Many students need educational financial assistance for various reasons and the Financial Aid Office is available to help you meet the basic expenses of tuition and fees. Even if you feel you may not be eligible for aid, we encourage all students to apply for it using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application is available starting in October of the previous year (example: if applying for Fall 2020, FAFSA is available starting October 2019).
An Important Note About Your Student Email
As soon as you are admitted, be sure to use your student email when communicating with Financial Aid and other offices and college personnel. It is the only way to ensure we can safeguard the privacy of your student records. There will be a number of actions you can take and processes you can complete online working with different offices at MCC, Financial Aid among them. Note that the Financial Aid Office can only conduct business with you through your student email account.
“Meet” with us!
We are still here! Just in a slightly different capacity. We are able to offer several options for information sessions for financial aid, Q&As to ask whatever questions you may have, a virtual Open House, as well as individual virtual meetings. See the links to register below.
If you would like to meet with someone one-on-one – either virtually or in person – please fill out this form and someone will be available and in touch during the timeframe you’ve chosen.
You can also just send us a quick email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Information and Q&A Sessions
Admissions Info Sessions
Every Tuesday, join us for a WebEx Event.
View the schedule and register now.
Attendees will learn about the entire enrollment process, transfer options, academic programs, student support services, financial aid, and have the ability to ask questions.
Financial Aid Q&As
Every Thursday, join us for a WebEx Event.
View the schedule and register now.
Attendees will learn about financial aid, the application and verification process, types of aid and award packages, and some of the requirements in maintaining financial aid eligibility. Plenty of time for questions and answers, too.
On Wednesdays, drop into a WebEx to ask questions and make connections with our Enrollment Services staff.
View the schedule and register now.
CONNTAC is yet another resource! CONNTAC Educational Opportunity Center is a federally funded program that provides free educational counseling and career planning services to individuals throughout Connecticut. Learn more at www.conntacinc.org/.
Contact Miriam Torres-Thorburn, CONNTAC Educational Counselor, today for FAFSA help and more at 860-455-4116 or email@example.com.
What is Financial Aid?
The prime objective of the Financial Aid Office is to meet the basic expenses of tuition and fees of the MCC students. In addition, many recipients qualify for assistance to cover additional educational expenses, such as books, supplies and transportation costs. Many students supplement their grant aid from MCC with employment earnings and Direct Stafford Loans that more fully meet their expenses for room, board, transportation, personal health and child care costs.
Applying for Financial Aid
Submitting the FAFSA
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an application that you complete annually in order to determine eligibility for federal, state and institutional financial aid. To apply, fill out the electronic application at fafsa.gov. You will need to provide personal and financial information in order for your eligibility to be determined. You will need to refer to:
- Your Social Security card and driver’s license
- W-2 forms or other records of income earned
- Your spouse’s Federal Income Tax Return, if you are married
- Your parent(s)’ Federal Tax Form, if you are under 24 years of age
- Records of other untaxed income received such as welfare benefits, Social Security benefits, TANF, veteran’s benefits or military or clergy allowances
- 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)
Tips for Filling Out the FAFSA
- Be aware of MCC’s academic calendar and registration deadlines. Complete the FAFSA as early as possible. The FAFSA takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete, but MCC will need time to receive and process your information.
- You must have an FSA ID in order to sign your application electronically. If you are a dependent student, one of your parents is also required to sign the FAFSA (using their FSA). An FSA ID can be obtained at https://fsaid.ed.gov/.
- To ensure that MCC receives your FAFSA, be sure to add school code 001392.
Basic Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for financial aid, a student must meet the following criteria:
- Be a citizen or an eligible non-citizen of the U.S.
- Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program (for many aid programs at least half-time)
- Be registered with the Selective Service (if male)
- Be in academic good standing, as described in the MCC Course Catalog, and maintaining satisfactory progress.
FAFSA Processing Deadline
- Fall semester: May 15
- Spring semester: October 1
After these dates, applications will be processed on a rolling basis throughout the year, on a first come, first served basis.
If the deadline is missed, we cannot guarantee that FAFSA will be processed before the start of classes. Students submitting FAFSA applications or verification paperwork after the deadline must make plans to pay for their classes. Students denied financial aid are still responsible for payment of tuition, fees and any other financial obligations to the college.
Financial Need Factors
In addition to meeting the basic eligibility criteria, students must have financial need in order to receive grants. Financial need is determined by a federal formula that takes various factors into account including:
- Income of student (and parent or spouse)
- Assets of student (and parent or spouse)
- Family size
- Number of family members in college, not including parents
What if the family financial circumstances change?
