How to Apply
Tunxis Community College is encouraging all financial aid applicants to electronically apply for student financial aid. The U.S. Department of Education is actively and continually making electronic delivery of student financial aid a reality for all students.
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Apply for financial aid as soon as possible after January 1 for the academic year beginning in Fall. You must apply each academic year that you wish to be considered for financial aid.
You do not need to own a personal computer to electronically apply for financial aid; however, you do need to have use of a computer with Internet access. Many public libraries (including the Tunxis Library), high schools, adult education centers and community centers offer FREE computer with internet access to students.
To participate in filing electronically for financial aid you must possess a basic understanding of a personal computer and Internet use. If you are having trouble electronically filing for financial aid please contact the Financial Aid Office at 860.773.1422 for assistance, or contact the Federal Student Aid Info Center toll free at (800) 433-3243.
Please file your FASFA information as soon as possible but be aware that Tunxis Community College will not be able to determine your financial aid ability until you are accepted in a degree or eligible certificate program. If you are a new student you must apply for admissions immediately or call 860.255.3555.
You should complete your applications at least twelve weeks before you want to enroll.
EMAIL Tunxis Financial Aid will use email to keep you informed. If you don’t have an email account, you can get one for free at www.gmail.com, www.yahoo.com, www.hotmail.com, or www.mail.com. The U.S. Department of Education and the Tunxis Financial Aid Office will communicate with you about your financial aid process by sending information to your Tunxis email address.
FEDERAL STUDENT AID PIN
If you don’t already have a federal student aid PIN, go to www.pin.ed.gov. The PIN (personal identification number) is an electronic access code number that serves as an identifier. A PIN lets you access your personal federal student aid information online in various U.S. Department of Education systems. The PIN will allow you to sign your federal student aid application online, saving you several weeks in processing time. If you have to include parents’ information when you complete your federal student aid application, your parents will also need to request a federal student aid PIN. (If you are not sure whether or not you have a PIN already you can go to the same website to check). Now that you have an email address, the U.S. Department of Education will email you directions on how to obtain your PIN from a secure website. Allow 3 days to secure your PIN from them.
If you have questions about the PIN process you can call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243.
If you applied for federal student aid electronically during the previous year, you will receive a reminder, either through regular mail or email, that it’s time for you to reapply.
If you applied using a paper FAFSA in the previous year or have never applied for financial aid before go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and complete the federal student aid application online. This site has a useful “pre-application worksheet” you may want to print out first. The Tunxis school code is 009764, you will need to add this code to the FAFSA in order for Tunxis to receive your information electronically by the Department of Education.
Some of the items you will need to complete your application are as follows:
|•||Your Social Security Number (can be found on your Social Security Card)|
|•||Your driver’s license (if any)|
|•||Your W-2 forms and other record of money earned for the previous tax year.|
|•||Your (and your spouse’s, if you are married, or parents’ if you answer ‘No’ to all of the dependency questions) Federal Income Tax Return from the previous year – IRS Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 1040Telefile.|
|•||Your untaxed income records – Social Security, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, welfare or veterans benefits records|
|•||Your bank statements|
|•||Your business, investment and mortgage information. Business and farm records, stock, bond, and other investment records.|
|•||Your alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)|
|•||All students (and parents, if student is dependent) must sign the FAFSA with their own pin number.|
If you are a dependent student please refer to the Documents Needed button under “Before Beginning a FAFSA” at the FAFSA website.
Tracking Your Status
After you complete your FAFSA, the federal Department Of Education will email you when they have completed processing including a link to your SAR (Student Aid Report). Use this link to see if there are any errors or omissions you must address in order to complete your FAFSA. Many of these items can be addressed by contacting our office and providing appropriate documentation. Because of the encryption process protecting your FAFSA’s personal information, it can take as long as 10 business days between your email notice from the DOE and our receipt of your FAFSA.
You can track your financial aid status on line at my.commnet.edu after April 1st. The online tracking system notifies you through your Tunxis email account, first when we receive your processed application and then again if we need additional information from you to complete your file. Once you have been awarded your financial aid package, an email stating that we have made an award decision will be sent to your Tunxis email account. Once you have been notified you can view your award online by selecting the Awards option. To use your financial aid award to charge at our bookstore, simply alert the bookstore staff that you have financial aid.
Instructions for navigating the online student system can be found on our Application Status page.
Complete information about Tunxis financial aid policies and procedures is available on the Student Responsibilities page.
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Pay special attention to:
• Terms and conditions of financial aid awards
• Academic eligibility for student aid
• What happens to your financial aid if you withdraw
For more information, contact David Welsh, Director of Financial Aid Services, at 860.773.1422.