Tuition & Financial Aid
Lehigh Carbon Community College administers various federal and state financial aid funds. Grants which do not require repayment, as well as loans and student employment programs are available through the Office of Financial Aid. Financial Aid may only be used for educational purposes and to pay the cost of attending Lehigh Carbon Community College.
Now is the time to apply for Financial Aid for the 2017-2018 academic year which covers classes starting in August 2017 through August 2018. Beginning on October 1, 2016, students are able to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the 2017-2018 school year. In addition, applicants will be able to retrieve their data directly from the IRS beginning on October 1, 2016 because the income information used will be from the prior year (2015) and not from the current year (2016). For example, on the 2017-2018 FAFSA, applicants and/or their parents will report 2015 income and tax information rather than 2016 income and tax information. This change will make the FAFSA easier to complete because taxes will already be done and students and/or their parents may be able to automatically import tax information onto the student's FAFSA. Please file by Lehigh Carbon Community College’s recommended filing date of May 1, 2017 for attendance during the fall 2017 spring 2018 and summer 2018 semesters.
How do I apply for financial aid?
- Apply for a FSA ID at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Both you and your parent(s) (if applicable) will need a FSA ID. The FSA ID allows you the student and your parent to sign the Free Application for Federal Student Aid electronically as soon as it is completed at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FSA ID will also allow access to personal information on other Federal Student Aid Web sites.
- Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. This is the fastest and most accurate way to apply for financial aid.
- You will need to identify on the FAFSA what school you are attending by listing that school’s federal code. Lehigh Carbon Community College’s federal code is 006810.
- Answer all questions completely and accurately. Incomplete answers will cause a delay in your FAFSA processing.
- Students and/or parents should use the IRS data retrieval process when completing the income and asset information on the FAFSA. The IRS data retrieval process allows anyone with a completed and filed federal income tax return for 2015 to have their income tax information automatically transferred to their FAFSA form by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool through www.fafsa.ed.gov.
How do I know if I am eligible for Financial Aid?
To be eligible for financial aid, the student must:
- Be enrolled as a matriculated student in an eligible program of study, i.e. seeking a degree/certificate
- Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen
- Have a high school diploma, its equivalent, or GED which provides proof of high school completion
- Not be in default on any Title IV loan or owe repayment on any Title IV grant or loan
- Not exceed annual or aggregate loan limits in Title IV programs
- Agree to use any Title IV aid received solely for educational purposes
- Not be a prisoner in a state or federal facility
- Be registered with Selective Service if required to register
- Have a valid Social Security number
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
Additional Resources for FAFSA
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Is there a filing deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
- For attendance during the Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 semesters, the FAFSA should be completed between October 1, 2016 and May 1, 2017.
- For attendance during the Spring 2018 semester, the FAFSA should be completed between October 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017.
- For attendance during the Summer 2018 semester, the FAFSA should be completed between October 1, 2016 and March 1, 2018.
What happens after I file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
- After students submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), an email is sent from the U.S. Department of Education within 3 to 5 days to the student telling him/her how to access the Student Aid Report which is the results of filing the FAFSA.
- A student can also check their application status by going to www.fafsa.ed.gov and clicking on the Login Button.
- The results of a student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid are inputted into Lehigh Carbon Community College’s computer system.
What is verification and why must I provide additional information?
- The results of the FAFSA are screened by LCCC for requests for additional information by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Some student applications will be selected for a process called verification. This means the student must provide additional information to the Office of Financial Aid at LCCC in order to complete his/her financial aid application. This selection for verification is randomly assigned to applications by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to respond to and produce required documentation and information will result in a delay in financial aid processing.
- LCCC will send out letters to students requesting the additional information. Requests for additional documentation and information can also be found on the student's LCCC portal.
- The information requested may be but is not limited to:
- IRS tax transcripts,
- LCCC Verification form,
- Proof of high school completion,
- ID/Statement of Educational Purpose,
- Proof of citizenship or alien registration card
Students who are
- not making academic progress,
- enrolled in classes not required by his/her course of study
- who are in default on a previous student loan,
- who are not high school graduates,
- who are not U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens,
- who have exceeded the maximum time frame allowed for receipt of financial aid for a degree or certificate,
- exceeded the Pell grant and student loan limits,
- are not in an approved program of study,
- if male not registered for Selective Service,
- are a prisoner
- do not have a valid social security number
are not eligible for financial aid.
Only after all requirements are met will a student be granted financial aid. An award letter will be sent to the student and financial aid awards are available to view on myLCCC portal.