The financial aid office is committed to providing you with courteous and friendly customer service. We are excited about the opportunity to assist you with finding resources to fund your college career at Johnson College.
It has become increasingly apparent that financial aid is a necessity for almost everyone attending college today. Johnson College is sensitive to this challenge.
Johnson College views financing higher education as a partnership between the student and his/her family, the state and federal governments, and the institution. Our staff members from the financial aid office and the admissions office will be happy to work with you to help plan your education, evaluate the costs, and apply for financial assistance. It is our hope that together this partnership will make it financially feasible to fulfill our mission to prepare a student for a successful future.
94-97% of the Johnson College student body receives some form of financial aid (2013-2014 Academic Year Statistics). Each student’s financial situation is individually assessed after a thorough review of financial information submitted by each applicant’s family. In order to begin the financial aid application process, the federal government requires you to complete the FAFSA.
The Federal School Code for Johnson College is 014734.
- Staff & Office Hours
- Visit Us
Personalized visits are available to meet one-on-one with a member of our financial aid team. During your session, you will learn more about the financial aid process and you will be able to ask your questions. In-person and virtual sessions are available.
- Federal & State Grants
Johnson College participates in Federal and State grant programs. The following is a comprehensive list of the Grants usually awarded:
The Pell Grant is a need-based grant offered to eligible undergraduate students enrolled in a degree-seeking program. Eligibility is based on a formula established each year by the Federal Government as well as the student’s enrollment status. Full-time Pell grant amounts can change annually. For 2019–20 (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020), the award amount is up to $6,196.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Offered to enrolled full-time students with exceptional need and is based on available funding levels. Preference is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients in accordance with the guidelines established by the Federal government and the Financial Aid Office. Federal SEOG grants range from $100 to $4,000. The Financial Aid Office determines award eligibility.
It should be noted that this grant may be eliminated with the approval of the Stop Gap Spending Bill.
Renewable, need-based grant for Pennsylvania residents. The FAFSA is the application with a filing deadline of May 1. Estimated eligibility is listed on the award letter. Final determination of the grant amounts is made by PHEAA, who will notify students of their eligibility beginning in mid-May.
PENNSYLVANIA TARGETED INDUSTRY PROGRAM GRANT (PA-TIP)
Johnson College students enrolled in one-year certificate programs may qualify. The program, which is funded and administered by PHEAA, provides awards to students enrolled in programs of study in the following career areas:
•Advanced Materials and Diversified Manufacturing
•Agriculture and Food Production
PA-TIP provides need-based awards up to the equivalent of the maximum State Grant award (currently $4,378)*, or 75% of the student’s total direct educational costs after gift aid and employers aid whichever is less. Awards can be used to cover tuition, books, fees, supplies, and specific living expenses. More information can be found through PHEAA.
- Video Resources
Incoming Students and Parents: Financial aid is available to those who qualify. If you don’t fill out the FAFSA form, you could be missing out on a lot of financial aid!
Please use the videos below to assist you with the financial aid process. Each video will walk you through the steps of acquiring financial aid through the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) website. Once you have viewed the videos, the information can be filled out at https://fafsa.ed.gov. Have questions? Use our resources on the right to reach out to the Financial Aid Department for assistance.
FAFSA®Tips for Parents
Creating an FSA ID
To apply for aid online you must apply for a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. The FSA ID is a username and password has replaced the Federal Student Aid Pin and is used to log into certain U.S. Department of Education websites. This ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents.
How to fill out the FAFSA®
Determining Dependency Status
The FAFSA questions ask for information about you (your name, date of birth, address, etc.) and about your financial situation. Depending on your circumstances, you might need your Social Security number, your parents’ Social Security number, your driver’s license number, and/or tax returns. All applicants for federal student aid are considered either “independent” or “dependent.” Dependent students are required to include information about their parents on the FAFSA. If you have questions about your dependency status or need more information, please visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/dependency
- Other Financial Aid Links
- Student CARES/HEERF Required Reporting
As part of the CARES Act funding from the US Dept. of Education, Johnson College has signed a Certificate of Agreement assuring that the institution will use no less than 50 % of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), found in Section 18004 of the CARES Act, provides funding to institutions of higher education “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.” On December 27, 2020, the President of the United States signed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA). The CARES II Act provides funding to institutions of higher education “to provide additional funding to students who have exceptional need.” The following information is provided by Johnson College as required by the Department of Education (“ED”) in order to comply with the reporting requirements under the CARES Act, and report without guidance on the CARES II Act.
The information noted below is intended to not only meet the reporting requirements of the CARES Act but also provide information to the college community regarding the use of the student grant portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).
The College has also signed a Certificate of Agreement assuring that the institution may use up to 50 % of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Relief for the Institution to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus so long as such costs do not include payment to contractors for the provision of pre-enrollment recruitment activities, including marketing and advertising; endowments; or capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction or religious worship (collectively referred to as “Recipient’s Institutional Costs”.
In total, Johnson College has received $1,339224,439 in grant funding from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.
As of September 30, 2021, $559,570 has been distributed to students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.
Currently approximately 480 students at Johnson College are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs. These grants are to be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). As of September 30, 2021, 548 of students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant.
The CARES Act grants were available in amounts up to a maximum of $750 for full-time students and $350 for part-time students. In order to receive CARES Act support, students must be U.S. citizens and eligible to receive Title IV federal financial aid, normally supported through filing the FAFSA. Students must attest to the need for the grant for the purposes required by the law. All current full-time and part-time students may apply. Please note that these grants may be subject to federal and state income tax.
To apply for the CARES Act grant, students filled out the application here. Once the application is completed, Johnson College issued CARES Act grants by paper check within five (5) business days. Checks were mailed to the student address on file.
The HEERF grants were in amounts of $1,000 for full-time students and $500 for part-time students. In order to receive the HEERF II Grant the student must be a matriculated Johnson College student at the date of distribution.
- Institutional CARES/HEERF Required Reporting
- RISE: Readiness in Skilled Employment
Begin Your In-Demand Career Path, Today!
We believe that all individuals have the potential to bolster their skills and overcome obstacles to achieve their goals of continued education.
RISE is a workforce development program that focuses on an individual’s strengths, creating an opportunity to obtain technical training while accessing additional supports. Participants will work alongside a career coach to identify ways to decrease barriers to ensure academic success and job placement.
This unique partnership between Johnson College, United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania, The Institute, and the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund has been designed to benefit individuals affected by systemic inequities, open to residents in Pennsylvania’s Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties.
*Special Conditions: In some instances, the Financial Aid Office can consider special circumstances (such as job loss) that are not reflected by information provided on the FAFSA. Contact the Financial Aid Office for the appropriate Professional Judgment forms. You will be required to submit supporting documentation before your situation is reviewed.
For more information about Financial Aid, please contact the Financial Aid office. Paper copies of all information can be made available upon request.