For most students, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is one of the first steps needed to get started at NHCC.
Financial Aid: Steps to Pay for College
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the most popular form of financial aid for college students. The application for the upcoming year is available October 1.
You will need to renew your FAFSA each year to ensure you are granted any eligible aid, so make sure you follow the steps below — and do it on time!
If you have any questions along the way, reach out to our office and let us help.
Follow these steps to get all of the financial aid you can:
Review your FAFSA. Most students need to provide additional information (for example: tax documents, transcripts, residency information, or documentation of high school graduation). You will receive an email when the list of additional items needed is available to view on your e-services account. All requested information must be provided before your award is processed.
Receive your award notice from NHCC. You will receive an email when your award is available to view on your e-services account.
Look for student employment opportunities. If you are hired, contact the Financial Aid Office to complete a work study authorization form and provide documentation of employment eligibility. Additional information is available in the Student Employment Guide.
Understanding Your Award
NHCC's priority aid application deadline is March 1. Students who complete their file by the priority deadline are given first consideration for SEOG grants and student employment for the following academic year.
- MN State Grant deadline - The Federal processor must receive your FAFSA no later than 30 days after the start of the semester. If your FAFSA is received after the MN State Grant deadline, you will not be eligible for MN grant for that semester.
- Pell Grant enrollment deadline - You must be registered for all classes by the Pell Grant enrollment date. Classes added after the enrollment date are not eligible for Pell grant.
Location & Contact
Educational Services (ES) 46
Financial Aid Hours
Monday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.