The FAFSA Application

You may apply for federal and state financial aid by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available beginning January 1 each year for the upcoming academic year.

The 2015-2016 FAFSA is for Summer 2015-Spring term 2016.

It is very important to file your FAFSA as early as possible beginning January 1 of each year to ensure your maximum award package.  One important reason to file early is that some types of funding can be depleted as the year goes on depending on the volume of students applying for aid.  Another is that the Oregon Student Access Commission has listed a cutoff date of February 1 for reviewing eligibility for the Oregon Opportunity Grant that they award to Oregon residents through the FAFSA.

*Your first step is to apply early by completing your FAFSA beginning January 1 every year!

*The next step will be to check your email often as all CCC correspondence will be via the email address you list on your FAFSA. You will receive further information and/or requests for documents from CCC to complete your application.

Important note:  Your financial aid award is not only based on your FAFSA information and the date you complete it but also on the date you complete all other CCC requirements.

FAFSA will direct financial aid applicants and their parents to retrieve, directly from the IRS, certain income and other information they had reported on their federal tax returns and to automatically transfer that information to their appropriate year FAFSA.  This is referred to as the IRS Data Retrieval process and was designed to provide an easier way for students and parents to provide tax information accurately. Since filing a FAFSA is recommended in January which is before the April tax deadline, students and parents will be instructed to complete the FAFSA with estimates and simply go back to their FAFSA after they file taxes and request the IRS Data Retrieval option. FAFSA will provide lots of information and instructions to applicants about this throughout the online application process.

Tip:  The 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA is a great tutorial that talks you through the sections of the 2015-2016 FAFSA in easy to understand steps.  It is a great reference to use before completing your FAFSA to assist you with understanding the questions and the financial aid process.

Tip: For additional line by line help on the FAFSA, go to Completing the FAFSA.


You may choose one of these three methods to file a FAFSA:

Apply on-line
Applying online at at is the quickest and easiest way to apply for aid. It immediately identifies potential errors and prompts you to make corrections.

Before you file, we recommend you complete a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet. This worksheet provides assistance in collecting the required information before you complete the FAFSA on the Web. The worksheet can be downloaded from the FAFSA website.

The following information is needed prior to filing your FAFSA on the Web:

  • Your SSN
  • Parents' SSN if you are a dependent student
  • Your driver's license number (if you have one)
  • Your Alien Registration Number if you are not a US citizen
  • Your W-2 forms and any other records of money earned
  • Your Federal Income Tax Return
  • Your parents Federal Income Tax Return if you are a dependent student
  • Untaxed income records, such as social security benefits, welfare, child support received, for example
  • Bank statements

Note that Clatsop has many computers around campus that have Internet access if you are interested in applying electronically and don’t have access to a computer.

Complete a PDF FAFSA
The PDF FAFSA is available for you to print and fill out manually or is screen-fillable at Federal Student Aid. It must be mailed for processing to the address printed on the FAFSA application.

Complete a Paper FAFSA
If you do not have Internet access, you can obtain a paper FAFSA application by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).


Last Updated: 
August 3, 2015, 1:58 pm
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