How to Apply
Priority Deadline Date - For estimated aid to be on student accounts at the time of payment please complete the FAFSA application by the priority dates:
Fall 2015 - FAFSA completed by June 1, 2015
Spring 2016 - FAFSA completed by November 1, 2015
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on-line at www.fafsa.gov . The results of a student's FAFSA are electronically sent to CCCC when our Federal School Code of 001909 is included on the FAFSA.
To choose an alternate method to file the FAFSA please visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/options.htm
The FSA ID - a username and password - has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log into 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 a FSA ID, you can create one when logging in to fafsa.gov website. Students and parents of students will need to create a FSA ID.
- log in to www.fafsa.gov and click the link to create a FSA ID.
- Create a username and password, and enter your e-mail address.
- Enter your name, date of birth, Social Security number, contact information, and challenge questions and answers.
- If you have a Federal Student Aid PIN, you will be able to enter it and link it to your FSA ID. You can still create an FSA ID if you have forgotten or do not have a PIN.
- Review your information, and read and accept the terms and conditions.
- Confirm your e-mail address using the secure code, which will be sent to the e-mail address you entered when you created your FSA ID. Once you verify your e-mail address, you can use it instead of your username to log in to the website.
Please watch The 2015-2016 FAFSA Demo ~ click here
Tips for completing the FAFSA
- Complete the FAFSA with your current tax return information as soon as possible after January 1st of each year.
- Students must complete the FAFSA application for each academic year.
- Do not make assumptions about receiving Financial Aid until you have completed, submitted and received confirmation that you will receive Financial Aid.
- Cloud County Community College Scholarship priority deadline is April 1.
Financial aid administrators have the authority to take into consideration unique family circumstances not reflected on the application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Adjustments can be made to the data elements used to calculate the expected family contribution (EFC) or to the cost of education on an individual student basis through Professional Judgment. If your EFC is 0, there is no need to request Professional Judgment. Current year income estimates will be substituted for base year income and will not be considered prior to July 1st. No professional judgments will be processed once classes have ceased for that academic year.
The following is a list of circumstances that may be used by a financial aid administrator in the use of Professional Judgment.
- Loss of Income for Student and/or Spouse due to divorce, death, change or loss of employment or disability
- Students change in Marital Status after original FAFSA was signed and submitted
- Loss of Income for Parent(s) due to divorce, death, change or loss of employment or disability
- Lump sum distribution or non-recurring income that inflates adjusted gross income
- Major Medical expenses not covered by insurance, already paid out-of-pocket
- Business or Farm Debt
- Education Loan Repayment
- Tuition Payments made for elementary/secondary school costs for younger sibling(s)
- Child Support Received that has decreased or ended
- Parent attending college at least half time in a degree seeking program
- Bankruptcy (Except Chapter 7 and 11)
Estimated income for the Professional Judgment may be determined based on either the calendar or academic year depending on when the event affecting the base year occurred.
Professional Judgment requests received after December 31st of the award year will normally require submitting a copy of the federal tax return transcript for that calendar year.
Students requesting Professional Judgment, will also be chosen for verification and must provide the following documentation:
- Request for Professional Judgment form ~ with a check mark besides any situation that may apply
- Detailed letter of appeal explaining the unusual or special circumstances
- The required documentation listed for each item the student selected
- All W-2's
- V1 Verification Worksheet
Should you and your family have a unique circumstance, contact our Financial Aid Director after July 1st prior to the beginning of the academic school year you plan to attend. The director will work with your case after all documentation has been submitted.
Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 800-729-5101, ext 281 for more information.