Getting Started

Getting Started

Students are responsible for completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is processed by the U.S. Department of Education and the results are sent to the school (ISIR) and to the student in a document known as a Student Aid Report (SAR). The school cannot determine an award without an SAR. You do not need to wait until you have been accepted into a program to start this process. Please read the following instructions carefully.

  • Step 1. Gather items that will assist you in completing the FAFSA, for example: tax returns, W2s, Driver's License, SS#, bank statements, untaxed income, assets, child support, etc.
  • Step 2. Create an FSA ID (Pin numbers are no longer used.) 
    Go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/fsaid to create a user name and password.  WRITE THEM DOWN.  If you are a dependent student, a parent must also apply for a FSAID.   It will take one to three days for you to be able to use this user name and password for some functions.
  • Step 3.  Go to https://fafsa.gov and log in with your user name and password.  (If it asks you to pay for your FAFSA, you are at the WRONG site.
  • Step 4. Complete a FAFSA on-line. For classes beginning July 1, 2018 or later, choose the school year 2018-19.  Our federal school code is 012967.  Mid-East Career and Technology Centers - Adult Education. Some of the federal sites show an abbreviated version of our name as Mid-East CTC - Adult Education.
PLEASE NOTE:  It is critical that you LINK TO IRS using the Data Retrieval Tool whenever possible located at the Financial Information area.  This will allow a data transfer from the IRS directly to the FAFSA.  If you use this and are verified, you will not have to order a tax transcript from the IRS.
  • Step 5. Make sure you click the small SIGN button at the last step before you submit your FAFSA.  If you do not, you will not receive you Expected Family Contribution on the completion screen.  This paper is a summary of your SAR.
  • Step 6. If there are any FAFSA issues that need to be resolved, we will contact you and may ask you to schedule an appointment.
  • Step 7. Once you have been accepted into the program and completed necessary paperwork for financial aid, then students will need to attend a workshop in order to sign off on their award information prior to an official award being mailed to the student.  Students will receive information on how to opt-out of books and supplies during the workshop.  Award letters must be returned to the financial aid office prior to the start of the stuent's start date.
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