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Application for Financial Aid

You must re-apply for financial aid every year. Generally, each aid application will cover the fall, spring, and summer terms of an academic year. You should re-apply for financial aid starting in January, for the next academic year.

Students should complete the FAFSA before March 1, to be considered for Maryland State financial aid from Maryland Higher Education Commission, Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Once you have completed the FAFSA, you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR contains the information you reported on the FAFSA and your personal Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The U.S Department of Education uses a federally mandated formula or Federal Methodology to calculate your family’s EFC, which is used to determine eligibility for Federal financial Aid.  Your SAR must be complete and correct before you can receive federal student aid.

The Student Financial Aid Office (SFAO) at Hagerstown Community College (HCC) will electronically receive your SAR from the Department of Education if you listed HCC as one of the schools on your FAFSA.  The SFAO will then send a form requesting that you provide a valid e-mail address for the College to communicate with you.  You will be sent a letter or e-mail requesting additional information, if needed.  Students must promptly provide all documentation, such as income tax returns if requested. 

The SFAO will send the student an award notification email once all supporting documentation has been received and the financial aid has been processed. Students view their financial aid award on WebAdvisor.   

The SFAO communicates with students mainly via email, so make sure you check the email you provided regularly.