When financial circumstances change, the Financial Aid Office is available to help students and their families locate funding sources and understand the options available to them. Advice may include educating the student on how to apply for scholarships, recalculating a family’s eligibility based on documented financial changes, or counseling a family regarding available student loans and payment plans.
MCC will consider income reduction/unusual circumstances at any time during the academic year as long as funds are available.
Financial aid awards are calculated for the academic year. A new academic year begins every fall semester. Each academic year, students must reapply for financial aid. Beginning Fall 2017, award calculations will be based on income, assets, and family resources and circumstances from two years prior to that fall semester, in conjunction with current need analysis methodologies and regulations. (i.e. If the student applies for 2020-2021 aid, the family income and resources used will be from tax year 2018.) Additionally, students must continue to make satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible for financial aid.
Financial aid awards are also initially packaged based on full-time enrollment status. Students should confirm with the Financial Aid Office that their award package will not be affected by enrolling part-time, less than 12 credit hours, as enrollment less than full-time can change aid eligibility.
IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)
Note: Students and parents who have filed their IRS tax return will be able to select the IRS Data Retrieval option on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to transfer tax information to the FAFSA. We strongly encourage you to select this option during the initial filing or when subsequent corrections are made to your FAFSA. This option will streamline and expedite the processing of your financial aid application. Using the tool will also greatly decrease your chances of being selected for verification. To successfully use this option you must:
- Have a federal tax return filed with the IRS.
- Have a valid Social Security number.
- Have an FSA ID.
You will be unable to use this option if:
- Your marital status changed after your tax filing.
- You filed married filing separately.
- You filed an amended return.
- You filed a foreign tax return.
- You filed a tax return using a tax ID number (TIN).
- The home address on the FAFSA does not match the address on the tax return.
According to the IRS, this tool cannot be used until 1-2 weeks after electronically filing a tax return and 6-8 weeks after filing paper tax returns.
How Data Retrieval Tool Works
When either a parent or student selects the IRS Data Retrieval option, the FAFSA central processing system (CPS) will conduct a data match with the IRS. As the federal income tax filer, you will be redirected to a secure IRS website, where you will permit the IRS to transfer income data to the CPS. Data that is successfully matched will be marked on the FAFSA with the following notation, “Transferred from the IRS.” It’s as simple as that. This process avoids reporting errors and processing delays that can otherwise occur when the option is not selected.
You may be selected by the U.S. Department of Education or the Financial Aid Office for a process called verification. When selected for verification, your file will be considered incomplete until you submit requested documentation for review.
MCC’s Verification Gateway portal can be found at www.verificationgateway.org/mcc2020. If selected for verification, create your account and complete your file for review as soon as possible. Go to the Verification with Inceptia page for full details.
Types of Financial Aid
Merit-based Aid is given to students who have a special characteristic, skill, talent or ability. A scholarship is an example of merit-based aid. Merit-based aid is usually a gift that does not have to be paid back, although students who get merit aid sometimes have to promise to teach or perform some other service when they finish school.
Need-based Aid is given to students who can show they need financial assistance to pursue an education beyond high school. Most financial aid is awarded on the basis of need. There are three kinds of need-based aid:
Pell Grant and FSEOG
Pell Grants and the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) subsidies the U.S. federal government provided for students who need it to pay for college. These grants are limited to students with financial need, who have not earned their first bachelor’s degree, or who are enrolled in certain post-baccalaureate programs, through participating institutions. These types of grant money does not have to be paid back.
The MCC grant is a need-based grant available to students who show financial need. This can be in combination with federal grants or on its own. Each student is automatically considered for this Grant and no application or additional materials are required. (*MCC Grant eligibility requires a minimum semester enrollment of 6 credits. Note that enrollment requirements for other aid programs, Pell or federal loans for example, vary. Students are always encouraged to discuss their aid package with the Financial Aid Office.)
Roberta B. Willis Scholarship
The Roberta B. Willis Scholarship is a scholarship awarded annually to eligible need-based financial aid and need-based merit students. Eligible Connecticut residents enrolled as undergraduates at Connecticut’s public and nonprofit, independent institutions of higher education may qualify. Recipients must complete a FAFSA and have a federal Expected Family Contribution (EFC) within the allowable range. The scholarship was formally known as Governors Scholarships.
