Financial Aid Process

Families may need to explore financial aid in the forms of grants and scholarships, loans and work study to help finance their college education. The staff at North Country Community College is committed to helping you and families evaluating all your educational options.

Steps to Receive Aid

The first step to filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is to obtain a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). You can obtain online at The FSA ID allows you to access the Federal Student Aid’s online systems. If a federal dependent student, a parent will also have to apply for an FSAID. It serves as your legal signature (both student and parent) when signing the FAFSA and your Master Promissory note for your Federal Direct Student Loans.

The next step is to complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA is available any time after October 1st for the following academic year. Each year, the FAFSA will use income information from the prior-prior year.  For example, the 2020-2021 academic year is based on the 2018 tax year.  To complete the FAFSA, visit:

NCCC Federal Code is: 007111
If you are a resident of New York State, you MAY be eligible for a Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award. After filing your FAFSA, you will be able to link directly to the TAP application form the FAFSA confirmation page.

NCCC’s New York State TAP code is 2258

If you missed the link, you may complete the application here:

Vermont need-based grants that VSAC administers on behalf of the State of Vermont—the Incentive Grant (full-time enrollment), the Part-Time Grant (part-time enrollment), and the Advancement Grant (for shorter non-degree programs to improve your ability to get a job or to explore college). Eligible students received from $1,000 to $12,300 during the 2019–2020 academic year.
Apply online at

Contact Information:

Mary Ellen Chamberlain, Director of Financial Aid, Saranac Lake Campus
518-891-2915 extension 1285

Scott Mitchell, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, Malone Campus
518-891-2915 extension 3228

Teresa Finch, Financial Aid Counselor, Saranac Lake Campus
518-891-2915 extension 1229

Diane Crowe, Financial Aid Counselor, Malone Campus
518-891-2915 extension 3229

Main Financial Aid Telephone Line 518-891-2915 1687