Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA is your first step in the financial aid process. It is a free application that determines a student's eligibility for federal, state and institutional funding which may include Pell Grants, Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship, Iowa Kibbie & Iowa Vo-Tech Grants, Federal Direct Student Loans and Work Study as well as some NICC Scholarships. More than 80 percent of NICC students receive some sort of financial aid. For more information on the FAFSA, view this brief overview video

The FAFSA should be completed for each school year that a student plans to attend college. It is available beginning October 1 for the following school year and should be completed prior to July 1 in order to determine eligibility for grants from Iowa College Aid.

  • School years at NICC begin with the fall semester (August start date), followed by the spring semester (January start date), and then end with the summer (May and/or June start date) semester.
  • The 2021-2022 FAFSA was available beginning on October 1, 2020 and should be completed for students attending college in the 2021-22 school year that begins in the fall semester August 2021 and ends the following summer of 2022. Apply early, but understand that you may not receive an offer letter until federal and state funding amounts have been approved by the Department of Education (set in spring 2021).

The FAFSA application asks for the federal school code based on the campus you will be attending. The NICC codes are:

Calmar Campus = 004587    Peosta Campus = 012634

Helpful FAFSA Tips:

  • FAFSA help is available at Studentaid.ed.gov/fafsahelp
  • Each student is required to create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID  - This is your FAFSA user name and password and is used to electronically sign your FAFSA each year you attend college. The FSA ID is also used to make changes to an existing FAFSA and to access other Federal Student Aid websites. 
  • If you are a dependent student, one of your parents will also need to create a FSA ID of their own.
  • Learn more about creating and using a FSA ID.
  • Federal Income Tax Return information. Be sure to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool which provides an easy way to upload tax information directly into the FAFSA saving time and reducing the chance of errors.

What to expect from NICC regarding your FAFSA:

  1. Be sure that you have applied to NICC for Admission and have been accepted into a program in order to be eligible for aid.
  2. Approximately one week after you submit your FAFSA, the Federal Student Aid will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR) that estimates the amount of financial aid that you may be eligible for.
  3. NICC will notify you, via mail and email, once your FAFSA has been received at the College. If you are applying for 2021-22 school year, the process will take time as grant opportunities are finalized by the Department of Education in the spring 2021. Be patient and we will continue to communicate with you via email as to what your next steps will be. 
  4. Log into Self Service for Students, accessible through MyCampus, and review your Financial Aid Checklist.  The Checklist will walk you through the step by step process of completing your financial aid file. 
  5. If you have Required Documents to take action on, follow the links and submit the information to NICC as soon as possible.
  6. Wait for notification (sent to your NICC email address) that your NICC Offer Letter is ready to review in Self Service Financial Aid.
  7. The Offer Letter explains the estimated funding you may be eligible to receive. It is an estimate based on full-time enrollment and may change based on program of study, enrollment levels and other criteria. 
  8. Once you have registered for classes, any grant or scholarship money will be automatically applied to your tuition and fees. If students wish to use student loans to finance their education, additional steps are required to accept loans
  9. View your student account balance in Self Service Student Finance in order to determine the cost per semester. Determine how much aid you have to pay towards your tuition and fees. If you do not have enough, be sure to seek out additional funding and/or sign up for the Nelnet Payment Plan. Be sure to make your payment prior to the tuition due date (approximately one week prior to the start of the semester).

Additional assistance regarding the FAFSA: