Frequently Asked Questions
Eligibility for financial aid is based on financial need and on several
other factors, which are detailed on the federal student aid website.
As long as you, the applicant, meet the federal student aid eligibility
requirements, you can apply.
Watch our financial aid tutorial
for an overview of Chemeketa's financial aid opportunities.
You should fill out the FAFSA six to nine months prior to beginning your
classes. See the recommended deadlines.
Follow the admissions process. In order to review your FAFSA, you must
have an admissions application on file with the Admissions Office.
It is a good idea to have completed the income tax return before
filling out the FAFSA, since exact tax information can make processing
faster and simpler. If this cannot be done in time for you to meet the
various financial aid deadlines, use estimated figures when completing
the application. Then, after income taxes are filed, you can return to
your FAFSA to make corrections.
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
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.
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,
Your grandparents, or any other members of your household, are
considered dependents if they receive more than half of their support
from your parents and will continue to receive more than half of their
support from July 1 to June 30, of the academic year for which you are
You must first submit a FAFSA. Federal Work-Study is awarded based on
need and availability of funds. Chemeketa will determine whether you
qualify for FWS when we review your FAFSA.
Yes, after your first year you need to “renew” your FAFSA each year you
are in college. The renewal FAFSA includes family information from the
prior year, allowing you to update any changes. You should plan to do
this every January.
You do not repay grants or scholarships, unless funds are dispersed and
you do not attend class. Student loans need to be repaid.
To continue receiving financial aid, Chemeketa requires you to register
for, complete, and maintain 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.
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.
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."
You can file an Academic Progress Appeal. If approved, you will be
placed on a "Probationary" status for the following term. Students on
Probation must follow an academic plan. If you are on Probation and do
not meet the requirements, you will again be placed on Denied status and
lose your aid eligibility.
You can set up direct deposit for your financial aid checks online at
. No paperwork is
- Under the Student tab, select Student Menu
- Select the Student Records Menu
- Select Direct Deposit Details
- Select Create/Edit Your Direct Deposit Information
Allow at least two weeks for processing.
You must apply in writing for any changes you need after you have
accepted your award letter. Print, complete and return the
Request for Change
form to request the following kinds of adjustments:
- Change your planned enrollment level
- Add a type of aid
- Cancel a type of aid
- Revise for new educational benefits (for example, TRA or Voc
- Increase budget for unusual school expenses required by your
No enrollment level changes can be made for a term in which aid has
already been disbursed. Allow at least 10 business days for the changes
to be processed. During peak times, processing may take longer.