Free Application for Federal Student Aid

The financial aid process begins with the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the application that CCS uses to determine student eligibility for federal, state and institutional aid such as grants, loans and work study. In addition to completing the FAFSA, a student must be admitted to CCS to be considered for financial aid. File your FAFSA early! We recommend you file by March 1st for maximum consideration as some aid is awarded on a first-come first-served basis.

Complete your FAFSA application for Fall 2017 start term as early as October 1, 2016.

Starting with FAFSA applications for Fall 2017, the federal government will request details on the income reported two years prior to the application year (referred to as “Prior-Prior Year”). For the 2017-18 award year, that will be data from 2015.

Before you complete the FAFSA, it is recommended that you obtain an FSA User ID and password for the student and for at least one parent if the student is dependent. The FSA User ID and password act as your electronic signature and allow you to complete the FAFSA more efficiently by signing electronically.  Once the User ID and password are created, it takes approximately 1-3 days before your identity is verified with the Social Security Administration and the ID is functional.  

Once you’ve received confirmation that your ID and password are functional, you should visit the FAFSA website, to begin the financial aid application process. Bank and asset statements are also helpful. If you have questions while you are completing the FAFSA, look for the “Live Help” button on each page or you may contact the Federal Processor at 800.433.3243. Review your application very carefully for accuracy before submitting it to the Department of Education. Your FAFSA is not complete until it has been signed by BOTH the student and parent (if applicable). The FAFSA is signed with the FSA User ID and password discussed above, or by printing, signing and mailing a signature page.

Once your FAFSA has been submitted you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR), which is a summary of the information that was submitted on the FAFSA. If you listed CCS on the FAFSA and you are an admitted student, we will receive your FAFSA information approximately 2 - 3weeks after submission. TIP for Michigan residents: Michigan has some types of aid that are available only to students attending private colleges in Michigan. In order to be considered for eligibility, students must list a private Michigan college (example: CCS) in the first spot among their schools of choice. The order the schools are listed in does not otherwise affect aid eligibility and does not indicate interest in one school over another.

Once your FAFSA has been received by the Financial Aid Office, you will be notified in writing if any additional documentation is needed to complete your financial aid file. Once your file is complete, you will receive a financial aid award notice. Your financial aid awards are based on your FAFSA information and your admissions composite score.

If your financial circumstances have changed since you filed your FAFSA (job loss, divorce, etc.) please contact our office. We may be able to make corrections to your FAFSA that more accurately reflect your current situation.

Federal School Code: 006771
PIN Request site: http://www.pin.ed.gov

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