Financial Aid

Financial Aid


Online access to student aid account information is available 24/7. The student logs in to this "self-service" portal using their DACC student email login. Click here to log in to the Student Self Service Portal.

Have Questions? Financial aid advisors are available to assist you. Use fianaid@dacc.edu and a quick reply will take place, this is monitored by four full-time staff (include your DACC Student ID in the email, do NOT provide your social security number). Our office has an open-door policy, please feel free to come in anytime between 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. No appointment needed!

finaid@dacc.edu
217.443.8891
Vermilion Hall

The Fall 2020 semester is just beginning and there is still plenty of time for the student to complete their student aid files and our office to determine eligibility. The financial aid staff have access remotely to not only the DACC systems but the Department of Education and Illinois State systems and will continue working to complete files and inform students of their eligibility. We can determine who is enrolled for Fall 2020 and once their student aid file is completed determine student aid eligibility. 

If you are a new student to DACC this fall 2020 and you have attended other colleges, you will need to request official grade transcripts from these colleges. During this time of closings, you may need to use an online request or download forms, but each school will be different. We suggest you do this step as soon as possible. Many schools already have in place automated systems for transcript requests.

All students need to have their high school transcript or high school equivalency documents showing graduation on file in our Records office and these should be requested as soon as possible.

It is VERY important that students check their DACC student emails since this is account the financial aid office uses to communicate with the student concerning their account. We will send emails that will instruct you on what is needed for your file, or announce that your awards are ready to view, or the email may have attachments that you need to address. Click here to login to DACC Student email.

It is important that students respond to requests made by the student aid office for documentation needed to complete their files in order for us to determine eligibility. The staff will have in place a method to collect these documents if mailed to the school by regular post or if Faxed to the office. A student may email the documents to finaid@dacc.edu but we ask that you DO NOT have social security numbers showing on the documents, provide your complete name and student ID on each document sent.

  • Contact us via email at finaid@dacc.edu, we will be checking this daily and often.
  • FAX documents to Student Aid Office at: 217.443.8268
  • Mail documents to: DACC, Attention: FAO, 2000 E. Main St., Danville, IL 61832
  • Login to DACC Student email account: DACC Student Email

Attention: Information Concerning the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Posted April 21, 2020 Announcement to all Post-Secondary Colleges

Secretary DeVos Delivers $6 Billion in Additional Grant Funding to Support Continued Education at America’s Colleges, Universities

WASHINGTON — After quickly making available more than $6 billion for colleges and universities to provide direct emergency cash grants to students, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today an additional $6.2 billion is now available to higher education institutions to ensure learning continues. The funding is available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law by President Donald J. Trump less than one month ago.

“This pandemic has made clear every single education institution should make important investments to ensure learning continues when unexpected circumstances arise,” said Secretary DeVos. “Accordingly, the additional funds made available today can be used to expand remote learning programs, build IT capacity, and train faculty and staff to operate in a remote learning environment so that at any moment institutions can pivot quickly. I hope that institutions that already have robust remote learning capacity will consider using this funding to support additional emergency cash grants for students.”

The CARES Act allows institutions to use up to one half of the total funds received to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus. The funding for these “Recipient Institutional Costs” is separate from the funding previously made available for “Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.” In order to access the funds, higher education institutions must submit a Certification and Agreement for Recipient Institutional Costs, which can be found here. Institutions must also have executed the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students before submitting the second certification and agreement. So far, about 50% of eligible postsecondary institutions have applied to receive the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

School allocations are set by a formula prescribed in the CARES Act, which is weighted significantly by the number of full-time students who are Pell-eligible but also takes into consideration the total population of the school and the number of students who were not enrolled full-time online before the coronavirus outbreak. The Department is utilizing the most recent data available from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and Federal Student Aid (FSA) for this calculation.

The funding allocations announced today are part of the nearly $31 billion Congress allocated to the Department to distribute to students, K-12 schools, and higher education institutions under the CARES Act. The Department, at the Secretary's urging, is working to make funds available as quickly as possible.

The Department has taken quick action to support higher education students from the start of the coronavirus outbreak. Colleges and universities were given immediate regulatory flexibility so students' educations could continue online. Under the leadership of President Trump, the Department also provided student loan relief to tens of millions of borrowers by setting all federally held student loan interest rates to zero percent and allowing borrowers to defer payments for 60 days without interest. The CARES Act extends those benefits to six months. The Department also stopped all federal wage garnishments and collections actions for borrowers with federally held loans in default. And, within 13 days of President Trump signing the CARES Act into law, the Department made $6.2 billion available for emergency cash grants for higher education students. The Department has also disbursed $7 million to Gallaudet University and $13 million to Howard University in accordance with the CARES Act, which allocated this funding to help these unique institutions address the challenges associated with coronavirus.

