PROCESSING TIME: Loans and verification are processed on a first-come first-served basis. Therefore, it is advised that should the Financial Aid Office request additional information for your file that you complete and/or provide this information as quickly as possible. If any additional steps are required, we will send an email to your ARCC student email address. For this reason (and many others) it is very important to check your student email on a regular basis.
All students admitted to Anoka-Ramsey Community College that meet the basic eligibility criteria and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are eligible for some form of assistance. Anoka-Ramsey's FAFSA code is 002332. In order to determine whether you qualify to receive state grants, federally-subsidized student work study, and/or loans you must complete the FAFSA and follow STEPS to APPLY for Financial Aid. To maintain your eligibility to receive aid you must re-apply for aid each year.
Apply Early -- Be proactive! Each year the new FAFSA application is available starting January 1st. Submitting your application early increases the likelihood of receiving aid that you do not need to repay- e.g. grants and scholarships.
If you already applied for financial aid, you may Check Your Status or eligibility using your Star ID and Password in eservices. If you completed the FAFSA application at another school and are transferring to Anoka-Ramsey, you need to Transfer Your FAFSA results.
Pay For Books with Financial Aid
If you qualify for financial aid and that aid exceeds your tuition and fees, you may Charge Your Books to your financial aid account. Book charges are allowed one week prior to the semester and the first week of the term (excluding holidays). You must have a FAFSA on file in order to charge your books. However, to avoid long lines and best prepare yourself for your courses, it is recommended that you buy your books on your own prior to the start of the term. Any financial aid that exceeds your tuition and fees will be paid to you as an overage.
Eligibility is impacted by your household's financial situation, your degree program, your academic progress, your credit load, course attendence, and much more.
How your financial aid pays your bills.
http://www.finaid.org/ The Financial Aid Information Page is one of the most comprehensive collections of references and links to sites about financial aid. You don't want to miss this one!
http://www.studentaid.ed.gov/ The U.S. Department of Education's Web site explains federal student aid programs and how to apply.
http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/index.htm The U.S. Department of Education's fast, nearly error-proof online application for federal financial aid.
http://studentaid.ed.gov/resources#funding The Student Guide is the most comprehensive resource on federal student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education.
http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/ Minnesota Office of Higher Education includes a list of college costs in Minnesota, information about higher education in Minnesota and an interactive financial aid estimator.
http://www.iseek.org/sv/index.jsp (Internet System for Education, Employment and Knowledge) promotes higher education, training, and career exploration and to facilitate employment searches within the state of Minnesota.