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Steps to Apply for Financial Aid
1. File a FAFSA
Filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the first step in applying for financial aid. This application needs to be completed each year you plan to attend Front Range Community College. By adding our school code (007933) to your FAFSA, the Department of Education knows to send your information to FRCC. Although FRCC accepts FAFSAs year round, you are encouraged to apply by our priority consideration date of April 1 in order to be considered for all need-based aid, including state and institutional funding.
2. Check eWOLF & CCCS email and provide any requested documentation
Once the Department of Education sends FRCC your FAFSA, we will review the information and may ask for additional documentation to determine your financial aid eligibility. More than 30% of all applicants are selected for verification, which allows the school to confirm/verify the information reported on your FAFSA.
FRCC will send all communication on missing information to your CCCS email, accessible through eWOLF. You may also find your financial aid requirements by clicking the "Financial Aid Requirements" tool on your eWOLF dashboard.
3. Financial Aid Office reviews your account
Once we receive all requested documentation, our office will review your financial aid file. Corrections may be made to your file depending upon the information given. If you see that the school has made a correction, do not make changes to your FAFSA. Instead, contact the Financial Aid Office to determine what was changed and if any additional corrections are necessary.
4. Review your financial aid offer
Once the school offers you financial aid, a red flag will appear for Terms and Conditions on the student portal, eWOLF. This covers the details of receiving and maintaining your financial aid eligibility. You should compare your accepted aid to your current tuition and fee balance to ensure your aid will cover your tuition in full. Keep in mind any grant funding will prorate based on enrollment. Students must be enrolled full-time in order to receive their full grant offer each semester. Federal financial aid can only be applied towards courses required for your financial aid eligible declared degree/certificate program.
5. Watch for funds to disburse
Once the semester starts and after the end of the add/drop period for the 15-week term, the Financial Aid Office will pay funds toward any outstanding balance that you have with FRCC. Financial aid disbursements will begin to post to student accounts the Monday following the add/drop date. If there are remaining funds after tuition has been paid, a financial aid credit balance refund will be issued to you within 10-14 days. Please note: All first time loan borrowers are subject to a mandatory 30-day hold before any loan funding will be released to cover tuition costs.
6. Maintain your eligibility
Financial aid eligibility is regularly reviewed throughout the academic year. Your financial aid offer is based on the information you provided on your FAFSA. After payments are made, enrollment changes and academic performance may affect your future eligibility. Federal and state regulations require that all financial aid recipients meet specific academic standards called Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Are you eligible for Financial Aid at Front Range Community College?
To be eligible for financial aid, you must:
- Be a US citizen, US permanent resident, or eligible non-citizen as defined by the US Department of Education. (If you do not meet this requirement, see Students without Citizenship Status.)
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program. (Federal financial aid will only pay toward courses required for your eligible degree or certificate program.)
- Be in good standing in accordance with Front Range Community College's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy.
- Meet the enrollment requirements for the aid programs awarded.
- Not be in default on a student loan or owe a repayment on a Federal Pell Grant or Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant at any educational institution.
- Not be co-enrolled in a secondary school.
- Not be receiving financial aid at another institution during the same semester that you are attempting to receive aid at Front Range Community College.