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Tuition Waivers FAQ

Sauk Valley Community College has updated their waiver model for Dual Credit.  This model has been updated to a 50% or 75% tuition waiver depending on the student’s eligibility to receive free or reduced lunch through the school district.  The waiver only applies to tuition and does not include fees or books.  Below are some frequently asked questions about how the waiver will be determined for your child(ren).

Who can get the 50% or 75% dual credit tuition waiver?
  • All children who are eligible for free or reduced lunch per the list that is submitted by student’s high school.  Eligibility is based on the previous year’s list.  75% waiver will be given to those that qualify for free lunch and 50% waiver to those that qualify for reduced lunch.  No additional paperwork will need to be submitted to the College.
  • Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for 75% Dual Credit Tuition Waiver.
  • All children in households receiving benefits from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), are eligible for the 75% Dual Credit Tuition Waiver.
  • Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for the 75% Dual Credit Tuition Waiver.
  • Children may receive the 50% or 75% Dual Credit Tuition Waiver if your household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Your children may qualify for the 50% or 75% Dual Credit Tuition Waiver if your household income falls at or below the limits on this chart.   Please fill out the Application for Additional Dual Credit Waiver.
FEDERAL ELIGIBILITY INCOME CHART For School Year 2017-2018
Household sizeYearlyMonthlyWeekly
121,9781,832423
229,6372,470570
337,2963,108718
444,9553,747865
552,6144,3851,012
660,2735,0231,160
767,9515,6631,307
875,6476,3041,455
Each additional person:7,696642148
How do I know if my children qualify as homeless, migrant, or runaway?

Do the members of your household lack a permanent address? Are you staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary housing arrangement? Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis? Are any children living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or household?

Do I need to fill out an application for each child?

No. Use one Application for Additional Dual Credit Waiver for all Dual Credit students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Application must be submitted by July 24, 2017 for the fall semester and November 20, 2017 for the spring semester.  Return the completed application to:

Melissa Dye
Dean of Business Services
Fax:  815-288-2038
Email:  melissa.m.dye@svcc.edu
Mail: SVCC, Attn:  Melissa Dye, 173 IL Rt 2, Dixon, IL  61021

No. Use one Application for Additional Dual Credit Waiver for all Dual Credit students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Application must be submitted by July 24, 2017 for the fall semester and November 20, 2017 for the spring semester.  Return the completed application to: Melissa Dye, Dean of Business Services, Fax:  815-288-2038, email:  Melissa.m.dye@svcc.edu, or mail:  SVCC, Attn:  Melissa Dye, 173 IL Rt 2, Dixon, IL  61021.
Should I fill out an application if I received a letter last school year stating my children are already approved for free or reduced meals?

No, but if circumstances changed in the current school and you now qualify please contact Melissa Dye at the above immediately or fill out the Application for Additional Dual Credit Waiver.

My child’s application for additional dual credit waiver was approved last year. do i need to fill out a new one?

Yes.  Your child’s application is only good for that school year.  You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for free or reduced lunch for the new school year, in which, that information will be shared with the College.

I get WIC. Can my children get a free or reduced waiver?

Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for the 50% or 75% Dual Credit Tuition Waiver.  Please send in the Application for Additional Dual Credit Waiver.

Will the information I give be checked?

Yes. We will also ask you to send written proof of the household income you report on the application.  Documents acceptable are:

  • Earnings from work:  paycheck stub, or pay envelope that shows amount and how often pay is received; letter from employer stating gross wages and how often paid; or business of farming papers, such as ledger or tax books.
  • Social Security, Pensions & Retirements:  Social Security retirement benefit letter, statement of benefits received, or pension award notice.
  • Unemployment, disability or worker’s compensation:  Notice of eligibility from State employment security office, check stub, or letter from Worker’s Compensation.
  • Child Support or Alimony:  Court decree, agreement, or copies of checks received.
  • Other income:  Information that shows the amount of income received, how often it is received and the date received.
  • No income:  A brief note explaining how you provide food, clothing and housing to your household, and when you expect an income.
If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later?

Yes, you may apply at any time during the school year but adjustments in tuition will not be made until the next semester if the application is submitted after August 1st for fall or December 1st for Spring.  For example, children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for either the 50% or 75% Dual Credit Tuition Waiver if the household income drops below the income limit.

What if my income is not always the same?

List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally make $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you made $1000 per month.  If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only work overtime sometimes.  If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.

What if some household members have no income to report?

Household members may not receive some types of income we ask you to report on the application, or may not receive income at all. Whenever this happens, please write a 0 in the field. However, if any income fields are left empty or blank, those will also be counted as zeroes. Please be careful when leaving income fields blank, as we will assume you meant to do so.

We are in the military. do we report our income differently?

Your basic pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income. If you get any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, or clothing, or receive Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance payments, it must also be included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also excluded from income.

What if there isn’t enough space on the application for my family?

List any additional household members on a separate piece of paper, and attach it to your application.

What if my income is too high and I do not qualify for the 50% or 75% dual credit tuition waiver?

Student who do not qualify for the additional waiver will be charged 75% of the normal in district tuition rate at Sauk Valley Community College.

Once eligibility has been determined a schedule bill will be mailed to the students.  Payment arrangements must be made by August 7, 2017 for the fall semester and December 4th, 2017 for the spring semester to avoid being dropped for incomplete registration.

If you have any questions or need help with the waiver application please contact Melissa Dye at 815-835-6253 or melisa.m.dye@svcc.edu, if you have general Dual Credit question please direct those to Taylor Baker at 815-835-6240 or taylor.r.baker@svcc.edu.