Applicants can complete the FAFSA online, on paper or by phone.
You can apply electronically using FAFSA on the Web. The site has extensive online instructions, pull-down menus with multiple-choice questions to guide you through the program, and a convenient list of participating schools built in.
The online application process will be faster if you have an FSA ID created before beginning the FAFSA application.
Changes to the 2017-2018 FAFSA
Starting the Fall of 2016, students will be able to file for aid beginning Oct. 1 — a full three months earlier than previously allowed.
And for the first time, applicants will use prior-prior year (PPY) tax information when reporting personal and family income.
Previously, the FAFSA used the previous year’s tax data. Beginning in October 2016 (for aid applications for the 2017-18 award year), the White House will allow students to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using prior-prior year (PPY) tax data.
What is an FSA ID?
An FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on ED websites such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) at fafsa.gov.
If you are a parent of a dependent student, you will need your own FSA ID if you want to sign your child’s FAFSA electronically. If you have more than one child attending college, you can use the same FSA ID to sign all applications.
Please note: Each FSA ID user must have a unique e-mail address.
Your FSA ID is used to sign legally binding documents electronically. It has the same legal status as a written signature. Don’t give your FSA ID to anyone—not even to someone helping you fill out the FAFSA. Sharing your FSA ID could put you at risk of identity theft!
If assistance is needed, please contact the Financial Aid Office in S107 or by calling (708) 974-5726.
You also may apply by downloading, printing, and completing a PDF version of the FAFSA.
The third option is to call the Central Processing System at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) to request a paper application.
The FAFSA must be completed, signed, and mailed to the processing agent as instructed as soon after Jan. 1, as possible, each year for the following academic year. The FAFSA includes the following:
- Information from your parent’s prior year U.S. tax return, if considered a dependent student for financial aid purposes.
- Information from your prior year’s U.S. tax return.
- Moraine Valley Community College listed as one of the school choices. Our Title IV school code is 007692.
Moraine Valley Title IV Code
A Title IV code must be placed on the FAFSA in order for you to be considered for federal and state funds. Moraine Valley Community College’s Title IV code is 007692.
To be eligible for financial aid, a student must be:
- a citizen of the United States or an eligible non-citizen. (Proof of citizenship may be required.)
- a resident of Illinois for at least 12 months prior to award year to qualify for Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) programs. Proof of residency may be required.
- able to demonstrate need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
- enrolled at Moraine Valley Community College in an eligible program. Eligible programs are those which lead to a degree or certificate which is at least 15 weeks in length and 16 semester hours. (An example of an ineligible program is Phlebotomy, which is only nine credit hours in length). Students enrolled in only developmental classes are ineligible for financial aid.
- in compliance with Moraine Valley Standards of Academic Progress for recipients of financial aid.
- able to demonstrate the ability to benefit from college-level classes (high school graduation or high school equivalency certificate). High school students are ineligible.
In addition, students must have a valid social security number. Males 18 years of age and older must be registered with the Selective Service. Contact your local post office to register.
Steps to Receiving Aid
Financial aid is given on a year-by-year basis so you need to reapply each year.
If Moraine Valley Community College was one of your school choices on the FAFSA, an email from the Financial Aid Office will be sent to your Moraine Valley email in approximately two weeks from time of application. The email will include instruction regarding what other documentation is needed.
To receive financial aid, you must maintain specific academic standards – a cumulative 2.0 grade point average (GPA) or better and earn credit in at least 67 percent of the cumulative hours attempted.
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) provides free FAFSA assistance on both a walk-in or scheduled basis at both our Palos Hills and Education Center at Blue Island campuses. Reserve your spot today.
To learn more about the one-on-one assistance our financial aid office offers contact (708) 974-5726.
If you are filing out the 2018-2019 FAFSA, you will need your 2017 Tax Information.
The following documents are needed to complete the application online:
- Social Security Card and Driver’s License/State ID Card.
- Alien Registration Card (if you are not a U.S. Citizen).
- 2016 or 2017 Federal income tax return and/or W2 forms (include parent’s tax information if dependent).
- Parent’s Social Security Number, Date of Birth and Date of Marital Status (if dependent).