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Completing Your FAFSA

Update About the 2024-2025 FAFSA:

April 2, 2024
The Department of Education had released some FAFSA data to some schools around mid-March and is slowly processing FAFSA data to more schools. Department of Education is expected to continue to deliver significant volumes of data in batches to the schools over the coming week. However, there are issues found March 21, 2024 in regards to inaccurate Total Asset Values. There was also an issue found March 30, 2024 concerning incorrect tax data used from the Direct Data Exchange (IRS data transferred in). The outstanding issues result in an inaccurate Student Aid Index (SAI) calculation reported to schools to provide an accurate information to students and families. Department of Education has provided a couple of general upcoming updates:

  • Students and families will be able to make corrections to their FAFSA forms around the first half of April.
  • The Department of Education will start reprocessing applications impacted by inaccurate Total Asset Values shortly after student corrections are made available to students and families.
  • The Department of Education will start reprocessing applications impacted by inaccurate tax data concurrently or shortly after reprocessing applications impacted by inaccurate Total Asset Values.

Our systems will also need to update in regards to any changes the Department of Education provides us. Until issues have been resolved, we are unable to send out accurate offer notices to students and families at this time. We do encourage students to continue the educational processes to complete FAFSA’s, make any necessary corrections when the function is available, provide any verifications documents/information you receive from us, and sign up for classes.

Information About the 2024-2025 FAFSA

A new and improved FAFSA experience is coming in the 2024-25 academic year!

Federal Student Aid (FSA) released a soft launch of the new 2024-25 FAFSA for students and families seeking federal financial aid for enrollment at Alpena Community College during the Fall 2024, Spring 2025, and Summer 2025 semesters.

We anticipate a high volume of applicants during the first few weeks of January. The Department of Education recommends waiting until late January to file your FAFSA to allow them time to address unexpected programming glitches. The Department of Education will begin releasing FAFSA data to schools sometime in Mid-March (updated January 30, 2024).

Overview of FAFSA Changes

The new FAFSA will result in a more streamlined application process, providing expanded student aid eligibility for many families.

Key changes include:

Once your application is submitted, the FAFSA Processing System (FPS) will generate the Student Aid Index (SAI), which will assist schools in determining the student’s eligibility for federal need-based financial aid. The SAI replaces the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) component used in prior years.

Students will receive the results of their application via the FAFSA Submission Summary (FSS), formerly known as the Student Aid Report (SAR), via email.

How to Get Started

  1. All contributors can create an account on StudentAid.gov (FSA ID) now. It typically takes up to 3 days for your login to be processed. Learn how to create your FSA ID and how to access your account with this 3-minute video!
  2. Gather contact information for contributors who will need to supply information on the FAFSA. You will need full names, dates of birth, social security numbers, and email addresses for every individual required to report information on your FAFSA.

Helpful Videos from Federal Student Aid (FSA)

How-To Videos

FAQ Videos

U.S. Department of Education Resources

Current FAFSA filers will receive updates from the U.S. Department of Education.

FAFSA updates will be added to StudentAid.gov as they become available.

Information is subject to change without notice due to changes in federal, state, and/or institutional rules and regulations. Students must complete a FAFSA every year. Students must be making satisfactory academic progress to continue to receive financial aid.

Applying for Financial Aid

Alpena Community College determines and disburses financial aid in compliance with established Federal, State, and Institutional regulations and may change without notice. General eligibility requirements for aid include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent, GED certificate, or completed homeschooling
  • Be accepted for admission as a regular student and be completing a certificate or degree in an eligible program of study
  • Have financial need based upon the College’s Cost of Attendance, the student’s need as determined on the FAFSA, the program requirements set by the U.S. Department of Education or State authority
  • Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Students may access the U.S. Department of Education’s website for further Federal financial aid requirements at https://studentaid.gov. In addition, the College’s Financial Aid Office can be contacted for further general information on eligibility, offer amounts, and all financial aid programs. If the student wants to know their eligibility, offer amounts, etc., the student needs to contact the Financial Aid Office using their ACC e-mail account or stop in the Financial Aid Office. It is the student’s responsibility to read and become familiar with policies and procedures and respond to all correspondence concerning financial aid. Failure to do so does not excuse a student from the requirements or policies necessary in administering aid programs.

