2017-2018 FAFSA AVAILABLE OCTOBER 1, 2016
October 1, 2016 is the first day to complete the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The 2017-18 FAFSA is the application for Summer 2017 through Spring 2018 Clatsop financial aid. This is next academic year not this year!
The 2016-17 FAFSA is also available for this academic year. The 2016-17 FAFSA is for Clatsop financial aid, Summer 2016 through Spring 2017.
Both the 2016-17 FAFSA and the 2017-18 FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov 
7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA: A Student's Guide to the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid  is a great reference that will talk you through the sections of the 2016-2017 FAFSA in clear and easy to understand steps.
The first stop in getting a question answered about Clatsop financial aid is the "Welcome Center" located in Columbia Hall. Staff can help with most questions about your financial aid. Forms needed to complete the financial aid process can be printed at the Welcome Center. The FAFSA can be completed on the computers in the Welcome Center.
You can check your financial aid status on your MyCCC account anytime. Just log in and click on "Financial Aid Status".
If you have applied for financial aid but have not received your Award Letter, click on "What is Needed to Complete Application Processing?" on the Financial Aid Status page of your MyCCC account as soon as possible.
To apply for student financial aid at Clatsop Community College, including federal and state grants, work-study, and loans, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is free. Completing and submitting a FAFSA is the single most important thing you can do to get assistance paying for your education at Clatsop. The FAFSA collects information about you and your family. This information is used by Clatsop to determine your eligibility for student financial aid. Make sure to complete the correct year FAFSA.
Simple steps to complete the FAFSA:
Create a Federal Student Aid ID to get access to the online system. If you don't have an ID create one.
Gather the necessary documents including: Social Security number, 2015 federal income tax returns, W-2 forms, records of untaxed income, bank statements and records of investments. To speed up the process, the FAFSA uses an IRS Data Retrieval Tool that allows 2015 tax information to transfer directly from the IRS. Simply click 'link to IRS' in the financial information section of the FAFSA to transfer tax information.
List Clatsop on the FAFSA. By doing this Clatsop Financial AId receives the results of the FAFSA.
Complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA for enrollment Summer 2016 through Spring 2017.
Complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA for enrollment Summer 2017 through Spring 2018.
Please contact us if you have any questions about which FAFSA to complete.
Complete your FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov  .
Watch a 3 minute video on How to Fill Out the FAFSA .
Watch another 3 minute video on After the FAFSA: What Happens Next? 
Things to Know
New to financial aid? Find out more with these helpful links.
Types of Aid
There are four basic types of financial aid: scholarships, grants, work study, and loans. Typically, students are offered a combination of these types of financial aid. Awards will differ from student to student and a student may qualify for several of the awards listed below or only one.
Students must apply for scholarships and financial aid each academic year to be considered. At Clatsop, the academic year begins with summer term and continues with fall, winter and spring. Some program funding is limited, therefore, students should apply as soon as possible after January 1st each year.
September 17th is Constitution Day. This day commemorates the September 17, 1787, signing of the United States Constitution . Written in 1787, ratified in 1788, and in operation since 1789, the United States Constitution is the world's longest surviving written charter of government. Its first three words –– "We the People" –– affirm that the government of the United States exists to serve its citizens. For over two centuries the Constitution has remained in force because its framers wisely separated and balanced governmental powers to safeguard the interests of majority rule and minority rights, of liberty and equality, and of the federal and state governments. Since 1789, the Constitution has evolved through amendments to meet the changing needs of a nation now profoundly different from the eighteenth-century world in which its creators lived.
To encourage all Americans to learn more about the Constitution, Congress in 1956 established Constitution Week, to begin each year on September 17th, the date in 1787 when delegates to the Convention signed the Constitution. In 2004, Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia included key provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2005 designating September 17th of each year as Constitution Day and requiring public schools and governmental offices to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution.
The following links lead to basic information about the Constitution:
The Bill of Rights 
The Founding Fathers 
Financial Aid Web Resources / Ayuda Financiera 
Great sites for college and financial aid information for high school students, parents and adult students. All sites are also in Spanish.
College Navigator  - Information about Clatsop students, programs, cost and financial aid provided by the National Center for Educational Statistics.
Student Aid on the Web -covers all aspects of college planning and financial aid
FAFSA4caster  -estimates financial aid eligibility for high school students/parents
FSA ID - The FSA ID is used to sign the FAFSA. Students and parents (if needed) must have a FSA ID
FAFSA  -Free Application for Federal Student Aid
National Student Loan Data System -account access for loan borrowers
MyMoney.gov  - This is the U. S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. The site provides important information designed to help make smart financial choices.
SALT - SALT is a free, nonprofit-backed educational program that helps students through neutral advice, practical information, and interactive lessons. SALT helps students gain money knowledge for college and beyond, keeping them on the path to success.
Watch and listen to an informative 5 minute FAFSA Overview .
The 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA; A Student's Guide to the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid  is a great reference that will talk you through the sections of the 2016-2017 FAFSA in clear and easy to understand steps.
The IRS  Data  Retrieval Tutorial  explains in more detail the FAFSA process of transferring your IRS data to your FAFSA. This tutorial is meant to help you UPDATE your FAFSA with your IRS information. If you have not yet filed your FAFSA, you should refer to the 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA tutorial above.
2016-17 How to pay for college. This is a PDF presentation intended for new students thinking about attending Clatsop in 2016-17 and applying for any type of financial aid.
If you can't find your answer online, please contact our office.