How to Apply for Financial Aid
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the application used to determine financial aid awards, whether federal grants, student loans, or federal work-study.
Your annual FAFSA application will require information from your Federal Tax Return , so file your annual Federal Tax Return forms as soon as possible, then complete your FAFSA online. If you earned no income in the previous year and are not a dependant, you may fill out a FAFSA as early as January 1. The online FAFSA application deadline is June 30.
Gather these documents, then go online to fill out your FAFSA:
- Get your Federal Student Aid (FSA) User ID. Your new FSA ID is now used instead of your former Federal Student Aid PIN. Learm more by downloading this pdf.
- Glendale Community College's Federal School code: 001076.
- Your Social Security number.
- Your Driver’s License number, Citizenship Verification, or Alien Registration number.
- Your parents' U.S. income tax return (IRS Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ) from last year (or yours, if you are an independent student). The online FAFSA application offers an IRS Data Retrieval Tool, to pull in your tax return data.
- W-2 Forms and other records of money earned last year.
- Current bank statements.
To be considered for Financial Aid every year, you must fill out the FAFSA every year. The government budgets a limited amount of money for federal student aid. So don't wait. The earlier you submit your FAFSA, the better your chances of receiving financial aid.
Learn more about the FAFSA application process at my.maricopa.edu.
We hold free financial aid information sessions throughout the year. Check our calendar for upcoming sessions.