Start applying for additional financial aid.
Whether or not you need help paying for school, it’s wise to know all your options; you may qualify for financial aid that you don’t have to pay back. In an earlier step you explored your financial options and you've already filled out your FAFSA. The next step is waiting to hear back about your FAFSA and to continue applying for additional aid. Below are some additional options to help you pay for school:
Student Loans can help pay for tuition, books, and living expenses while you’re in college. However, unlike traditional loans, repayment of your student loan is delayed until you're finished with school. Keep in mind there are two kinds of loans: subsidized and unsubsidized. Click here to learn the difference.
Scholarships do not need to be paid back and are awarded to students based on criteria that reflect the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award. Find MCC scholarships plus a wealth of others here. Our advice is to apply for as many scholarships as possible, as soon as possible.
Grants are funds awarded to students by the government, organizations, foundations, trusts and other sources. Student grants do not need to be paid back and are often easier to obtain than scholarships. Learn more about where to apply for grants by clicking here.
Work-Study is a financial aid program that allows you to work at MCC for money to help you pay your school expenses. Click here to visit Career Services to find a Work-Study Job.
The Financial Aid Process
Step 1 – Submit Your FAFSA
The financial aid process starts with the completion of the FAFSA. If you haven’t taken care of this step yet, click here. The paperwork can take a month to process and you will not receive any aid until it does. This means if classes start before your FAFSA goes through, you will have to pay out-of-pocket to keep your place in the classroom until funds are awarded. So it is best to do the FAFSA as early as possible.
Also, you must be officially admitted to MCC before you apply for financial aid. It is free to get enrolled, so do it as soon as you decide to attend MCC.
Step 2 – We Review Your Application
Once we receive your financial aid data from the Department of Education, we’ll notify you via your Message Center and To Do List in your Student Center if you need to fill out any additional forms. As soon as all required forms have been submitted, we’ll begin your review. The purpose of the review is to determine your individual financial needs and your eligibility to receive financial aid.
Step 3 – Your Award Notification Letter
Upon completion of the review, you’ll receive an Award Notification Letter. This letter contains your financial aid award status and information. You’ll also find this information in your my.maricopa.edu Student Center. If you decide to apply for loans, review the information on Student Loans to get started.
Review Your Financial Package
Once your FAFSA and all submitted documents and forms have been reviewed, a message notifying you of your financial aid award will be sent to your Student Message Center.
To view your award, go to your Student Center in My.maricopa.edu, and click on “View Financial Aid” in the Finances section.
Once you receive notice of the funds you have been awarded, you can accept, decline, or reduce the awards in your aid package through your Student Center. Continue to monitor your Student Center account throughout the academic year, as that is where the Financial Aid offices will send all communications.
You may need to complete additional processes to receive your financial aid funding. Review your award and carefully read all instructions and related comments. Be sure that there is enough financial aid funding per semester to cover your tuition and fees.