We know paying for college can often seem like a daunting and confusing task. But it doesn’t have to be! NHCC Director of Financial Aid, Kristi L’Allier is here to clean up the confusion by answering 4 frequently asked questions about financial aid.
How do I apply for Financial Aid?
The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is used to determine your financial need and your eligibility for federal and state financial aid programs. This includes grants (free money), work study (money earned), and loans (money borrowed). It is also required for any scholarships offered based on financial need. It is important to submit the FAFSA as early as possible, to access the maximum amount of resources. There are many scholarship options available. The scholarship application at NHCC will open mid-February, and you should also check with your high school, community organizations, professional organizations, and your employer. NHCC has a list of some local and national scholarship resources on our website as well.
How much financial aid can I receive?
There is more than enough financial aid that you can receive, borrow, or earn to get you through your education at NHCC. Your financial aid offer may include any combination of grants, scholarships, work study, and student loans depending on the results from your FAFSA and any scholarships you receive.
Am I eligible for financial aid if I’m not a US citizen?
You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to complete the FAFSA. Citizens of the Freely Associated States, permanent residents, and the following eligible non-citizens are also able to apply: conditional resident aliens; refugees; persons paroled into the US for at least one year; Cuban-Haitian entrants; and victims of human trafficking. Minnesota offers the Dream Act application to undocumented students that are not eligible to complete the FAFSA. The Dream Act application is available through the MN Office of Higher Education.
Who do I contact if I need help applying for financial aid?
There is always someone available to meet with you either on-campus, or virtually. We are available during normal business hours on a walk-in basis or by appointment. Visit nhcc.edu/financialaid for more information.