Financial Aid

J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College’s School Code is 005260.

General Information

Students are expected to meet all financial obligations when they become due. DSCTC reserves the right to refuse admission or to terminate any student who fails to promptly meet his/her financial obligations to the College. Tuition and most other fees and expenses are due and payable at the time of registration. All money is handled through the Business Office.

Is Financial Aid Available?

Student financial assistance is available to those students who qualify to receive funds to help cover the cost of attending this institution. The primary purpose of financial aid is to help those students in need of monetary assistance to attend college. However, some financial assistance programs, such as leadership and academic scholarships, are not solely based on financial need of the applicant.

Financial Aid Programs Available 

  • Federal Pell Grants 
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants 
  • Veterans Benefits 
  • WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) 
  • Vocational Rehabilitation 
  • Federal College Work-Study Program 
  • Alabama Student Assistance Program 
  • Alabama National Guard Educational Assistance Program 
  • Senior Citizen Scholarship 
  • Trade Readjustment Act Program 
  • Institutional & Other Scholarships 

Students' Financial Aid Responsibilities

Students have the responsibility of knowing the requirements of applying for and receiving financial aid. The student must be familiar with the procedures relative to the guidelines affecting financial aid awards and the disbursements. They must also be knowledgeable of the Drake State refund and repayment policies. Click on the Consumer Information Tab for additional information.

Financial Assistance

J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College believes that every qualified student with the desire to attend the institution should have the opportunity to do so. Thus, financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, and college work study is available to students who meet the qualification criteria for such aid.

Other Financial Aid Resources

Visit any of these sites for a wide range of information related to special services, financial aid tools, scholarships and more.  When accessing these sites, use your browser's Back button to return to this page.
View Financial Aid Links & Resources

NOTE to Drake State’s Financial Aid Students:  Please log in to your Self Service Banner and review any Outstanding Requirements that must be resolved. If our records indicate that you have Unsatisfied Requirements then we will be unable to continue processing your request for financial assistance.

Financial Aid Process Steps

1. Apply for Federal Financial Aid by going to (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): 

  • Apply for your FSA ID. 
    • The FSA ID - a user name and password- has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites.  Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents.  If you do not already have an FSA ID, you can create one when logging in to  *Important: Only the owner of the FSA ID should create and use the account. Never share your FSA ID! 
  • Apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Click on the green “Start Here” button. Follow the prompts in the right hand column of the site through the completion and submission of the application. J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College’s School Code is 005260. 
    • For fastest processing time, students should complete the application online and submit an electronic signature using their FSA ID. It is possible to interrupt an application session by saving the application and returning later using the information provided on the site. 

2. Satisfy Requirements or Complete Verification Process (if required): 

  • All student notifications are made via your Drake State email account. 
  • When notified, you may review and satisfy documents online by following these steps: 
    • Login to Drake Self Service Banner with student ID and password
    • Click on the Financial Aid icon  **If you only see the Personal Information and Student links or buttons, Drake State has not received your financial aid application from FAFSA.  Once we receive the file, you will see an additional link/button for Financial Aid.**
    • Click on the Eligibility Icon
    • Select the appropriate award year from the drop down box.
  • Applicants selected by the Federal Central Processing System for verification by the school must provide requested documentation before published deadline submission and prior to award offers. Click here for verification forms
    • Failure to provide all documents requested in a timely manner will delay your award offer and financial aid payments. 

3. Review and Accept Award Offers:

  • Login to Drake Self Service Banner with student ID and password
  • Click on the Financial Aid icon
  • Click Award Icon
  • Award for Aid Year link 
    • Select the correct academic year from the drop-down menu, click submit.  Four tabs will appear across the screen: 
      • Select the Award Overview tab:  VIEW ONLY screen:  shows the amount of aid you have been awarded.  However, attendance is required during the first week of class for a student to be eligible for Title IV funds, which includes Pell grant
  • Aid is normally awarded based on two semesters, so you will not be eligible for more than what is offered per semester.
  • Since Pell is a grant and does not have to be repaid, a student does not have to do anything here to accept the Pell award. 
  • Pell is awarded based on the anticipation of a student enrolling full time. However, Pell does pro-rate based on the enrollment status. 

4. Check Student Account for Charges, Authorized Aid, and Refund/Owed Amounts:

Once in the Self Service portal:

  • click on Student link/button, then
  • Student Records link, then
  • Account Detail by Term link,   (NOT the Account Summary by Term link)
  • select term from drop-down menu

Charges, or debits, such as tuition, fees and bookstore charges will display in the top section of the screen.  These show up as a positive number. Students may need to scroll down to see the rest of the information contained on this page. 

Authorized/Awarded Aid will show up next as a negative number (credit). Further down the page, you should be able to see the difference in Total Charges (debits) and Awarded Aid (credits). If this difference is a positive number, it means you still owe that balance. If this difference is a negative number, this is the credit amount that will be refunded to you. Once you see this negative amount change to a 0, you will know that the Business Office is processing refunds. Students usually see their refund within two weeks after processing begins.

If you do not have financial aid and need to pay a remaining balance owed by credit or debit card, please contact the Business Office. IF YOU HAVE AID AUTHORIZED TO COVER YOUR TUITION AND BOOK CHARGES, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO ANYTHING TO MAKE THE AID MOVE OVER TO PAY AS THIS IS AN AUTOMATIC PROCESS.

At the bottom of the Account Detail by Term page is a Statement History link that can be accessed once your refund has been processed. This page will show dates as to when money was moved over to pay and/or refunded back to credit/debit cards if you pre-paid before aid was available.

5. Get Your Refund:

To get your Pell Grant, SEOG and Alabama Student Assistant Grant refund once processing has been completed, the Business Office will issue refunds in the form of paper checks mailed to the student’s residence. If you expected a refund and did not receive one or you have any other issues pertaining to a refund please contact the Business Office (256-551-3106)

6. Get Books for Class:

You may use the on campus bookstore charge procedures to apply books and supplies to your financial aid account. Details of the book charge procedures are available in the Business Office. 

7. Class Attendance: 

  • Financial aid disbursements require documented attendance from each course instructor. 
    • Be sure to review the course syllabus and complete attendance and/or participation requirements for each course during the first week of the semester to ensure timely aid disbursements. 
    • Financial aid awards may be reduced for non-attendance during the first week of class.