Apply for Financial Aid

There are two main financial aid applications available for students, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA).  Students should NOT complete both applications. Instead, students will complete either the FAFSA or the MSFAA depending on their citizenship status. Please click the links below to learn more.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available for U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, individuals who have an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94)*, hold a T nonimmigrant status, or are a battered immigrant-qualified alien.

The FAFSA should be completed annually by Maryland’s priority deadline of March 1st. Students can submit a FAFSA after March 1st, but they may not be considered for state aid programs offered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).

*Only those with “Refugee”, “Asylum Granted”, “Indefinite Parole” and/or “Humanitarian Parole”, or “Cuban/Haitian Entrant” on their I-94 are eligible to complete the FAFSA.
 
2020-2021 FAFSA (Final deadline: June 2021)
Covers Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021
Uses 2018 income tax and wages information
 
2021-2022 FAFSA (Priority deadline: March 1, 2021) - available 10/1/2020!
Covers Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Summer 2022
Uses 2019 income tax and wage information
 
The 2022-2023 FAFSA will be available on 10/1/2021 and this FAFSA will use 2020 tax and wage information.
 

Application Process for Students that are eligible to complete the FAFSA

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the school year you are planning to attend. The FAFSA can be completed online by visiting www.fafsa.gov. PLEASE NOTE: The School Code for FCC is 002071 (Step 6). You will need specific income information, such as completed tax forms, to complete the FAFSA. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the Federal Processor at 1.800.433.3243 or FCC Financial Aid Office at 301.846.2620. 

  2. If you are a new student, complete the FCC Admissions Application.  In order to receive financial aid, you must be pursuing an approved academic degree or certificate program at FCC.  More information about the Admissions process can be found here.

  3. Your FAFSA will be processed in approximately one week (if you apply online) and you will receive a Student Aid Report. If you listed FCC in Step 6 of the FAFSA, we will receive your information electronically. Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you receive any emails indicating that your FAFSA could not be processed.

  4. The FCC Financial Aid Office will send you a letter via U.S. Postal Mail if any additional information needed to determine your financial aid eligibility. The FCC Financial Aid Office will also add any required documents to your PeopleSoft To-Do List. Students may access the PeopleSoft To-Do List by selecting the “Student Center” tile after logging into PeopleSoft. The To-Do List is located on the right hand side of the Student Center.

  5. A separate application must be completed if you want to apply for Federal Work Study and Student Assistant employment. 

  6. To apply for Federal Direct Loans, students must complete the electronic Loan Request Form, which will be added to the student’s PeopleSoft To-Do List once the Financial Aid Office receives the student’s FAFSA. Students wishing to request a Federal Parent PLUS loans must submit a FAFSA and then contact the Financial Aid Office. Contact information is listed on the right hand side of this page.

  7. All FCC students should consider applying for the FCC Foundation Scholarships. More information can be found here.

 

Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA)

The MSFAA is available for undocumented students who qualify for in-state tuition under §15–106.8 of the MD Education Article. More information about the MSFAA can be reviewed here.
 
2020-2021 MSFAA
Covers Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021
Uses 2018 income tax and wages information
 
2021-2022 MSFAA (Priority deadline: March 1, 2021)- available as of November 2020!
Covers Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Summer 2022
Uses 2019 income tax and wage information
 
The 2022-2023 MSFAA will be available in November 2021 and this MSFAA will use 2020 tax and wage information.
 
Application Process for Students that are eligible to complete the MSFAA
  1. To complete the MSFAA, you must start by creating an account for the Maryland College Aid Processing System (MDCAPS). PLEASE NOTE: if you do not have a Social Security Number (SSN), you will enter nine zeros. You will need specific income information, such as completed tax forms, to complete the MSFAA. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) at 410.767.3300 or FCC Financial Aid Office at 301.846.2620. If you are a dependent student you will need to print the signature card after submitting your MSFAA, have your parent sign it, and then you can upload the signed signature card using the Electronic File Upload Tool within MDCAPS. The signature card can be downloaded from MDCAPS 24-48 hours after the MSFAA is submitted. The link to download the signature card will be under the “Check Your Application Status” option.

  2. If you are a new student, complete the FCC Admissions Application. In order to receive financial aid, you must be pursuing an approved academic degree or certificate program at FCC.  More information about the Admissions process can be found here.

  3. Students who are eligible to complete the MSFAA must also apply for the DREAM Act.

  4. MHEC will notify applicants via email if they are awarded. Upon receiving the award notification, applicants will be required to log into MDCAPS to accept their award within 6 weeks of the date of the award notification. Failure to accept the award within the 6-week timeframe provided by MHEC will result in cancellation of the award(s).

  5. All FCC students should consider applying for the FCC Foundation Scholarships. More information can be found here.
Financial Services Center  

Financial Aid

Phone: 301.846.2620
Fax: 301.624.2886
Email Financial Aid

Assists students with the FAFSA and informs students of available aid and how to apply for it

Financial Aid (3rd Floor)
Jefferson Hall (J302)
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Please contact us via email or phone and if needed, a virtual Zoom appointment can be scheduled depending on student needs.


Student Accounts

Email: Student Accounts
Jefferson Hall, 1st floor
J112
Phone: 301.846.2658
Fax: 301.846.2648
 

Current office hours:

Monday:
8:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday - Thursday:
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

*Thursday hours:
Open until 6:00pm
(January, July, August)

Friday:
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.