STCC Financial Aid - How to Apply for Financial Aid

  • If you need assistance filing the FAFSA, please click here http://www.stcc.edu/finaid/HelpfulHints.asp to see the options available.
  • Each academic year, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). The Department of Education encourages all students to apply online. Filing online is faster and easier with prompts to guide you as you complete the application. Please note if you do not have Internet access you can go to the Student Success Center, Bldg. 27, 1st floor, telephone # 413-755-4214.

    STCC has several options available on campus to assist you in filling out your FAFSA.  You may schedule an appointment by calling any of the following resources:
    • uAspire (Springfield Residents Only), Garvey Hall, 2nd floor, 413-755-4907.
    • Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), Call the EOC at 413-612-0206.
    • STCC Financial Aid Office, Building 15, Room 205
  • If you file electronically, you must apply for a PIN number in order to sign the application electronically. This may be completed at www.pin.ed.gov. Once PIN numbers are received electronically, you may file the FAFSA. FAFSA must be completed electronically at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA collects information about your (and your parents, if applicable) income, assets, house hold size and based on a standardized formula, calculates what your family can reasonably contribute towards your education. In order for Springfield Technical Community to receive a copy of this information, you must include the STCC Federal School Code # 005549 on the application.
  • So that we may better serve you, please complete the FAFSA application by the priority date of May 1 and submit all requested documentation to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Notification of your processed application will be mailed to you directly from the US Department of Education. You will be notified by email if you provided an email address. The Student Aid Report (SAR) is a summary of the information on your application and includes the calculated EFC (Expected Family Contribution). The Department also performs certain edit checks to ensure your eligibility. Please refer to the section entitled ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS to view necessary requirements. All institutions listed on the FAFSA will receive an electronic copy of the SAR.
  • When the STCC Financial Aid Office receives an electronic copy of the processed Student Aid Report (ISIR), we will contact you by mail to complete the financial aid process. The Financial Aid Office reviews the ISIR to make sure the information reported is accurate. You may be required to verify the information reported or make corrections if the information is inaccurate or incomplete. You must also be accepted into a degree or approved certificate program and taking courses to complete your graduation requirements. As part of the awarding process, the Financial Aid Office is required to make sure you meet all of the eligibility requirements. If you do not meet these requirements, we cannot offer you financial assistance. Please refer to the section ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS for detailed information.
  • The STCC Financial Aid Office begins the notification process in June.  If your application is received by the priority deadline, your file is complete and accurate, and you meet all the eligibility requirements, you should be able to view your award letter via Web advisor account during the summer.  The Financial Aid Award Letter indicates the type and amount of aid offered.  These awards are based on full-time enrollment (12 or more credits); your aid will be adjusted after the last day for students to make changes to their Fall schedule and drop classes without financial penalty to reflect the actual number of enrolled credits.  Audited classes and Challenge Exams are not covered by financial aid.
  • The Financial Aid Office will notify the Office of Student Accounts that you have been awarded financial aid. If you are awarded financial aid before the semester begins, and have financial aid in excess of your tuition and fees, you may be eligible to have an account set up in the College Bookstore.  Eligible students will be mailed a Bookstore Voucher before the semester begins.