Applying for Financial Aid
The Financial Aid application process is a lengthy, and at times, complicated procedure, but you can do this by following a five-step process.
Step 1 – Create your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID)
You can create your FSA ID at www.fsaid.ed.gov. You will need your FSA ID to electronically sign your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you are a dependent student for FAFSA purposes, one of your parents will also need to create a FSA ID at www.fsaid.ed.gov to electronically sign the FAFSA. This will ensure the quickest, most accurate filing process. In addition, your FSA ID will allow you to:
- View the status and results of a processed FAFSA application on the FAFSA website.
- Make corrections to your FAFSA online.
- Access your Federal Student Financial Assistance information on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) website.
- Request a duplicate copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR).
Write your FSA ID down in a safe place as you will need this information in order to access any Federal Student Aid information.
Step 2 – File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
To be considered for any type of financial aid (grants or loans), all students must file the FAFSA. Remember to include Reynolds’s school code on the FAFSA; if you do not include our school code, we will not receive your application. J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College’s school code is 003759.
There are two ways to complete the application:
- Online Application: The online FAFSA can be completed on the Department of Education website at www.fafsa.ed.gov. There is no fee to apply online.
- Paper Application: The FAFSA is available at your local high school, community college or local university. There is no fee to apply for financial aid using the FAFSA.
The Reynolds Office of Financial Aid recommends that applicants file the FAFSA online as it is the
fastest, most efficient, and most accurate application method. Your results will be sent to you and
Reynolds about a week after completing your application if it is electronically signed with your FSA ID.
Students who meet priority deadlines set by the Reynolds Office of Financial will have the best chance
for consideration for all the financial aid you may be eligible for. Be sure to complete your FAFSA before these priority deadlines:
Fall semester April 15
Spring semester September 15
Summer semester March 15
Please note that you must apply once every school year. You must also be accepted into a degree program by Admissions and be in good academic standing to receive financial aid.
Step 3 – The Student Aid Report (SAR)
After your FAFSA is processed, you will be sent a Student Aid Report (SAR). Electronic filers who provide
an email address will be sent an email providing an electronic link to their SAR. Electronic filers who do
not provide an e-mail address and those who complete a paper FAFSA will be sent a paper SAR in the
Once you receive your SAR, you should review it for accuracy. Students who receive their
SAR electronically can make any necessary corrections online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Processing of your award may take three to four weeks after we have
received your accurate application record and all other documentation. Please check your Reynolds
email or My JSRCC account regularly to see if we are requesting any additional information.
To get an early start on the financial aid process, visit FAFSA4caster at www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov. The
FAFSA4caster website provides information about the financial aid process and can help you become
familiar with the various types of federal student aid that are available.
Step 4 – Additional Information
After your FAFSA is processed, Reynolds will be sent the information electronically. For electronic filers,
the data is usually received in 1 to 2 weeks. For those who completed a paper FAFSA, the data is usually
received in about 4-6 weeks.
Once your FAFSA data is received, you may be required to submit additional information to the
Reynolds Office of Financial Aid. One third of all federal aid applicants are randomly selected for a process called "verification." Please check your To Do List in SIS to see if any additional documentation is
needed to complete the processing of your financial aid application.
*Optional Special Circumstances
Step 5 – Award Notification & Additional Applications
After your FAFSA is processed and all required information has been reviewed, you will receive
notification of how to view your federal and state financial aid awards by email. Any grants that you are eligible for will be credited towards your tuition charges. However, not every student will qualify for a Pell grant or be eligible for a state grant large enough to meet your educational costs.
Student loans are available to students who need additional funds to meet educational costs. To apply
for a student loan, you must complete a Federal Stafford Loan Request Form, which can be obtained online,
from any campus Enrollment Services office or the Reynolds Office of Financial Aid. For specific instructions, please see Student Loans.