FAQ: Answers


In order to receive financial aid do I have to apply each year?

 

Yes. A student must apply for financial aid each "Academic year" they plan to attend. The academic year at MCC begins with Summer and includes the following Fall and Spring semesters.

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Do I have to apply every semester?

 

No. A student must apply for financial aid each "Academic year" they plan to attend. The academic year at MCC begins with Summer and includes the following Fall and Spring semesters.

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What is the MCC Federal School Code and MCC Tap code?

 

The MCC Federal School Code is 002872 and the MCC Tap code is 2180.

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If my parents are divorced or separated, which parent should provide the information required to apply for aid?

 

Answer the questions about the parent you lived with more during the past 12 months. (If you did not live with one parent more than the other, give answers about the parent who provided more financial support during the past 12 months, or during the most recent year that you actually received support from a parent) If this parent has remarried as of today, answer the questions about that parent and the person whom your parent married. (your step-parent)

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What if I can't get my parent's information?

 

If you are unable to answer YES to one of the questions #45-57 on the FAFSA form, you must provide parents information.

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What is my MCC Voice Response System PIN?

 

When you call 585-292-2050 and select the Voice Response System option, the system will tell you how to determine your PIN.

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What is my Student Records PIN?

 

If you accessing the system for the first time, then your PIN is a random number. You may change your PIN at any time by choosing the Change Pin option.

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Do I still need to submit a Financial Aid Transcript even if I did not receive aid at a prior school?

 

You are no longer required to submit Financial Aid Transcripts from schools you previously attended.

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Do I need to submit tax returns?

 

Some students (and parents) are required to submit transcripts of their federal tax returns and other information to  be reviewed. If we need you to submit any documents, we will notify you by e-mail.

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What does it take to be considered an independent student?

 

You must be able to answer YES to at least one of the following:

  1. Are you 24 years of age, prior to the start of the calendar year?
  2. As of today, are you married? (Answer "YES" if you are separated but not divorced)
  3. Do you have any children who receive more than half of their support from you?
  4. Do you have dependents (other than your children or spouse) who live with you and who receive more than half of their support from you, now and through the end of the upcoming academic year?
  5. Are you an orphan or ward of the court or were you a ward of the court until age 18?
  6. Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?
  7. Are you currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training?
  8. As determined by a counrt in your state of legal residence, are you or were you an emancipated minor?
  9. As determined by a counrt in your state of legal residence, are you or were you in leagal guardianship?
  10. During the past year, did your high school or school district holemess liaison determine that you were an unaccompied youth who was homeless?
  11. During the past year, did the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determine that you were an unaccompied youth who was homeless?
  12. During the past year, did the director of a runaway or homeless yourth basic center or transitional living program determine that you were an unaccompied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?

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What if my family's financial circumstances change after I apply?

 

If there is a drastic change to your and/or your families financial circumstances, you may complete and submit a "Request for Considerations of Special Circumstances" Form, which can be downloaded from the "Forms" section of this web site.

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Should I use a Scholarship Search service?

 

We recommend you explore all sources of Financial Assistance. We have provided links to FREE search services. We also recommend you not use services that charge a fee.

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After I turn in my Direct Loan Promissory Note, when can I expect the money?

 

After you sign and submit your Direct Loan Promissory Note, the MCC Financial Aid Office will receive confirmation from the Dept. of Education for their approval of the loan. Once we have the approval and receive the funds, we disburse the funds to your student account. Once your account is paid in full, the Student Accounts Office will send you a check for any funds not needed to pay your bill.

Please note: We begin disbursing funds about the 6th week of the semesterl, after the faculty have verified whether or not students are attending their classes.

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Will I be eligible for the same amount of financial aid yearly?

 

Each academic year you must complete a new application. Your eligibility is based on the information you provide on the application, the number of credit hours you are taking, and your previous academic performance. If any of these things change, or eligibility rules change, your awards may change.

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We've been told we probably will not qualify for aid. Should we bother to apply?

 

We encourage everyone to apply at least once to determine if they are eligible.

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Can I receive Financial Aid during the Summer?

 

Yes. If you attend Summer classes and have applied for Financial Aid for the upcoming year, you will determine your eligibility for Summer Pell Grants and Loans. If you are interested in a student loan, download a Summer Application.

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How much Financial Aid can I get?

 

Eligibility is determined by the information you report on your FAFSA form, the number of credit hours you are taking, and your previous academic performance at Monroe Community College (returning students).

To begin, we encourage you to complete the FAFSA application

To research what types of aid are available view our Types of Financial Aid page.

To check on the status of your application view our Web for Students pages.

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What about my books?

 

Books are a very big, and expensive, part of your academic success at MCC.

If you apply for Financial Aid early enough and are eligible for enough aid, the College will establish a "book credit" in the bookstore. To obtain a book credit you must:

  1. complete the entire application process
  2. submit all required documents to the College
  3. have more than enough financial aid to cover your bill

Book Credits are available beginning one week before classes begin for eligible students. We continue to give credits to students through the 3rd week of classes.

The amount of the book credit is based on:

  1. the number of credit hours a student is taking
  2. the amount of financial aid a student is receivng

If you do not use all of your available book credit, the remaining amount will be mailed to you after the College determines that you are still attending after 4 weeks. These checks begin to be mailed during the 6th week of the semester.

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Will I be eligible for the same amount of aid at every College?

 

Probably not. If you are considering other colleges, contact them regarding your eligibility at their school.

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What if I withdraw. How will it affect me?

 

Withdrawing from classes will affect you either in the current semester or in the future. You should think very carefully about your decision and speak with an Advisor before making any decisions. Please view our Catalog to review possible affects.

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Can I receive financial aid as a Part-time student?

 

Yes. Please check our Applying for Financial Aid and our Types of  Financial Aid to check what you may be eligible for.

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What if I am part-time? Do I need any other forms?

 

You may. Please check our Applying for Financial Aid  page for more information.

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Is there an income level cutoff to qualify for Financial Aid?

 

There are many factors that affect a student's eligibility. We encourage everyone to apply no matter what your income. 

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Can Financial Aid be used to cover the cost of living in the MCC Residence Halls?

Students who are eligible to receive financial aid in excess of their tuition and fees, can use that excess financial aid to apply towards the housing charges of the residence halls. Students should be aware that they must apply for financial aid BEFORE March 15th, to insure that their financial aid can be credited towards their housing charges. Students should also note that not every student will be eligible for enough financial aid (grants, loans, & scholarships) to cover their tuition, fees, and housing charges.

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