Application Process & Procedures
Once you've applied for admission to Northwestern Connecticut Community College, applying for financial aid is fast and easy! Applying to NCCC first is key to avoiding any delays in receiving notification for your financial aid awards. Once you do that, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This one form allows for consideration for all federal, state and college grant programs at NCCC
FAFSA Application Procedures
Step 1: Apply for a Federal Student Aid ID
A FSA ID is required in order to sign the FAFSA when it is time to submit it to the Federal Processor for processing. Here's how to get your FSA ID:
- Go to www.StudentAid.gov/fsaid.
- Create a username and password and enter your email address. If you're a continuing student with a FSA PIN, you'll be able to enter it and link to your FSA ID. You can still create one if you have forgotten or do not have a PIN.
- Review your information and read and accept the terms and conditions.
- Confirm your email address using the secure code. It will be sent to the email address you entered when you created your FSA ID. Once you verify your email address, you can use it instead of your username to log in to the various federal websites.
Step 2: File Your FAFSA Online
- Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- Collect and have the following available to you to file accurately:
Federal Tax Returns (Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ) from the 2015 tax year;
All Wage and Tax Statements (Forms W-2 from 2015);
Social Security Numbers for you, your spouse or parents;
Dates of birth of your spouse or parents;
Alien Registration Number;
Records of untaxed income from the 2015 tax year – such as, worker’s compensation or disability benefits, interest income or educational IRA’s, and untaxed portion of capital gains;
Money received from a friend or relative (other than your parents) or cash payments made on your behalf in 2015.
Dates of marriage, marital separation, or divorce for you and your parents (if applicable);
Amounts paid or received in child support;
Amounts of cash, savings or bank accounts for you, your spouse or your parents (if applicable); and
Amounts of tax deferred pension – see Boxes 12a – 12d on each Form W-2 from 2015.
Without the above information, it will be impossible to file an accurate and complete FAFSA. It is highly likely that your FAFSA will be selected for verification, especially if it is filed without having first filed your federal tax return. Being selected for verification will add days if not weeks to the financial aid application process.
List on your FAFSA the following federal code number: 001398 to authorize that your FAFSA data be released to Northwestern Connecticut Community College. Take advantage of the opportunity to speed up processing by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT). The IRS DRT allows you and/or your parents or spouse (if applicable) to allow the IRS to retrieve and report your income tax data to your FAFSA. This will allow you to shave days if not weeks from the application process.
Be certain to sign your FAFSA with your FSA ID. The same holds true for your spouse or one of your parents, if applicable.
Step 3: Receive a Student Aid Report (SAR)
The Federal Processor will send you an acknowledgment or output document called a Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR provides you with preliminary results of the actions of the Federal Processor. Read your SAR, learn about any special comments and take immediate action if you find it necessary to correct any data that you initially reported. Go back into your FAFSA to complete the IRS Data Retrieval Tool if you did not initially use it to have the IRS export your income tax data to speed up processing and verification of your income tax data.
Step 4: Continue Monitoring Your FAFSA Status
You'll receive an email from the Connecticut Community Colleges advising that your FAFSA data has been received. Continue to monitor the status of your FAFSA using the NCCC's student information system by entering the myCommNet portal. You may access Student Self-Service only if you have a College ID (don’t confuse the portal with the FSA ID).
If you have completed the admissions process and you have a valid College ID number, you may log into the Student Self-Service area:
- Log into http://www.my.commnet.edu/. Then follow the instructions on the log in screen. For more information on initial set up of your account and monitoring Financial Aid status, download the Banner Self-Service Navigation Guide.
- Create your first password (after your very first log in you will be asked to change it), and then select the Student Tab.
- Next, select Student Self-Service and then choose Financial Aid from the menu. Before you see various submenus, you have to select the time period you wish to view. Select 2017-2018 Aid Year. The following offers you various capabilities:
“My Eligibility” – Click on Student Requirements to see if your FAFSA was selected to be verified which may require you to provide additional forms. Any additional forms and requirements will be listed here. If your FAFSA was selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education, please read the following section on the Federal Verification Process below.
Federal Verification Process
We are pleased to announce we have established a partnership with Inceptia to expedite the federal verification process by utilizing the Verification Gateway (VG) online portal. If your FAFSA application is selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education, you will receive an introductory email to the email address you provided on the FAFSA. If no email was provided, you will receive an introductory postcard. The postcard will have our school logo along with Inceptia’s, so you will know it is official.
Please note the deadline for submitting verification documents for the Fall 2018 Semester is 07/01/18. Failure to provide the requested documents may result in the delay or denial of financial aid.
What Happens Next?
A custom school link will be included in the introductory communication requesting you access Verification Gateway. You will need to do the following*:
Confirm your identity (authentication).
Create a secure username and password.
Decide if you want to receive text messages and e-sign your submission.
Access your Task List and begin the verification process (the list may consist of some combination of online forms and the request to upload specific documents to VG).
*Dependent students that provided parental information on the FAFSA are required to have one parent also authenticate and create an account. This parent will be required to e-sign or provide an ink signature once all documentation has been submitted.
Upon receipt of all required documents, Inceptia will begin the verification process. Students will be notified if there are any questions or if any additional documentation is required via email, text or postcard. Once verification has been completed, the student and our school will be notified.
If you have any questions about the verification process, please contact Inceptia, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Central at 888-374-8427 or by email at VGCS@inceptia.org.
Inceptia, a division of National Student Loan Program (NSLP), is a nonprofit organization committed to offering effective and uncomplicated solutions in financial aid management, default prevention, and financial education. Our mission is to support schools as they launch brilliant futures for students, armed with the knowledge to become financially responsible citizens. Since 1986, we have helped more than two million students at 5,500 schools reach their higher education dreams. Each year, we help more than 160,000 students learn how to pay for college, borrow wisely, resolve their delinquency issues, and repay their student loan obligations. Our solutions are designed to support student success by helping financial aid administrators maximize resources, so they can spend more time focusing on students. More information at Inceptia.org.
“My Overall Financial Aid Status” – Check your overall financial aid status, your estimated Cost of Attendance and your Academic Progress status for financial aid participation. Note that the all-inclusive Cost of Attendance shows both direct costs (out-of-pocket) as well as indirect costs (living expenses, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses). You are not billed for indirect costs and NCCC does not have residential facilities. These other expenses are acknowledged, but not funded.
“My Award Information” – This area shows your estimated eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant and also reports to you any other financial aid awarded. Select the Aid Year 2017-2018 and click on the Details header to view the actual names and amounts by academic term. Note that you can also receive details about the Terms and Conditions of any aid awarded. You may also enroll in Direct Deposit, to have any remaining funds that are to be refunded to then be deposited in your personal checking account. To receive a refund or to authorize your credit balance to remain on your account, you must first complete a Title IV Authorization.
“My Financial Services” – Go here to look at your Account Summary. Review your tuition and fee charges and compare your anticipated financial aid which appears as an advance credit on your tuition bill. Understand that all financial aid “awarded” is based on an “assumption” of full-time. If you do not register for classes as a full-time student (12 credits for more), the amount that will pro-rate on your tuition account will adjust to three-quarter time or half-time. If there is a negative symbol in the “Balance Due” area, it means that you have more anticipated aid than your actual tuition and fee charges. Having more aid thaN your charges means that you have a tuition “credit balance”.