Important Information

Important Information

HCC’s New Federal Verification Process for 2018-2019

We have established a partnership with Inceptia to expedite the federal verification process. If your FAFSA application is selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education, you will receive an introductory email at the email address you provided on the FAFSA. If no email was provided, you will receive an introductory postcard. The postcard will have our school logo along with Inceptia’s, so you will know it is official. Please note, the deadline for submitting these documents is July 1, 2018. Failure to provide the requested documents could result in the delay or denial of financial aid.

Update for Students with Financial Aid

Financial Aid awarding is underway and applications are processed in the order they were received. While Housatonic Community College accepts applications all year, in order to ensure priority consideration, your application should be completed by July 1, 2018.

  • Financial Aid students should check their status in my.CommNet in mid-April, and complete any outstanding requirements to finalize their award.
  • Financial Aid Students should track their my.CommNet.edu site to make sure a Financial Aid Award is on their account before registering for classes; if not, there is a payment plan option.
  • Students should not register unless they are ready to make a payment at that time.
  • You must complete your FAFSA form on the web! The website for 2018-2019 is www.fafsa.ed.gov. You will get your results back sooner by applying online.
  • If you don’t already have a FSA ID, you can create one when logging into the FAFSA website and clicking the link "Create an FSA ID". You'll need a FSA ID to electronically sign your FAFSA. If you are a dependent student, your parents should also apply for a FSA ID so they can electronically sign your FAFSA.
  • To apply for Financial Aid, you must complete a 2018-2019 FAFSA using your 2016 Federal Taxes and W2 form(s).
  • The student as well as parents must have completed their 2016 Federal Tax returns.
  • If you need assistance filing your application electronically, please call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at (800) 433-3243, or the Financial Aid Office at 203-332-5047.

Must I apply each year?

Eligibility for federal student aid does not carry over from one award year to the next. Therefore, you must reapply for aid each award year by completing and submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you want to receive federal student aid for the 2018-2019 award year (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019), you must submit a 2018-2019 FAFSA.

Attending FAFSA Workshops

FAFSA Workshops

FAFSA workshops are designed to help you complete your free application for federal student aid (FAFSA). FAFSA is the main application that we use to determine your financial aid eligibility.

FAFSA Checklist

**FSA ID for student and/or parent MUST be obtained prior to workshop date by visiting http://fsaid.ed.gov

Student Information:

  • FSA ID or Valid E-mail address
  • Social security number
  • If you ARE NOT a U.S. Citizen but an eligible non-citizen Permanent Residence Card (Green Card) or Alien Number
  • Driver's license number (if you have one)
  • Current savings, investment, and business Information (if any)
  • 2016 Federal Tax Returns & W2's (if filed, to complete 2018-2019 FAFSA)
  • ***You are considered a Dependent Student and will need to provide parent's information if you are younger than 24, not married, have no children, never been in foster care or a ward of the court***

Parent's Information (If Applicable): (This checklist also applies to step-parents)

  • FSA ID or Valid E-mail address for at least one parent
  • Social security number
  • Date of Birth: Month/Day/Year
  • Month/Year: Married/Remarried, Separated, Divorced, or became widowed (If Applicable)
  • Current savings, investment, and business Information (if any)
  • 2016 Federal Tax Returns & W2's (if filed, to complete 2018-2019 FAFSA)

For help completing your FAFSA, please attend one of the workshops below.


FAFSA Workshops will be available on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Sept 20th 4:00-6:00 Rm LH-A217
  • Tuesday, Sept 25th 3:00-5:00 Rm LH-A217
  • Monday, Oct 1st 2:00-4:00 Rm BH-319
  • Tuesday, Oct 9th 3:00-5:00 Rm BH-219
  • Thursday, Oct 18th 4:00-6:00 LH-A217
  • Wednesday, Oct 24th 1:00-3:00 Rm BH-319
  • Wednesday, Oct 31st 10:00-12:00 Rm BH-319

Getting Your IRS Transcript

  • To obtain a copy of your Federal Tax transcript and W2 forms online, go to the IRS website at www.irs.gov.
  • To obtain a copy by phone, contact the IRS at (844) 545-5640 and follow the voice prompt.
  • To obtain a copy by mail, mail the IRS form 4506-T (or form 4506-T-EZ) to, or request a copy in person at, 915 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, CT 06604. IRS forms are also available online at www.irs.gov.

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