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Applying for Financial Aid

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How to Apply

The Financial Aid Process

Students must apply for all forms of federal, state, and institutional aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are greatly encouraged to fill out the application via the web at The FAFSA serves as the universal application in initiating all financial aid at MCC. If you require any assistance in completing the FAFSA, please contact the financial aid office at Miles Community College at 1-800-541-9281, (406) 874-6171, or (406) 874-6208.
Don’t forget to list our Title IV School Code on the FAFSA: 002528

Need Money For Your Education?

When to Apply

The FAFSA or Renewal Application must be completed every year. For the 2018/2019 academic year the FAFSA is available starting October 1st, 2017 with a priority deadline of February 1, 2018 for submitting the FAFSA to the Department of Education. Early application is greatly encouraged to ensure that students have full access to all available financial aid programs. Some of the financial aid funds are limited and will be awarded first to students who submit the FAFSA by February 1, 2018 deadline. When completing the 2018/2019 FAFSA, please use your 2016 tax information.

How Financial Aid is Calculated

When a completed FAFSA is received by the United States Department of Education, a formula mandated by Congress called “Federal Methodology” is used to calculate the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Students will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) and the school whose code is listed on the FAFSA will receive an Institutional Student Information Report (ISIR). The SAR/ISIR will contain the EFC, which is used to determine eligibility for financial aid. The financial aid office uses the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) (tuition, fees, books, room, board, and other related expenses) less the EFC to determine the student's financial need. See yearly college costs for an average breakdown of COA figures.

Students applying for financial aid are considered for all programs for which they request aid and are eligible, contingent upon the availability of funds. The amount of financial aid awarded is generally a combination of grants, work-study, and loans and is based on the remaining need of the student (COA – EFC = Need).

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