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How to Apply for Financial Aid

Applying for financial aid is simple -- just follow the steps below!

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IMPORTANT FAFSA CHANGES: Effective October 1, 2016

There is a change in the application process starting with the 2017-2018 academic year.  Income information needed for the application will be from the “prior prior year.”  For example: For the 2017-2018 FAFSA application, report 2015 income information.  For more information, please review Early FAFSA for 2017-2018

The MOST IMPORTANT step in applying for financial aid is completing the FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA).  Students should complete the FASFA as soon as possible after October 1st each year.

NOTE: THERE IS NO CHARGE ASSOCIATED WITH SUBMITTING THE FAFSA.  It is a FREE application.  If you have questions, contact The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid or the Federal Student Aid agency at (800) 433-3243.

 

Follow these steps to apply for financial aid at CVCC:

  1. Complete the CVCC Application for Admission.
  2. Create an FSA ID.  Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents. Assistance with setting up your FSA ID can be found on the FSA ID webpage
  3. Submit the FAFSA - CVCC SCHOOL CODE: 005318
    If you needed assistance with submitting your FAFSA, please use the online tutorial “7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA.”  For assistance with the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for the FAFSA, visit the FAFSA webpage and click on “IRS DATA RETRIEVAL TOOL.”
  4. Once your FASFA has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation page and email notification that your FASFA has been received and processed. If no email address is provided, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) in the mail. Check the SAR for accuracy and make sure CVCC is listed as a recipient of your information.
  5. Upon receipt of your FAFSA data from the Department of Education, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will contact you via your CVCC student email account, requesting documents needed to complete your file. Submit all requested documentation promptly to complete your financial aid application.
  6. Financial Aid award letters are emailed to students once the FAFSA is received by the school, all documents are processed and the file is complete. The email will give students information on how to view their award letter in “MYCVCC Portal.”For assistance with MYCVCC Portal, please visit the MYCVCC Portal Help page. 

NOTE:  The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid cannot provide you with an estimated award until you have submitted an official high school transcript, have been admitted to the College and have chosen an eligible program of study.

 

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