How to Apply
To apply for federal, state, and institutional aid, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Completing the FAFSA is free, easy to complete, and gives you access to the largest sources of financial aid to pay for college. There are two ways you can apply for FAFSA, by the online website or mobile app.
Apply by Mobile App
You can also complete the 2023–24 FAFSA form using the myStudentAid app. The myFAFSA component—which is used to complete the FAFSA form—is the app’s featured function.
Note: If you downloaded the app prior to Oct. 1, you must download an update to access the 2023–24 FAFSA form.
Steps to Transfer Tax Information into Your FAFSA Form
A simple, step-by-step process is available on the Student Aid website for transferring tax information into your FAFSA form. For a visual presentation, you can click on the graphic to the right.
FAFSA Terminology to Understand
All applicants for federal student aid are considered either “independent” or “dependent.” Dependent students are required to include information about their parents on the FAFSA. The FAFSA will ask a few questions, to determine which category you fit into. Am I Dependent or Independent? If you have questions about your dependency status or need more information, please visit StudentAid.gov/dependency.
Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is an evaluation of your family’s ability to contribute to college expenses. The EFC is calculated using a formula established by law. All the financial information you provide on the FAFSA is considered in the formula. Also considered are your family size and the number of family members who will attend college during the year. Schools use the EFC to determine your federal student aid eligibility and financial aid award.
Note: Your EFC is not the amount of money your family will have to pay for college nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive. It is a number used by the school to calculate the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive.
Some FAFSA applications are selected for a process called verification. If your FAFSA has been selected for verification, Schoolcraft College will email you at your SC mail.
Approximately 1 out of every 3 FAFSA filers are selected for verification. During this process, the college collects documentation from applicants to check the accuracy of the FAFSA application. If selected, documents will be requested through Ocelot Access and available at on our forms web page.
Please do not submit any documents to our office that are not specifically requested.
How Will I Be Notified?
The Office of Financial Aid will notify you thru your Schoolcraft College email address regarding your application status. You can review your application status and receive your award letter from the Financial Aid menu in Ocelot Access.
Contact the Office of Financial Aid regarding any questions regarding the financial aid process. Inform our office of any changes in circumstances. You may qualify for a re-evaluation of your financial aid information.