How to Apply for Financial Aid:
The first step to apply for scholarships and financial aid is to be admitted to the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.
To apply for all need-based financial assistance (Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG, Nebraska Opportunity Grant, Federal Work Study Program, Federal Perkins Loan and Federal Student Loans), you and usually your parents must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA may be filed electronically at www.fafsa.gov
To avoid any delays in processing your FAFSA, please follow these helpful hints:
- File your tax returns electronically.
- File the FAFSA using IRS data retrieval process (IRS data will be available two weeks after filing your tax return electronically).
- Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1. Federal Perkins Loans, FWSP, Federal SEOG, and Nebraska Opportunity Grants are awarded on a first-come basis to needy students with completed financial aid files as long as funds are available. Due to fund limitations there is no guarantee that applicants will receive all or any of these funds.
- Read the instructions carefully.
- Always use your correct Social Security number. Your Social Security number is the primary means of identifying your records.
- Designate the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture as a recipient of the information on your FAFSA (federal school code is 007358).
- Independent or dependent student status? Students that are considered dependent for financial aid purposes are required to list parental information on the FAFSA. If you have questions about your status, contact our office.
- Parents divorced and remarried? If the natural parent for whom you are listing information on the FAFSA has divorced but is now remarried, you must include information about your stepparent on the FAFSA as well.
- Students who receive free room and board as compensation for serving as a Student Assistant at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture or any other college/university should report the value of the room and board received as untaxed income on the FAFSA.
- Properly sign the application.
- Don’t leave anything blank unless the instructions specifically tell you to do so.
- When filling out the income, earnings, and benefits section with the federal income tax return, use the appropriate line number references. It is recommended to use the IRS data retrieval process when completing the FAFSA.
Respond quickly to all requests from our office and other agencies to avoid processing delays.
Keep good record. Make photocopies of all forms before mailing them. Keep a careful record of when you mail forms. Keep and date financial aid correspondence sent to you.
Follow up. Check on the status of your application.
Ask questions. If you are unsure about any part of the application process, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.
Some financial aid applicants will be required to verify the accuracy of financial data based upon federal regulations. If you are selected for verification, you will be instructed to complete an institutional verification form. Other documents that may be requested include tax return transcripts, W-2 forms,. marriage certificate or military discharge papers. When verification is complete, you will be notified of your eligibility for financial aid through an email directing you to MyRED.
Awards made before the beginning of a semester are based on expected full-time enrollment status. Student enrollment status will be checked on the census date of each semester/term. If your hours are less than full-time, your budget and awards will be adjusted at that time. This could cause delays in the processing or disbursement of your financial aid.