Applying for Financial Aid

  • Changes for the 2017-2018 FAFSA


     You may start filing your 2017-2018 FAFSA beginning October 1, 2016 rather than January 1, 2017.

    This earlier date will be a permanent change that will allow you to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1st every year.

    The 2017-2018 FAFSA will report you and your parent(s) if applicable 2015 income tax information rather than your 2016.

    The Financial Aid Office will offer workshops to assist you in completing your 2017-2018 FAFSA. Please see below for our dates.

  • Getting Started

    Eligibility Requirements

    Financial Aid Recipients must

    • Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
    • Have a high school diploma, General Education Degree (GED) Certificate or have completed a homeschooling at the secondary level
    • Be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program
    • Have a valid Social Security number
    • Register with Selective Services, if applicable
    • Not be in default on federal loan(s) or owe an over-payment on federal grants
    • Maintain Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress

    Note: You may not be eligible to receive federal student aid if you've been convicted under federal or state law of selling or possessing illegal drugs.

    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Application. You can complete the FAFSA each year as early as October 1st.

    To apply for federal student aid:

    1. Apply for an FSA ID on the Federal Student Aid website
    2. Complete and submit the FAFSA application at www.FAFSA.ed.gov
    3. Contact the Financial Aid Office three (3) to five (5) business days from the date you submit your FAFSA to receive additional required documentation.

    FAFSA Completion Workshops

    The Financial Aid Office provides regularly scheduled workshops to help students make corrections on their FAFSAs or fill out new FAFSAs. Students must pre-register in order to attend the workshops.

    November 2017 FAFSA Workshops (PDF)
    December 2017 FAFSA Workshops (PDF)
    January 2018 FAFSA Workshops (PDF)
    February 2018 FAFSA Workshops (PDF)
    March 2018 FAFSA Workshops (PDF)
    April 2018 FAFSA Workshops (PDF)
    May 2018 FAFSA Workshops (PDF)

    Contact Cristina Guzman at (708) 656-8000 Ext. 2435 to register for a FAFSA Completion Workshop.

    Morton College Financial Aid Process

    The financial aid process can take a few months, so begin your application process early. After your file is reviewed, you may be required to submit additional information.

    Failure to submit any required documentation may cause you to lose or delay your financial aid eligibility. Follow up with the Financial Aid Office to ensure your file is complete.