Q. Who has access to the
information on the forms filed as part of the financial aid application?
A. Only the financial aid office staff at DCC has access to this confidential information.
Q. If my parents are separated or
divorced, do they both have to contribute to my education?
A. For federal student aid (Pell grant, SEOG, and work-study), the custodial parent and current spouse, if any, must complete the FAFSA.
The non-custodial parent is not required to report information for federal student aid purposes.
Q. How do I become an independent
student for federal aid purposes?
A. If you meet one of the following: are 24 years old, are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, are married, are a ward of the court, have no
living parents and have no legal guardian, or have a legal dependent who gets more than half of their support from you. The Free Application
for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has more details about these categories.
Q. What is my Expected Family
A. Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the amount you and your family are expected to contribute toward your education. You receive an
EFC based on the processing results of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Q. What if I have a credit
balance on my student account?
A. If you have a credit balance in your account (after tuition and, if applicable, textbook charges have been paid) you will be mailed a check
during the semester.
Q. How do I get a work-study job?
A. You must first complete a FAFSA form. All eligible financial aid applicants will be mailed a DCC Federal Work-Study Application. If you
are interested, complete the form and submit it to our office. Once all current positions are filled we will start a waiting list. Students often
drop or change jobs during the year, thus vacancies may arise. Student must enroll in at least 6 credits.
Q. When and how do I get paid for
my work-study job?
A. You will be paid twice a month for the hours that you work. It is your money to spend as you see fit on your education related expenses.
Q. Do I have to work if I am
given a job as part of my financial aid package?
A. The job is an opportunity to earn money to pay for ongoing personal and book expenses during the year. One can decide not to work
and pay for these expenses some other way, such as through summer job earnings or work during vacation periods.
Q. Will I have to pay back any
financial aid money if I drop out or withdraw from school?
A. If you receive federal financial aid and drop out or withdraw from school during the first 60% of the semester you may be required to repay
a percentage of the aid that you received.
Q. Will my financial aid award be
reviewed while I am at DCC?
A. Each year you will be asked to re-apply for aid by completing the current FAFSA form so that changes in your family's financial situation
and changes in DCC’s fees can be considered.
Q. How do I apply for a Pell
A. When you complete a FAFSA, you are automatically considered for a Pell grant.
Q. What do I do with a Student
Aid Report (SAR) that I receive in the mail?
A. Submit it to the Financial Aid Office if you did not list DCC on your original FAFSA application. If you listed DCC on your application we
will receive your information electronically and you should keep your original Student Aid Report for your records.
Q. Why did my financial need
change from last year?
A. Since need represents the difference between total costs of attending DCC and the ability of you and your family to contribute; any change
in your family's situation or in DCC’s charges may mean a change in need.
Q. What is the difference between
the Business Office and the Financial Aid Office?
A. These two offices are located in the Wyatt Building and are separate from one another administratively. The Financial Aid Office awards
grants, loans, and work-study. The Business Office sends bills and collects payments for college charges not covered by aid. The Business
Office also mails your financial aid balance checks to you.
Q. If my or my family’s current
year income (year 2008) will be drastically lower than last year’s income (year
2007) what do I do?
A. Contact the Financial Aid Office and request a Reduced Income Statement Form. Complete and submit the form, along with the appropriate documentation, to the Financial Aid Office for consideration. Often projected year income can be considered. These considerations are made
at the family’s request and on a case by case basis.
Q. What is DCC’s Title IV Code?
A. Our Title IV School Code is 003758.
Q. If I have corrections that
need to be made to my Student Aid Report, can I bring the forms into the
Financial Aid Office for
A. Yes, Make all the necessary corrections and make sure you have the required signatures on Part 2 of your SAR. Drop off your SAR and
we will submit the corrections electronically. We normally receive the corrections back in about a week. It is also a good idea to submit copies
of your tax returns to our office so that we may verify the corrections.
Q. What is my Data Release Number
A. Your Data Release Number is a four-digit number assigned to your application by the U.S. Department of Education and printed on the top
right corner of your Student Aid Report (SAR). Anyone wanting to receive or change your FAFSA information must have your DRN in order to
do so. Do not give out your DRN to anyone unless you have agreed to give him or her access to your FAFSA information.
Q. What is a PIN?
A. Formerly known as the Electronic Access Code (EAC), a PIN is the code that you need to: Sign your FAFSA electronically; Retrieve your
Renewal FAFSA information over the Internet; File your Renewal FAFSA using the FAFSA on the Web site; Access the National Student Loan
Data System (NSLDS) web site and view information about other federal student aid you may have received. Your PIN is similar to the PIN you
use to access your bank account. To protect the privacy of the information you are submitting, you must keep your PIN secret. If you need a PIN,
have lost or forgotten your PIN, or if you think someone else knows your PIN, you can request a new one at http://www.pin.ed.gov/
Q. Must I be accepted before I can apply for
A. No, but you must be accepted before you receive aid award.
Q. Are my parents required to submit their financial
A. Yes, if you are under the age of 24 and do not meet any other requirement for independent.
Q. What if my parents are separated or divorced?
Which parent fills out the Financial Aid Application?
A. The parent that you live with.
Q. Do I have to report my stepparent's financial
A. Yes, if the parent that you live with or that contributes over half of your support is remarried, you must report the stepparent's financial
Q. How do I apply for a Direct Stafford or Plus Loan?
A. You may visit our website Loan Processes.pdf
Q. When will I receive my financial aid check?
A. Students enrolled in standard courses should start receiving their balance checks 4-6 weeks after the refund date.
Q. Why did I receive a bill from the Business
Office? I have financial aid.
A. If your financial aid award is insufficient to cover your tuition and fees, you will receive a bill.
Financial Aid Office
1008 South Main Street
Danville, VA 24541
Telephone: 434 797-8567 or 434 797-8439
Other areas in VA: 800-560-4291 Ext 8567