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 Deadline;
  • Be sure to list the HFC school code on the FAFSA (which is 002270); and
  • The HFC Office of Financial Aid strongly recommends that students and parents (if applicable) upload their income tax information onto their FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval tool.

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

To receive financial aid, a student must have earned their high school diploma or GED (or graduated from an approved home school program). Students must have their official transcript sent to the HFC Office of Admissions. To be considered official, the transcript must come directly from the school or office submitting the credential. Transcripts for high school students must indicate they have graduated high school. Students with a high school transcript indicating 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 our office 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 that will be attending Spring/Summer 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
    • Once we receive your FAFSA, you may be notified that you 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 Deadline, make arrangements to pay for your classes or set up an installment plan so your classes are protected until your financial aid is awarded.

Be sure your FAFSA and any other required documents are submitted by the Financial Aid Priority Deadline. Otherwise, you will need to pay for your classes or set up a payment plan to avoid de-registration while you wait for your financial aid award letter.

Step 5 - Await notification

Once your information has been processed, the Financial Aid Office 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 loan awards in WebAdvisor.