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Applying for Financial Aid

Application Steps

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    Apply as early as possible, after October 1st for the upcoming academic year to ensure that all federal, state and institutional deadlines are met.

    Visit the Federal Student Aid FAFSA: Apply for Aid playlist on YouTube for help with common FAFSA questions.

    The College of Lake County's Federal School Code is 007694.

    You will need to create an FSA ID to submit and make updates to your FAFSA, and to access other Department of Education financial aid sites. For information about the FSA ID, read What's an FSA ID and Why Do I Need One? (PDF).

  2. Review your Student Aid Report (SAR).
    After you submit your FAFSA, the Department of Education (ED) will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR confirms the information reported on your FAFSA and will tell you your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is an index of need that our office will use to determine the amount of federal student aid for which you qualify. ED will also send our office an electronic copy of your SAR called an ISIR.

  3. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.
    If we need more information from you, we will contact you by mail or email and add items to your “To Do List”. Be sure to keep your address current with the Registrar and Records Office and check your “To Do List” in myStudentCenter often for any updates. Students can access financial aid information, holds, and checklists for financial aid processes via myStudentCenter. After a review of your SAR, we will prepare a letter outlining your aid eligibility.

Summer only students:

Students attending CLC for summer term with the intent to transfer earned credits to their home campus will need to contact their degree granting institutions financial aid office for a consortium agreement.

Attend a Financial Aid Workshop

Attend a FREE workshops for in-person help completing the FAFSA! No registration is required.

Bring the following:

For 2018-2019 FAFSA applications:

  • Your 2016 tax forms
  • Your parents’ 2016 tax forms (if applicable)
  • Your driver’s license or state ID
  • Social security card
  • Information about assets such as: savings, certificates of deposit, stock shares, bonds, investments in real estate, businesses, or farms

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