Don’t Assume You Don’t Qualify!
The cost of tuition shouldn’t stand in the way of getting an education. Most students rely on some form of financial aid to get through college. Staff and advisors in the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Financial Aid offices will walk you through the application process to help you get the most aid available.
What is financial aid?
Financial aid is money provided by federal, state, and institutional sources to help students meet expenses while attending college. Many students find it increasingly difficult to finance a college education without some assistance. In general, most students who are enrolled in an approved degree or diploma program are eligible to apply for financial assistance. Eligibility depends on family resources and expected family contributions.
I’m not sure I qualify for financial aid. Should I complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
Yes, the best way to determine what funds you qualify for is by completing a FAFSA application. It doesn’t cost anything to apply. Your financial eligibility will be determined by a number of factors including family income, the size of your family and number of family members attending college.
You can complete a FAFSA in the following ways:
- Online (FAFSA on the Web) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- Call 800-433-3243 to obtain an application.
When do I file a FAFSA?
It’s important to file your FAFSA by the priority deadline. For the fall semester – April 15; for the spring semester – October 15; and for the summer term – March 15.
What happens once I file my FAFSA form?
After the FAFSA form has been filed, you will be mailed a Student Aid Report (SAR), which indicates your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and your Federal Pell Grant Eligibility. If you file electronically, you will be notified via e-mail.
If I am not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant, what other types of financial aid are available?
The FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for federal and state grants, Work-Study and loans. When students are not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant, they may be eligible for the state grant. Students also have the option to apply for a William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan, which you must pay back.
What about scholarships?
Through our foundations, Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges provide a wide range of scholarship opportunities for deserving students. All students are encouraged to apply for scholarships at their college. Whether you just graduated from high school or it’s been many years since you’ve been in the classroom, or whether you take Arts and Sciences courses for college transfer or are enrolled in a career technology program, there could be something for you. The priority processing deadline is March 1. To apply for EICC Foundation scholarships and for more information go to eicc.edu/scholarships.
Does EICC have a payment plan?
The colleges partner with NBS (Nelnet Business Solutions) Tuition Management, providing you the opportunity to pay your tuition and fee online in total or through a payment plan. Make college more affordable by paying for tuition and fees over time. Tuition payment plans break down your tuition balance into affordable monthly payments. For more information, visit eicc.edu/nbs.
You CAN afford college!
Find detailed information about financial aid, scholarships, forms, deadlines and more at our website at eicc.edu/finaid.