For the first time, college students will be able to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) three months earlier than usual in an effort to make it easier on students and their families. The earlier opening date on Oct. 1, 2016 will align the financial aid application process more closely with the college admission process, allowing students more time to explore and understand financial aid options and apply for aid before school deadlines.
Everyone is encouraged to submit a FAFSA regardless of their financial situation. The FAFSA is used to determine how much aid a student needs based on income, savings, number in the family and number of children in college. FAFSA information is used to award federal grants, state grants, and opens the doors to a wide variety of loan options for students. Always remember that submitting a FAFSA will be free and can be completed at fafsa.ed.gov.
When completing FAFSA under the new rules, you will use income tax information from the last year for which taxes have been filed. For example, when completing FAFSA in October 2016 for academic year 2017-18, you will use information from your 2015 tax return — which generally is completed and filed with the IRS by April 2016. This will eliminate the need for students and their parents to estimate income information or delay submitting the FAFSA until taxes have been filed.
Students need to resubmit a FAFSA every year they are in school with updated information. When submitting your FAFSA, NCTC’s school code will be 002385 for both campuses. NCTC will be listed with the Thief River Falls address. This is correct as East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls are one college. To learn more about financial aid at NCTC, visit http://www.northlandcollege.edu/financialaid.
Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN, and East Grand Forks, MN. NCTC also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN, and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit www.northlandcollege.edu or call 1.800.959.6282.