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Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 and Financial Aid FAQs

To help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, our staff will only be available by phone and email starting Monday, March 30. For time-sensitive or account-specific questions, we recommend calling our helpdesk at (609) 343-5082 or 625-1111, ext. 5082 Monday thru Thursday, from 8:00 am to 5:07 pm, Please leave a detailed voicemail with your college id number and phone number. Please speak slowly and repeat the phone number and someone will get back to you by the end of the work day. Please do not leave multiple messages. You may also contact us at finaid@atlantic.edu for general questions. Thank you for your patience while we all do our part to social distance and flatten the curve.

Yes! Our counselors are happy to answer any questions. We recommend calling our helpdesk at (609) 343-5082 or 625-1111, ext. 5082 Monday thru Thursday, from 8:00 am to 5:07 pm, and leave a message with your college id#. You may also contact us at finaid@atlantic.edu. A financial aid specialist will call you back to answer your questions or set up an appointment.

To check your financial aid status and checklist items, please visit the WEBADVISOR INFORMATION Center. After you log in to your WebAdvisor account follow these steps:

  1. Go to Atlantic Cape Student Web Advisor.
  2. Click LOG IN at the top of the page.
  3. Enter your User ID, Password, and hit the SUBMIT button. If you are having trouble with either your User ID or password, please contact Enrollment Services at (609) 343-5005 or register@atlantic.edu
  4. You will now be on the Atlantic Cape Web Advisor page. On the right side of the screen, click the Students button in the list of options.
  5. You should now see a banner which reads Current Students - WebAdvisor for StudentsMenu.
  6. On the left side of the screen, under Financial Aid select Financial Aid Checklist. This link will bring you to the Student Self Service menu.

Students who have received state financial aid for Academic Year 2019-20 and want to renew their aid for Academic Year 2020-21 must complete their FAFSA by June 1, 2020. All high school seniors, first-time college students and students that did not receive state financial aid in Academic Year 2019-20 must submit their FAFSA by September 15th, 2020.

No, as your tuition and fee charges will not change, nor will your federal aid or institutional scholarships.

Students are encouraged to check their financial aid checklist items and submit requested forms or documentation as soon as possible. Students can scan and attach any completed documents. A clear and legible picture of all pages of the document taken on their phone is also acceptable. Please email all documents to finaid@atlantic.edu. Do not bring any documents on campus at this time.

Students with personal questions can call our helpdesk at (609) 343-5082 or 625-1111, ext. 5082 Monday thru Thursday, from 8:00 am to 5:07 pm, with your college id number. A financial aid specialist will call you back to answer your questions.

To check your financial aid checklist items, please visit the WEBADVISOR INFORMATION CENTER. After you log in to your WebAdvisor account follow these steps:

  1. Go to Atlantic Cape Student Web Advisor.
  2. Click LOG IN at the top of the page.
  3. Enter your User ID, Password, and hit the SUBMIT button. If you are having trouble with either your User ID or password, please contact Enrollment Services at (609) 343-5000 or register@atlantic.edu
  4. You will now be on the Atlantic Cape Web Advisor page. On the right side of the screen, click the Students button in the list of options.
  5. You should now see a banner which reads Current Students - WebAdvisor for StudentsMenu.
  6. On the left side of the screen, under Financial Aid select Financial Aid Checklist. This link will bring you to the Student Self Service menu.

To avoid paying back any federal grants, our staff will check your student records to verify that you participated academically in the course you withdrew from. We have until the end of summer semester to verify participation.

If you are on financial aid warning or probation, dropping a class may result in suspension of financial aid for the upcoming semester. Please check with the Financial Aid Office if you are on warning or probation.

Dropping or withdrawing from classes will affect your academic progress, and you will receive a W "grade" for each withdrawn class on your transcript. Getting too many W's on your transcript could result in financial aid suspension. Please work closely with your instructors to review all of your options.

Dropping below half-time enrollment (6 credits) may cause older loans to enter repayment immediately (if you have used up your six-month grace period).

If you withdraw or fail all of your classes this semester, you may be required to repay some of your financial aid. More information here.

The Financial Aid Office will continue to disburse and refund financial aid funds remotely. Please know we will process funds as quickly as possible and will communicate updates.

Students in a federal or state Work-study position will no longer report to their jobs or be required to work remotely. FWS students will be paid their regularly scheduled hours until allocations are exhausted. It is our hope that you will be paid until May 15, 2020. Students must continue to submit hours for Supervisor approval.

To drop all of your classes this term, you should contact our Advisement Office. They will help you with alternative options. Our office will then determine how much financial aid needs to be returned and notify you by mail.

