Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I would like to apply for financial aid at Triton College, where do I start?

 


 

I would like to apply for financial aid at Triton College, where do I start?

In order to be considered for financial assistance, students must complete and submit the following items. 

  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on the Web
    The FAFSA must be completed and submitted to determine the student’s eligibility for federal and state grants, Federal Stafford Loans, and Federal Work Study. Students must apply on the web at www.fafsa.gov. Students should be sure to enter Triton College’s school code (001773) when asked which colleges they would like their FAFSA information to be sent to. Students are encouraged to use the "IRS Data Retrieval" tool when completing the FAFSA. The retrieval tool will save you time and increase the accuracy of your FAFSA information. If students need assistance completing the FAFSA, they should bring their/their parents’ most recent tax returns (1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ, W-2s, and any schedules) and other necessary documents to the Student Financial Aid Center in the Financial Aid Office and a staff member will guide the student through all the steps needed in order to complete the FAFSA.
  • Submit an official copy of a high school/GED transcript to the Triton College Admission and Records Office
    Students should contact their high school (or where they earned their GED) and request to have a final, official copy of their transcript sent to the Triton College Admission and Records Office.

    The Admission and Records Office is located at:
    Student Center Building
    Room B-216E
    (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130
The results of the FAFSA are necessary to begin a financial aid file. Once the FAFSA has been reviewed additional documentation may be requested. Financial aid will not be disbursed without an official copy of a high school/GED transcript.
 Triton College’s preferred deadline is March 1.



Do I have to be a full-time student to receive financial aid?

 Each award has different requirements:

  • The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Direct Student Loan Program (FDSLP), and Federal College Work Study Program requires students be enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours for the semester.
  • Monetary Award Program (MAP), students may be enrolled in as few as three (3) credit hours.
  • PELL Grants, students may be enrolled in as few as one (1) credit hour. 

I need help filling out my forms. Who can I talk to?

Staff members are available to assist students in the completion of the FAFSA and any supplemental documents needed to complete the financial aid process at Triton College. Bring all necessary tax documents (1040, 1040A, or1040EZ and W-2s) as well as any supporting documents (SNAP and Social Security benefit statements), to the Student Financial Aid Center in the Financial Aid Office. Call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3155 for office hours. If a student has questions regarding the completion of verification documents staff members are available to assist. Students may also contact their Financial Aid Advisor.  


 

Who is my Financial Aid advisor?

The student’s Financial Aid advisor is dependent upon their last name.

If the student’s last name begins with: Their Financial Aid Specialist is: Phone Extension E-mail
A – D Ruby Hilker  3217 rhilker@triton.edu
E – K Rina Garcia 3741 rgarcia@triton.edu
L – Q (Veteran’s Programs A-L) John-Paul Paonessa  3651 jpaones1@triton.edu
R – SL  Kathy Edmonds  3737 kedmonds@triton.edu

SM – Z (Veteran’s Programs M-Z)

Tiana Baymon  3531 tbaymon@triton.edu



What is “verification,” and why was I selected?

Verification is intended to improve the accuracy of the information submitted on the FAFSA. Over 30 percent of all FAFSA applications are selected for the process of verification. If selected, the Triton College Financial Aid Office staff will e-mail students requesting additional documentation. Once all of the necessary documents have been received and any corrections processed, the Financial Aid Office will send out an award notification via e-mail and students will be able to view their award letter on their student portal at mytriton.triton.edu.

Verification documents are available at: 
Financial Aid: Links and Forms

Note: If selected for verification, it is important to respond to the request for verification documents as quickly as possible, to ensure that the various grant deadlines are met.

Verification documents are available at: Note: If selected for verification, it is important to respond to the request for verification documents as quickly as possible, to ensure that the various grant deadlines are met.


 

 How long will it take to complete my file and receive my award letter?

The entire process may take between two (2) and three (3) weeks once all required documents have been received. 


 Can I start classes before my financial aid is complete?  

Yes; however, a student must initiate one of the following FACTS Payment Plans:

Traditional FACTS Payment Plan – This plan is available to all students and is immediately active. A non-refundable $25 enrollment fee is assessed immediately and the first payment is deducted from a bank account or credit card in accordance with the payment schedule available on the student’s portal. 

Deferred FACTS Payment Plan – Open only to financial aid eligible students with an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of less than $4500. Fees and payments are assessed approximately the 8th week of the semester and only if a student’s financial aid file is incomplete or in the event that a student has a complete file and lacks sufficient financial aid funds to cover tuition. 

PLEASE NOTE: To enroll in either payment plan option a student must provide valid bank account or credit/debit card information to the FACTS Payment Plan server listed under “Student Financials” in the My Triton Portal. 

For more information regarding the FACTS payment plan visit http://www.triton.edu/content.aspx?id=2577 or call the Cashier’s Office at 708-456-0300 ext. 3649    

 I want to drop a class. Will this affect my financial aid?

YES! The amount of federal financial assistance that a student receives is based on the completion of all registered course work. Any student who withdraws completely or fails to successfully complete any course work from a semester may be required to return a portion of the federal funds that had been applied to his/her account. The final amount of financial aid earned will be based on the period of time that the student was attending during the term.

Please check with the Financial Aid Office prior to dropping classes!


I applied for financial aid and was not eligible for any grant funds. However, since that time I have encountered a significant reduction in my income. Is there a way for reconsideration of my financial aid eligibility?

Yes, if a student can document that the he/she and/or the student’s spouse/parents will be receiving a substantially lower income in the coming tax year, they may complete a “Special Circumstance Form,” available from the Financial Aid Office. A financial aid administrator will review the student’s situation and notify them if adjustments can be made on their FAFSA application.
 

I appealed my disqualification of financial aid, but I was denied. What else can I do?

Students have the right to appeal the decision of the Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress Appeals Committee. This may be done by submitting a written request to the Associate Dean of Financial Aid, requesting a review of the committee’s decision. The Associate Dean of Financial Aid’s decision will be final.

Students may also look into scholarships and alternative loans. For more information, visit the Triton College Financial Aid Office or call us at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3155.

 When can I get my books?

When a student’s file is completed (all necessary documents have been turned in), The Financial Aid Office will send out an award notification via email and students will be able to view their award letter on their student portal at mytriton.triton.edu. The award letter will outline the financial aid being offered.  Pending financial aid funds are credited to your account in the Business Office and will be applied to your institutional charges approximately the third week of classes.
  1. Classes for which the student is registered at that time will be paid first.
  2. If there are monies from the Pell grant remaining, the student may use those funds to purchase books at the Triton College Bookstore located on our main campus.
  3. Any remaining monies after tuition is paid and books are purchased will be issued to the student in the form of a check mailed to the home address listed at Triton College.
 Any changes in the student’s registration which affect the amount the student is charged may result in an adjustment in their financial aid award.

What happens to any leftover grant money not used for my tuition and fees?

Any remaining monies after tuition is paid and books are purchased will be issued to students in the form of a check mailed to the home address listed at Triton College within 8 to 10 weeks from the start of the semester.

How do I get my Pell Grant refund check?

Any remaining monies from the Pell grant after tuition is paid and books are purchased will be issued to the student in the form of a check mailed to the home address listed at Triton College . It is the student's responsibility to keep the Admission and Records Office up-to-date with their current address.

If a student has not received their Pell Grant refund check within ten (10) business days from the check issue date, he/she may contact the Financial Aid Office. 


 

 
 
Please direct any further questions to:

The Financial Aid Office
Student Center Building
Room B-216W
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3155

The Admission Call Center
Student Center Building
Room B-216E
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130