Financial Aid

The financial aid process can be confusing and overwhelming.  Please use the information and videos below to help you through the process.

WHAT IS FEDERAL STUDENT AID  – Federal student aid comes from the federal government -specifically, the U.S. Department of Education. Read about Federal Student Aid
Federal student aid helps a student pay for higher education expenses such as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies. There are three main types of aid: grants, work-study, and loans.

FAFSA( – Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the form that must be completed by everyone applying for federal financial aid. (watch video).


  1. Create a FSA ID – Go to  Your ID confirms your identity and serves as your e-Signature for the online FAFSA.
  2. ATTEND A FINANCIAL AID NIGHT- held at MMACHS or MTCHS in September. Sign ups are at registration in August.
  3. GATHER INFORMATION FOR THE FAFSA – You will need the following information in order to complete your FAFSA:
      • Social Security Numbers (student and parent)
      • Driver’s license number if you have one
      • Federal tax information or tax returns – ESTIMATE based on last year’s information
      • Record of untaxed income

  4. COMPLETE THE FAFSA as soon as possible. OCTOBER 1 is the new date that the FAFSA will be available to submit.  (watch video)
  5. LOOK FOR AND REVIEW YOUR STUDENT AID REPORT (SAR)- Make any necessary changes and return the corrected form. (watch video)

FAFSA Completion Night: CWI is offering assistance in completing the FAFSA. Click here for details.

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