How to Apply for Financial Aid

When should I apply for Financial Aid?

Applications for the 2013-2014 academic year (fall 2013, spring and summer 2014) are available from January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.

Who can apply?

U.S. citizens and eligible noncitizens are eligible to apply. Refer to the FAFSA application for clarification regarding eligible noncitizens. The application process is the same for traditional, non-traditional, dependent and independent applicants.

How do I apply?

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the appropriate year. We recommend that you print out the Pre-Application Worksheet PDF. Use this worksheet to assist you in collecting information for the online FAFSA application.

New Financial Aid Applicant

We request that you use your Anoka Technical College e-mail address on all Financial Aid Applications.

1. Apply for your PIN Number
Each student (and one parent if you are a dependent student) must apply for a PIN – Personal Identification Number. The PIN will allow you to electronically sign your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), change your address, view the processing status of your FAFSA application, and much more.

Apply for your PIN at www.pin.ed.gov. The U.S. Department of Education will assign you a PIN. Carefully read all of the information on this web site. Your PIN should be kept in a safe confidential location. This number will be used each year you apply for financial aid.

2. Complete the FAFSA
The next step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). By completing the FAFSA, you are applying for all types of Federal and State financial assistance, including grants, work-study and loans.

We recommend that you file the FAFSA electronically at http://www.fafsa.gov/ if possible. A pre-application worksheet is also available at http://www.fafsa.gov/. This will assist you in gathering all of the necessary information and numbers before you access the web application.

If you are unable to file your FAFSA electronically, you must complete and mail the paper version of the form. You may obtain a paper FAFSA by contacting your high school guidance counselor or printing one from the FAFSA site. Whichever application you use, be sure to carefully follow all instructions and apply only once.

You will need your Federal Income Tax Information for the appropriate year and PIN (s) to complete the FAFSA on line.  Once your taxes are processed by the IRS you will have the opportunity to link to the IRS from the FAFSA and automatically load your tax information.  This is a great way to prevent errors and save time.  If you file your taxes electronically this data retrieval tool will be available to you approximately two weeks later.

NOTE: You must be an admitted student at Anoka Technical College to receive a Financial Aid Award Letter.

Continuing Financial Aid Applicant

We request that you use your Anoka Technical College e-mail address on all Financial Aid Applications.

1. Locate your PIN number
If you have previously submitted a FAFSA, you have a PIN.  If you are not able to locate your PIN you can request a duplicate at www.pin.ed.gov.

Please Note: Parents of dependent applicants should also have a PIN. If they are not able to locate their PIN request a copy at www.pin.ed.gov.

 

2. Complete the FAFSA

Complete the FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You can access the FAFSA and the pre-application worksheet at www.fafsa.gov. By processing the FAFSA electronically, you expedite the process and eliminate errors. Use your Federal Income Tax Returns for the appropriate year and your PIN as your electronic signature. Once your taxes are processed by the IRS you will have the opportunity to link to the IRS from the FAFSA and automatically load your tax information. This is a great way to prevent errors and save time. If you file your taxes electronically this data retrieval tool will be available to you approximately 2 weeks later.   

What am I applying for when I complete the FAFSA application?

When you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid you are applying for the Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant), Minnesota State Grant, Work Study, and Federal Direct Loan funds.

Each institution has limited funding in the SEOG, Perkins Loan, and Work Study programs. The top priority deadline date for consideration of an award in these programs is March 1 of each year.

Helpful Hints for Completing the FAFSA

  • To prevent errors we recommend using the IRS data retrieval tool to fill in your tax information on the FAFSA.  If you file your taxes electronically you will be able to use this tool approximately 2 weeks after you file your taxes.  You will have the ability to link to the IRS directly from your FAFSA application.
  • Be sure to report your name on the FAFSA exactly as it appears on your social security card. The federal processor will be comparing your FAFSA information to the Social Security Administration database and discrepancies could cause a problem.
  • The income information you enter on the FAFSA should be taken directly from completed federal income tax returns. Use actual data, not estimates, if possible.  For the 2013-2014 application year, use federal income tax returns from 2012.
  • In Step 6 of the FAFSA, list "Anoka Technical College", Title IV school code "007350".
  • If you are planning to apply for aid as a married, independent student, do not complete the FAFSA until after you are married.
  • If you or your parents filed a joint federal income tax return, but are now separated, divorced or widowed, you may want to contact the Student Financial Aid Office for help with completing the FAFSA.
  • Students who had work study earnings should report this amount on Worksheet C of the FAFSA. (Regular payroll earnings should NOT be included on Worksheet C).

What happens after I have applied?

Within one week after submitting your FAFSA, you will receive an e-mail from the federal processor with a website link to your Student Aid Report (SAR). If you do not provide an e-mail address to the federal processor, you will receive a paper SAR in the mail. Review the SAR to make sure that everything is correct as printed. If all the information is correct, keep the SAR for your records. If not, corrections should be submitted to the federal processor.

In the event that your Social Security number is incorrect, we recommend that you contact the Student Financial Aid Office for assistance.

If your SAR indicates that it has been rejected or that more information is needed before further processing can occur, please follow the instructions listed on the SAR, or contact the Anoka Technical College Financial Aid Office for assistance.

The Anoka Technical College Financial Aid Office will receive an Institutional Student Information Report (ISIR) as a result of your FAFSA application.

If additional documents are required, the Financial Aid Office will send you a letter detailing the information needed.

To learn more about each type of funding, click here. We wish to assure you that all of the information you provide will be held in strict confidence and will only be used to determine your eligibility for financial aid.

Contact

Financial Aid
finaid@anokatech.edu
763-576-7730