Applying for Financial Aid (The FAFSA)

Who Should Apply:

All Itasca Community College students that meet the following criteria should apply for financial aid:

  • Students that have completed high school and can provide an official high school transcript or GED
  • Students that are US citizens or eligible non-citizens
  • Students that are pursuing an aid-eligible degree, diploma or certificate program
  • Students that are not pursuing an aid-eligible degree, diploma or certificate program but have applied for the Blandin Assistance Grant where FAFSA data is used to determine eligibility

Some students are not eligible for financial aid. Here are some examples of ineligibility:

  • Students that have not completed high school or earned a GED (or cannot provide documented proof of completion)
  • Students that are not US citizens or eligible non-citizens
  • Students that are currently in federal or Perkins student loan default
  • Additionally, some students may not qualify due to specific program limitations and/or academic performance. Information about Itasca's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy can be found on our College Policies page.

How to Apply for Financial Aid:

1. Create an FSA ID

You will need an FSA ID to electronically sign your financial aid application and access your personal information on Federal Student Aid websites. Both students and parents of dependent students will need to create an FSA ID prior to FAFSA completion.

  • Access to your FSA ID will provide highly sensitive information and should be protected from others but accessible to you as this will be used throughout your student career
  • Students and parents will need to use separate email addresses during FSA ID creation - choose email addresses that will be accessible for the foreseeable future

2. Apply for Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is completed online and is the required application for all federal and state aid at ICC. The FAFSA is also required for determining eligibility for other types of institutional aid such as various Blandin Foundation grants and many of the ICC Foundation scholarships.

  • The online FAFSA application is available each year on October 1st (Ex: 2022-2023 FAFSA is available Oct. 1, 2021).
  • Use federal school code (002356) to send your FAFSA to ICC for processing.
  • It takes approximately 3 business days for your application to reach our office.

3. Receive and Review Student Aid Report (SAR)

If you provided a valid email address during the application process, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) within 1-3 days of submission. Your SAR is a summary of your answers to the questions asked within the FAFSA application. Be sure to read and thoroughly review your SAR for accuracy. If inaccuracies exist, login to your FAFSA application using your FSA ID and password, select the link that reads "Make FAFSA Corrections", and edit any incorrect information. Be sure to save and re-submit your application so that your corrections are received by the school (some corrections will require that your parent re-signs your FAFSA before submitting).

4. Respond to School Requests for Verification

A percentage of all students seeking financial aid are randomly selected each year to provide documentation verifying that the information they have provided on the FAFSA application is accurate. In addition, the school has the discretion to select any student to verify conflicting information. If you are selected, your Tracking Letter will detail what information we need to move forward. Your financial aid cannot progress until the school has received all requested verification and supporting documentation.

To avoid unnecessary delays, please comply with all requests for information as soon as possible. Examples of information you may be asked to verify include:

  • household tax data - see information regarding tax data verification by clicking here
  • verification of non-filing
  • family size / number of dependents in college
  • foster care placement

5. Your Financial Aid Offer Letter

Once your application has been reviewed and your aid has been processed, you will receive a notice via your personal email address that you have an offer letter ready to view. At this time you will be able to access your Official Financial Aid Offer Letter through your student eServices application.

Your Offer Letter will list the types of financial aid for which you are eligible at each enrollment level. Offers are based on information provided within your FAFSA application and will vary for each individual student. Some examples of awards you may see on your Official Financial Aid Award Letter include:

Gift Aid (Free $) Earned Aid Borrowed Aid
Scholarships (outside sources) Work Study (Federal, State) Student Loans (Subsidized, Unsubsidized)
Grants (Federal Pell, Federal SEOG, State, Blandin)