El Camino College Torrance | 2017-2018 Student Handbook - page 12

2. Complete the FAFSA
1) You will need a list of the following in order to complete your FAFSA:
(If you are under the age of twenty-four (24), you may need this information from your
parents as well.) Collect financial related documents for you and your parents if applicable
(e.g., tax returns, payroll stubs, bank account statements, etc.) to complete the FAFSA. To
learn about the documents you may need to reference, please visit the FAFSA website at
California Residents Only:
If you wish to be considered for a Cal Grant, please check
with the El Camino College Financial Aid Office for details. Please note that a FAFSA
needs to be submitted in order to be considered for a Cal Grant. The deadline for
submission is March 2.
2) Go to
and select “Start a New FAFSA” if this is your first time applying
for financial aid. If you have applied before and you have your FSA ID, select “Returning
User” to renew a FAFSA, make corrections or add a school code. ECC’s School Code is
3) Carefully review all the questions and answers and make sure all the information is
4) Submit your application online using the “Submit My FAFSA Now” button. You will
receive a confirmation page via email if you provided an email address and/or you may
print a copy of the confirmation page for your records.
5) A Student Aid Report (SAR) will be emailed to you, if you provided one on the FAFSA,
within a few days. If you did not provide an email, a SAR will be mailed to you within a
few weeks. Please review your SAR carefully and verify all the information is correct. If
all information is correct, the U.S. Department of Education will send your information to
the schools listed on your FAFSA. If errors are found, please log in to the FAFSA and
make corrections.
3. Complete your application
The U.S. Department of Education may select students for further review by requesting
additional documents to accurately determine financial aid eligibility (a process known as
‘verification’). The Financial Aid Office at El Camino College (located in the
Administration Building [ADM] 119) is here to assist you with this process and must
receive these verification documents in a timely manner in order to complete your
application. Your application cannot be processed until all requested forms and documents
are submitted.
Remember, completing the FAFSA is the first step in applying for state and federal
financial aid, including scholarships. To learn about what to expect after you fill out and
submit your FAFSA visit studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/next-steps.
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