Important Announcements

2021-2022 FAFSA Drive-In

Spring is here and Summer will be quickly approaching. Before you take your Summer vacations, please don’t forget to complete your 2021-2022 FAFSA form. This form will be applicable for the 2021-2022 academic year (beginning with Fall 2021 semester and ending in Summer 2022) and can help many access Federal and State grants they never knew were there. For assistance with this form, come visit us at our 2021-2022 FAFSA Drive-In!

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021

Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Location: Mayland Community College (Main Campus in Spruce Pine ONLY)


FAFSA Drive-In Flyer


  • Drive to location noted above.
  • Park in designated area blocked off by cones and stay inside your car.
  • Turn on blinkers and a volunteer will arrive to give you access to the hotspot.
  • Once connected, log-in to and begin working on your 2021-2022 FAFSA from your car.
  • If you have questions or need assistance, turn on your blinkers.

What To Bring With You:

  • Mask to be worn when volunteers provide assistance; If you do not have one, one will be provided.
  • Charged laptop OR mobile device to work on FAFSA application.
    • If using a mobile device or tablet, please download the myStudentAid app as follows:
  • FSA ID to login to your FAFSA application.
  • Know your social security number (student and parent).
  • Driver’s license, if applicable.
  • Copy of 2019 tax records (parent/student).
  • Records of untaxed income and assets.
  • List of schools you plan to attend.

Mayland Financial Aid Operations

Mayland Financial Aid Department is in office during our normal operating hours of 8 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Friday. In order to continue to comply with guidance from state and local officials to proactively limit the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of students and employees, our department will be working a rotating schedule between in-office and remote work to limit the possible exposure for our staff, faculty and students. Please feel free to contact your financial aid representatives as follows:

Jessica Forbes, Financial Aid Technician

Students With Last Names Beginning With Letter A-L


Office Phone: 828.766.1241

Google Voice: 828.537.0008

ReJeanna Trice, Financial Aid Technician

Students With Last Names Beginning With Letter M-Z


Office Phone: 828.766.1242

Google Voice: 828.528.1702

Sonja Peterson, Director of Financial Aid


Office Phone: 828.766.1240

Google Voice: 828.536.0174

If you are unsure which representative to contact, please email us at and the appropriate person will get back in touch with you. If you contact a representative via telephone, please leave a voicemail with your name, telephone number and a good email address if you do not have access to a Mayland email address. We will primarily respond to questions and concerns via email but we are able to respond to telephone numbers if an email is not available. As in past, our department will communicate any important announcements through student email, as well as our Important Announcements web page.

CAREs Act Student Emergency Funds

From recent conversations through the media, you all may be aware that the Federal government has designated a portion of the CAREs Act as Emergency Funds to be disbursed to students as emergency financial aid grants. The purpose of these emergency financial aid grants is to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

For updated information in regard to CAREs Act Emergency Funds, please visit

For more information regarding the coronavirus, please visit our Coronaivirus Update web page at

Fall 2020 Book Purchase

The last day to charge bookstore supplies to a student’s financial aid account was Friday, September 11, 2020. If you find you have to purchase a book pior to the first Fall 2020 disbursement date, please get in touch with us at

Mayland Federal Work Study Program

We are now accepting applications for our 2020-2021 Federal Work Study Program. Please visit for more information and to apply. This is a fantastic opportunity to earn a little extra money while working around your course schedule. Please do not hesitate to apply!

Mayland Childcare Assistance Program

We are now accepting applications for our 2020-2021 Childcare Assistance Program. Please visit for more information and to apply. If you need assistance with childcare, please do not hesitate to apply!

Important Dates

Fall 2020 Financial Aid Disbursement Schedule
Month Course Start Dates Scheduled Refund Date
October Courses beginning on or before September 11 October 2, 2020
November Courses beginning on or before October 22 November 6, 2020
December Courses beginning on or before December 7 December 18, 2020

Financial aid will be disbursed based upon the start date of each course.

Following are common situations that result in the reduction of financial aid:
  • Student is attempting a previously passed course for the third time.
  • Student is taking a course that is not part of his/her program of study.
  • Student is issued a no show grade.
  • Student officially withdraws or is administratively withdrawn.
  • Student is enrolled in the Welding Technology Diploma or Practical Nursing Diploma (PN). These programs are subject to the Department of Education’s clock hour to credit hour conversion, making the programs eligible for partial financial aid.
  • Student is enrolled in the Basic Law Enforcement Training Certificate (BLET). This program is subject to the Department of Education’s clock hour calculations, which means the student will receive financial aid based on their hours of completion for the program.

Class attendance directly impacts financial aid eligibility.

**Scheduled refund dates are subject to change.