Your completed FAFSA is due no later than your last date of enrollment for 2023-24.
In order to meet the State MASSGrant deadline, the student's FAFSA must reach the federal processor before May 1, 2023.
HCC Priority Deadline
To receive the most money for fall, students need to submit the FAFSA by May 1, 2023, and send in all other required info to the Financial Aid Office by June 30, 2023. HCC usually has funding available to award the most aid to new students who are starting in spring. New students starting school in spring 2024 should complete the FAFSA before November 15, 2023 and complete all other requirements by January 16, 2024. (These deadlines are subject to change.)
Documents should be submitted within two weeks of the initial request. The latest that verification can be completed is published in the Federal Register. This deadline for 2023-24 will be in mid-September 2024, or 120 days after the last day of the student's enrollment, whichever is earlier.
Verification is complete when the student has submitted all requested documentation, and the school has received a complete FAFSA. This includes the processing of any corrections that may be needed to the FAFSA data. The corrections deadline is also published in the Federal Register and is generally earlier than the verification deadline, so in some cases it may be too late to submit corrections when the verification documents are received.
Completing verification is important! Failure to do so will result in the following:
- No additional financial aid will be processed or paid to the student.
- Federal work-study funding will be terminated.
- Any grant aid paid to the student for 2023-24 will be forfeited and the student will be required to return the funds.
- Federal Direct Loans not yet paid to the student will be canceled.
A student loan must be started with the Federal Department of Education before the student drops below half-time. Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Notes should be completed while the student is still in attendance at least half time. (There may be situations when a loan can still pay when these are finished after the student's enrollment ceases or drops below half time, but it depends on a lot of factors. Contact a financial aid counselor to talk it through.)
Generally a student is not eligible for financial aid once they're no longer enrolled. In some cases the school can pay financial aid to a student who is no longer enrolled, if the conditions for a late disbursement are met.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Deadline
The deadline for a student to submit a satisfactory academic progress appeal form in a term they are attending is one week before the semester is scheduled to end.
Federal work-study is usually awarded to students who meet HCC's priority deadline and who are otherwise eligible. Students interested in beginning work during summer 2023, and who are not enrolled in that summer 2023 term, must complete their 2023-2024 FAFSA before the priority deadline to ensure availability of funds. Students enrolled in summer 2023 need to have a 2022-2023 FAFSA on file.
deadline for Request for Re-evaluation Due to Unusual Circumstances
If your family experiences a loss of income or other changes in financial circumstances, you can submit an appeal to have your financial aid re-evaluated. The request for a re-evaluation (and required documentation) must be submitted while the student is enrolled for the 2022-23 academic year. Please complete this form and submit via our secure NextCloud upload portal.