Purpose and Program Design
Student employment plays an important role in the day-to-day functioning of MCC and participating community agencies/schools. Many departments rely on their student employees to operate at full potential, and the students themselves depend on the income and experience derived from their work-study employment to help cover the cost of attendance. Funds available through the federal government or other sources allows the development of on and off-campus part-time, paid positions for eligible students. Student employment has a positive impact on the lives of students as it exposes them to real-life job interviews, resume building and submission, workplace etiquette, and allows them to expand their network. Our student workers perform many tasks and responsibilities that are imperative to the well-functioning of our institution and community agencies/schools. Studies show that participation in work-study programs has a positive impact on academic performance and goal attainment: “Employment within student affairs divisions offers environments in which students can apply the knowledge they have gained, as well as acquire new competencies, helping them to build solid foundations for their futures.”– Athas, C., Oaks, D., Kennedy-Phillips, L. (2013). Student Employee Development in Student Affairs. Research and Practice in Assessment, 8(2), 55-68.
To be eligible to participate in the work-study program, a student must:
- Apply for financial aid and demonstrate financial need for such employment, based on federal and institutional standards.
- Apply and be admitted at Manchester Community College.
- Complete and submit all required documentation to the Financial Aid Office.
- Be making satisfactory academic progress.
- Be matriculated in a financial-aid-eligible associate degree or dertificate program.
- Be enrolled at least half-time (six credits or more).
- Be a citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States.
- Submit a Work Study Application with an attached resume to the Financial Aid Office.
- Work up to 17 hours a week, around the needs of the hiring department. Students are not required to have prior employment experience.
- Participate in at least one of the scheduled Career Services workshops, designed specifically for placed work-study students (i.e. Resume Development, Interviewing Skills, or Workplace Etiquette) or the Work-Study Information and Networking Sessions (typically offered in the fall).
- Provide comments for the Student Employee Evaluation – to be completed with the supervisor each semester.
- Use the online job posting system, College Central Network (CCN), and post/submit resume to review/apply for on-campus positions.
- Log into the MCC student email account regularly to check for announcements with available Work Study positions.
- Remain enrolled in at least six credits while participating in the work-study program to avoid penalties.
- Complete any background check requirements.
- Develop a formal, updated resume.
- Students under financial aid warning or probation/waiver will meet with Financial Aid staff to discuss important policies resources for successful completion of the program and academic goals.
Upon successful completion of a semester in the work-study program, students will:
- Develop a sense of belonging to the college and campus community.
- Work with others, including culturally and intellectually diverse peoples.
- Think critically and develop problem-solving skills; and gain an appreciation for life-long learning.
- Demonstrate leadership and show initiative as a contributing member of a mission-driven organization.
- Develop the ability to multitask, follow instructions, and set goals.
- Exhibit exemplary written and spoken communication skills.
- Experience a formal job interview, and learn interview skills and resume preparation techniques.
- Develop networking skills and establish professional relationships within the campus community or community service agency/school. These may serve as sources of recommendation for future employment.
Federal Work Study and Student Application Process
Federal Work Study (FWS) funds are awarded to Manchester Community College students as part of their financial aid package once eligibility is determined and a position has been offered to the student. In order to participate in the program, a student must submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and any and all verification requirements by the published deadlines, if they apply. Eligibility for receiving work-study funds is based on financial need. As a federal program, Federal Work Study is governed by a series of federal regulations. Students must visit the Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility for work study and complete a Work Study Application. Similar to the FAFSA, the Work Study Application must be renewed every academic year. Work study is not the same as grants that are disbursed into the student’s account based on eligibility. The student must work in order to get paid. Due to funding limitations, work-study positions are NOT guaranteed for all eligible students. Depending on the fund allocations received by the federal and state government, we may be able to offer other work-study funds. If institutional funds are approved for work study, the program will follow the same guidelines as for the FWS program.
Work study placement process
Work study frequently asked questions
Student Direct Loans
The William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program provides low-interest loans for students and parents to help pay for the cost of a student’s education after high school. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education, rather than a bank or other financial institution.
We advise students to wait for a complete review of their eligibility for other forms of (free) financial aid before considering submitting a loan application. Because MCC is so affordable, we recommend that students explore other options, such as work-study or payment plans. We encourage our students to graduate from MCC as close to debt-free as possible. We do understand that sometimes loans are necessary. To be considered for a Direct Student Loan, all students must:
- Have a complete FAFSA on file with MCC’s Financial Aid Office.
- Be meeting the basic eligibility requirements
- Enrolled in six credits hours or more
- Be in good standing with other student loans
- Fill out and submit the MCC loan application (in the Financial Aid section of the Form Depot).
