Applying for Financial Aid
While NTC is a very affordable option for college students, many students still require some form of financial assistance to pay for their tuition, books and other fees. We are happy to connect you with the resources you need to pay for college.
Please keep in mind that you need to complete the financial aid process every year, regardless of if you are a new or continuing student.
Our Financial Aid Office will reach out and communicate with you through every step of the process, but below we’ve outlined the most important steps.
Step 1: Fill Out the FAFSA
The first step in the financial aid process is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form needs to be completed each year you are enrolled in college. The FAFSA is the one application you need to complete in order to receive federal and state aid, and can be found at studentaid.gov.
The 2020-2021 FAFSA is now available! If you plan to attend college between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021. Students and parents will report their 2018 income and tax information.
Navigating the financial aid process on your own can be difficult, but we can offer you the help you need.
The 2021-2022 FAFSA becomes available on October 1, so you can fill it out that day or as soon as possible after October 1. Students and parents will report their 2019 income and tax information.
College Goal Wisconsin
College Goal Wisconsin is a statewide program that provides free information and assistance to families applying for college financial aid.
College Goal Wisconsin will be available in an alternate format this year to assist students and their families in completing the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In person FAFSA completion events have been cancelled. College Goal Wisconsin is providing virtual FAFSA completion events that will occur on the following dates:
- Wednesday, October 7, 2020
- Wednesday, October 14, 2020
- Wednesday, October 21, 2020
- Wednesday, October 28, 2020
- Wednesday, November 4, 2020
- Wednesday, November 11, 2020
After you register you will be emailed a link and instructions the day of the event to connect to the Zoom meeting.
NTC’s Financial Aid Office is available to assist with filing a FAFSA or to answer any questions you may have about how the financial aid process works. Please feel free to call the NTC Financial Aid Office at 715.803.1647 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your FSA ID
An FSA ID is a username and password that you can use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Each student, and one parent of each dependent student, will need an FSA ID to complete the FAFSA process on studentaid.gov. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents. We recommend creating your FSA ID early—even before you’re ready to complete the FAFSA form—to avoid delays in the process.
For step-by-step instructions, watch How to Create Your FSA ID.
After applying for a FSA ID, you should gather the following items (if applicable) for you and your parents in order to efficiently complete the FAFSA.
- Income tax return and W2s
- Untaxed Income Records, such as child support or veterans non-education benefits
- Information on savings, investments, business assets and farm assets
- Driver’s license
- Social Security Number
- Alien Registration Card or Permanent Resident Card (if not a U.S. citizen)
- Date of birth for parents, and month and year of parents’ marriage, divorce or separation
- NTC’s Federal School Code (005387)
We encourage you to use the IRS data retrieval tool when filling out the FAFSA, as this connects your tax information to the application and decreases the chance that you’ll have to provide additional verification information later on in the process.
Please note: If your parents are separated or divorced, your custodial parent is responsible for filling out the FAFSA. This guide provides more explanation.
Step 2: Check Your NTC Email for Notice of Verification
After you’ve submitted your FAFSA, you’ll want to keep an eye on your NTC email account to see if you’ve been selected by the federal processing center for FAFSA verification. You may be selected randomly, or there may be a problem with your application, such as your FAFSA being incomplete, containing estimated information, or being inconsistent.
For more information, or to begin the electronic verification process, visit the FAFSA Verification page.
Step 3: Verify Enrollment Status
To receive aid, you need to be accepted into a financial aid eligible program and registered for classes for the upcoming semester. If there are issues during this point in the process, we will reach out to you.
Step 4: Accept Your Financial Aid Offer
Once we’ve confirmed that you have been accepted into your program and registered for classes, we will award you a financial aid offer.
You’ll receive an email from us stating that you have an offer waiting, and you should log into myNTC to view it. Any grants you may qualify for will already be accepted on your behalf (these are funds that typically don’t need to be paid back if you continue to attend class throughout the semester), but loans need to be accepted or declined.
For instructions on how to view your financial aid offer; as well as how to accept or decline student loans view the Quick Guide to MyNTC.
Step 5: Request a Book Voucher
After accepting your award, you can view the Book Voucher menu option in myNTC. Book vouchers allow you to charge your textbooks and other school-related supplies against any excess financial aid you are receiving so you can purchase these items before the semester begins.
For more information on book vouchers visit the NTC Campus Bookstore.
You can also contact our Financial Aid Office throughout the semester if special circumstances arise, such as a change in your enrollment status (if you change from being a part-time student to a full-time student), or other major life changes that may affect you financially (if one of your parents becomes unemployed, etc.).
Financial Aid Appeal for Special Circumstances
If the FAFSA does not adequately reflect your current situation or your financial circumstances have changed since you submitted the FAFSA, you may request a reevaluation of your financial aid eligibility. The Financial Aid Office has been given the authority through "Professional Judgment" to take some circumstances into account.
Special circumstances can refer to any financial situation that is not considered in the application process.
The following list includes common special circumstances in which professional judgment may apply:
• One-time reduction in income such as a one-time IRA withdrawal
• Loss or reduction of employment, wages, or unemployment compensation
• One-time payment received
• Exceptional medical and/or dental expenses
• Divorce or separation that occurred after taxes were filed
• Death of a parent or spouse which occurred after the FAFSA was filed
• Marriage (if married between the date the FAFSA was filed and Dec 31 of the same year)
Please note that the financial aid office is not limited to these circumstances, nor are we required to use professional judgment for these circumstances.
If you and/or your family need to request a financial aid reevaluation, please contact the Financial Aid Office by email at email@example.com. You will be asked to complete the Professional Judgment Request Due to Special Circumstances form, which becomes available on October 1.