Steps to Apply for Financial Aid at HFC

Step 1: Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Submit the FAFSA online at

  • Make every effort to submit your FAFSA by the stated Financial Aid Priority Date;
  • Create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). Students and parents of dependent students must have an FSA ID in order to electronically sign the FAFSA;
  • Be sure to list the HFC school code on the FAFSA (which is 002270);
  • The Office of Financial Aid strongly recommends that students and parent(s) (if applicable) upload their income tax information onto their FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval tool; and
  • Review resource videos for additional assistance creating an FSA ID or helpful tips for the FAFSA.

Step 2: Submit your official high school diploma or GED to HFC Records and Registration.

To receive financial aid, students must have earned their high school diploma, their General Educational Development (GED) certificate, or graduated from an approved home-school program. Students must have their official transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions. To be considered official, the transcripts must come directly from the school or office submitting the credential.

Transcripts for high school students must indicate they have graduated from high school. Students with high school transcripts indicating that they have completed high school but did not earn a diploma will NOT be eligible for federal financial aid (but may be eligible for state programs, including TIP).

Step 3: Submit additional documents, if required.

In addition to the FAFSA, sometimes a student is required to submit other required documents so the Office of Admissions is able to complete the file review and award the student financial aid. Other documentation that may be required includes:

  • Spring/Summer Financial Aid Application;
    • Students who will be attending the Spring/Summer semester must submit the Spring/Summer HFC Financial Aid Application. This is available beginning in late January and can be found with our other Financial Aid Forms. These applications are reviewed on a first-come/first-served basis;
  • Financial Aid Suspension Appeal;
    • Students who are on financial aid suspension are no longer eligible to receive federal aid. For those students who are eligible and want to appeal for consideration to receive financial aid, they must submit the Financial Aid Suspension Appeal Form, an Academic Plan (if submitting an appeal for the 150% Rule Violation), as well as all supporting documentation by the stated suspension appeal deadline;
  • Verification Documentation; and
    • Once students' FAFSA have been received, they may be notified that they were selected for a process called Verification. Please refer to our Verification section for specific information regarding this process.

Step 4: If Steps 1-4 are not complete by the Financial Aid Priority Date, make arrangements to pay for your classes or set up an installment plan so your classes are protected until your financial aid is awarded.

Students need to be sure their FAFSA and any other required documents are submitted by the Financial Aid Priority Date. Otherwise, they will need to pay for their classes or set up a payment plan to avoid de-registration while awaiting their financial aid award letter.

Step 5: Await notification.

Once your information has been processed, the Office of Financial Aid will send an award notification to the address listed in our system.

Step 6: Accept award(s).

Students can view and accept or reject their financial aid awards in WebAdvisor.