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How to Apply
1. Apply for a Department of Education (DOE) PIN at www.pin.ed.gov .
2. After receiving your PIN, complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.gov. Do Not pay to have this application completed or submitted to the Federal government. This application starts the aid process for federal and state aid and the grant, workstudy or loan programs. The Federal School Code for Central Lakes College (CLC) is 002339 for both campuses. The FAFSA is available in alternative formats and languages. You may find alternative formats online at FAFSA.gov or at the Financial Aid Office.
- A FAFSA on the web with DOE PIN signatures and an email address can be as fast as 3 days.
* The DOE processor sends a Student Aid Report (SAR) to the student after the processing of the FAFSA. The SAR will show the information that you provided on your FAFSA. You should review it to make sure the information is correct. If corrections are needed, we recommend that you contact the Financial Aid Office.
- An electronic application or paper FAFSA with an email address will receive an electronic SAR notification sent to the provided email address.
* Review your SAR carefully.
3. The U.S. Department of Education processor will electronically send your FAFSA information to the college code(s) listed on the FAFSA at the same time a SAR is sent to you.
4. The CLC Financial Aid Office will notify you by email to review your Financial Aid Status Report under Financial Aid Application Status in your E-Services. This will inform you of other required documents to complete your financial aid file. Some requested documents can be submitted electronically. Please complete the requested documents and information immediately. This will allow your financial aid file to be worked on sooner. If you prefer paper documents to be mailed to you, please call the Financial Aid Office.
5. Special Circumstances: The Financial Aid Office is allowed to use professional judgment to allow changes to the FAFSA. If you have had changes to your income or family situation since completing the FAFSA, please stop in the office to talk to someone. A Special Circumstances Appeal form can be submitted electronically. Any other requested required documentation must be submitted to financial aid office personnel for review.
6. Separate applications are needed for:
- Alliss Grant - Applications are available at the Student Services window.
Summer is considered a trailer to the preceding financial aid year. To receive aid for Summer 2014 a 2013-14 FAFSA needs to be completed. The first run of summer aid award letters will happen around mid April and will be available for viewing on your E-Services. If you have been enrolled both fall and spring semesters at full-time, you may have very little or no aid eligibility remaining for summer.
Summer process 1 2 3 Easy:
1. Be sure to have a complete financial aid file for the current school year. Start with "How to Apply" step 1 above if you have not done a FAFSA yet for the current year. If you received any grants, loans or work study for fall and/or spring semester you already have a complete financial aid file.
2. Register for summer classes. Registration for summer classes may begin as early as November, but the first batch of summer award letters will not be run until approximately April 1st. A Summer Award letter can’t be processed until you have registered for summer classes.
3. If you register for summer classes after mid April, a Summer Award letter will be packaged and available on your E-Services for viewing within two weeks of your summer registration. Below is an explanation of how summer aid is awarded.
* Eligibility for summer session grants will be based on any remaining eligibility after fall and/or spring semester.
* If you have eligibility on your summer award letter there will be instructions on how to apply in the letter. Login to your E-Services or refer to the Student Loans page to begin the process of applying for loans. You must be enrolled in at least 6 credits to be eligible for loans.
* Student employment for the summer is also available.
Confidentiality of Financial Records
The General Education Provision of the Act of 1974, as amended by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, provides for privacy safeguards for students and families by setting up guidelines for the disclosure of education records and personally identifiable information. The law provides that financial assistance records of a student may be inspected by that student only.
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Last Updated: 3/11/14