Financial Aid Checklist

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1 of the current year you intend to enroll in college. You can either mail a paper application or apply on-line. Be accurate and complete. Obtain all required signatures. Keep materials used to complete the FAFSA such as worksheets and tax forms. Do not send any materials with the FAFSA, if you are mailing the paper form.

  • Complete any other required financial aid form(s) from the college(s) of your choice. Meet all DEADLINES! Applications for federal student aid at Caldwell Community College and Technical Community College should be submitted no later than June 1 each year to ensure completion of process for Fall Semester. Applications submitted after June 1 will be processed; however, funding for many programs is limited. Students who apply after June 1 may find most funds already obligated.

  • Apply for admission to the college(s) of your choice. This is a separate process from applying for financial aid. Admissions application deadlines and financial aid application deadlines are usually different. Financial aid cannot be disbursed until you are approved for admission to a college.

  • Determine the costs of attending the college(s): tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, personal and miscellaneous expenses. Don't rule out a college choice just because of cost.

  • Explore all possible sources of aid such as federal, state, college, local civic organizations, your church, and place of employment. Visit your local library and check out the Scholarship and Financial Aid Resource Books. Search the Internet for possible sources of assistance.

  • College financial aid offices and high school guidance offices are excellent sources of information.

  • Respond to all requests for information quickly and completely.

  • You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) about 4 weeks after you send the FAFSA to the processing center. When you receive your SAR, read it carefully and follow the instructions. If you need duplicates, call 1-800-4-FED-AID.

  • When you receive a written offer of financial aid, read it, understand what you are being offered, and respond to the college or agency by the deadline.

  • If you feel you have any unusual circumstances, contact the financial aid office at the college.

  • Remember - know the conditions to continue receiving financial aid after the first year. You must file the FAFSA or the Renewal FAFSA to apply for federal financial aid each year, and you may need to complete other required forms each year as well.