The Financial Aid Process
Am I eligible for financial aid?
To receive federal student aid, you must meet certain requirements. You must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
- Have a valid Social Security Number
- Males between the ages of 18 to 25 must register with Selective Service (go to www.sss.gov for more information)
- Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED)
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program and enrolled at a school that participates in the federal student aid programs
- Not have a drug conviction for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (such as grants, loans, or work-study)
- You must not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on a federal student loan.
- You must demonstrate financial need (except for unsubsidized loans)
How do I apply for financial aid?
The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This allows you to apply for federal and state grants. There is no charge for filing the FAFSA. The FAFSA can be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov . It is the fastest, most efficient way to apply for financial aid. Camden County College’s school code for completing the FAFSA is 006865.
Completing the FAFSA
You should complete the FAFSA with your accurate tax information from the prior calendar year. If you are a dependent student, then you must list both your information and your parents'. If you are married, then you must list information for yourself and your spouse. The application must be signed and dated in order to be processed. A parent signature is required for dependent students. We encourage you to electronically file your FAFSA with the Department of Education at www.fafsa.ed.gov Filing online is by far the fastest, most efficient method.
Before filing online, you (and your parent if you are dependent) should go to www.pin.ed.gov and apply for a PIN (an electronic access code number). Having a PIN allows you and your parents to sign your FAFSA electronically, thereby completing the entire process online.
How do I get help?
Online help with the filing process is available at www.fafsa.ed.gov and at www.studentaid.ed.gov. You can also obtain help over the telephone at 1-800-433-3243.
For additional assistance and information contact the financial aid office:
Blackwood: (856) 374-4985 or Camden: (856) 968-1340.
What happens next?
You should receive your Student Aid Report (also known as the SAR) from the Department of Education recapping the information submitted on the FAFSA application. You should review this information for accuracy as soon as you receive it. The school receives the same information electronically; we will inform you of the status of your application and tell you if we need any additional documentation. Once your file is complete, if you are eligible for aid, you should receive an award letter. Once you receive your SAR, expect to receive correspondence from the financial aid office in approximately four weeks.
Estimating your Eligibility (Net Price Calculator)
This calculator is designed to give you an early indication of how much and what types of financial aid you might qualify for if you were a full time, first year undergraduate student in the academic year indicated. It is a tool that we hope will give you a clear picture of options and opportunities, so you can make more informed decisions about your college choices. The results are non-binding and will only be as reliable as the data you provide. The net price calculator will give you an estimate of your net price and aid eligibility. To get an accurate award the FAFSA application will need to be completed.