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

Complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA for the fall 2022 and spring 2023 semesters and for the summer 2023 term. This will require 2020 income information.

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
  • 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 courses that apply to an eligible degree plan at MCC 
  • 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

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 

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