Applying for Financial Aid

What is financial aid?

Student financial aid is funding that is available exclusively to students attending college. This funding helps in covering the many costs of college. Financial aid is available from federal, state, educational institutions, and private agencies (foundations), and can be awarded in the forms of grants, education loans, work-study and scholarships. In order to apply for federal financial aid, students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Make sure you're eligible to receive Federal Student Aid

2019-2020 FAFSA 

For the fall 2019 the spring 2020 and summer 2020 complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA using your 2017 income information. If you're selected for verification after you’ve completed  your FAFSA and you filed 2017 taxes, you will need to submit your signed 2017 federal tax form if you didn't use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. To complete your FAFSA  go to FAFSA.gov.

2020-2021 FAFSA

For the fall 2020, the spring 2021 and summer 2021 complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA application using your 2018 income information. If you're selected for verification after you've completed your FAFSA and you filed 2018 taxes, you will need to submit your signed 2018 federal tax form if you didn't use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.  To complete your FAFSA go to FAFSA.gov.

To qualify for Federal Student Aid students must meet certain criteria set by the U.S. Department of Education. Basic Eligibility Criteria includes (but is not limited to): 

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National 
  • Must be a permanent resident or eligible non-citizen  
  • Must have a Social Security number
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Male students must be registered with Selective Service 
  • Must be enrolled in an eligible program of study and pursuing a degree at MCC to receive federal financial aid
  • Must use federal student aid only for educational purposes 
  • Cannot be in default on a federal student loan or owe a refund on a federal grant
  • Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress

Create your FSA ID at FSAID.ed.gov

Your FSA ID is the username and password you create to complete, sign and access your FAFSA.  Parents of dependent students will need to create their own FSA ID so they can sign the parent portion of the FAFSA.  You will also need MCC's Federal School Code number:  001077.

IMPORTANT: Do not forget your FSA IS or your FSA ID password. We cannot reset or retrieve them for you. 

Make sure you're admitted to MCC 

In order for us to receive your FAFSA information, you must be admitted to MCC.  If you’ve never attended MCC, or if you attended MCC or another Maricopa College in the past click here to update your admissions information or to start the admissions process for MCC.

Continue to: Complete the FAFSA 

Learn more about Applying for Financial Aid