Applying for Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid

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Applying for Aid

Students must complete a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year and submit it to the U.S. Department of Education for processing. Students do not have to be enrolled full-time (12+ hours) to receive federal aid. Generally, students will be eligible for federal aid if they are enrolled in at least six semester hours. The FAFSA is an application for the following federal aid programs:

  • Pell
  • SEOG (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant)
  • State Grants
  • Federal Work Study
  • Subsidized Student Loan
  • Unsubsidized Student Loan
  • Parent Loan

Complete the FAFSA every year as soon after October 1, as possible. Try to complete the FAFSA before April 15*.

Students may file electronically at Apply for an FSA User ID so you may electronically sign your FAFSA Application. You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) at the address you listed on your FAFSA application. You will also receive an email notifying you when your FAFSA has been processed. Be sure to review your SAR for errors and make corrections as needed. If you did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool please make certain to make a correction to your FAFSA and use this process. This simple step can save weeks on your application for aid.

You should always use your tax forms to complete this application or you should use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.  Beginning with the 2017-2018 aid year, you will use tax information from the previous tax year. For instance, for 2017-2018, you will use the 2015 tax information to complete the FAFSA. You may estimate your income, but be aware that estimating your income and taxes may mean your file will be selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education or by the Office of Financial Aid at Mountwest Community & Technical College. If you choose to estimate your income information when filing the FAFSA, please review your Student Aid Report and make changes as necessary, particularly going back into your FAFSA to make corrections using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. List the College Code for Mountwest (040414) on your FAFSA Application as the #1 school.

Check your campus-assigned email at least once per week for additional document requests (missing documents). You will also receive an email, at your campus assigned email address, when your financial aid award is ready for viewing. You only need to submit your award if you will be accepting student or parent loans.

* April 15 is the deadline for State Aid. You may still file the FAFSA and apply for federal aid after April 15.

Applying for Summer Financial Aid

All awards are initially offered for fall and spring only. You must request aid for summer by completing an application available in the Office of Financial Aid.

If you need assistance completing the FAFSA, you can obtain information from the hotline at the Federal Student Aid Programs (1-800-4FED-AID), call us at 304-710-3370 or e-mail us at and we will be happy to assist you.

The Office of Financial Aid for Mountwest Community & Technical College, in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, P.L. 89-329, as amended, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, or sex in any of its policies, practices or procedures.