Paying for College

Financial Aid: How to Apply

Applying for financial aid is a two-part process

Your 2017-2018 FAFSA priority deadlines are:
June 1st 2017 - for the Fall 2017 semester
November 1st  2017 - for the Spring 2018 semester
June 1st 2017 - for returning students in order to be considered for NJ State grants & scholarships.

First-Time Students
STEP 1 - The first part is to fill-out, sign, and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the federal government website. Filling out the FAFSA is Free.

  • FAFSA Worksheet: You can view or print it from the FAFSA website (https://fafsa.ed.gov/fotw1718/pdf/fafsaws17c.pdf). The worksheet lists some important information and the questions you will need to answer online.
  • How to fill-out, sign, & then submit a FAFSA: You must go to the Federal government's FAFSA website, www.fafsa.gov, to fill-out the application. When you are done, you should sign it with your FSA ID (and your parent's, if required), and then click "Submit".
  • In order to sign the FAFSA online: While filling out the FAFSA, you will be asked to sign it with your FSA ID (username & password are your electronic signature).  You can create one & then use it to sign the application. If you are "considered to be" a dependent student, your parent will also be asked to sign it with his/her FSA ID.
  • You must enter Cumberland County College's Federal School Code, 002601, in order for the Financial Aid Office to receive your FAFSA information.
  • For HELP filling out the FAFSA call 800-433-3243.
  • Approximately 3-4 days after you submit your FAFSA online, the Federal Government will email or mail you a Student Aid Report (S.A.R.). Check this report for any errors and to be sure that Cumberland County College is listed. The F.A. Office periodically downloads completed FAFSA applications.

Also, you may Apply for NJ State Aid

  • Requires that you answer some additional questions after completing the FAFSA.  There are two ways to do this. (Note: answer the questions - no blanks.)
  • When you complete the FAFSA online, on the Confirmation screen, "click" on "Start your state application to apply for New Jersey state-based financial aid."
  • Another option: go to their website, www.njgrants.org, and click on "Answer New Jersey State Grants Questions."

STEP 2 - The second part allows the F.A. Office time to determine what funding you may be eligible for.

  • After the F.A. Office receives your processed FAFSA (SAR - Student Aid Report), they will notify you by email (which could be your college email or the email used when filling out the FAFSA) as to which additional information, financial documents, and signed college and/or federal verification forms they will need.
  • You must have applied for admission and been admitted to the college, and, have presented an official high school diploma or a HS/GED transcript to Enrollment Services.

Returning Students

STEP 1 - The first part is to fill-out, sign, & submit a FAFSA on the Federal Government website - see above.

STEP 2 - The second part allows the F.A. Office time to determine what funding you may be eligible for.
After the F.A. Office receives your processed FAFSA (SAR - Student Aid Report), they will notify you by email as to which additional information, financial documents, and signed college and/or federal verification forms they will need.

Note: Returning or Current Students may check their Financial Aid status, additional information required, and awards on their WebAdvisor account.