Financial Aid

Apply for Financial Aid

Step 1: Apply for Federal Financial Aid

To apply for federal financial aid, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using HCC's School Code (010422). 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 before the college can review your FAFSA information. Review eligibility requirements for further information about qualifying for aid.

  • FALL 2018-2019 FINANCIAL AID: If you plan to attend HCC Fall 2018, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019, you need to fill out the 2018–19 FAFSA form using 2016 tax info
  • FALL 2019-2020 FINANCIAL AID: If you plan to attend HCC Fall 2019, Spring 2020 and Summer 2020, you need to fill out the 2019–20 FAFSA form using 2017 tax info

FAFSA TIPS:

  • FILE EARLY: Students are encouraged to file their FAFSA application as early as possible. View www.hccs.edu/earlyfafsa for FAFSA's opening dates. 
  • DATA RETRIEVAL TOOL: When possible, please utilize the Data Retrieval Tool to import tax return information into the FAFSA. 
  • TWO WAYS TO FILL OUT THE FAFSA: Once you’re ready, you have several ways to complete the FAFSA form, including the fafsa.gov website or the new myStudentAid mobile app. Using the app, you can fill out the FAFSA form safely and securely from your mobile device. On the app, you can also manage your FSA ID, view your federal student aid history and loan information, and more. The myStudentAid app is available from both the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android).

Step 2: While You Wait for Financial Aid Award

Students can log into myHCC to:

  • Activate the student HCC email account. All notices, status updates and announcements will be sent to the HCC email account and preferrerd email address you provided on the FAFSA. 
  • Submit required documentation on the "To Do List" located on the upper right hand side of the home page.

Step 3: Accept/Decline Financial Aid Award

Each semester, you will receive email communications from HCC and BankMobile about the status of your financial aid award.

Once you receive award notification letter, you will have to 

  1. Accept or Decline student loan offers — grants are automatically accepted. 
  2. Complete loan requirements.

**Without completing loan requirements, your loans will not disburse or refund. 

 

Step 4: Payment Plan for Balances Not Covered by Financial Aid

If you do not have enough financial aid to cover costs of classes, you will have to make arrangements with the Business Office for to pay for balance. For more information about payment plans, click here

Step 5: Disbursement and Refunds

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

Disbursement means that all eligible financial aid funds will be posted to your account as a payment for classes. Once a disbursement of your financial aid is posted as payment for your classes, any aid leftover will be refunded to you within 48 – 72 hours (2-3 business days). 

  • 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 BankMobile account) are processed once a week.

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Resources

Financial Aid Contact Center

Financial Aid Contact

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