Isothermal Community College

Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid

A student wishing to apply for financial aid should:

  1. Apply for admission to Isothermal Community College.
  2. Make sure all official high school/GED/AHS transcripts have been received in the Admissions Office and the placement test is completed (if needed).
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at least two weeks prior to payment being due. If possible, be sure to use the IRS Data Retrieval option when submitting financial information.  Please note: if you are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool please call the IRS to order an IRS Tax Return Transcript at 1-800-908-9946, Option 2, Select most recent tax year. 
  4. Students will be contacted by ICC regarding any necessary steps required.  Please make sure any contact information is current with Admissions.

Use 002934 for the school code on your application.

Important information about the FAFSA process

Completion and submission of the FAFSA is a requirement for almost all types of aid available at Isothermal Community College. The process begins with completing the FAFSA and ends when an award letter is signed.  The complete process generally takes 3 to 5 weeks. We suggest that you begin this process by completing your application online at as soon as possible. Applications for the upcoming school year are available online beginning in January of each year. FAFSA must be completed on an annual basis. All students should file for FAFSA even though they think that they will not be eligible because this could qualify the student for various types of other Financial Aid Programs.

Remember to sign your FAFSA

After completing a FAFSA online, you, and your parents (if you are a dependent student), will need to sign your application using a PIN (Personal Identification Number).  Your FAFSA will not be processed until your signature(s) is received.  Using a PIN to sign your application electronically is by far that fastest and most reliable way to sign your application.  However, you can print, sign and mail in a signature page, or provide a signature(s) on your paper Student Aid Report (SAR).  Please keep in mind that mailing in a signature page can delay the processing time of your financial aid.

Student Aid Report (SAR)

The SAR is the federal output record that contains a student's Effective Family Contribution (EFC) and all the information provided by the student on the FAFSA.  The SAR is sent directly to students, either electronically or on paper.  The EFC is the amount that the student's family is expected to contribute toward the Cost of Attendance (COA).  The EFC, together with the student's COA, helps determine the student's need for federal funds.  The number is calculated by the Central Processing System.  You must have an official EFC before we can proceed with the processing of a student's financial aid file.