Danville Area Community College CARES Act, HEERF Information

Students are required by Federal regulation to be Title IV eligible and meet all requirements pertaining to Title IV eligibility. This eligibility information is provided when a student completes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Only students who were enrolled in eligible Title IV programs for spring 2020 term and who had completed a 2019/20 FAFSA with results on file at DACC by April 30, 2020 were reviewed for eligibility. In addition to Title IV eligibility the student must not have been enrolled in online classes only prior to March 13, 2020. It was determined that 1250 students were enrolled in eligible Title IV programs in Spring 2020 term and of those 816 students had completed the 2019/20 FAFSA and met the HEERF grant criteria.

The sum of $471,037.00 (total federal funds received) was awarded to 814 Title IV eligible students. The amount awarded depended on enrolled credit hours based on full-time, three-quarter time, half-time and less-than half-time enrollment status. Checks were mailed to the student’s address on record May 4, 2020. Enclosed with the check was an explanation of the funds, a sample of this notice is included with the summary that follows.

CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund SUMMARY GRID of AWARDING of $471,037.00 Federal Grant Total

Of the Eligible Title IV recipients:    
Full-time Plus >15 credit hours 197 x $700 = $137,900
Full-time 328 X $650 = $213,200
Quarter-time 126 X $550 = $69,300
Half-time 104 X $400 = $41,600
Less-than-half-time 59 X $175 = $10,325
Total awarded = $472,325 814 Headcount

International Students (from College funds):
Full-time 12-14 credit hours 5 x $650 = $3250 5 Headcount

All funds received by the College from the CARES act ($471,037.00) have been distributed to eligible Title IV students. Included in refunds to students, the College funded awards for an additional $4538 which included $3250 to the International students.

Sample of Notices Sent to Recipients

Notice Sent to Students (via email and letter enclosed with check)

Email (sent prior to check distribution): During these unprecedented and challenging times, DACC is pleased to extend emergency cash funds to you through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act. Based on the Department of Education’s most recent guidelines, DACC has developed a system to identify students who demonstrate significant need and who meet the predetermined eligibility requirements.

You have been identified as an eligible student. The College will base the funding level on the number of credit hours you are enrolled in for the Spring 2020 term. The funds are to be used to cover expenses that you might have due to attending college during the COVID-19 crisis such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, childcare, and/or general semester expenses.

The College will mail the funds to the address you have on file in the next 10 business days. If your address has changed, please contact the Admissions/Registration office at 217-443-8800 or admissions@dacc.edu immediately.

Please know that we are here to serve you during these trying times. We know you can do this!

Sincerely,

Danville Area Community College

Letter Title IV Eligible (enclosed with check):

Dear Student,

During these unprecedented and challenging times, DACC is pleased to extend emergency cash funds to you through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act. Based on the Department of Education’s most recent guidelines, DACC has developed a system to identify students who demonstrate significant need and who meet the predetermined eligibility requirements.

You have been identified as an eligible student. The College has based the funding level on the number of credit hours you are enrolled in for the Spring 2020 term. The funds are to be used to cover expenses that you might have due to attending college during the COVID-19 crisis such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, childcare, and/or general semester expenses.

Enclosed is your check. We do not need a response from you but please cash this check in a timely manner. We do not need receipts as to what you have done with these funds. We do hope they are of some relief in these uncertain times.

Please know that we are here to serve you during these trying times. We know you can do this!

Sincerely,

Danville Area Community College

Letter International Student:

Dear Student,

During these unprecedented and challenging times, DACC is pleased to extend emergency cash funds

You have been identified as an eligible International student. The College has based the funding level on the number of credit hours you are enrolled in for the Spring 2020 term. The funds are to be used to cover expenses that you might have due to attending college during the COVID-19 crisis such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, childcare, and/or general semester expenses.

Enclosed is your check. We do not need a response from you but please cash this check in a timely manner. We do not need receipts as to what you have done with these funds. We do hope they are of some relief in these uncertain times.

Please know that we are here to serve you during these trying times. We know you can do this!

Sincerely,

Danville Area Community College

Student Financial Assistance (SFA) at DACC is available in the form of scholarships, grant, loans, and part-time employment. In-depth information and counseling may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office located in the Vermilion Hall, 1st Floor, West Wing. Four full-time staff members and several part time students maintain the office and provide service to DACC students.

