• Application Process

    It's important for you and your parents to file your taxes early and ELECTRONICALLY.
    To apply for Financial Aid, you must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) every year. Both you and your parents (if applicable) will need to provide income information from your respective Federal Tax Returns.

    NEW! FILLING YOUR TAX RETURNS ELECTRONICALLY WILL SPEED UP THE PROCESSING OF YOUR FAFSA.

    When you file your FAFSA there is a new, very important process called IRS Data Retrieval. Electronic tax returns will ensure that IRS Data Retrieval is available to you within two weeks of filing your taxes. If you use a paper tax return it will take at least 6-8 weeks before IRS Data Retrieval is available to you and/or your spouse and your parents.

    Steps you should take:
    Step 1: File taxes electronically. 

    Step 2 : Apply for a PIN number at www.PIN.ed.gov
    This will allow you to electronically sign your FAFSA, Federal Direct Loan Application and access the IRS Data Retrieval process.

    Step 3: Gather Your Information
    Social Security number
    Driver’s license number, if you have one
    Records of other untaxed income received (such as Social Security, Temporary Assistance to  
        Needy Families (TANF), welfare or veterans benefits)
    Business records, if applicable
    Alien registration number, if you are not a US Citizen
    Parent(s) date of birth & Social Security Number
    Parent(s) income and financial records  (Please make sure to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool)

    * Renewal applicants can access their FAFSA on the web using their Federal PIN to update, complete, sign and submit the FAFSA.  

    Step 4: Submit your FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov and use the IRS Data Retrieval for income questions. It is faster, easier and accurate.

    Additional Information: For Federal student loans information, please visit https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action or http://studentaid.ed.gov.



    What Happens Next?

    "I've submitted my FAFSA, now what?
    -- Watch for response by email or mail.
    -- Review your SAR (Student Aid Report)
    --Check for errors
    --Make any necessary corrections online using your PIN 
        (After you filed your tax returns, please make sure to correct the income information using the IRS Data Retrieval tool)

    How much will I get?

    --Award Notification – Please make sure to add HCCC College code = 012954 in you FAFSA application. Please check your HCCC portal for award information.

    Selected for Verification?

    --The Department of Education selects application each year for verification.
    --You must show proof of all information provided on the FAFSA
    -- Submit copies of Federal Tax Return Transcript, W-2's and verification worksheets. Please note: Tax forms 1040, 1040-A, 1040-EZ are not acceptable.
    --May verify citizenship status and other eligibility requirements


    Requesting Tax Return Transcript

    --There are several ways tax filers can request a tax transcript, most of which do not involve payment of a fee to the IRS. For your reference go to www.IRS.gov for listings of IRS Local Offices in New Jersey.

    --The new IRS system for ordering a transcript is now available. It is called= "Get Transcript" and it allows a person to get a transcript online as a PDF immediately if the tax return for the chosen year has been processed. Here is the direct link: http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript. If = someone starts from the irs.gov homepage, clicking on "Get Transcript for My Tax Records" under "Tools" will take them to "Get Transcript" as well.