Applying for Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid


Step 1 

Go to the Department of Education Website to create a Federal Student Aid ID and password.  For more information, click here.

Save your User ID and password in a secure place. You will use it every year you apply for financial aid.

Step 2

Go to the FAFSA Website, and have information (even if estimated) in front of you on your income for the tax year specified on the FAFSA. Fill out the FAFSA. In step 6, put in KVCC’s school code, 009826.

For more detailed instructions on filling out the FAFSA, please see

Filling out the FAFSA”

Step 3

When the Financial Aid Office receives the processed FAFSA, we will check to see if you have been accepted into a degree/certificate program, and if so, we will award you if all information is complete, or send you a letter/email asking for further information and enclosing or linking to any forms that are needed.

Step 4

You may be selected for a process called “verification,” in which case the Financial Aid Office must verify some of the FAFSA information submitted by you (and your parent, if you are a dependent student). The 2016-17 Verification form is available by clicking here. The letter or e-mail we send you after you have been admitted and submitted your FAFSA will tell you if you have been selected for verification and will either contain the verification form or provide the link to it.  If you have been selected for verification and you have used the IRS data retrieval option and have made no further changes to your FAFSA, you will not need to request a federal income tax transcript. For further information about IRS data retrieval, please go to the FAME IRS Data Retrieval Information Page.  If you did not or cannot use IRS data retrieval, then you WILL need to request a federal income tax return transcript for yourself (and your parent, if applicable). You can request a tax transcript by making an online request at the IRS website

  •  If you did not file taxes, you may be asked to fill out an additional "low income" form.  If you are selected for verification and are receiving food stamps, you will have to provide documentation.
  • If you and/or your parent selected “will file” on the question concerning whether you have filed your federal tax form, and you have been selected for verification, you must update the income/assets information on your FAFSA after you have filed your taxes.

Step 5

When all documentation is received, we will process the files in the order of completion. We will verify and make corrections if necessary, award you, and send you two copies of your award letter—one is for you to keep, the other is for you to fill out, sign, and return to the Financial Aid Office. You must also fill out the Financial Aid Information/Outside Assistance Form and the Student Loan Authorization Form enclosed with your award letter. 

Step 6 (For students with Direct Loans)

On the Student Loan Authorization Form there will be directions for completing a loan entrance interview if you are required to do so, and for filling out a Master Promissory Note if you are required to do so. Please read the Loan Authorization Form carefully, follow the instructions, and fill out whatever is required, because your loan will not disburse until you have done so.

  • Default Management Program

KVCC reserves the right, as granted by the U.S. Department of Education, to refuse to certify a student’s Stafford loan or to certify the loan for an amount less than the established federal limits.  In that instance, KVCC must document the reason and provide that written explanation to the student.  KVCC’s decision is final and cannot be appealed to the Department of Education.