Paying for College: Easy as 1, 2, 3

Step 1: Apply for Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The information you provide determines whether you qualify for federal and state grants and federal loans based on financial need.

You must apply for admission to Houston Community College and pay the application fee before the college can review your FAFSA information. Review eligibility requirements for further information about qualifying for aid.

Students are encouraged to file their FAFSA application as early as possible and utilize the Data Retrieval Tool to access tax return information. 

Steps to complete the FAFSA

Step 2: Check Status

Students can log into myHCC to:

  • Review requirement documentation on the "To Do List" located on the upper right hand side of the home page.
  • Activate the student HCC email account. All notices, status updated, and announcements will be sent to the HCC email account.
  • View Financial Aid Status.
  • Accept or Decline Student Loan Offers (Financial aid awards are processed daily)
  • Financial Aid disbursements (payment applied to charges and appear as a credit to the student account) are processed two or three times each week.
  • Financial Aid refunds (excess funds transmitted to student through the higher one account) are processed once a week.    

Step 3: Receive Award Notification

Students will receive email communications each semester from HCC and Higher One when aid disbursements and refunds have been processed and made available to the student.

Financial aid funds are not released to students until they are earned. Students earn financial aid funds by successfully attending classes for a period of time. Students will begin to receive excess aid funds when they have been attending classes for at least 5 to 6 weeks (all classes, including late start).

More about the awards, disbursement and refunds

See Glossary of Terms for further explanation of financial aid terminology.