How To Apply For Financial Aid

How To Apply For Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office has a priority filing date of May 1, 2019 for the 2019-2020 academic year for students who are registering for the fall 2019 semester. It is recommended that students file their FAFSA beginning in October 2019. Massachusetts resident will need to have filed by this date in order to be considered for any Mass State Grant Funding.


You may call our offices or visit the Lowell or Bedford campus during our business hour of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Please arrive no later that 4:00 p.m. at either office. Bedford can be reached at: 781-280-3650 and Lowell is at: 978-656-3242.

How to obtain an IRS Tax Return Transcript:

If your FAFSA is selected for verification, and you don't use the IRS Data Retrieval option or you changed the IRS data, you will be required to request a tax return transcript from the IRS and submit it to the Financial Aid Office.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form needed to apply for all federal and state financial aid programs, including loans.  If you are a Massachusetts state resident, and want to apply for grant aid, you must file your FAFSA by May 1st each year to be considered for MASS Grant.

You can complete this application online at Your FAFSA requires a Title IV school code to identify the school you wish to send your FAFSA to. 

Middlesex Community College’s FAFSA code is:  009936

Be sure you select the application for the correct academic year. We strongly recommend that you utilize the IRS Data Retrieval tool to complete your FAFSA. Using the tool allows you to complete the process faster and will minimize the amount of follow-up required by the Financial Aid Office. If you have not filed your taxes yet and complete the FAFSA using estimated tax information, you may also use the IRS Data Retrieval tool to make corrections to that data after you have filed. Information on the tool and who is eligible to use it is available within the online FAFSA application and the link indicated above.

In order to complete the FAFSA online, both a student and at least one parent (if dependent) will need an FSA-ID to access, make corrections, and electronically sign the FAFSA. The FSA-ID is your electronic signature for the FAFSA. Additionally, you will need your FSA-ID and your parents FSA-ID (if dependent) to make corrections to your FAFSA after you submit it. Before you begin the FAFSA process, obtain an FSA-ID by visiting or you may apply for an FSA-ID at the same time you are completing your FAFSA.

Allow one week for your FAFSA to be processed, electronically. You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR), by e-mail. Once we receive your application information, we will be sending you notices through the mail or your MCC email account. Be sure to monitor your email account regularly for important information.

For those applicants selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education, a Verification Worksheet, along with documentation of your previous year income must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office. Typical documentation includes federal tax return transcripts (copies of federal tax returns are no longer acceptable), W-2's, or benefit statements.

If additional documentation is required you will receive a letter and/or email from the Financial Aid Office. Emails are sent to your Middlesex Community College email address, or the preferred email address we have on file. For prompt service, respond to these requests as quickly as possible.


Last Modified: 10/25/19