FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION CHECKLIST
Use this checklist to apply for all types of federal financial aid at ESCC. Failure to follow this process can delay our ability to process your aid application!
- Apply for admission to ESCC. Be sure to provide Admissions with an official transcript from your high school and each college you attended prior to coming to ESCC. “Unofficial” or faxed transcripts will not suffice. Your aid application will not be considered until all transcripts and supporting documents are received and reviewed by Financial Aid staff.
- Apply for a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. Your FSA ID will allow you to electronically “sign” financial aid applications and federal loan promissory notes. Parents of dependent students will need their own FSA ID. Apply for an FSA ID online at fsaid.ed.gov.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online by visiting fafsa.ed.gov. When completing the FAFSA, please list the ESCC school code as one of the colleges you may attend. The ESCC school code is 001015.
- If possible, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within the FAFSA to provide your federal income tax return data. You should also use the Data Retrieval Tool to provide your parents’ income tax return data if it is requested.
- Complete any additional forms requested by ESCC Financial Aid and submit them to the appropriate ESCC Financial Aid Office (FAO) as soon as possible. If you are attending academic classes, your financial aid supporting documents should be submitted to the Enterprise Campus Financial Aid Office at P.O. Box 1300, Enterprise, AL 36331-1300. The Enterprise FAO fax number is 334.347.0191. If you are attending one of the Alabama Aviation Center campuses, please submit your requested financial aid documents to the AAC-Ozark Financial Aid Office at 3405 S. US Highway 231, Ozark, AL 36360. The AAC-Ozark FAO fax number is 334.774.0477.
- In some cases, you may be required to submit an IRS tax return transcript. If you receive such a request from our office, there are several ways you can request this document. Most of these methods do not require the payment of a fee.
- Online: Go to www.irs.gov. A transcript can be mailed to the requestor within 5 to 10 days. Please sign the transcript and submit it to our office by mail, fax, or hand delivery, or
- Smartphone app: Download the free IRS2Go smartphone app and follow the prompts to request a tax return transcript, or call the IRS Transcript request line at 1.800.908.9946. Please sign the transcript and submit it to our office by mail, fax, or hand delivery, or
- IRS Form 4506T-EZ. A paper transcript will be mailed to the requestor within 5 to 10 days. Please sign the transcript and submit it to our office by mail, fax, or hand delivery.
What Happens Next?
ESCC will review your application information and, if necessary, request additional documentation to verify what you have provided. Once we receive and review all of your information, an official award showing your financial aid eligibility will be created and we will send you an award letter in the mail. This information will also be available to you online in the Student Information Center at https://grace.escc.edu/cgi-bin/fslogin.mbr/login. Make sure that you continue to check your Student Information Center for additional information and for required items needed that may have been added. If you have been notified that you are ineligible for financial aid, you may file an appeal of your status. Appeals must be filed at least 30 days before the beginning of the next term. Appeals filed later than 30 days before the start of the next term will not be considered until several weeks into the new term.
STATE AID PROGRAMS
ALABAMA STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
To be eligible for this state-funded grant program, students must be residents of the state of Alabama and must be able to demonstrate financial need. Students are selected to receive ASAP based on a priority system using the student’s expected family contribution (EFC). There is no special application for these funds; completion of the FAFSA is all that is required to apply for ASAP.
The Federal Government and the state of Alabama have established programs which provide financial assistance to veterans and their dependents. ESCC desires to assist veterans as they attempt to receive educational benefits earned through service to their country. Veterans are encouraged to stop by the ESCC Financial Aid Office for applications and information and to contact Stephen Adcock by phone at (334)347-2623, ext. 2214 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FEDERAL AID PROGRAMS
The Federal Pell Grant program is the foundation upon which most financial aid packages are based. Annual award amounts vary according to enrollment status and the annual payment schedule provided by the U. S. Department of Education. Students who have been awarded Pell are authorized to charge tuition and fees against their Pell award during registration, and can charge books one week prior to the start of a new term. Credit balances are paid to students once each term, two weeks into the semester. Pell Grants are awarded only after all required documents are received, reviewed, and approved by ESCC Financial Aid staff.
Pell Grant awards are paid each term according to the number of hours the student is enrolled in as of the end of the College’s official drop and add period, as indicated below: 12 or more credit hours (full time) – 100% of full award 9 – 11 credit hours (three-quarter time) – 75% of full award 6 – 8 credit hours (one-half time) – 50% of full award
Students who take fewer than six hours may not be eligible to receive Federal Pell Grant benefits.
To apply for Pell and all other federal financial aid programs, completion of the FAFSA is required. The FAFSA must be completed online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. To obtain additional information, call (334) 347-2623, extension 2214, or write to: Student Financial Aid, Enterprise Community College, P. O. Box 1300, Enterprise, AL 36331-1300.
FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT
This federal grant program is administered by ESCC and provides grants to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Awards are determined by Financial Aid staff, and usually range between $400 and $800 per year. FSEOG funds are limited, and are distributed to the neediest students based on a priority system using the student’s expected family contribution (EFC). Students are paid once per term. There is not a special application for these funds; completion of the FAFSA is all that is required to apply for FSEOG.
FEDERAL WORK STUDY
This federal work program provides jobs for qualified students who have financial need and who desire to earn part of their educational expenses. FWS awards vary widely, with students working up to 20 hours per week. Student workers are currently paid $7.49 per hour. Students are paid once per month, on the last working day of the month. Interested students may apply for FWS by indicating their interest on the back of the ESCC Student Data Form.
FEDERAL DIRECT LOANS
Federal Direct loans are low-interest loans available to students and parents to help pay the cost of attending ESCC. These loans are authorized by the federal government. Students are urged to consider borrowing only as a last resort, and to borrow no more than is absolutely necessary. Students interested in borrowing a Direct Loan can download an application.
Students who borrow from the Direct Loan program are required to complete Entrance Counseling before their loan will be processed. This requirement can be completed by visiting https://www.studentloans.gov/ or by seeing a member of the ESCC Financial Aid staff.
Students who have borrowed a Direct loan are required to complete Exit Counseling upon leaving ESCC. This requirement can be completed by visiting https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action or by seeing a member of the ESCC Financial Aid staff.
- Financial Aid Information Page
- Student Guide
- Federal Student AID ID – FSAID
- FAFSA on the Web
- US Department of Education
- The US Department of Education’s Student Loan Ombudsman
- The National Student Clearinghouse
- The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators – NASFAA
- College Express