What is FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form is a form completed by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) to determine eligibility for federal student aid. States and colleges also use FAFSA information to award grants, scholarships, and loans. 

What Information Do I Need?

The following information is needed from students and their parent/guardian:

  • Social Security Number
  • Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • A Federal Student Aid PIN to sign-in electronically. (If you do not already have one, visit www.pin.ed.gov to obtain one.) 

When to Apply

Federal Deadlines for FAFSA® forms is 11:59 p.m. Central time (CT) on June 30, 2022. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sept. 10, 2022.

The CTC hosts FAFSA and college application days on Fridays in October as part of Michigan College Application Month.

Scholarship Opportunities

Community Foundation for Muskegon County
The Community Foundation for Muskegon County has scholarships opportunities for high school seniors, current college students, early college seniors, or adult learners.

Baker College
Baker College has scholarship opportunities ranging from $1,500/semester to full tuition.

Gerber Foundation
The Gerber Foundation offers competitive scholarships for students graduating from select high schools in Newaygo, Muskegon, or Oceana Counties in West Michigan.

National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators
The Michigan Association of State and Federal Program Specialists (MASFPS) will award three state scholarships ($1500, $1000, and $500) to eligible high school seniors who are on track to graduate.

Muskegon Community College
MCC has many scholarships available based on a variety of criteria including academic achievement, financial need, county of residency, and program of study.

Women's Division Chamber of Commerce
Each year, WDCC gives scholarships to deserving students attending Muskegon Community College or Muskegon Baker College.

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