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Need-based federal financial aid (Pell grants, Stafford loans, etc.) is available. State grants (from such states as Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and the District of Columbia) may also be available. We encourage you to find other sources of funding as well.
The student’s home college will normally process the federal financial aid application. Students should therefore first contact their own financial aid office. Many colleges allow their institutional aid to be applied to JYF in Paris.
Students who need assistance but who are not allowed to transfer their college funds should request the special financial aid sheet from JYF. In order to qualify for direct scholarships from JYF, students should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a “Renewal” FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st. Both the student’s home school and Sweet Briar College should be listed so an electronic copy of the FAFSA is sent to the JYF as well.
Students and parents who filed taxes are required to submit their IRS tax return transcript (4506T/EZ) (further information on the IRS website) and a copy of their college financial aid offer to the JYF office. These should reach the office by May 1st at the latest for the full year and fall semester, and October 15th for spring students. Since our scholarship money is limited, late applicants may be denied a scholarship, although they may still be eligible for federal and state grants and loans.
Please review the Financial Aid Application Procedures (2016-17) document for additional information.
Many states have created programs to assist students in financing their education. Some programs allow the student who qualifies for an award to apply that award to JYF. You should check with your financial aid office.
Because of the tax code, parents who have equity in a home may find a home equity loan an attractive financial option. Students are also encouraged to explore other sources of funding.
JYF in Paris
Sweet Briar College
P.O. Box 1075
Sweet Briar, VA 24595