I know I don't qualify for aid. Should I still complete the FAFSA?
Don't assume anything! Here are just a few reasons to complete the application.
What does the government use to determine my eligibility?
The government determines your eligibility by considering the information you enter on the FAFSA including:
HACC is not listed on my FAFSA. What should I do?
Update your FAFSA with HACC's Federal School Code. The code is 003273.
We suggest you make HACC your first school choice on your
FAFSA. This enables the PHEAA State Grant Agency to notify us if you are
eligible for a State Grant.
When is the deadline for financial aid at HACC?
If you miss the April 15th deadline date, you may still be considered for the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans or Federal Direct PLUS Loan. In this case, you must submit the FAFSA:
Do I have to be a full-time student to qualify for financial aid?
No, you do not need to be a full-time student. Most financial aid programs require an enrollment status of six credits.
The government defines enrollment for fall, spring and summer as:
Why do I have to provide my parents' information?
The Department of Education determines your dependency status. It views you, your parents or spouse (if applicable) as your primary financial source for your postsecondary education.
Unless you can answer "YES" to one of the questions listed in Step 3 of the FAFSA, you will be required to provide parental information. In unusual cases, the financial aid administrator can change your dependency based on adequate documentation of special circumstances you may have. If you feel you have unusual circumstances, talk to the Financial Aid Administrator at the campus you attend.
REMEMBER: You are NOT automatically classified as independent if:
My parents are divorced. I live with my mother and stepfather. Does the government require my stepfather to provide his information on the FAFSA?
Yes, you need to include his information on the FAFSA.
My parents are divorced. I live with my mother. My father claims me on his taxes. What should
The government requires only the custodial parent to supply financial information. A custodial parent is the parent you lived with the most in the last year. Complete all parent financial aid questions using information about your mother.
How do I complete the FAFSA if I can't provide parent information?
If you can't provide information because your parents refuse to complete the FAFSA, then your options are limited. Your parents should understand that:
We suggest you explain these facts to your parents to see if they change their mind. However, the last option is to apply for an Direct Unsubsidized Loan by completing the Parental Non Support form available in the Office of Financial Aid Services. We do not recommend this since you will only be eligible for loans and never considered for grants, scholarships or student employment.
If you can't provide parental information because you have an extreme circumstance, you may be eligible for a Dependency Override. Overrides are done on a case-by-case basis and requires significant documentation from you. Check with the Office of Financial Aid Services to see if you qualify for a Dependency Override. Some situations include:
I earned a Bachelor's Degree in another country. Do I qualify for financial aid?
You may be eligible for federal student loans and work-study programs. Students with a Bachelor's Degree are not eligible for Federal or State Grants. This is regardless of citizenship status.
must answer "yes" to the question on the FAFSA that asks if you have a
I am not a U.S. Citizen. Do I qualify for financial aid?
You must have an "eligible noncitizen" status to qualify for aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid Services at the campus you plan to attend. You will receive additional information and eligibility requirements.