The federal government made two great changes to the FAFSA process in 2016 that really help students. First, they moved the date you can begin filing to October 1, a full three months sooner, and just as importantly you can now begin using tax information from a year sooner. For example, students entering college in the fall of 2018 can use their family’s tax information from 2016 (those entering in 2019 can use their information from 2017 and so on.) 

You must complete the FAFSA form to apply for federal, state and some types of institutional aid. It is in your best interest to file the FAFSA as early after October 1 as possible, as some funds may be limited. Other deadlines are as follows: EICC's priority deadline is March 1, and the State of Iowa has a July 1 deadline. You must complete a FAFSA each academic year to determine eligibility. Check out FAFSA on the web new window for more information or to complete the form on-line. 

The (EICC) Federal School Codes are as follows:

  • Clinton Community College (CCC) Code 001853
  • Muscatine Community College (MCC) Code 001882
  • Scott Community College (SCC) Code 004074


A student who plans to enroll at more than one EICC campus, should use the federal code of the campus that is granting the degree. (Example: a student who is degree seeking at MCC but is taking classes at both MCC and SCC would use MCC's code.)

After you complete your FAFSA, the federal government will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR). If the government has randomly selected you for verification, your SAR will state this. Verification basically means that the financial aid office will be required to ensure the information you reported on your FAFSA is accurate. To do so, we are required to compare your FAFSA information with documentation that we will request from you. For dependent students, we are also required to verify the parental information found on your FAFSA. For independent students, we will request this information for your spouse (if married) as well.  If there are differences between your FAFSA and your financial documents, we will make any necessary corrections electronically to have your information reprocessed.

To be assured that you are able to meet the tuition payment deadline and to be able to charge books, EICC has also established the following priority financial aid processing deadlines. To meet these deadlines, you should file your FAFSA and submit all required paperwork to the financial aid office on or before the deadlines below:

  • July 15 (fall semester) 
  • December 1 (spring semester)
  • May 1 (summer semester)

Once your file is complete and accurate, you will be sent a financial aid award letter indicating the types of financial aid you qualify for, how much, and how to proceed (please be advised that eligibility is based on full-time enrollment and students enrolled at less than full-time status will have their awards adjusted according to their enrollment level).

The business office will then be notified of any available funding you may have and these funds will be credited to your tuition and fees. If the financial aid for which you qualify exceeds the amount of your tuition and fees, the bookstore will then be notified that you can charge books. The earliest books may be charged against financial aid is two weeks prior to the start of each semester. Any bookstore charges over and above your available financial aid eligibility are your responsibility.


Tuition and fees are due to the business office approximately three weeks before each semester begins. Keep in mind that financial aid can be a long process. If your financial aid eligibility has not been determined by the tuition due date, you will need to pay in full or sign up for the college's payment plan

For all of our important deadlines, please see the Important Dates for Financial Aid page.