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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) collects data that the federal government uses to determine your eligibility for federal and state aid, including grants, loans and work-study.
 
After you complete and submit your FAFSA, you will receive the Student Aid Report (SAR) in approximately 2 to 3 weeks.  The NCC Financial Aid Office will begin processing applications in May.  We strive to get you information in a timely manner.  However, if corrections must be made or if documentation is required, this process may take longer.  Be patient and complete all forms in a timely manner.
 
When you receive your SAR, review it carefully to make sure it is correct and complete.  If it is correct, keep the SAR for future reference.  If you need to make corrections and you applied electronically, you need to make corrections through FAFSA on the Web, using your PIN.  If you applied using a paper FAFSA, correct the answers on the SAR, sign it and mail it back.
 
If your Student Aid Report, SAR has been selected for the verification process, this means the college must compare your Student Aid Report with documents, including tax returns, which verify your financial status.  All requested documents must be received by the student's last day of enrollment or the end of the term, whichever is earlier.  About one-third of all Student Aid Reports are selected for verification.
 
You need to complete the admissions process and be accepted for admissions before the Financial Aid Office can begin to process your financial aid documents.
 
The federal government has established the criteria to determine whether you must report parental information.  Your dependency is determined by answering dependency questions.  If you answer "NO" to all of the dependency questions, you must provide parental information. If you answered "YES" to at least one of these questions, you may skip the questions asking for parents' information.
 
You are not required to complete the FAFSA, but we would encourage you to do so. A FAFSA is required to get a Federal Direct Loan, a Parent Direct PLUS Loan, or if you want to have a work-study position. Some scholarships may also require a FAFSA to be filed.
 
Students may be eligible for part-time aid; however, you must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours fall, spring and summer terms) to be eligible for a student loan.
 
If your financial aid is not enough to pay for your tuition and fee charges, you are responsible for paying the remaining amount by the first day of your term. If you are not able to pay the balance at that time, you will need to contact the NCC Business Office to discuss payment plan options.  You can set up a payment plan option for tuition and fees or contact the Business Office at 712-324-5061 or 800-352-4907.
 
Nelnet/FACTS provides an interest-free monthly payment plan that divides the tuition and fee bill into payments.  The cost to set up this tuition payment plan is a $35.00 per semester nonrefundable Nelnet/FACTS Enrollment Fee.  To sign up for this you need to register online.  You need to register and select your payment plan by the first day of class.  Feel free to contact the NCC Business Office for further information regarding your payment options.
 
You will need to pay for your books.  Then talk to NCC's Business Office to discuss deferred payment options that are available for the tuition and fees bill.  Deferred payment options will still require you to make a down payment.
 
If the amount of financial aid you are receiving is more than your total tuition and fees expense, you may use the surplus to help purchase your books.  We recommend, however, that you have enough money to pay for your books.
 
No.  Financial aid cannot be used to purchase any tools.  Even if you will be receiving a financial aid balance check, you may not use these funds to purchase tools.  You need to make other arrangements to pay for any tool expenses.
 
It is a good idea to complete your FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible.  It is helpful to have your taxes done before you complete the FAFSA.  Also, remember that financial aid is given on a year-by-year basis and you must reapply each year.
 
NCC's priority deadline is April 1.  To qualify for state funded programs, submit the FAFSA to the processor by July 1 preceding your anticipated term of enrollment.
 
These are the scholarship opportunities that NCC has to offer.  You can apply online. Watch Deadlines!
 
If you receive financial aid (including loans and work-study) you need to:
  1. Maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  2. Earn on a cumulative basis 67% of all credits ever attempted.
  3. Complete your course of study within the maximum time limit.
Students must meet all of these requirements to maintain eligibility for financial aid.
 
Students who choose to borrow money by taking out a Federal Direct Loan are required to complete a Loan Entrance Counseling session.  This must be completed before the first loan disbursement can be released to the borrower.
 
YES! All students receive an NCC e-mail account. It is important that you check your NCC e-mail on a regular basis (at least once a week). Students are notified of pertinent campus information via their NCC e-mail account. The Financial Aid Office uses this method to communicate when information is still needed, or to request a student to come to the office. Your e-mail is found in MyPlace. MyPlace is where you will find important information regarding your class schedule, grades, your bill, financial aid, and other pertinent campus information.