Apply for Financial Aid
The Financial Aid Process
Step 1: Get an Email Address
The office of Financial Aid Service at NCC and the U.S. Department of Education will use e-mail to keep you informed. It is necessary for you to have an e-mail address where you can be reached. If you change your email please inform the Records office at NCC and The U.S. Department of Education.
If you don’t have an e-mail address you can obtain one for FREE at many websites on the Internet. Some of these sites are:
NOTE: For FSA ID purposes it is essential that you maintain access to the email you use to create your FSA ID.
Step 2: Apply for an FSA ID
If you do not have an FSA ID, go to www.fsaid.ed.gov . The FSA ID will allow you to sign your federal student aid application electronically, saving you several weeks in processing time. If you must include parent’s information when you complete your federal aid application, your parent(s) will also need to request an FSA ID.
If you are not sure whether or not you have an FSA ID already, try to retrieve your username.
TIP: You will need your FSA ID each time you file or make corrections to your FAFSA. You must keep your FSA ID login information in a safe place so you can easily access your FAFSA application. You may want to keep your FSA ID information with your tax documents so you will always know where it is.
Step 3: Complete FASFA Online
To apply for Federal, State and NCC funds go to and complete the federal student aid application online. This site has a useful ‘pre-application worksheet’ you may want to print the worksheet out first.
You will need NCC’s school code: 001399
What documents do I need to fill out the FAFSA?
You will need records for income earned in the year prior to when you will start school. You may also need records of your parent(s) income information. For example: For the School year 2020-2021 (Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021) you would need 2018 income information.
Additional documents needed are:
- Your Social Security Card and Driver’s License
- W-2 Forms or other records of income earned
- Your (and your spouse’s, if you are married) Federal Income Tax Return
- Your parent(s) (if dependent) Federal Income Tax Return
- Records of other untaxed income received such as:
- Payments to tax-deferred pension and retirement savings plans
- Child support received
- Veteran’s non-education benefits
- Allowances paid to members of the military or clergy
- Money received or paid on your behalf.
- Current bank statements and records of stocks, bonds, and other investments
- Business or farm records, if applicable
- Your alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
Step 4: Use myCommNet
Now that you’ve applied for financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education and Norwalk Community College, you can track your financial aid application and award information on the Internet by using the NCC Online student information system:
In addition to being able to track your financial aid application online, you will be able to download any forms you may need to complete your application requirements. You can then print out these documents and either mail or drop them off at the Financial Aid Office location in room E105. To inform you of your application status, we will periodically e-mail you and direct you to visit the online system to check your list of missing documents. You should make sure you log-in to the online student information system weekly to stay current with your financial aid information and news. If you have changed your email or mailing address please update your information in the Records Office.
Step 5: Review Your Financial Aid Award
When we complete our review of your financial aid application, we will notify you at your school email address and direct you to the Online student information system.
Once your financial aid offer has been issued, you will be able to view it when you log into my.CommNet. Your use of the online student information system allows you 24 hours/day, 7 days/week access to the your financial aid information at Norwalk Community College.
Once a student turns 18 years old only certain information can be shared with parent(s)/guardian, or any agency acting on your behalf. please see FERPA Information which details more about confidential information and your rights and responsibilities as a student.