Step 1: Prepare for your Financial Aid application

 

Getting an Email Address

GCC Financial Aid and the US Department of Education use email to keep you informed of your financial aid status.  If you do not have an email account, you can get a free account at any of the following:

Applying for a FAFSA PIN (personal identification number)

If you do not already have a federal student aid PIN, go to www.pin.ed.gov.  The PIN allows you to electronically sign your federal student aid application (FAFSA), saving you weeks of processing time. If you have to include your parents' information when you complete your federal aid application, your parents will also need to request a federal student aid PIN.

If you are not sure if you already have a PIN, you can go towww.pin.ed.gov to check.  The Department of Education will email you directions on how to obtain your PIN from a secure website. Allow 5 days to secure your PIN.

Your PIN serves as your password to access your personal information on the Department of Education website.

What do you need to fill out the FAFSA

To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will need:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • A Federal Student Aid PIN to sign electronically. (If you do not already have one, visit www.pin.ed.gov to obtain one.)

If you are a dependent student, then you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s).

  • Parent’s social security number 
  • Parent’s Alien registration or permanent resident card number (if applicable)
  • Parent’s valid email account
  • Parent’s most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
  • Parent’s Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Parent’s Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • Parent’s Federal Student Aid PIN to sign electronically. (If they do not already have one, visit www.pin.ed.gov to obtain one.)

*For further questions or helpful information you can visit:https://fafsa.ed.gov/help.htm