How to Apply


Applying for financial aid at CCBC is easier than ever before. Simply complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and send to the Federal Processor either by mail or electronically.

The ideal time to submit the application is between January 1 and March 1 to receive priority consideration for the next academic year. The FAFSA may be submitted after March 1.

To ensure that your aid is processed and available to pay your tuition, fees and books, the Financial Aid Office must receive your information by the priority date set for each semester. These dates can be found on our Important Dates page. Students whose financial aid information arrives at CCBC after the specified date will be required to make payment on their classes to hold their registration.

Would you like to apply electronically?

If you need help or guidance on the FAFSA application process, a 2012 - 2013 FAFSA Tutorial is available for viewing. This tutorial will take you and your parent through the 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA 2013 - 2014.

You and your parent will need to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN). The PIN is your electronic signature. By using electronic signatures, the application is processed more quickly. You can also make corrections on-line and print a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR). If you have e-mail, the PIN will be sent to your e-mail address within 48 hours. If not, the PIN will be mailed to your mailing address. We can take you to the PIN website now. You are considered a dependent by the Department of Education up to age 24.

After you obtain your PIN(s), you can apply electronically for federal student aid at FAFSA on the Web.

FAFSA school code

002063 (Use this code for CCBC Catonsville, CCBC Dundalk, and CCBC Essex).

Would you like a paper FAFSA?

Call Federal Student Aid Information at 1-800-433-3243. Paper FAFSAs are no longer provided to colleges.

What happens after I submit my FAFSA?

You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Federal Processor. The SAR will also be transmitted electronically to the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office will send a Missing Information Letter to inform you that your data has been received and to request the documents needed to complete the processing of your financial aid. Remember, you must reapply for financial aid every year.


The U. S. Department of Education or the college may select your application for verification. If selected, you will need to provide additional documentation (e.g., federal tax transcripts) to support or clarify the data on your application.

Special Circumstances

Major financial changes within your family may affect the amount you would be able to contribute to your education. These conditions may include: unemployment, high medical or dental bills, or elementary and secondary school expenses. Click here for the form.

Award Notification

After CCBC receives all documents and the data is verified (if required), CCBC will send an email award notification. If you are eligible for a Pell Grant, the award will be based on full-time enrollment (12 credits/billable hours). Click here to view the calculations for the actual award amount you will receive based on your enrollment hours.

Your financial aid disbursement is based on the number of credits in which you are enrolled as of the 3rd week of the regular fall and spring semesters. You cannot receive any financial aid for courses you register for after that time. (NOTE: This will include late start courses). Many state scholarships also require that the student be full-time. If you are not full-time at the end of the 3rd week, these state scholarships will be canceled.

Tuition, fees, and other charges authorized by you will be deducted from your award. Any proceeds remaining from your award will be mailed 14 days from the day of disbursement (posted to your student account).

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