Applying for Financial Aid (Completing the FAFSA)

Who Should Apply:

If you are pursuing one or more of the following programs, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

  • A.A., A.A.S. or A.S. degree
  • Practical Nursing or Wildland Firefighting diploma
  • American Indian Studies certificate
  • Child Development Assistant certificate
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate

If you will are pursuing one of the short certificate programs listed below or are a non-degree seeking student taking one class to upgrade job skills, please complete the FAFSA application as well as the Blandin Foundation Assistance Grant application.

  • Nursing Assistant certificate + Home Health Aide - 4 credits
  • Coaching certificate - 8 credits

This grant cannot be used to repeat a Nursing Assistant or Coaching Certificate class or used multiple semesters for upgrading job skills.

This Blandin Assistance Grant is also available to students:

  • needing to take non aid-eligible pre-requisite or repeated classes for acceptance into a new program of study (such as Nursing or Engineering)
  • Pell Grant eligible students who add classes after the first five days of the semester (i.e. late start, second block, etc.) and don't receive a full Pell Grant because of missing the Pell census deadline.

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.

  • Your FSA ID will contain highly sensitive information and should be protected but accessible 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: 2019-2020 FAFSA is available Oct. 1, 2018).
  • 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 approximately three days. Your SAR is a summary of the responses you listed to the questions asked within the application. Be sure to read and thoroughly review your SAR for accuracy. If inaccuracies exist, login to your FAFSA application using your FSA ID, 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.

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. If you are selected, your financial aid will not continue to process until the school has received each piece of supporting documentation.

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

  • household income
  • non-filing tax status
  • family size / number of dependents in college
  • foster care placement

5. Your Financial Aid Award 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 and award letter ready to view. At this time you will be able to access your Official Financial Aid Award Letter through your student eServices application.

Your Award Letter will list the types of financial aid for which you are eligible at each enrollment level. Awards 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)