The deadlines for submission of loan applications to the MCC Financial Aid Office are:
- Fall semester: October 1
- Spring semester: March 1
Once we receive your application, all students are required to attend an entrance interview before they are awarded a loan. During the interview, students will learn about:
After the entrance interview, students must complete the Master Promissory Note to finalize their loan.
All students with loans are required to verify their enrollment approximately three weeks after the start of the semester. You will be sent an enrollment verification form for completion.
There are a range of scholarships available to students. The MCC Foundation offers scholarships throughout the academic year. Students are also encouraged to research and apply for other outside resources that may be available.
Aid for Summer and Winter Intersessions
Intersession financial aid availability varies from year-to-year. It is important to check with the Financial Aid Office or updates on this website for the availability of funds for the current year.
The Pell grant is the only available source of financial aid for Summer 2020. In order to determine summer eligibility for the Pell grant, a student must complete the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Students who did not enroll full time for the fall/spring semesters, and who will be registering for summer in classes applicable to their degree program, may be eligible for summer Pell. Students who have used their full-time eligibility during fall and spring of 2019-2020, may also be eligible for additional Pell funds (this is called “Year-Round Pell”), conditional to at least half-time enrollment for the summer (six credits or more). Students who could be eligible for Year-Round Pell should consult with the Financial Aid office to confirm eligibility. Book credit funds may be available for students who qualify.
The following are key summer policies that may affect student eligibility. Other federal, state or institutional policies may apply. All students attempting to access financial aid for summer courses must become familiarized with the process and governing policies:
- Students participating in Year-Round Pell must remain enrolled for six credits to be eligible for summer aid. If such student withdraws from one or all of the summer courses, the student may become ineligible for the funds and will need to cover the balance out of pocket.
- Failure to academically engage in classes when registered will result in a loss of financial aid. The student will be required to cover the cost of the course and materials out of pocket.
- Students who are not pursuing a degree at Manchester Community College (i.e. taking courses at MCC to transfer to a different home institution) are not eligible for financial aid at MCC. They should contact their home school in order to discuss the possibility of receiving financial aid toward a course taken at the host school (MCC). Out-of-pocket payment will still be due at the time of registration.
- Students attending MCC for the very first time during the summer will not have aid eligibility for that period. While they are welcome to enroll, students must plan to pay for summer courses out of pocket and may apply for financial aid for the following fall and spring semesters, and possibly for future summer terms once history of attendance and academic engagement have been established.
- Students taking summer courses not part of their MCC program, or solely to transfer the credits to another institution, will not be eligible for summer aid to cover those courses.
- Students who graduate in Spring 2020, will not be eligible for summer aid since they will no longer be pursuing a degree at Manchester Community College. Once the academic major is removed, the student is considered “non-degree/non-matriculated.” Only students with declared majors will meet the requirement to be eligible.
- Certain courses may have special fees that can increase the total charges for the summer. At times, the aid may not fully cover all tuition, fees and book charges. Students should plan accordingly. Any remaining balance that is not covered by financial aid will be the student’s responsibility.
- If a student’s Satisfactory Academic Progress status for Spring 2020 is “Warning” or “Probation/Waiver,” the student must pass all classes in order to be eligible for summer aid. Any grade of F, W or I in the spring will result in ineligibility for summer financial aid. If a student chooses to register for a summer course and fails to meet the satisfactory progress minimum requirement during the spring, the student will be responsible for covering all summer charges out of pocket.
- Students who will have reached their maximum credits hours (outlined in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy) for the summer are not eligible for summer aid.
- If planning to withdraw, students must check with the Financial Aid Office to discuss any potential penalties. Withdrawal from courses is likely to result in a reduction or cancellation of the awarded funds for the summer, and students may be responsible for covering part or all summer charges out of pocket. If a student is withdrawing from a course but has another course beginning in a later session, the student may be asked to provide written notice of intent to return for the later session.
- Summer disbursements are generally processed by late July.
- Part-time enrollment in the summer may affect the cost of attendance or total student budget, which in turn can affect the final award and disbursement amount. If a student’s aid is cancelled due to a change in eligibility, the student will be responsible for any charges or balances due to the college. Changes to students’ eligibility will appear in MyCommNet. It is also imperative that students regularly review important emails in their student email account.
Full financial aid coverage is not guaranteed for every student. Feel free to contact the Financial Aid office at 860-512-3380 to discuss eligibility.
Some students may be eligible for aid for winter intersession courses. There will not be a separate or additional aid package for winter; rather, aid for winter courses will come from the student’s spring aid eligibility and award. All students accessing financial aid for winter courses must become familiarized with the process and the following governing policies to avoid penalties:
- If students withdraw from any winter courses, they will be responsible for all winter charges. Financial Aid will NOT cover courses from which a student has withdrawn.
