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Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Student Services Office (107 Backes Student Center, 218-322-2320) at Itasca Community College administers more than $6.85 million annually in financial assistance to students. Grant, scholarship, loan, and employment programs are available from federal, state, college, and private sources. A student is generally awarded one or more types of financial aid in a package designed to meet documented needs and special circumstances. Since funds for some programs are limited, early application is very important. Priority for funds will be given to students whose financial aid files are complete by May 1. For more information, visit Itasca’s website (www.itascacc.edu) and click on “Costs and Financial Aid,” or call the Student Services office at 800-996-6422, ext. 2320.

How to Apply

As soon after January 1 as your federal taxes are completed, file the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA online) at www.fafsa.ed.gov/. Be sure to have the results sent to Itasca Community College – code 002356. This is the REQUIRED application for students interested in grants, loans, and work-study. Families with unusual circumstances should contact the Financial Aid Office to set up an appointment to discuss their situation.

Additional applications are needed for scholarships, Indian aid, child care grants, and part-time grants. Students should contact the ICC Student Services office for application forms and for help in completing the forms.

Types of Financial Aid

Financial aid programs administered by the college include: Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grants, Federal and State Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Stafford Loans and PLUS (Parent) Loans, SELF Loans, Minnesota State Grants, MN Achieve Scholarships, Post Secondary Child Care Grants, ICC Scholarships, and Blandin Foundation Programs (Education Grant, Opportunity Grant, Part-Time Grant, Work Program, Child Care Grant, and Cooperative Education Program). The college also administers Alliss Grants for older students returning to school for their first class. A separate application is needed.

Other sources of funding through outside agencies include but are not limited to: Veterans’ Benefits, State Indian Scholarships and Tribal Grants, Rehabilitation Services Grants, and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Grants.

Payment of Financial Aid

Financial aid is applied to student accounts on the 11th class day of the semester. Aid overage checks are then available to pick up in the Business Office on the 12th and 13th days. Tuition and fee payments are deferred for financial aid recipients until the scheduled disbursement date.