Is my low-income eligibility based on my previous year’s income or on my estimate for the coming year?
Your estimated household income for the upcoming school year (August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017) is used to determine your eligibility.
Why do you ask for income and expenses for the upcoming year?
Because the scholarships we award are for two consecutive school terms, starting with the fall of 2016, we will need to know what your financial situation will be during that time period.
How can I estimate my future income and expenses?
If your financial situation will be the same in the coming year as it was last year, you may want to use last year’s finances as a guideline. However, if you are anticipating any changes, such as a decrease in hours worked, a job layoff, a marriage, a divorce, a termination of benefits, etc., you should consider how these factors will affect your finances when estimating your future income and expenses.
We know it can be difficult to estimate your future finances, but you must provide a figure. Simply typing “unknown” will result in disqualification.
Should I upload tax forms as proof of income?
No. We only need to know your estimated income for the 2016 – 2017 school year (August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017). Do not upload any extra documents.
Should I upload a copy of my FAFSA form with my application?
No. We do not require your FAFSA information. Do not upload any extra documents.
Can I apply if my income is over JRF’s guidelines?
No. If your estimated household income for the coming school year does not fall within the income guidelines, you are not eligible to apply.