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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. No appointment needed!
You can schedule a "virtual" appointment at this link: https://calendly.com/cmcneal1/help-completing.
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 76% 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 2018-2019 revealed a total of funds disbursed from Federal, State, Institutional, various Agencies in the form of grants, scholarships, waivers and loans to be $7,396,140.00 (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.
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 2021 and/or Spring 2022 you would be in the 2011/2022 Award Year. Your family would use income resource data from the tax year of 2019. 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.
The Fall 2021 semester will begin August 23, 2021. 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 2021 and once their student aid file is completed determine student aid eligibility.
If you are a new student to DACC this Fall 2021 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 email@example.com 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.
Information provided by the U.S. Department of Education: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or, CARES Act, was passed by Congress on March 27th, 2020. This bill allotted $2.2 trillion to provide fast and direct economic aid to the American people negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of that money, approximately $14 billion was given to the Office of Postsecondary Education as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, or HEERF.
The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) understands the uncertainty and ripple effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on institutions of higher education, staff, faculty, students, and parents. New federal legislation, funding priorities, and administrative changes emerge quickly. Due to the nature of emergency funding, OPE is diligently working to provide clear and timely information to better inform your decision-making processes. Click on the links below to learn more about HEERF Grants for Postsecondary Education. Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, Pub. L. No. 116-136 (March 27, 2020)