Please note that withdrawing from classes may affect your satisfactory academic progress towards graduation and you may be required to return some of your federal aid. However, dropping courses may be in your overall best interest. We recommend consulting with your financial aid counselor about your options.

Dropping below half-time enrollment (6 credits) may cause older loans to go into repayment immediately (if you have used up your six-month grace period).

It depends. If you can continue online, we recommend finishing and passing your classes. Even if you can only remain in one or two classes online, you may be able to avoid financial aid repayment or financial aid warning/suspension. Please work closely with your instructors to review all of your options before withdrawing from Spring semester 2020. Faculty can provide you with alternate options during the COVID19.

To avoid paying back any federal grants, our staff will check student records to verify that you participated academically in the course you received an "F" grade in. We have until the end of the summer semester to verify participation in failed classes.

If you are on financial aid warning or probation, failing a class may result in suspension of financial aid for upcoming semesters. Please check with the financial aid office if you are on warning or probation. Please work closely with your instructors to review all of your options.

If you drop or fail all of your classes this semester, you may be required to repay some of your financial aid. More information here.

To keep your aid a student must maintain satisfactory academic progress. To remain in a status of Satisfactory, you must meet the minimum quantitative & qualitative standards: Attempted vs Earned credits, Maximum Time Frame, and Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average. Review Atlantic Cape’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

On March 27, 2020, the president signed the CARES Act into law, which, among other things, provides broad relief for federal student loan borrowers. All borrowers with federally held student loans will automatically have their interest rates set to 0% for a period of at least 60 days. In addition, each of these borrowers will have the option to suspend their payments for at least two months to allow them greater flexibility during the national emergency. This will allow borrowers to temporarily stop their payments without worrying about accruing interest.

Visit StudentAid.gov/coronavirus for forthcoming details.

On March 27, 2020, the president signed the CARES Act into law, which, among other things, provides broad relief for federal student loan borrowers.

Your payments will automatically stop from March 13, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2020.

To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, federal student loan borrowers are automatically being placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payment. This suspension of payments will last until Sept. 30, 2020, but you can still make payments if you choose.

Read the borrower Q&As to learn more.

President Trump signed into law S. 3503, March 21, which will enable the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to continue providing the same level of education benefits to students having to take courses online due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read more here.

If you or your parents have experienced a significant decrease in income, or have paid unusually large medical expenses this year, visit the Office of Financial Aid to discuss your situation and inquire about your options. You may be asked to provide detailed documentation of your situation in writing and fill out the request for a Special Circumstance Appeal available from our Forms page.

A copy of the Veteran Student Academic Advisement Transmittal Form is available on our Forms page for every semester.

Students will receive email notification (to their Buccaneer email) from AwardSpring to whether or not they are a recipient by May 1st. Ocean First scholarship deadline was extended to July 1st. Those recipients will be notified before July 7th. Please refer to your award letter for specific scholarship criteria.

The Federal Government recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which includes funds to provide emergency financial relief to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care). In order to determine if you qualify for funding through the Federal CARES Act emergency relief grants, you must complete the application the college emailed you on Tuesday, April 28th. By completing this application, you are confirming that you have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. The application must be submitted by the deadline. If you have questions regarding the Federal CARES Act emergency relief grant and/or the application, please send your question to cares@atlantic.edu and a financial aid representative will respond to your inquiry.

Eligible Students:

  • Completed a FAFSA
  • Completed the Financial Aid checklist
  • Attended Spring 2020 classes
  • Taking an online class, if they are in an a degree program that is not exclusively online and/or if they have ever taken a traditional class


Ineligible Students:

  • Undocumented students
  • International students
  • Recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Unsatisfactory Academic Progress
  • Not registered for Selective Service (males only)
  • Taking an online class from an exclusively online degree program, and never took a traditional class
  • Not eligible for Title IV

Why Should I Apply for Financial Aid?

All students are encouraged to apply regardless of income level. Need-based aid isn’t the only financial aid available. If your family’s income is too high, you may not qualify for certain aid programs — namely, federal grants. But if you want to be considered for other aid, including work-study programs and federal student loans, you still need to fill out your financial aid application.

Types of Aid

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Grants

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Scholarships

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Loans

Special Programs

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Military & Veterans

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Work Study

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Supporting NJ Dreamers

Questions? Need Help?

You can contact us via email or call for more help.

  • Mays Landing campus: (609)343-5082
  • Atlantic City campus: (609)343-4822
  • Cape May campus: (609)463-6788

You may also call the toll-free Federal Student Aid helpline at 1-800-433-3243.