Apply For Federal/State Aid

FAFSA

Filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the most important step you can take toward receiving financial assistance for college. Submitting a FAFSA is what starts the process for receiving federal or state financial aid, whether you are hoping to receive grants you will not have to pay back or need a student loan which you will repay after graduation.

Here's how the process works and what you need to do if you will be attending KCC:

  1. Apply early for admission (link to app. form) to KCC.
  2. Apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at http://www.pin.ed.gov/. One parent and each student should apply for a PIN. This PIN will serve as your electronic signature and will allow you access to your personal records.  If parent(s) have more than one child attending college, the parent(s) will have one PIN and each student will have their own PIN.
  3. Fill out and submit the FAFSA online.
    • KCC's Title IV school code is 007690.
    • The FAFSA form is available online at http://www.fafsa.gov/.
    • Filing the FAFSA electronically will speed up the process considerably. Computer terminals are available on campus in Student Services and Financial Aid. You can also submit electronically from local libraries, high schools and the Illinois Employment and Training Center in downtown Kankakee. 
    • KCC's Priority deadline for processing FAFSAs for fall enrollment is June 1.
  4. Within seven (7) business days after submitting the FAFSA on line, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) at the email you provided while completing the FAFSA. If you did not provide an email address the SAR will be forwarded to you by mail. Check it immediately for errors. If corrections are needed, log back into http://www.fafsa.gov/ and follow the correction instructions.  The KCC Office of Financial Aid will send you important documents by mail.  Make sure to read these documents thoroughly.
  5. Some students are selected by the federal processor for a review process called Verification. If you are selected, you will receive a Verification Worksheet.  Complete the Verification Worksheet and return it to KCC's Office of Financial Aid with photocopies of all the documents requested.
  6. You will receive an Award Letter from KCC's Office of Financial Aid listing the assistance for which you have been approved. Report any assistance you will receive that is not listed on the Award Letter.
  7. For students with a MAP grant, the award will be applied by KCC's Accounting Office. When you register for classes each semester, your bill will be paid through a transmittal process until it is depleted.
  8. If you are receiving a student loan, these funds will be disbursed according to federal regulations.
  9. If awarded funds exceed your costs at KCC, a refund check will be issued to you according to the Financial Aid Calendar (see tab on left to view this calendar).

Notes: - For students enrolled in classes which are late starting in a semester, the date of financial aid disbursement will be affected. You may call the Federal Processor at 800-433-3243 to request a paper FAFSA be mailed to you. This may slow down processing time.