When should I apply for Financial Aid?

You can start applying for Financial Aid on October 1 each year for the next academic year. ACC encourages students to apply for Financial Aid as soon as possible. Generally, completed applications received prior to March 1 may be given first priority for the next academic year. The deadline for Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters is the Final Registration day of the respective semester. Applications received after the deadline will be considered only if funds are still available.

Students must apply for financial aid each academic year of their college attendance.

What Year should I do my FAFSA for? For Fall 2023, Spring 2024, and Summer 2024, file a 2023-2024 FAFSA
For Fall 2024, Spring 2025, and Summer 2025, file a 2024-2025 FAFSA

Sign Your FAFSA with Your FSA ID Using an FSA ID to sign and complete your FAFSA is the fastest way to process your FAFSA application. It is also the only way to access your data online. If you do not have an FSA ID, you will want to apply for one while completing the FAFSA.

If you are providing parent information, one parent must also sign your FAFSA. To sign electronically, your parent should also apply for an FSA ID within the FAFSA using a different phone number and e-mail address.

Who is considered my parent?

Do I have to include parental information?

It depends on whether you qualify as an independent student. Review the following information to find out:

Determining Independent Student Status »

What documents do I need? You will need records of income earned two years prior to when you will start school. You may also need records of your parent’s income information if you are a dependent student. For example, when completing your 2024-2025 FAFSA, you will need financial information from the 2022 tax year. You may need to refer to:

  • Your Social Security card. It is important that you enter your Social Security Number correctly!
  • Your state identification/driver’s license (if any)
  • Your W-2 forms and other records of money earned
  • Your (and your spouse’s, if you are married) Federal Income Tax Return
  • Your Parents’ Federal Income Tax Return (if you are a dependent student)
  • Your untaxed income records
  • Your current bank statements
  • Your current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records

Choosing a college to receive your information While completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you must list at least one college to receive your information. You should list your first choice college first, second choice second, and so on; ACC’s Federal School Code: 002237 

Enter the Federal School Code for ACC in the Federal School Code box, then click the Add button.

WARNING: Families should NEVER pay to have their financial aid application processed.  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be completed online at https://fafsa.gov.

View Filling Out Your FAFSA Tutorial - Seven Easy Steps to the FAFSA.

Entering ACC Freshman (first time enrolling in a college, includes dual enrolled & early college students)

  • Complete the ACC Application for Admission.
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), listing ACC's Federal School Code (002237). Also available in Spanish. A paper FAFSA can be requested by calling 1-800-433-3243.
  • Have an official high school or GED transcript sent to ACC. If you are currently a high school senior, please submit a current transcript and then a final official transcript upon graduation.

If you have a high school diploma from another country, the transcript has to be evaluated by a third party to ensure it is equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma:

World Education Services (WES)
tel: 212.966.6311
fax: 212.739.6100

You may be required to take Accuplacer testing.

Apply for ACC Foundation Scholarships; the scholarship application will be available in January and are due on March 1st for the next academic year.

Transfer Student (attended any other college prior to enrollment at ACC)

  • Complete the ACC Application for Admission (even if you are a part-time student).
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), listing ACC's Federal School Code (002237). Also available in Spanish. A paper FAFSA can be requested by calling 1-800-433-3243.
  • Please be aware that financial aid does not automatically transfer from one school to another. Contact the Financial Aid office if you have any questions, (989) 358-7286.
  • Have an official grade transcript sent to ACC from all college(s) you have previously attended.
  • Have an official high school or GED transcript sent to ACC.

