Apply for Financial Aid

How to Apply for Aid at MCC

In order to be considered for financial assistance students must do the following:

  1. Be accepted for admission to the College as a regular student.  New students must complete and submit an Application for Admission” to the Admissions Office.
  2. Complete the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA).
    Remember to release your information to Muskegon Community College, college code #002297. After submission, we will receive an electronic Student Aid Report (SAR).  A valid SAR is a requirement for all aid programs based on financial need.

    • File online at  Filing electronically on the Web is easier, faster, more accurate, and completely secure.
      • Watch this informative tutorial regarding completing the FAFSA 
      • Watch this video for the IRS DATA RETRIEVAL TOOL (DRT) process!  We recommend you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool that is part of FAFSA on the Web.
        • ALERT!  The Department of Education and the IRS announced in a joint statement that the DRT is currently suspended for the next several weeks. What does this means for you?  If you have not completed your FAFSA, don’t wait for the DRT to be restored.  You can manually enter your 2015 tax information from your tax returns.  Failing to complete your FAFSA may mean losing access to federal, state and institutional financial aid and missing deadlines.
      • We recommend that you (and parent if dependent) sign your application electronically with a FSA ID number.  To register, go to
  3. Check your Financial Aid Self-Serve account on the “MY MCC” web portal.  Immediately respond to any requests.  Additional documentation, including copies of federal tax return transcripts, may be needed to complete your financial aid file.
  4. Finally, we will mail you an Award Letter and a Financial Aid Contract.  If you wish NOT to accept any part of your award package, a copy of the Award Letter will need to be signed and returned to the Financial Aid Office.

Admission and financial aid paper applications may be obtained or linked to from our Web site. In order to receive full consideration for financial assistance, completed applications must be on file at the College by the following dates:

FALL SEMESTER…………………………………… May 1
WINTER SEMESTER………………………………. October 1
SUMMER SESSIONS……………………………… March 15

Applications received after these dates will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, if funds are available.

Most financial aid is awarded for only one academic year at a time. Students must submit new applications in order to receive consideration in a subsequent year.