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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Direct Stafford Student Loan?
How are Direct Stafford Loans different from a loan I take out through a bank?
How do I apply for a student loan at Fresno City College?
What is the difference between subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans?
What is the interest rate on a Direct Stafford Student Loan?
Are there any fees for a Direct Stafford Student Loan?
I was told to complete Entrance Counseling and/or Master Promissory Note after I applied. How can I check that the Financial Aid Office has received them?
How will I know how much my loan will be and when I will receive it?
How can I find out who my lender is and look up my loan history?
My address has changed. How do I change it with the school?
How do I apply for financial aid?
What happens if I do not achieve a 62% or higher on the TEAS V exam?
How much will the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam cost me?
What is the TEAS exam?
I have already taken the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) for another Nursing Program outside of Fresno City College. Will FCC Nursing Program still accept my scores?
Does Fresno City College offer the TEAS V exam?
Where should I park?
What do I enter where it asks for my "organizational account"?
Who can I call for more information about getting enrolled at Fresno City College?
Is the TEAS exam required to apply to the RN and LVN to RN Program.
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Q: What is a Direct Stafford Student Loan?
A:
The Stafford loan is a federal student loan administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Stafford loans may be awarded to students who meet all the regular requirements for federal student aid and are enrolled as at least a half-time student (6 non-remedial/non-ESL units). Federal student loans must be repaid with interest, which means that the borrower will pay back more than what they received.
Q: How are Direct Stafford Loans different from a loan I take out through a bank?
A:
There are two types of Stafford student loan programs: the Direct Loan program and the Alternative Loan program. While Direct Loan funds come from the federal government, Alternative Loan funds are processed through a bank or other lender of your choice and are based on individual credit. While Fresno City College participates in both programs, we encourage all students to accept the loan through the Direct Loan program.
Q: How do I apply for a student loan at Fresno City College?
A:
Before you are eligible to apply, you must first submit your FAFSA online (www.fafsa.ed.gov) and complete your financial aid file by submitting any requested documents to the Financial Aid Office. Also, you must not be on Financial Aid Disqualification (Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy), and you must be enrolled at least half-time (6 non-remedial/non-ESL units). You must visit the Financial Aid Office in person to submit a loan request.
Q: What is the difference between subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans?
A:
A subsidized loan is based on financial need. If you demonstrate financial need, the government will pay the interest on your loan during in-school, grace and deferment periods. If you do not demonstrate financial need, you may request the loan, or a portion of the loan, to be unsubsidized. The government will not pay the interest for you at any time on unsubsidized loans and interest will accrue from the day it is disbursed until it is paid in full. If you allow the interest to accrue, it will be capitalized, resulting in a quickly increased amount of loan to repay. Also, unsubsidized loans have a higher interest rate than subsidized loans.
Q: What is the interest rate on a Direct Stafford Student Loan?
A:
The interest rate is fixed at 3.76% for the life of the loan for new subsidized loans and unsubsidized loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2016 and before July 1, 2017.
Q: Are there any fees for a Direct Stafford Student Loan?
A:
Yes, there is an upfront fee that is paid when taking out the loan. This fee is called an “origination fee” and is deducted from the loan amount prior to disbursement. This means that borrowers will receive less than the full amount requested. The current origination fee for Direct Stafford Student Loans is 1.068% of the total loan amount for loans originated on or after Oct 1, 2015 and before Oct 1, 2016. The rate increases to 1.069% for loans disbursed on or after Oct 1, 2016 and before Oct 1, 2017.
Q: I was told to complete Entrance Counseling and/or Master Promissory Note after I applied. How can I check that the Financial Aid Office has received them?
A:
After you apply for the loan in person at the Financial Aid Office, you will be able to review the request for Entrance Counseling and/or MPN online through your WebAdvisor account. They will be logged in as “Received” once we have verified your results. Please allow at least 5 business days processing time after completing your Entrance Counseling and/or MPN for the results to be reflected in WebAdvisor.
Q: How will I know how much my loan will be and when I will receive it?
A:
Immediately after your loan award is certified, it will post to your WebAdvisor account. WebAdvisor will show you the approved loan amount. You will also receive a Loan Award Notification by email which will provide you with disbursement dates. Please allow at least 15 business days processing time to view your loan in WebAdvisor and receive your email confirmation. You may review the Loan Payment Chart to estimate your anticipated disbursement date.
Q: How can I find out who my lender is and look up my loan history?
A:
Your entire loan history is available through the National Student Loan Data System at www.nslds.ed.gov. You will need your FSA PIN to sign in (https://fsaid.ed.gov ).
Q: My address has changed. How do I change it with the school?
A:
Address updates and corrections should be done through our WebAdvisor website.  If you need help using WebAdvisor or don't have access to a computer, you may use our Web Room which is located on the bottom floor of the Student Services building.
Q: How do I apply for financial aid?
A:

