Financial Aid Process - How to Apply for Financial Aid

Applying for aid can seem like a challenge.  Below we have identified the steps to make the process easy less complicated.  Financial aid estimates are considered on a rolling basis.  It is our mission to inform you within 24 hours from receiving all documentation.

Recommended submission date to ensure timely aid processing for fall 2021 is May 1.

Step 1:  Create Your FSA ID
Create a FSA User ID at www.fsaid.ed.gov 
Note: Dependent students must have one parent register for a FSA ID too

Step 2:  Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.studentiad.gov and submit it with the appropriate FSA User IDs.
NCCC Federal School Code is:  007111
Note: The 2021-2022 FASFA uses 2019 tax year information.

Step 3:  New York State residents - Complete a New York State Aid Payment Application – Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
Visit the NYS Higher Education Services website to complete an online New York State Aid Payment Application.  This link can be found on the FAFSA confirmation page.  You can also apply online at NYS Higher Education Services Corporation - NYS TAP
NCCC’s New York State TAP code is 2258

Step 4:  Vermont State residents - Complete a Vermont Student Assistance Grant (VSAC) 
Visit the VSAC website to complete grants and scholarship applications.  Please go to 
A High School Student | VSAC to review all financial opportunities available.

Step 5:  Submit Additional Documents, if required
In addition to the FAFSA, sometimes you are required to submit other required documents so the Financial Aid Office is able to complete your file review and award your financial aid.  If you are unsure what documents you need to provide, please log into your Student Portal account.

Step 6:  Award Notification
Once your information has been processed, the Office of Financial Aid will send an award notification in the mail to your address that is listed in our system.