Isothermal Community College

Financial Aid

Application Processes

A student wishing to apply for financial aid should:

  1. Apply for admission to Isothermal Community College and complete residency determine application.  
  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 2016 tax year.  Please contact the Financial Aid Office if your income has drastically changed.  
  4. Students will be contacted by ICC via e-mail 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 October 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

Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents.  If you are having trouble with your FSA ID, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education at 1-800-4FED-AID and listen for the FSA ID help option.  Isothermal does not have access to your personal identifying information.

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.


Verification is a process to confirm the information you provided on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Verification selection can be random or because your FAFSA data was incomplete, estimated or inconsistent. The U.S. Department of Education selects some students for the verification process. We will select others if we find conflicting information.

We are required to ask you to provide documentation to confirm the information on your FAFSA. This will include verification forms and may include your tax return, tax transcript, or a Verification of Non-filing letter from the IRS.  If you are a dependent student, we may also request a copy of your parent's tax return transcript.