How to Apply for Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the common application for all financial aid programs. The FAFSA must be completed online at www.fafsa.gov. Students must file a FAFSA each year they plan to attend college. Students who file applications as soon as possible after January 1 have an advantage since ATCC processes requests for aid as they are received. Assistance completing the FAFSA is available by contacting the Financial Aid Office.

Applying for financial aid is easy.

  1. Get a PIN number.

    A PIN number is an electronic signature and much easier than trying to write your name with a mouse. If parent data is required for the FAFSA then at least one parent should request a PIN. You can request a PIN at: www.pin.ed.gov.

  2. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    The FAFSA must be completed online at www.fafsa.gov. Click on FAFSA Filing Options to Learn about the other options for filing your FAFSA.

    Returning students need to complete a new FAFSA each academic year.

    Alexandria Technical & Community College's code number to be used is: 005544.

Tips

Don't wait!

Financial aid is processed in the order the requests are received, you are encouraged to file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1.

Federal Tax Returns.

You must use information from your and sometimes your parent's Federal Tax Return so make sure they have been completed before you fill out the FAFSA. Students and parents are encouraged to take advantage of the IRS data retrieval tool to automate the input of earnings and tax related information.