Receiving your aid
Learn more about receiving your financial aid.
The Office of Financial Aid Services awards financial aid on a rolling basis. You are notified of your award once:
- You have applied and are accepted into HACC
- You filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Your file is considered complete and reviewed (e.g. requested documents are submitted, verification is complete)
- You are making Satisfactory Academic Progress
How will I find out the financial aid I received?
HACC will mail an award letter to the home address we have on file for you. The letter outlines the type and amount of financial aid you may receive while studying at HACC and can include grants, scholarships, work-study, or loans. We begin notification to new students at the end of April and current students in late June after grades post and Satisfactory Academic Progress is checked.
Do not make any changes to your FAFSA/SAR after you receive your award letter from HACC. If you find you made an error, contact the Financial Aid Office at the campus you attend.
How do I know if my FAFSA was processed?
It typically takes 3-5 days to process a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that was submitted online using FAFSA on the Web. A paper FAFSA is processed within 7-10 days from the date it was mailed.
If you provide a valid e-mail address on your FAFSA, you will receive an e-mail notification from the federal government that includes a link to your electronic Student Aid Report (SAR) at FAFSA on the Web. If you did not provide a valid e-mail address, the Social Security Number you included in your FAFSA did not match the one on file for you with the Social Security Administration, or you did not sign your FAFSA, then you will receive a paper SAR through the mail.
What is a Student Aid Report (SAR)?
The SAR summarizes the information you provided on your FAFSA. You should always review the SAR to ensure you did not make any mistakes on the application and make corrections if necessary. The SAR also notifies you of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), if you are selected for verification or if you have other outstanding issues.
What is verification?
Verification is a process required by the Federal Government and used to verify certain information on the FAFSA to ensure its accuracy. Some students are selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Others are selected by the school. You will be notified via your HawkMail with a list of documents required to complete your file. Because verification must be completed in advance of awarding financial aid it is imperative that you submit requested documentation as soon as possible. Processing usually takes two to three weeks, but it can take longer during the peak season.
Can I lessen my chances of the government selecting me for verification?
Although you can never eliminate the chance of being selected for verification, you may reduce the possibility. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows those who have filed their taxes to transfer data from their processed federal return directly into the FAFSA. This process saves time on FAFSA completion, reduces the chance for error, and can reduce the chance of being selected for federal verification. IRS Data retrieval is available three week after you electronically file your federal income taxes or eleven weeks if you file a paper tax return.
When will HACC disburse my funds?
HACC releases your financial aid funds roughly three to four weeks after you begin classes and only after your attendance is confirmed.