Paying For College

Helpful Hints on Completing the FAFSA

To be eligible for federal student aid, you must…

  • Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen, with a valid Social Security number.
  • Have a high school diploma, General Education Development (GED) or equivalent home school credential, or pass an approved “ability to benefit” test.
  • Enroll as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program approved by the U.S. Dept. of Education.
  • Register (or have registered) for Selective Service (applies to males between the ages of 18 to 25).

FAFSA on the Web

File the FAFSA electronically at:
When to apply…

  • Apply for financial aid no earlier than the senior year in high school.
  • The FAFSA filing period begins January 1.
  • CCCUA has a priority filing deadline as early as May 1st for the Fall semester and November 1st for the Spring semester.
  • Students can still complete the FAFSA past the priority filing date, but may miss out on major aid programs.
  • You do not have to be admitted to a college to apply for financial aid.
  • Naturalized citizens: Make sure SSA has your naturalization on file.

Documents You Will Need to Complete the FAFSA

  • Social Security number.
  • Driver’s license.
  • W-2 forms and other records of money earned.
  • Federal income tax returns –IRS Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 1040 Telefile, foreign tax return.
  • Untaxed income records – Social Security, Temporary Assistance to needy families, welfare or veterans’ benefit records.
  • Current bank statements.
  • Current business and investment mortgage information.
  • Business and farm records.
  • Records of stocks, bonds, and other investments.
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