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Frequently Asked Questions - Financial Aid

What is Financial Aid?
Financial aid assistance administered by the NSCC Financial Aid Office includes a variety of federal, state, and local programs made available to qualified students who might otherwise find it difficult or impossible to attend NSCC.

Financial aid is administered in conjunction with the nationally established policy and philosophy that the student and his/her family have the primary responsibility for financing a college education. Financial assistance is designed to fill the gap between the family’s potential resources and the student’s expenses.

Who should apply?

Students who are seeking federal/state grants, federal work-study, federal student loans, and various scholarships should make application for financial aid. You can review federal/state general eligibility by visiting the U.S. Department of Education Student Aid website.

How do I apply?

To apply for Federal and State aid you must submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Application. You may apply on line using FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

How is need determined?

The financial information that you (and your parents, if applicable) provide on the FAFSA is analyzed by the federal processor to determine your ability to pay for education. “Need” is the difference between the “cost of attendance” established by NSCC and the amount you are expected to contribute resulting from the FAFSA application. The primary responsibility for paying for your educational belongs to you and your family.

When to apply?

You must reapply for financial aid each year. The NSCC school code for the FAFSA is 007534.

  • For the Fall Semester, the priority date to submit all required documents is July 1. This includes FAFSA data and any additional documents.
  • For the Spring Semester, the priority date to submit all required documents is November 1. This includes FAFSA data and any additional documents.
  • For the Summer Semester, the priority date to submit all required documents is April 1. This includes FAFSA data and any additional documents.

Students that have submitted documents by the priority date increase the probability that the Financial Aid office will be able to review and award them in a timely manner. If you do not submit your documents by the published priority date, it may be necessary for you to pay your fees up-front. If it is later determined that you qualify for financial assistance, you will be reimbursed as applicable.

When can I submit my FAFSA?

All FAFSA applications are made available on the FAFSA web site on the first of January each year for the upcoming school year. You want to make sure to fill out and submit your application as soon as possible in order to be considered for any scholarships you might be eligible for. Also you want to make sure you have your current email address updated with them in order to receive reminders about renewing your application.

How long does it take for the school to receive my information?

Usually we receive FAFSA information from the Central Processing System anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks after submitting the application by the student. However, for new year applications it may take up to late March for us to start loading them to our system due to new regulations and software updates related to each new school year.

Is there a deadline for FAFSA to be submitted?

For the state grant programs it is recommended that you submit your application ASAP any time after January 1st each year. Those funds are available until depleted. For state lottery the deadline is September 1st for the Fall, February 1st for Spring and Summer of each year.

How do I know that you have received my application?

You can always check the status of your application and other requirements by logging in to your MyNSCC, clicking on the My Self Service tab, and then click on the Financial Aid tab. Click on Financial Aid Status and select the appropriate year. From there, click on the student requirements link.

What documents do I need to complete my application?

You will be asked to enter to enter your Social Security Number and Date of Birth. You also need to have a PIN number which is your personal identification number that you will use to sign your application. If you are not able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool you will also need your tax return for last year available.

What is the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?

IRS Data Retrieval Tool is the tool used to link to your profile on the IRS website and automatically transfer your IRS information to your FAFSA application. If your are eligible to use the Data Retrieval Tool, it is highly recommended that you do so because it is easy to use and it eliminates any errors. It also reduces the possibility that you will be selected for verification process.

What is Nashville State financial aid school code?

Nashville State code for Financial Aid is 007534.

What is a verification process?

The verification process is a process used to verify that all information submitted via the FAFSA application is accurate. It ensures that eligible students receive all the funds they are entitled for. If selected for verification it is important that you submit all of the papers required to the Financial Aid office in a timely manner.

How do I pay for books and supplies?

Students may charge books and supplies at the NSCC Bookstore if they meet the following requirements:

  1. The student has been awarded aid prior to the end of the fifth day of classes.
  2. The student has registered for classes by the end of the fifth day of classes.
  3. The student has estimated aid remaining after tuition and fees have been paid.

In order to charge books at the NSCC bookstore the student must present a valid NSCC Student ID and must have a minimum of $15.00 of aid remaining. Students who are only eligible for student loans and who will have received their total loan refund on the first day of classes will not be eligible to charge books.

When will I receive my financial aid refund check?

If Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, TSAA, and scholarship awards exceed the amount owed for registration fees, students will receive a refund check after it has been verified that students have been attending class (approximately four weeks into the semester).

Students may sign up for direct deposit with the Bursar's office. Otherwise refund checks are mailed to the student’s local address.

Do I qualify for a Tennessee Educational Lottery Scholarship?

You can check for the most up-to-date Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship by clicking here. The first step in applying for a lottery scholarship is to complete the FAFSA form; you can do that at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

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