Applying for financial aid is FREE!
If you don’t already have a Federal Student Aid PIN, you can apply for one at http://www.pin.ed.gov/PINWebApp/pinindex.jsp. The PIN is good for your entire college career.
Your PIN allows you to:
- ‘Sign’ the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically (parents can also ‘Sign’ FAFSA electronically).
- Make online corrections to FAFSA.
- Access your Student Aid Report (SAR).
- Sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN).
- Access student loan history on National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).
Complete/Renew the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ every year. Students can also make corrections on the web or link to the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students and parents to access the IRS tax return information needed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students and parents may transfer the data directly into their FAFSA. If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, we highly recommend using the tool for several reasons.
- It’s the easiest way to provide your tax data.
- It’s the best way of ensuring that your FAFSA has accurate tax information.
- You won’t need to provide a copy of you or your parents’ tax returns to your college.
If you do not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to provide tax information and your college requests a copy of your tax return or your parents’ tax return, you may be required to obtain an official tax transcript from the IRS. Visit the IRS website to order a return transcript at http://www.irs.gov/. (Note: Be sure to request a RETURN Transcript, since the account transcript does not provide us with all of the required information).
This brief tutorial shows you step-by-step instructions on how to submit corrections on FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W47_YTRVYD4
If you need help filling out the form, come to one of our FAFSA Completion Workshops.
In order to receive Federal financial aid, a student must:
- Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen with a valid Social Security Number.
- Be matriculated in a program of study.
- Have a High School Diploma, GED, or be able to pass an ability-to-benefit test (ATB).
- Register with the Selective Service if you’re a male between the ages of 18 and 25. Register online at www.sss.gov/regist.htm.
- Maintain satisfactory progress.
- Not be in student loan default status.
- Owe no balance to Title IV programs.
View additional PHEAA State Grant Eligibility Requirements.
Students who would like to apply for Montgomery County Community College Foundation Scholarships must:
- File the FAFSA by the May 1 deadline date.
- Meet the specific requirements of the scholarship.
- Register for the fall semester by May 1.