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Financial Aid Checklist

check mark1. Apply for a Federal Student Aid PIN

Visit,, which will allow you to easily access to your information at the FAFSA website. If the student is dependent, the parent will need to apply for a PIN also.

check mark2. Apply for Financial Aid - Complete FAFSA!

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at

  • If you filed taxes, please use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (instructions will be on the FAFSA website).
  • Add School Code 001997.
  • Wait 7-10 days for us to receive your FAFSA and determine if more information is needed.

check mark3. Check Student Self-Service Center for your Financial Aid Awards

  • On the Student Self Service page select LOGIN HERE.
  • Enter USER ID (all capital letters) and password
  • Select "SA Self Service"
  • Select "Student Financials"
  • Click on Accept/Decline Awards (Select Aid Year)
  • Put a checkmark beside awards you would like to accept
  • Select SUBMIT

It will be up to the student to accept Direct loans if he/she is interested. If accepting loans for the first time students must go to and complete the Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note (MPN). The counseling and signing of the MPN is required for student loans. Your FAFSA PIN is required to complete these steps.

If you have no financial award information, check your Student Self-Service Center “To Do List” to view the status of your missing information.

check mark4. Check Student Self-Service Center “To Do List”

On the Student Self Service page select LOGIN HERE

For further questions, contact the KCTCS Student Service Center at (855) 66GO-SCC.

check mark5. Submit Verification Forms and Documents*

Have these submitted before the priority deadlines to prevent delays in your financial aid awards and to be eligible to charge your books against your awards, if eligible. *If required!

check mark6. Sign Financial Aid Release (FAR)

In order to use Financial Aid to purchase books at the bookstore up to amount of eligibility, students must complete a Financial Aid Release. The fastest way to complete a Financial Aid Release is on your Student Self-Service page under Finances. Students may also print a Financial Aid Release form.

check mark7. Sign Consent to Release

Students can complete the Consent to Release on the Student Self-Service under Personal Information. Consent to Release gives permission for the Financial Aid office to release information about the students Financial Aid file; we cannot release any information about Financial Aid to anyone without permission.  Only the name(s) listed will have access to this information.

check mark8. Activate your Easy Refund/KCTCS Higher One Debit Card!

KCTCS now offers you the option of receiving your financial aid and tuition refunds by direct deposit through the KCTCS Easy Refund Program. Of course, you still have the option of having your refund sent to your bank account or receiving a paper check. More information can be found here