To apply for financial aid, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov  If you need assistance with the FAFSA, please visit our Financial Aid computer lab located in LI-123 in the East Annex of the Library Building. The lab hours are M-F 9am-3pm.

Q: What happens if I do not achieve a 62% or higher on the TEAS V exam?
A:

Students who did not achieve a 62% or higher on the TEAS V exam may review TEAS Remediation Resources available on the FCC Registered Nursing Program page under TEAS Remediation Resources

 

Q: How much will the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam cost me?
A:
The cost of the TEAS exam at Fresno City College is approximately $55.00. Please check with the Allied Health, Physical Education & Athletics Division for any changes or check IMPORTANT UPDATES. Students will be asked to pay the cost of the exam at the time of testing by using a major credit card or debit card only. The TEAS Remediation Resources offered on the FCC RN program page are free of charge.

 

Q: What is the TEAS exam?
A:
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) was developed to measure basic essential skills in the academic content area domains of Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English and Language Usage. These entry level skills were deemed important for nursing program applicants by a nursing program curriculum expert. Students must earn an overall score of 62% or higher to submit an application to the Registered Nursing and LVN to RN Program. Students who earn an overall score below 62% may review TEAS Remediation Resources available on the FCC Registered Nursing Program page.

 

Q: I have already taken the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) for another Nursing Program outside of Fresno City College. Will FCC Nursing Program still accept my scores?
A:
Yes. Students who have already completed the TEAS V exam with a 62% or higher score, must go to www.atitesting.com and request to have their scores transferred to Fresno City College when applying to the RN and LVN to RN Programs. There is a fee associated with the transfer of the TEAS V results. Upon electronic transfer, the verification of results will automatically be sent to the Stephanie Robinson, Director of Nursing and Michelle Hoff, Nursing Counselor who will accept your transferred TEAS V scores.
Q: Does Fresno City College offer the TEAS V exam?
A:

Yes. The Health Sciences Division offers the TEAS V exam every year, usually in the month of July to Fresno City College students ONLY, pursuing the Registered Nursing major. However, check the IMPORTANT UPDATES for any changes. Please be prepared to have a student identification number to demonstrate that you are a student within the college upon registering for the TEAS V Examination. Verification of your status will be assessed based upon your enrolled RN Major at Fresno City College. Dates and times of scheduled TEAS exams will be available soon. Students who have questions are asked to send an email to Stephanie Robinson, Director of Nursing, at Stephanie.Robinson@fresnocitycollege.edu.

 

Q: Where should I park?
A:
Parking at Fresno City College during a performance can be challenging. We suggest you arrive early to avoid any delay. For performances in the Theatre, Studio, and Recital Hall, the closest parking is in lots D, E, and F. For performances in the OAB Auditorium, the closest parking is in lots A and C. There is a $1.00 fee for parking. You can purchase a day parking pass from the kiosks located in each lot. Click here for a map of parking on campus.
Q: What do I enter where it asks for my "organizational account"?
A:

Your organizational account is not your student email address. Enter your student ID number, followed by "@my.scccd.edu". 

Q: Who can I call for more information about getting enrolled at Fresno City College?
A:

For additional information, students may call the Student Services Help Desk at 499-6070 from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.


Q: Is the TEAS exam required to apply to the RN and LVN to RN Program.
A:
Yes.  All students applying to the RN and LVN to RN Program must submit a passing TEAS V score of 62% or higher at the time of application both electronically and hard copy.  Students who do not have a 62% or higher TEAS V exam score are ineligible to apply to the RN and LVN to RN Programs.
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