If you have a high school diploma from another country, the transcript has to be evaluated by a third party to ensure it is equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma:

World Education Services (WES)
tel: 212.966.6311
fax: 212.739.6100

You may be required to take Accuplacer testing

Apply for ACC Foundation Scholarships; the scholarship application will be available in January and are due on March 1st for the next academic year.

Continuing Student (has completed at least one semester at ACC, excludes dual enrolled or early college students)

After completing the FAFSA, the United States Department of Education will then determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is an indicator of your family’s financial strength to pay for education. Your school will subtract your EFC from your total cost of attendance, which results in your financial need. This EFC determines eligibility for various federal and state financial aid programs. The federal processor will provide the applicant with a Student Aid Report (SAR), electronically, within 7 to 10 business days. Please review the SAR and make any necessary corrections. ACC’s Financial Aid Office will receive the Institutional Student Aid Report (ISAR) electronically within 7 to 14 business days.

VerificationVerification is the process the Central Processing Services Center, and your school uses to confirm the data reported on the FAFSA is accurate. The Central Processing Services center may select the student for verification, or the Financial Aid Office may require certain verification documents based on what was entered on the FAFSA. Schools have the authority to contact you for documentation that supports the information you reported on the FAFSA. If we need additional information, we will request this by mail through your current address on file at ACC, and will be available to view on Self-Service. You may download most required forms from the ACC website (www.alpenacc.edu) under Financial Aid Forms. Immediate responses to requests for information will help avoid delays in processing your financial aid. We may find additional information we need based on answers you have given on your FAFSA and or the previously requested documentation. The student will need to complete the verification process before an award package can be made. One school's verification documents will not satisfy ACC verification documents.

During peak times, processing may take up to 8 weeks. Remember, it is your responsibility to pay for your classes — regardless of the status of your financial aid.

How will I receive my financial aid? When the financial aid process is complete, the ACC Financial Aid Office will send an Offer Notice or Loan Only Notice to your current address on file at ACC. A Loan Only Notice tells the student they are only qualified for a student loan and how to apply for a Federal Direct Loan. Federal, State, and Institutional student aid are paid to students through the college.

Your Financial Aid information will also be available on your Self-Service account; click on “Award Letter.” The offer notice details your aid offer types and amounts as of the day it was printed, which will not include loan amounts. Your aid offers will be disbursed each semester printed on the offer notice. The college first applies your aid towards your tuition and fees.  Remaining credit balances will go toward rent at the College Park Apartments (if applicable) and then can be used at the on-campus bookstore (starting one week before classes start) to buy books and supplies. Any remaining credit balance, after tuition, fees, rent at College Park Apartments, and bookstore charges, is paid to you for other educational expenses (disbursement dates for balances will be enclosed with the offer notice). To use your credit balance at the bookstore, please provide the bookstore with your student I.D.

The FAFSA process does not always capture current circumstances. If you or your family is experiencing financial difficulties that resulted from a situation that occurred after the tax year entered on the FAFSA, we may be able to perform a special/unusual circumstance adjustment calculation for your financial aid. These situations may include loss/change of employment, separation or divorce, death (parent or spouse), unusually high medical expenses, or some other unforeseeable event that created financial hardship (including homelessness). You must write a letter to the ACC Financial Aid Office (665 Johnson Street, Alpena, MI 49707) requesting to be considered for the circumstance. You must include information describing the event/situation/hardship that led to the request and how that is different or worse than what was reported on the current FAFSA. Once the Financial Aid Office receives the letter, it will be determined if it is considered a special/unusual circumstance based on Department of Education Regulations. A special circumstance form along with other documents being requested will be sent out to be completed. The special circumstance form, documents, and any supporting documentation of the circumstance will need to be submitted back to the Financial Aid Office. Determinations will be made based on the Department of Education Regulations on a case-by-case basis and may take up to four weeks after all documents have been submitted. Results of the determination will be mailed to the student.