How to Apply for Financial Aid
- Each academic year, a student must complete the 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.
- Need Help Applying? STCC has several FAFSA Experts that can assist. You may schedule an appointment by calling Student Financial Services at 413-755-4214.
- When filing your FAFSA electronically, you will need a FSA ID to sign the application. You may create a FSA ID at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm. To complete your FAFSA visit www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA collects information about your income (and your parents, if applicable), 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 Studet Financial Services.
- 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 an estimated EFC (Expected Family Contribution). The Department of Education 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 Student Financial Services receives an electronic copy of the processed Student Aid Report (ISIR), we will contact you by mail and STCC student email to complete the financial aid process. Student Financial Services 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, Student Financial Services 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.
- Student Financial Services 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 STCCNet (The Campuswide Portal) 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 at time of disbursement to reflect the actual number of enrolled credits. Audited classes and Challenge Exams are not covered by 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 receive a book voucher to be used at the College Bookstore. Eligible students will be notified by mail and STCC email when a voucher is available. For more information on Book vouchers Click Here.