FAFSAFile your FAFSA
You must complete the FAFSA form to apply for federal, state, and some types of institutional aid.
FAFSA Simplification Act
The FAFSA Simplification Act is making significant changes to the processes for determining student aid eligibility. It aims to streamline the FAFSA application and need assessment procedures for federal student aid, and expands Federal Pell Grant eligibility.
These improvements have delayed the release of the 2024-2025 FAFSA from October to December 2023. When the new FAFSA launches later this year, the information you supply will determine how much aid you can receive for the Fall 2024, and Spring and Summer 2025, terms.
Here are some of the changes you can expect, as outlined in the FAFSA Simplification Act:
- Need analysis terminology changes: Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will be replaced with a new indicator: Student Aid Index (SAI). This is a new formula for indicating the capacity of a student’s family to pay.
- SAI requires fewer questions to be answered and pulls more information from federal income tax returns.
- Amendments set up a new policy by which students with an adjusted gross income (AGI) below specified levels automatically qualify for a maximum Pell Grant.
- Amendments expand student aid access by dropping prohibitions for certain drug-related offenses or not registering for the Selective Service.
- Modified procedures by which certain students can establish independent status and not supply parental information on the FAFSA.
While you can’t complete or submit the FAFSA until December, there are things you can do now to prepare.
- Do you have a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID? If not, create one now. This ID is a username and password you use to log in to U.S. Department of Education online systems. You use this ID every year you fill out a FAFSA and through the lifetime of your federal student loans.
- If your parents are divorced or separated, figure out which one of them will have to report their income. Starting this year, the parent who provides the greater portion of your financial support will have to report their income on your FASFA application.
- Make sure any person who would report income on your FASFA has filed a 2022 income tax return if they had to do so. The U.S. Department of Education will obtain your tax information, as well as that of your parent(s), directly from the IRS.
- Did you fill out a FAFSA form for 2023–24? Log in to your StudentAid.gov account and make sure your email address is up-to-date. As soon as the new application is launched, you will get an email reminding you to apply.
Questions? Reach out.
We’re available to help you navigate the financial aid process, find scholarship and grant opportunities, and supply a range of payment options. Contact the financial aid office at the campus you are attending.
You may file your FAFSA starting in December for the following year (2024-2025). You must complete a FAFSA each academic year to determine eligibility.
It is in your best interest to file the FAFSA as early as possible, as some funds may be limited. Other deadlines are as follows: EICC's priority deadline is March 1, and the State of Iowa’s deadline is July 1.
To make sure you can meet the tuition payment deadline and charge books, EICC has established the following priority financial aid processing deadlines. File your FAFSA and submit all required paperwork to the Financial Aid Office on or before these deadlines:
- July 15 (fall semester)
- December 1 (spring semester)
- May 1 (summer semester)
For all of our important deadlines, please see the Important Dates for Financial Aid page.
You will use your taxes from the prior-prior year. For example, students entering college in the fall of 2021 can use their family’s tax information from 2019 (those entering in the fall of 2022 can use their information from 2020 and so on).
The EICC Federal School Codes are as follows:
- Clinton Community College (CCC) Code 001853
- Muscatine Community College (MCC) Code 001882
- Scott Community College (SCC) Code 004074
A student who plans to enroll at more than one EICC campus, should use the federal code of the campus that is granting the degree. (Example: a student who is degree seeking at MCC but is taking classes at both MCC and SCC would use MCC's code.)
After you complete your FAFSA, the federal government will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR).
The Financial Aid Office may require additional documentation before your financial aid can be processed. You will be notified through your EICC email address if more information is required.
Once your FAFSA has been processed by the Financial Aid Office, you will be notified of your financial aid offer indicating the types of financial aid you qualify for, how much, and how to proceed. Please be advised that eligibility is based on full-time enrollment and students enrolled at less than full-time status will have their awards prorated according to their enrollment level.
The business office will then be notified of any available funding you may have and these funds will be credited to your tuition and fees.
If the financial aid for which you qualify exceeds the amount of your tuition and fees, you may use financial aid to charge books at the campus bookstore. The earliest books may be charged against financial aid is two weeks prior to the start of each semester. Any bookstore charges over and above your available financial aid eligibility are your responsibility.
Tuition and fees are due to the business office approximately two weeks before each semester begins. Keep in mind that financial aid can be a long process. If your financial aid eligibility has not been determined by the tuition due date, you will need to pay in full or sign up for the college's payment plan.
Still have questions?
Contact the financial aid office at the campus you are attending.