How to Apply for Financial Aid

Harper College offers an outstanding education at an affordable cost. In today's challenging economic times, many of our students seek grants, scholarships, campus employment, and loans from our Office of Student Financial Assistance to meet their educational expenses.

Help is Available

In 2010-2011 Harper College awarded over $32 million dollars in financial aid to approximately 6,700 students.

Requesting financial assistance starts with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a federal form.

Important: You cannot receive financial aid from two schools simultaneously.

Before Filing the FAFSA

The FAFSA is a comprehensive form that gathers information about you, and your parents if you are a dependent student. To complete the FAFSA, you will need to have:

  • A PIN to securely, electronically sign your FAFSA.  Applications E-signed by a PIN are processed faster. You (and a parent, if dependent) can obtain a PIN at Federal Student Aid PIN. Save your PIN; you will continue to use the same PIN as your gateway to file subsequent FAFSAs and to access other online tools.
  • Your (and your parents', if dependent) income tax information and W2 forms from the prior year.  For the 2013-14 FAFSA, you provide 2012 tax information.
    Did you file your (and your parents, if dependent), tax return electronically? If so, you can access the IRS Data Retrieval Tool while completing the online FAFSA form to copy the required information from your tax return directly into the FAFSA.
  • Required information including your Social Security Number, Driver's License Number; email address, asset and investment information (checking, savings, mutual funds, stocks, bonds, real estate), and untaxed income not reported on your taxes.
  • Harper College's School Code:  003961

Taking an extra step or two to provide accurate information on the FAFSA will save time in processing your application.