Isothermal Community College

Financial Aid

Application Processes

A student wishing to apply for financial aid should:

  1. Apply for admission to Isothermal Community College and complete residency determine application.  
  2. Make sure all official high school/GED/AHS transcripts have been received in the Admissions Office and the placement test is completed (if needed).
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at least two weeks prior to payment being due. If possible, be sure to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA.  Please note: if you are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool, you may be required to submit your prior prior year tax information if your file is selected for verification. Please contact the Financial Aid Office if your income has drastically changed.  
  4. Students will be contacted by ICC via e-mail or through your Patriot Port regarding any necessary steps required once FAFSA results are received.  Please make sure your contact information is current with Admissions.

Use 002934 for the school code on your application.

Important information about the FAFSA process

Completion and submission of the FAFSA is a requirement for almost all types of aid available at Isothermal Community College. The process generally takes 3 to 5 weeks. We suggest that you begin this process early by completing your application online at as soon as possible. Applications for the upcoming school year are available online beginning in October of each year. The FAFSA must be completed on an annual basis. All students should file a FAFSA even if you feel you may be ineligible.  By doing so, you may qualify for other types of aid or scholarships at ICC.

Remember to sign your FAFSA

Student and parents, if you are a dependent student, are required to create an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents.  If you are having trouble with your FSA ID, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education at 1-800-4FED-AID and listen for the FSA ID help option.  Isothermal does not have access to your personal identifying information.

Student Aid Report (SAR)

The SAR is the federal output record that contains a student's Effective Family Contribution (EFC) and all the information provided by the student on the FAFSA.  The SAR is sent directly to students, either electronically or on paper.  The EFC is the amount that the student's family is expected to contribute toward the Cost of Attendance (COA).  The EFC, together with the student's COA, helps determine the student's need for federal funds.  The number is calculated by the Central Processing System.  You must have an official EFC before we can proceed with the processing of a student's financial aid file.


Verification is a process used to confirm the information you provided on the FAFSA is correct.  

Verification selection can be random or because your FAFSA data was incomplete, estimated or inconsistent. The U.S. Department of Education selects some students for the verification process. The school has the authority to select others if we find conflicting information.

We are required to ask you to provide documentation to confirm the information on your FAFSA. This will include verification forms, written statements, and may include your tax return, tax transcript, or a Verification of Non-filing letter from the IRS.  If you are a dependent student, we may also request a copy of your parent's tax return, tax transcript, or Verification of Non-filing letter from the IRS.  The documents requested will allow the school to make any neccessary corrections to your FAFSA.

Students have until the end of September of the current award year or 120 days after the last day of their enrollment, whichever is earlier, to complete verification.  (Fore specific dates as they relate to the current award year, please see our Dates and Deadlines page.)  ICC may receive a valid ISIR after the Pell Grant deadline but before the verification deadline published in the federal regulations for each award year.  If ICC does not receive verification documents or does not receive a valid ISIR before the deadline, students will not be awarded for the current award year.  

Special Circumstances

You may request a Professional Judgement if your financial situation has changed significantly due to job loss, divorce, seperation, loss of untaxed income, etc.  Professional Judgement form is located on our forms page.

A student can request to have their dependency status reviewed under extreme cases of physical or emotional situations regarding parental support.  Dependency Override form is located on our forms page.