Northwest Community College

Eligibility Requirements

When applying for financial aid, NCCC students must meet certain eligibility requirements. There are general eligibility requirements, as well as individual eligibility requirements that must be met after the general.

General Eligibility Requirements for Financial Aid at NCCC

  • You must be enrolled as a regular student working toward an Associate Degree or certificate in an eligible program of study. This is called “matriculation”.

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or an eligible non-citizen.

  • You must have earned a high school diploma or GED certificate.

  • You must meet the Connecticut Community Colleges requirements for making satisfactory academic progress after each academic term.

  • You must certify that you will use federal student aid funds only for educational purposes and that you are not in default on prior federal student loans or owe a refund of federal Title IV grant or loan funds.

  • You must have a valid Social Security Number.

  • You must demonstrate financial need as a result of filing an accurate FAFSA.

  • You must understand that you may have to pay back federal student aid if you withdraw from all classes before earning the full amount of any federal student aid you were scheduled to receive.

  • You must be registered, if male, with the Selective Service System (military draft).

Note that other restrictions may apply in instances of having previously earned a bachelor’s degree, incarceration or federal or state convictions for selling or possessing illegal drugs.

Individual Eligibility Requirements for Financial Aid at NCCC

In addition to meeting the General Eligibility requirements, you must also meet these individual eligibility requirements.  

  • You must demonstrate “financial need” as it is measured by an analysis of the financial data that you reported on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This means that all of the information you reported on your FAFSA is evaluated and a calculation of your ability to contribute to your college expenses is determined. The calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is subtracted from your Cost of Attendance. If your EFC is less than your Cost of Attendance, you demonstrate financial need.
  • You must accept your responsibility to know the Priority Deadline Dates and understand that if you are a late applicant, NCCC cannot guarantee whether the campus-administered aid programs will have available funds remaining when your FAFSA is received. However, the Financial Aid Office will process and determine your eligibility for a federal Pell Grant regardless of the Priority Deadline, provided that you satisfy all verification document requirements no later than 120 days of the last date of your college attendance.
  • You must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) to have any federal, state, or college grants or scholarships paid (disbursed) to your tuition account.  The exception to this requirement is that you may be eligible for a partial federal Pell Grant if you are registered for classes less than half-time (1 – 5 credits).