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					                                                   Financial Aid Information

IMPORTANT DATES

January 1: FAFSA for 2010-2011 (based on 2009 financial information) academic year available at:
                                         www.fafsa.gov
April 15: CCD financial file should be completed for priority awarding
Late April: CCD begins packaging financial aid awards for 2010-2011 academic year

                CCD recommends applying for financial aid as soon as possible,
                      after the first of January, for each academic year.


FAFSA INFORMATION
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is how the Department of Education determines
a student‟s eligibility for federal financial aid. Federal aid can include grants, loans, work study, and
certain scholarships. In addition, for Colorado residents, information from the FAFSA is also used to
determine eligibility for state aid. The amount of financial aid offered could depend, in part, on the
date the financial aid file is deemed complete and early applicants may have a better chance of being
offered more financial aid.

Usually, steps for completing the FAFSA are:
1. Apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov. Students will need a PIN
   to electronically sign the FAFSA.
       a. Dependent students: The parent(s) should also apply for a PIN as their signature is also
           required on the FAFSA. Do not share the PIN with anyone, even if someone else completes
           the FAFSA. The PIN should be kept in a secure location as it will be required for other
           student-related matters (making corrections at a later time, adding additional schools to
           the recipient list, completing new FAFSAs in future years, completing loan counseling,
           signing master promissory notes, etc).

2. Complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov (see “FAFSA TIPS” on the next page). Students
   requiring assistance may contact the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) at 303-629-9226.

3. Wait for communication from the CCD Financial Aid Office. Some students are selected for
   verification by the Department of Education. If this is the case, the Financial Aid Office will notify
   the student of the additional documents necessary in order to complete the file. Documents may
   include (but are not limited to) tax returns, a CCD Verification Form, etc. A letter and email will
   be sent to the student detailing the requirements. Documents should be submitted quickly to
   allow the file to be completed. Once a student‟s file is complete and award packaging has been
   finished, CCD will mail an award letter to the student with further information.
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FINANCIAL AID ELIGIBILITY
In   order to receive financial aid, students must meet all of the following requirements:
•    Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
•    Be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program at CCD;
•    Meet CCD‟s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requirements;
•    Not be in default on a student loan or owe a refund to a Title IV financial aid program; and
•    Male students must have registered for Selective Service between the ages of 18 and 25.


FAFSA TIPS
The following tips may help a student successfully complete the FAFSA.

Student Information (Step 1)
    • Read the directions carefully
    • Double-check the name, address and Social Security Number. The students name should be
      spelled exactly as it appears on the student‟s Social Security card.
    • If student is an eligible non-citizen, verify that the Alien Registration Number is accurate.
    • Answer every single question. Leaving questions blank may cause processing delays.
        If a student can answer “Yes” to any of the questions in Step 3 below, then the Parent
           Section (Step 4) may be skipped.

Student Income Questions (Step 2)
     Question 36: Adjusted Gross Income. The answer to this question can be found on the
      federal income tax form. If the student filed a:
           1040, then the answer is on line 37.
           1040A, then the answer is on line 21.
           1040EZ, then the answer is on line 4.
    • Question 37: Income Tax. The answer to this question can be found on the federal income
      tax form. If the student filed a:
           1040, then the answer is on line 56.
           1040A, then the answer is on line 35.
           1040EZ, then the answer is on line 11.
    • Question 38: Exemptions. The answer to this question can be found on the federal income
      tax form. If the student filed either a 1040 or 1040A, then the answer is on line 6d. For
      1040EZ filers, the answer depends on how line 5 was answered. If either the “you” or
      “spouse” box was checked, then use the 1040EZ worksheet, line F, to determine the number
      of exemptions ($3,500 equals one exemption). If neither box on line 5 was checked, enter
      01 if the student is single or 02 if the student is married.
    • Questions 39 and 40: Earned Income. The answer to this question can be found on the
      federal income tax form. If the student filed a:
           1040, then add the dollar amounts in lines 7, 12, & 18 together to calculate the answer.
           1040A, then the answer is on line 7.
           1040EZ, then the answer is on line 1.

NOTE: In most instances when a student is married, the student is required to file federal income
taxes as either „married filing jointly‟ or „married filing separately‟. Errors on the filing status are
common and almost always result in the delay of financial aid awards. If the student is married but
filed „head of household‟, then the Financial Aid Office may require the student to file a corrected tax
return. In this situation, eligibility determination is put on hold until a copy of the official tax
amendment is submitted to the Financial Aid Office.




