Applying for Aid is as easy as 1, 2, 3
1. Get Organized
To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will need to:
- Gather your (for dependent students) and your parent's 2010 tax information. It is good to file the FAFSA based on a completed tax return. However, it is far better to file the FAFSA early with estimates rather than later with exact figures. If your taxes are not completed by early February, estimate.
- Apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) online at www.pin.ed.gov . This will serve as your electronic signature on your FAFSA application.
- If you are a dependent student, have your parent apply for a PIN online, this will serve as your parent's electronic signature on your FAFSA application.
2. Submit the FAFSA The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.gov
- Complete all sections about you, your school plans, and financial information.
- Indicate WCCCD using our school code: 009230.
- Provide your electronic signature (PIN). If you are a dependent student, do not forget to include your parent's PIN or your FAFSA will be rejected.
- Submit your information.
- Print out and keep a copy of your submitted information for your records.
3. FAFSA Status
Here is what happens after you file the FAFSA:
- You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). Check it for accuracy and follow up on any requests for additional information
- Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated from information you provided on the FAFSA and is listed on your SAR. The EFC is the amount your family is expected to contribute to your education for the upcoming year.
- If you have special or extraordinary circumstances notify the District Financial Aid office in writing.
- Read and follow all instructions.
- Check WEB GATE for your financial aid status.