About 78% of the DACC student body enrolled in eligible SFA Programs receive some type of Student Financial Assistance (SFA) each year. The most current completed award year of 2017-2018 revealed a total of funds disbursed from Federal, State, Institutional, various Agencies in the form of grants, scholarships, waivers and loans to be $7,684,780.00 (Source: Fund Annual Report).

A DACC brochure, "How to Pay for College" is a useful tool that summarizes the resources available to help pay for educational costs.

To review the cost of attendance read this DACC COA.

A Danville Area Community College student who may receive any State or Federal financial aid must meet the following minimum standards of program guidelines and academic progress in order for financial aid to be awarded.

  1. A student must be enrolled in an eligible program of study which leads to a college level degree or certificate, or transfer equivalent.
  2. A student may receive financial aid while taking remedial classes and enrolled in an ineligible program. However, financial aid can be received for only one academic year of remedial classes (30 semester hours). This includes all attempted hours.
  3. A student must be enrolled in the minimum number of hours required by the financial aid program.
  4. Only students who have graduated from high school or have a GED are eligible to receive financial aid. The exception is Ability to Benefit Criteria for students who meet this criteria and began attendance in their Degree Seeking program at Danville Area Commuity College prior to July 1, 2012.
  5. Apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA). You may use the paper application or use the Internet to apply at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. The DACC School Code is 001669. That's a number nine at the end).
  6. If you are male and required to be registered for Selective Service you must be registered to receive student financial aid. If you wish to register electronically visit the Selective Service WEB site at http://www.sss.gov.
  7. Provide verification documentation to establish accuracy of FAFSA information. Various information can be provide using "standard" DACC financial aid forms. Click here for FORM Listing and Access.
  8. Be meeting DACC's Standards of Academic Progress (SAP) per student aid regulations. Click here to review SAP.

Eligibility for SFA is determined by individual "Financial Need." Financial need is the difference between the costs of attending college for a period of attendance and the amount a student's family can be expected to contribute from their income and assets.

Because various sources of SFA funds are limited, it is usually necessary to meet a student's needs by combining several forms of aid. This combination of more than one kind of aid is referred to as a "financial aid package".

The first step to determine if you are eligible for any type of student aid (Federal and/or Illinois State) is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your eligibility for the need and non-need based programs will be determined from your family's financial resources as well as household size and number attending college (excluding parent's).

Resources for Blind and Visually Impaired Students: TTY number 1-800-730-9013.

The previous year's financial resources (that is a completed Federal tax year) prior to the start of a financial aid award year is the data you will use to complete the FAFSA. For instance if you plan to take classes Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020 you would be in the 2019/2020 Award Year. Your family would use income resource data from the tax year of 2017. The DACC Financial Aid Office will require copies of your Tax Transcripts to complete the verification process. You can contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at 1-800-829-1040 to request a Tax Return Transcript. If you use the IRS data retrieval, when completing your FAFSA, you will not have to submit a tax transcript unless you change the tax fields later.

IMPORTANT: If you think your family has an exceptional financial circumstance that should be addressed complete the worksheet for the Appeal for Special Circumstances (ASC) and return it (with supporting documentation) to the DACC financial Aid Office. Results from the FAFSA must be on file and that information verified before a Special Circumstance can be evaluated.

The ASC form as well as other DACC Financial Aid Office forms can be found by clicking here FORMS. Be sure to follow all instructions provided and attachments requested with each applicable form you need to submit.

If you have attended previous colleges, request copies of your grade transcript(s) to be sent to the DACC Records office. Also, send a memo (or phone) the DACC Records Office that the transcript(s) is to be evaluated for your program of study (Certificate, Degree or transfer credit) at DACC. Credits that can be used for your program at DACC will be included in the Maximum Time Frame for program completion.We will not certify DL stafford loans until all transcrips are received and evaluated.

NOTE: DACC's Financial Aid Office verifies all elements of the FAFSA data. You and your family will be requested to provide the documentation concerning the information required on the FAFSA. Your financial aid file will not be completed and student financial aid (that you may qualify for) will not be awarded until all verification is complete. Any instances of conflicting, erroneous or omitted information may require a correction to your FAFSA data. Once corrections are processed and returned you will be updated to any changes in eligibility. It is important that you reply to all requests for verification documentation. Verification must be completed and corrections made (if applicable) before the end of the semester for which you are applying for student aid funds or all "potential" SFA funds will be canceled.

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