Your first step is to apply to Florence-Darlington Technical College. Be sure that you know your social security number before beginning the application.
You can begin filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as early as January 1 of the academic year you plan to enter college.
Please use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing your FAFSA. This tool will automatically populate the tax information on your FAFSA and minimize the paperwork the financial aid office will need from you. For the 2016/2017 FAFSA your 2015 tax information will be used. Beginning with the 2017/2018 FAFSA, students will begin using their prior prior year tax information, meaning you will again use your 2015 taxes for the 2017/2018 FAFSA. Using the IRS Date Retrieval Tool for 2016/2017 will keep you from entering conflicting information for the 2017/2018 FAFSA, since both will be using the 2015 taxes.
FAFSA is required to be considered for FDTC scholarships and grants. File your FAFSA by March 1 for best consideration.
- What is the FAFSA?
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This application is free, and should be completed at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The U.S. Department of Education uses the financial and family information you provide on the FAFSA to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The college you attend will use this EFC to determine the financial aid you are eligible to receive.
- How do I complete the FAFSA?
Complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov using your FSA ID (www.fsaid.ed.gov). You will need your name, social security number, date of birth, address and federal tax return. If you are a dependent student, you will also need this information for your parent. If you are married, you will need your spouses’ federal tax return.
- What if I’m selected for FAFSA verification?
Verification of financial aid application information is required of at least one-third of all applicants and are selected by the Department of Education. During the verification process, the college will compare the information from the students’ application with their IRS tax transcript(s) and/or other financial documents. If there are differences between the application information and the financial documents, the college will send correction electronically to have your information reprocessed. Students selected for verification can view the required documents on their webadvisor account. Students requiring assistance may contact the Financial Aid Office.
3. Receive Award Letter
If you have included FDTC’s school code (003990) on the FAFSA and applied to FDTC, the Financial Aid office will send an email to your school email address once your award has been made. You will then be able to view your award on your webadvisor account. This letter will list all of the federal, state and institutional grants/scholarships you are eligible to receive. FDTC does not automatically package student loans on your account. If you want a student loan, you will need to complete the Loan Request form at forms.fdtc.edu after your other financial aid has been awarded.
Some grants and scholarships cannot be processed until your final high school transcript is received in admissions.