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Student Dependency Status (Step 3)
    • Question 50: The answer should be “No” to “…will you be working on a master‟s or doctorate
      program” as CCD does not offer financial aid programs that meet the criteria of this question.
    • Question 55: A response to this question will require legal documentation. Be prepared to
      submit death certificates, foster care paperwork or court documentation to CCD.
    • Questions 56-57: A response to one or more of these questions will require court
      documentation. Be prepared to submit proof of the answers to CCD.
    • Questions 58-60: A response to one or more of these questions will require verification by a
      Liaison, Director or Designee per the McKinney-Vento Act. Be prepared to submit an
      Unaccompanied Youth Form to CCD.

NOTE: Students may request a change from dependent to independent status only if they can
document extreme, unique or unusual family circumstances that prevent them from obtaining
parental information. Examples of such circumstances may include family abuse, neglect, parental
desertion and other situations where contact between the parent(s) and student is severely strained
or nonexistent. Situations such as these are considered on a case-by-case basis and must be
appealed to the Financial Aid Office in writing. A student may start this process by discussing the
situation with a Financial Aid Representative to ensure qualification and then, by submitting a
Petition for Independence Form with supporting documentation to the Financial Aid Office.


Parental Information (only required if all questions in Step 3 were “NO”) (Step 4)
    • Double-check the name, address and Social Security Number. The parent(s) name(s) should
      be spelled exactly as it appears on the Social Security card(s).
    • Question 86: Parent(s) Adjusted Gross Income. The answer to this question can be found on
      the parent‟s federal tax form. If the parent(s) filed a:
           1040, then the answer is one line 37.
           1040A, then the answer is on line 21.
           1040EZ, then the answer is on line 4.
    • Questions 87: Parent(s) Income Tax. The answer to this question can be found on the
      federal income tax form. If the parent(s) filed a:
           1040, then the answer is on line 56.
           1040A, then the answer is on line 35.
           1040EZ, then the answer is on line 11.
    • Question 88: Parent(s) Exemptions. The answer to this question can be found on the federal
      income tax form. If the parent(s) filed either a 1040 or 1040A, then the answer is on line 6d.
      For 1040EZ filers, the answer depends on how line 5 was answered. If either the “you” or
      “spouse” box was checked, then use the 1040EZ worksheet, line F, to determine the number
      of exemptions ($3,500 equals one exemption). If neither box on line 5 was checked, enter
      01 if the student is single or 02 if the student is married.
    • Questions 89 and 90: Parent(s) Earned Income? The answer to these questions can be found
      on the federal income tax form. If the parent(s) filed a:
           1040, then add the dollar amounts in lines 7, 12, & 18 together to calculate the answer.
           1040A, then the answer is on line 7.
           1040EZ, then the answer is on line 1.

Household Size Information (Step 5)
     Complete this section only if the student answered “Yes” to any question in Step 3.

School Codes (Step 6)
    • Make sure to list the Community College of Denver. The School Code is 009542.

Read, Sign and Date (Step 7)
    • Read the disclaimer to ensure understanding of the student‟s Rights and Responsibilities.
    • The PIN is used as the electronic signature.




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FAFSA CHECKLIST
_____ Check the FAFSA for errors before you submitting.
          Important note: It‟s common to print and exit the application before it is finished. Save
          often and make sure to fully complete the application until a confirmation is obtained.

_______ List CCD as the school attending. This is the only way for CCD to obtain the FAFSA.

_______ Read all instructions and print out the confirmation page that confirms the date the FAFSA
        was electronically sent to the Federal Processor.

_____    Review the Student Aid Report (SAR) that will be sent by the Federal Processor. Check the
          SAR for accuracy, paying close attention to household size and income. Make sure that
          CCD is listed as a recipient. If the SAR requires any corrections, such corrections can be
          made electronically at the FAFSA website (www.fafsa.gov) using the issued PIN.
_____    Check student e-mail, view the student account and open CCD mail. Respond immediately
          to all requests for additional information.




CONTACTING THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE
In-Person: South Classroom Building - Room 135
           Monday, Thursday & Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
           Tuesday & Wednesday:        8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
           (Hours are subject to change)

E-mail: financialaid@ccd.edu

Phone: 303-556-5503
Fax: 303-556-5458

By U.S. Mail:
 CCD Financial Aid
 Campus Box 206
 PO Box 173363
 Denver, CO.


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