- If students withdraw from all winter courses, they must provide written notification of their intent to continue with the spring term courses; otherwise, the student is considered to have withdrawn from the college and the eligibility for winter aid will need to be re-assessed. This is likely to result in a bill for the student.
- Since the winter intersession is considered part of the spring aid period; all fees and winter book purchases will be charged against the spring award. Students must use funds wisely; otherwise, they may run out of book funds for the spring.
- Any winter balance not covered by spring financial aid must be paid in full at the time of registration. For instance, a full-time schedule in the spring may exhaust the student’s financial aid package, depending on their eligibility, and may not always cover the full winter/spring bill.
- Students who are not pursuing a degree at Manchester Community College (i.e. taking courses at MCC to transfer to a different home institution) are not eligible for financial aid at MCC. Students should contact their home school in order to discuss the possibility of receiving a reimbursement through a consortium agreement at their home school. Out-of-pocket payment will still be due at the time of registration.
- Failure to engage academically in classes when registered will result in a loss of financial aid. The student will be required to cover the cost of the course and materials out-of-pocket.
- Students not making satisfactory academic progress (per the financial aid Satisfactory Progress Policy) after the fall semester will be responsible for balances, as aid will be cancelled for winter/spring. Note: Although students should never assume they will be automatically dropped for non-payment, non-payment drops can happen. Students are encouraged to check their registration status through MyCommNet regularly.
- Students who will have reached their maximum credits hours for the fall are not eligible for winter/spring aid.
- Students who graduate in fall 2019, will not be eligible for winter/spring aid since they will no longer be pursuing a degree at Manchester Community College. Once the major is removed, the student is considered “non-degree/non-matriculated.” Only students with declared majors meet eligibility requirements. Generally, students are not able to declare an academic major during the winter intersession.
- If a student’s aid is cancelled due to a change in eligibility, the student will be responsible for any charges or balances due to the college. Changes to students’ eligibility will appear in MyCommNet. It is also imperative that students regularly review important emails in their student email account.
- Fees are non-refundable; students dropping classes prior to the first day of the winter term will be responsible for paying the fees for the dropped class. Note: Once the winter session starts, no refund of any kind is available.
- Winter/spring disbursements are generally processed by late February.
Aid for Undocumented Students
Students without legal immigration status that meet certain age, residency, and criminal history requirements, along with an affidavit with the institution they are attending about their intent to legalize their immigration status when they are eligible to do so, may be eligible for institutional need-based financial aid. This began in the 2018-19 aid year for veterans and Spring 2020 more broadly; this does not apply to non-immigrant visa holders.
Understanding Your Award
- Log into myCommNet
- Click on Banner Student & Faculty Self-Service
- Click on Financial Aid
If you have been awarded it will show here. If you are missing documents or have been selected for verification, the required documents will be listed.
Student awarded $5,000 for the year ($2,500 per semester).
Enrolls for six credits in fall and six credits in spring.
Fall funds paid = $1,250; Spring funds paid = $1,250; TOTAL = $2,500.
Your student bill is calculated and maintained by the Bursar’s Office. It can include tuition, fees, purchases from the book store, etc.
- You have not completed a financial aid application
- Your bill exceeds your financial aid award
- You are denied financial aid due to not satisfying verification requirements
- Your financial aid was revoked due to our policies
- All unpaid bills will be reported to a collection agency. A hold will also be placed on your account. In the event of a hold, no student records (including transcripts) will be released.
Those students with a balance, or who do not qualify for financial aid, may choose to take advantage of the college’s installment payment plan. The plan is available to students who are registered for a minimum of six (6) semester hours. Students may apply for an installment payment plan on the day after the semester’s tuition is due.
Book Credit – Using Financial Aid in the Campus Bookstore
To use the book credit, visit the bookstore with a copy of your schedule and Photo ID during the designated book credit dates and indicate that you will be using your book credit eligibility to cover the cost of books.
Note: Not all students are eligible for the book credit. If you have a bill after financial aid has been applied to your charges, you will not be eligible for the book credit. The book credit can only be used through the announced deadline each semester. For deadline information, please visit the campus bookstore.
Not sure how your refund check was calculated? Read about Financial Aid and Your Bill.
Jody Bailey, Associate Director
Yanidza Betancourt, Associate Director
Location: Student Services Center, L177
Financial Aid Office
Manchester Community College
Great Path, MS #11
P.O. Box 1046
Manchester, CT 06045-1046
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