Financial Aid Basics
Financial Aid is any grant, scholarship, loan, or paid employment offered to assist a student meet college expenses. Financial aid can assist educational costs such as tuition, fees, books, supplies, and basic educational costs. There are four primary sources of financial aid: the federal government, the state, the institution/college, and private/outside agencies. Financial aid awards may include a combination of the various sources of financial aid.
Information You May Need BEFORE Completing the FAFSA:
- Student Federal Tax Return and W2's
- Spouse Federal Tax Return and W2's
- Parent Federal Tax Return and W2's
- Current bank statements, business and investment information, business and farm records, stocks, bonds, and other investment records
- Social Security Number for Student (Spouse or Parent if applicable)
- Driver's License Number
- CCCC Federal School Code: 005449
- PIN (Personal Identification Number) for student (Parent if applicable)
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How to Apply for Financial Aid:
Students interested in applying for financial aid assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To complete the financial aid application process, follow these steps:
- Obtain a Personal Identification Number (PIN) online at www.pin.ed.gov This PIN will allow you to electronically sign your FAFSA. If you are a dependent student, your parent will also need to apply for a PIN.
- Complete the FAFSA application. You have three options to complete the FAFSA:
- Write down your password
- Make sure you enter the correct school code(s)
- Print a copy of the application summary
- Your application has NOT been submitted until you receive a confirmation number
- Print or write down your confirmation number
- Your award is not final until you hear from the college(s) listed on the FAFSA
Students must complete a FAFSA each academic year.