Complete the FAFSA

Applying for federal and state grants starts with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) administered by the U.S. Department of Education. 

General Eligibility Requirements must be met for students to be considered for federal and state financial aid programs.

 

How to Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

1.  Gather Information
You will need to have specific information available when completing the FAFSA. See the Information You'll Need.PDF

2.  Create an FSA ID
If you have not done so already, you will need to create an FSA ID. If you are a dependent student, a parent will also need to create an FSA ID.  An FSA ID is a username and password. It may take up to 3 days to receive your FSA ID.

The FSA ID is used to electronically sign your FAFSA and to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. You will use the same FSA ID to reapply for financial aid each year. 

The FAFSA is available October 1st for the next academic year. Some funds are limited; we encourage you to complete the FAFSA as early as possible to maximize your chances of receiving assistance.

Be sure to add Harper College's School Code: 003961 to ensure that your information is sent to Harper.

There are follow-up steps for you to take after completing the FAFSA.

1.  Review the Student Aid Report (SAR)
Your SAR will be emailed once you submit the FAFSA. You may also view your SAR at https://fafsa.ed.gov/. If there are any errors on the SAR, promptly follow the instructions to make the corrections.

2.  Complete and Submit Requested Documents to Harper College
We may request additional forms and documents to verify your eligibility and the information you provided on the FAFSA. You can view your unmet requirements in the My Finances tab on MyHarper. Follow the instructions and include the required signatures.

3.  Read and Accept Terms and Conditions
Every student is required to read and accept the Terms and Conditions on MyHarper as part of the financial aid awarding process.

4.  Receive an Award Notification