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How to Apply for Financial Aid

Start with the FAFSA

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the application used to determine a student's financial aid eligibility and whether it will include federal grants, student loans, or federal work-study. Many factors are considered in your eligibility including annual income and the number in college. But don't wait. The earlier you submit your FAFSA, the better your chances of receiving financial aid. After all, the government budgets a limited amount of money for federal student aid. 

So, the first question every student should ask is – what semester are you planning on attending? That can determine which FAFSA you should fill out and what tax year you are required to report. 

FAFSA Year Semesters Covered Tax Year Required
2022/2023 Fall 2022, Spring 2023, and Summer 2023 2020

Please remember, that for every academic year you attend, you must submit a FAFSA. FAFSA is available to be renewed every October 1. The deadline to complete the FAFSA is June 30 of the current academic year (e.g. June 30, 2023, is the deadline to file a FAFSA for the 2022-2023 academic year).

Be sure that you become familiar with these Important Dates because filling out the FAFSA is only your first step in the process to receive aid.

Need help? We hold free financial aid information sessions/workshops. Check our calendar for upcoming sessions. There is an Online Tutorial Video on the top of this page along with some helpful documents and other resources available through Studentaid.gov.

Avoid Scams! Be aware of Financial Aid scams by reviewing the Department of Education's Tips on Avoiding Scams.

Gather These Documents:

  • Glendale Community College's Federal School code: 001076
  • Your Social Security number
  • Your Driver’s License number, Citizenship Verification, or USCIS or Alien Registration number (the A# is not the same as your "Arrival" number).
  • W-2 Forms and other records of money earned during the required tax year
  • Current bank statements

Then go online to fill out your FAFSA.