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Heartland Community College

Financial Aid Checklist

  • Apply to HCC at www.heartland.edu/application/.  Are you a new student or returning after a two-semester absence? Submit your online application for admission.We cannot receive your FAFSA unless you have applied to HCC.
  • Create an FSA ID at www.studentaid.gov/create-account. The FSA ID serves as your digital signature for the FAFSA and login information for Federal Student Aid websites. Students may apply for an FSA ID anytime and it is recommended to create one 3 days before completing the FAFSA.  If you are a dependent student, your parent will also need to create an FSA ID.
  • Complete the 24/25 FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov. Use school code 030838 for HCC. The application will be available starting December 2023. HCC will not receive or have access to 24/25 FAFSA's until late April 2024.
  • Apply for HCC Foundation Scholarships (deadline is April 1, 2024 for 24/25 aid year) at www.heartland.edu/payingForCollege/scholarships/apply.
  • Actively monitor your HCC email for status updates. The first 24/25 financial aid email notifications will be sent out early May 2024. HCC email is the HCC Financial Aid Office's only form of direct communication. Check your email daily.
    • Did your financial aid email ask you to complete additional requirements? Complete them before July 1 to avoid delays and dropped classes for the fall semester.
  • Review your semester bill to confirm your financial aid is ready by the payment deadline on home.heartland.edu > student center > view/print semester bill. You may also review aid on your financial aid tile.
    • Accept your Self-Help Aid (Federal direct loans) if needed. Offered loans must be accepted to appear on your student bill. Instructions for accepting/declining loans are available at www.heartland.edu/payingForCollege/financialAid/receivingAid. Loans should be accepted by payment deadline to avoid delays and dropped classes for the fall semester.
    • Expecting a financial aid refund? Learn how to select a refund method at www.heartland.edu/payingForCollege/paymentsRefunds/refunds.
    • Need books for your courses? Eligible students will receive notification to their HCC email regarding bookstore charges a month before the fall semester begins.
  • Thinking about dropping classes after the semester has started? Contact the Financial Aid Office first! Financial aid students must maintain satisfactory academic progress towards completion of their program of study to maintain financial aid eligibility. Learn how to maintain your financial aid eligibility by reviewing our Financial Aid Policies at www.heartland.edu/payingForCollege/financialAid/formsPolicies.

 

*Payment for Classes if the 24/25 FAFSA has not been received by the Financial Aid office by July 1st, the student will need to setup a payment arrangement for tuition/fees with the Business Office prior to the payment due date to prevent classes from being dropped. If the student is found to be eligible for financial assistance after payment has been made, the student may be reimbursed.

When to Apply

You must reapply for student aid every year.

Apply as early as possible. The FAFSA form should be submitted by the date for the respective semester as listed below.

HCC's Priority FAFSA Priority Deadlines
Semester Priority Deadline
Fall Semester March 1
Spring Semester Only October 1

To be considered for all aid types and to ensure your financial aid eligibility before each semester, apply by the preferred filing dates. Note that the major state grant program may require you to file earlier than the dates outlined due to limited funding.

Payment for Classes

If the above information has not been received by the Financial Aid office by these dates, the student may need to make arrangements for payment of tuition/fees with the Business Office prior to the payment due date. If the student is found to be eligible for financial assistance after payment has been made, the student may be reimbursed.

Transfering to a New School

if the student transfers schools, the aid does not transfer. Check with the new school to find out what steps the student must take to continue receiving aid.

So You Want to Go To College

Overview of the Financial Aid Process

How to Fill Out the FAFSA Video

How to Fill Out the FAFSA

What do do after your FAFSA application video

After the FAFSA: What Happens Next

Contact Us

Financial Aid Office

Community Commons Building (CCB), Room 1101
1500 W. Raab Rd.
Normal, IL 61761

Phone: 309-268-8020

Fax:309-268-7962

Email: FinAid@heartland.edu

To schedule an online or in -person appointment, please visit the Heartland Navigate tile found within your Student Center.

Walk-ins are available from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday