Paying for college is often one of the biggest concerns students and their families have about college. Filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) can ease some of those fears and is an important step in helping finance a college education. You need to complete the form to apply for aid such as federal grants, work-study funds, and loans. It’s also required by most colleges for their scholarships. Completing and submitting the FAFSA form gives you access to the largest source of aid to help you pay for your education! 

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) can help you get the process started at our upcoming FAFSA Assistance Nights:

At these events you’ll learn everything you need to know about accessing federal and state student aid such as grants, work-study, and loans to help pay for college. Our Financial Aid Specialists will be on hand to answer your questions and walk you through the application steps.

The sessions are free and open to everyone, regardless of whether you have already committed to attending one of our colleges or are still considering your options. Everyone is encouraged to file the FAFSA and determine their eligibility for financial aid. Many people are surprised to learn they are, indeed, eligible.

What to bring with you:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your A-Number (if you're not a U.S. citizen)
  • Federal income tax returns, records of child support received; and your current balance of cash, savings, and checking accounts (Note: You must provide consent and approval to disclose your federal tax information to be eligible for federal student aid.)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable), net worth of investments, businesses, and farms
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • An FSA ID (account username and password) to log in to and start the FAFSA form electronically

Please note: Everyone who contributes to the FAFSA will need their own FSA ID. This could include your parent, stepparent, or spouse. You'll want to create yours in advance of the event. If you're a dependent student, you will also need the documents listed above for your parents. 

To learn more about the FAFSA process, visit

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