How to Apply for Financial Aid

Complete Your Financial Aid Application in Five Easy Steps

  1. Create a FSA ID at https://fsaid.ed.gov.
  2. Complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov
    Note: Paper FAFSAs are no longer available.  
  3. Complete an ECC Institutional Aid Application.
  4. The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office may request additional information from you. Please submit requested documents as soon as possible.
  5. Check your access ECC account to verify whether you have been awarded Financial Aid. Award letters will no longer be mailed. If you are not eligible for any grants and want information on student loans, stop by the Financial Aid & Scholarships office. If you are not eligible for any grants and you are not interested in a student loan, you must set up a payment plan or pay in full to guarantee that your classes will not be dropped. For more information on payment plans, contact the Student Accounts office.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a high school diploma, high school equivalency certificate, meet the ability to benefit (ATB) requirements, or completed home schooling at the secondary level.
  • Be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program at ECC.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Register with Selective Service, if required.
  • Maintain financial aid satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not be in default on a federal loan or owe an over-payment of a federal grant.

Enrollment Status

Some types of financial aid are related to maintaining specific levels of enrollment. The U.S. Department of Education sets federal definitions of enrollment statuses, which supersede school-imposed definitions related to an academic term. Federal aid follows these federal enrollment guidelines in all terms, including summer:

  • Full-time = 12 credit hours or more
  • Three-quarter-time = 9 to 11.5 credit hours
  • Half-time = 6 to 8.5 credit hours
  • Less than half-time = 1 to 5.5 credit hours

FAFSA Priority Filing Dates

Filing your FAFSA and all ECC paperwork by these priority dates assures your financial aid package will be completed by the start of the term. You may still file after these dates, but your aid may not be in place before payment is due for the term.

Priority Dates:

  • Summer term - April 1
  • Fall term - July 1
  • Spring term - November 1

2018-2019 Financial Aid Deadline

Stop by the Financial Aid and Scholarships office and a financial aid professional will assist you.  No appointment required. Please stop by at least one hour before the office closes to ensure you have enough time to complete your FAFSA.

Applying for a Federal or State Grant

  1. Create a FSA ID.
  2. Complete the  FAFSA online.
  3. Complete the ECC Institutional Aid Application
  4. You will receive a letter indicating what forms and/or documents you are required to complete and return to the Financial Aid & Scholarships office before you will be awarded any financial aid.
  5. Review your award letter online.

Follow these steps to determine if you've been awarded:  

  1. Log on to accessECC».
  2. Click on the Student tab.
  3. Click the Financial Aid tab in the self-service menu.
  4. Click Financial Aid Award Letter.
  5. Enter the financial aid award year, academic year (e.g. 2018-2019), and click submit.
  6. If you have been awarded for the year, an award letter will display.  If you have not been awarded, a message will display in red.

NOTE; If you are not eligible for any grants, you will receive a letter notifying you and explaining how you can apply for a scholarship, student employment and student loans."

Applying for a Federal Stafford Student Loan

New borrowers to ECC must complete the following steps:

  1. Make an appointment with a financial aid advisor.
  2. Log on to https://studentloans.gov and complete 'Entrance Counseling' and complete 'New MPN for Student Loans'.
  3. Complete and bring the Budget Worksheet to your appointment.

Returning borrowers to ECC must complete the following steps:

  1. Make an appointment with a financial aid advisor.
  2. Complete and bring the Budget Worksheet to your appointment.

Applying for Student Employment

All students interested in student employment should contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. Download the Student Employment Application

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