Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The FAFSA is a free financial aid application that determines a student's eligibility for federal and state funding which includes grants, student loans and work study. It must be completed every academic year and is available after October 1 for the next academic school year (starting with the fall semester). View the FAFSA overview video for more information.
The current FAFSA can be accessed at fafsa.ed.gov. The system defaults to the 2017-18 FAFSA tab. If a student is completing the FAFSA to determine eligibility for spring 2017 funding, be sure to select the 2016-2017 tab located at the top of the page.
On the FAFSA application, students will need to enter a federal school code for the campus where they plan to earn a degree. The codes for Northeast Iowa Community College are:
Calmar Campus: 004587
Peosta Campus: 012634
Complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA for the 2016-2017 academic year (fall 2016, spring 2017 and summer 2017 semesters). Complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA for the 2017-2018 academic year (fall 2017, spring 2018, and summer 2018 semesters).
Students and parents of dependent students will need to each create an FSA ID and use it in order to complete a FAFSA, make changes to an existing FAFSA and access other Federal Student Aid websites. This is a username and password that has replaced the PIN used in previous years. Learn more about creating an FSA ID.
Items Needed to Complete the FAFSA
- Social Security Number
- Driver's license number
- W-2 forms and other records of money earned
- Federal income tax return. Be sure to link utilizing the IRS Data Retrieval Tool provided in the FAFSA. It will provide an easy way to upload tax information directly into the FAFSA saving time and reducing the chance of errors.
- Other supplemental documents may be necessary to document income earned such as child support, social security, welfare benefits, stocks and bonds, etc. As students complete the FAFSA, it will ask for this documentation.
- Students will need to provide their parents' tax information if they answer no to all of the following:
- Are you age 24 or older?
- At the time you complete the FAFSA, will you be working on a master's or doctorate degree?
- Are you married as of the date you complete the FAFSA?
- Do you have children who receive more than 50 percent of their support from you or other dependents you are providing support?
- Are you an orphan or ward of the court, or were until age 18?
- Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?
After Submitting the FAFSA
- The federal government will send a student aid report (SAR) approximately a week after a student has submitted a FAFSA. A copy will also be sent to NICC.
- NICC will notify students, via mail and email, that they are required to provide additional documentation in order to finalize the application.
- Log in to your Xpress account and view your missing required documents under Student Records>Financial Aid. The sooner the required documents are submitted, the sooner the application will be complete. One of the additional information requests may be for tax information. Federal guidelines do not allow the College to accept tax returns. Students (and/or parents) must link the FAFSA through the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or request and submit an IRS Tax Return Transcript.
- Once the application is complete, the Financial Aid Office will compile the funding options and notify students through the mail and their Xpress account that the award letter is ready to be viewed. An award letter explains the types of funding that you are eligible to receive such as grants, scholarships, student loans and work study.
- Students will need to review their financial aid award letter. Once students have applied for admission and have been accepted into a program, grant money will be applied automatically to their tuition and fees. If students wish to use student loans to finance their education, additional steps are required in order to accept loans.
- Contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions. If additional assistance is needed regarding the FAFSA, the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) is a great place to start.
- For more information, view the FAFSA-What Happens Next? video.