You must complete the FAFSA form to apply for federal, state, and some types of institutional aid.

Check out FAFSA on the web new window for more information or to complete the form on-line. 

When should I file the FAFSA?

You may file your FAFSA on October 1 for the following academic year.  You must complete a FAFSA each academic year to determine eligibility.

It is in your best interest to file the FAFSA as early after October 1 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 be assured that you are able to meet the tuition payment deadline and to be able to charge books, EICC has also established the following priority financial aid processing deadlines. To meet these deadlines, you should file your FAFSA and submit all required paperwork to the Financial Aid Office on or before the deadlines below:

  • 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.

Which taxes do I need to file the FAFSA?

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). 

Which Federal School Code should I use?

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.)

What happens after I file my FAFSA?

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