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

Over 8,700 students were awarded more than $24 million in scholarships, grants and tuition waivers through Harper College in 2014-2015.

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:

  • Created a FSA ID with a username and password here. The FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents, such as the FAFSA. If you are a dependent student, a parent must also have created a FSA ID. You will continue to use the same FSA ID as your gateway to file subsequent FAFSAs and to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. If you have a FSA PIN, you will be prompted to create a FSA ID.
  • Your (and your parents' if dependent; or your spouse's if married) federal income tax information and W2 forms from the prior year.  For the 2015-2016 FAFSA, use your 2014 tax information. Was the tax return filed 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 financial aid.