
    Transportation & Personal $1,115 $1,115
    Total $6,981 $4,332

     

Applying

  • When should I fill out the FAFSA?

    Apply as early as possible with a new FAFSA for each school year.  October 1st is always the first day to apply for the next school year.  The entire process can take several months depending on the time of year.  Apply by our recommended application deadline to make sure you have enough time to complete the process before the term you want to attend.  

  • Should I apply for admission or financial aid first?

    You can do this in either order but you must be admitted to a financial aid eligible program to receive financial aid.  After completing the FAFSA you need to have access to your My Chemeketa account and @my.chemeketa.edu e-mail address to complete the next steps in the process.  

  • Do income tax returns need to be completed before filling out the FAFSA?

    If you are filing your tax return late it is OK to estimate tax figures on your application.  The FAFSA now uses prior prior tax year information so most applicants will have already submitted their tax return before the the first day to submit the FAFSA.  If you are not otherwise required to file a tax return you do not need to file a return to be able to submit FAFSA.  

  • I support myself. Do my parents still have to fill out the FAFSA?

    If you answer no to all questions on the Dependency Determination section of the FAFSA, you must include parent information. If your parents do not provide their information on your application, you cannot be considered for aid. If you have special circumstances and can provide documentation that something occurred that severed the relationship with your parent(s), and you can provide documentation that you have no contact with your parent(s), contact the Financial Aid Office.

  • My parents are divorced. Whose information should I provide?

    Provide the information of the parent you lived with most over the last 12 months. If you did not live with one parent more than the other, provide information about the parent who provided most of your financial support during the last 12 months. If your parent is remarried, you will need to include the income tax information of your step parent, as well.

  • One or both of my parents to do not have a social security number. What information do I include?

    If your parents do not have a Social Security Number, don't make up a random number or use a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). Instead, use 000-00-0000.

  • How do I receive Federal Work-Study (FWS)?

    You must first submit a FAFSA and specify that you are interested in Federal Work-Study. Federal Work-Study is awarded based on need and availability of funds. Chemeketa will determine whether you qualify and send you instructions for the process if you are awarded. 

  • Do I have to reapply for financial aid each year?

    Yes, a new FAFSA is required for each year you are in college. It is best to apply as early as possible for each school year. October 1st is currently the first day to apply for each school year.

Financial Aid Offer Details

  • How do I receive my financial aid offer?

    Once you have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and completed any outstanding requirements shown in MyChemeketa, the Financial Aid Office will determine your eligibility for financial aid.  We will issue a Financial Aid Offer in MyChemeketa and email you a notification at your MyChemeketa email account when your Financial Aid Offer is ready.  Typically, financial aid offers start arriving in MyChemeketa email boxes in late spring term.

  • How do I access my financial aid funding?

    Disbursement is the process where your financial aid is used to pay your tuition and fees.  Any excess financial aid will be refunded to you to use for your other educational expenses after your tuition and fees are paid.  Read the Disbursement Information Sheet to learn more tips and information about the timing of financial aid disbursement.

  • What do I need to do if I accept student loans?

    If your financial aid offer includes Federal Direct Student Loans which you have accepted, use our Federal Direct Student Loan Instructions to help you plan for the next steps and learn important information about your student loans.

  • How does Federal Work-Study work?

    Due to Covid-19 and the campus being placed in remote operations, most Federal Work-Study jobs are unavailable at this time.  The Financial Aid Office will continue to monitor the possibility for awarding Federal Work-Study funds to students as jobs become available remotely or via partial or full campus reopening.

     

    If your financial aid offer included Federal Work-Study, please read our Federal Work-Study Information Sheet for more information on how the program works.

Maintaining

  • How do I remain eligible for financial aid each year (satisfactory academic progress)?

    You need to make Satisfactory Academic Progress.  In general this means maintaining a 2.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for the following number of credit hours: full-time students,12 credits; three-quarter-time students, 9 to 11 credits; half-time students: six to eight credits ; less than half-time students, complete all credits. In addition, you are required to pass at least 67 percent of your attempted credits. These requirements apply to each term you are receiving financial aid, as well as all terms you’re attending Chemeketa.

  • What if I don’t maintain satisfactory academic progress?

    If you do not meet the minimum term, cumulative credit hours and/or GPA requirements, the Financial Aid Office reviews your progress and may either stop your aid or place you on “Warning” status. If you are on warning, and do not meet the requirements the following term, you will be placed on “Denied” status and your aid will be discontinued.

  • What happens if I'm placed on Warning status, but then successfully complete the following term?

    If you successfully complete your classes (as stipulated under Satisfactory Academic Progress) the following term, you are removed from Warning status and return to "Good Standing."

  • What can I do if placed on "Denied" status?

    You can file an Academic Progress Appeal.  You may complete the SAP Form (Fillable) and save and email it to Financial Aid or print, complete and return a hard-copy SAP appeal form.  Filing an academic progress appeal is the only way to be considered for reinstatement from denied status.  

  • What happens if I drop or fail all my classes?

    If you drop all your classes or fail all your classes, Chemeketa Financial Aid must calculate how much of your financial aid you can keep and how much of your financial aid must be repaid. The Return of Title IV Funds Policy explains how this financial aid calculation works.  Students who drop all their classes after receiving financial aid or fail all their classes are ineligible for future financial aid.

CARES Act

  • CARES Act Distribution Information

    On April 10, 2020 Chemeketa Community College signed and returned to the US Department of Education, a Certification and Agreement to accept and utilize Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds to benefit students.  Chemeketa Community College plans to use no less than 50 percent of all funds as direct payments to students.

    On April 24, 2020 Chemeketa Community College was awarded $2,875,369 from the US Department of Education for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

    As of June 15, 2020, Chemeketa Community College has distributed $2,845,500 to 3,794 students.

    Chemeketa Community College identified 4,332 students who meet the student eligibility criteria for federal financial aid which the US Department of Education identified as a prerequisite for qualifying for CARES Grant Emergency Funds.  Additionally, the US Department of Education restricted eligibility to exclude students who were taking courses fully online so not all students who meet the student eligibility requirements qualify for the Cares Grant Emergency Funds.

    Chemeketa Community College identified all eligible students for the CARES Act Emergency Grants and awarded grants of $750 to assist with the costs associated with moving from in-person to remote operations.  These costs included but are not limited to technology, internet access, utilities as well as allowable costs incurred as part of the cost of attendance including books, supplies, room, board, transportation and miscellaneous expenses.

    Students with questions about the qualifications for the CARES Act Emergency Grants should email financialaid@chemeketa.edu from their my.chemeketa email account with their specific question.