Welcome to the Office of Financial Aid!
The mission of the Financial Aid Office is to support the learning college environment through the provision of services that are timely, user-friendly, accessible, and designed to support student learning. Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office to learn more about the variety of programs offered including the Federal Pell Grant, state grants, veterans benefits, and scholarships. The office is located in the Student Services Office. Students needing assistance in applying for financial aid or navigating the processes necessary to remain eligible for aid are welcome to contact financial aid staff by phone, email, or in person during office hours.
Notice of Availability of Institutional and Financial Aid Information
Isothermal Community College distributes consumer information to students through a variety of sources including the Registration Information Booklet, the College Catalog, and the Student Handbook. For the convenience of students, Isothermal has also created a web page to provide quick and easy access to institutional and financial aid information. Visit the Consumer Information website for more information. Printed paper copies are available upon request in Student Services.
Federal Direct Student Loans No Longer Available
In July 2012, the Isothermal Community College Board of Trustees voted to exit the Federal Direct Student Loan program. As of the end of the 2012-13 academic year, Isothermal Community College no longer offers direct student loans. Since the 2013 summer term has ended, no further loans will be disbursed. Other forms of financial aid including scholarships and Pell Grants are still available. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 828-395-4198 with any questions.
Students who borrowed from the Federal Direct Student Loan Program must complete exit counseling when dropping below half-time enrollment. The exit counseling is available online at www.studentloans.gov ; however, if a student wishes to complete exit counseling in person, they may contact the Financial Aid Office at 828-395-1635.
Spring 2016 Deadline Reminder:
If you plan on using financial aid for payment of tuition, you MUST complete the steps below before beginning the registration process. If you take advantage of open registration, payment for Spring classes will be due December 4, 2015 and your financial aid file must be complete by this date. If you register during last chance registration, your file must be complete by November 20, 2015 in order to guarantee your aid will be processed before the 2016 Spring term begins. If you are a current student and are receiving Financial Aid for Fall, you do not have to renew your FAFSA for the Spring 2016 semester.
Steps to complete your Financial Aid:
- Apply for admission, submit all high school transcripts or GED scores, and complete the placement test, if needed.
- Complete and submit the FAFSA at least two weeks prior to payment being due. FAFSA applications are available online at www.fafsa.gov.
- Complete and return all requested paperwork sent from ICC following your FAFSA application. We will send an e-mail as well as mail a letter to you once we have downloaded your FAFSA requesting any missing info to complete your file.
Students should check with the Admissions Office for further requirements.
Students who complete their file after the deadline will have their financial aid file reviewed and processed as quickly as possible, however we cannot ensure that your financial aid will be available at the start of the semester. Initially it is possible that you may be required to pay for your tuition and books out of pocket. If you are eligible, once your file has been processed and your award letter signed, you may qualify for a reimbursement. For more information, please visit our Dates and Deadlines page.