Application Process

FAFSA Deadline

The priority deadlines to apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA are:

For Fall Semester start: February 28th (for students applying to the residence halls)
March 31st (for all other students)

For Spring Semester start: October 1st
For Summer Semester start: April 15th


If you Miss the Priority Deadline?

You can still apply for financial aid after the priority deadlines. If you are a late applicant and have not been notified of your financial aid eligibility before the tuition due date, you will need to pay your semester bill in full by the tuition due date or enroll in the NCC tuition payment plan available from NCC's Bursar Office. If you receive financial aid after you've paid your semester bill in full, you will receive a refund of this aid. If you receive financial aid after you've enrolled in the NCC tuition payment plan, you will receive a refund of any excess financial aid.


Applying for financial aid doesn't have to be an intimidating experience.

student getting helpApplying for financial aid doesn't have to be an intimidating experience. Getting the funds you need to achieve your goals is worth the investment of time and energy the application process requires. If you have any questions, Northampton's Financial Aid Office is available to assist you.

Academic Year Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 8 am - 7 pm
Friday 8 am - 5 pm

Summer Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 8 am - 7 pm
Closed on Fridays during the summer

Call Us: 610.861.5510
Email Us: financialaid@northampton.edu

How to Apply for Financial Aid

You will need to gather some important paperwork (like your federal tax information, other income information, social security number and driver license number) in order to complete the FAFSA application online at fafsa.gov. Applying for financial aid through the FAFSA is FREE, so be certain you are using the government website. Northampton Community College's federal school code is 007191. An FSA ID is required to electronically sign the FAFSA and you can get one at the FSA ID website. After you submit your FAFSA, please respond promptly to any requests for additional information from the NCC Financial Aid Office.

Pennsylvania Residents - The FAFSA is the first step in applying for a Pennsylvania State grant. The Pennsylvania State grant program is administered by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) which may request additional information by contacting you through your email address provided on the FAFSA or by regular mail (if no email address was provided).

PA State Grant (PHEAA) Deadline

New Students - August 1
Continuing Students - May 1

To apply for a State Grant when you complete the FAFSA

Complete the Pennsylvania State Grant Form online directly from your FAFSA confirmation page. Look for the link that reads "Optional Feature—Start your state application—Click here if you want to apply for Pennsylvania state-based financial aid."

To apply for a State Grant after you've completed the FAFSA

If you've already submitted your FAFSA online and missed the direct link, you may need to wait until you receive an email directing you to the American Education Services (AES) website to complete the State Grant Form.

Most renewal students are not required to complete the State Grant Form.

If your FAFSA is selected for verification after you file

Verification is a process in which information on a student's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is reviewed by a school for accuracy and completeness. Each year, the Federal US Department of Education selects certain applicants for verification. The verification process requires the school to confirm the data supplied by the student and/or parent(s). If your FAFSA is selected for verification, immediately submit all requested documentation to our office for review. Failure to provide required documentation by stated deadlines may negatively impact your financial aid award package. How will you know if you are selected for verification?

How to Apply for NCC Scholarship Funds

NCC is able to offer a number of scholarships thanks to contributions made by individual, corporate and foundation donors to the Northampton Community College Foundation. Scholarships are awarded based on a variety of factors, including major, academic excellence, and financial need. Scholarships funded by donors to NCC may be available to students who meet the eligibility requirements.

You must complete the FAFSA and submit an official high school transcript to the NCC Admissions Office to be considered for NCC Scholarship Funds.

Complete the online scholarship application to apply.

Summer Financial Aid

At NCC, the academic year begins with the fall semester and ends with the summer semester.

If you are a continuing or returning student, summer aid may be limited if you have used aid eligibility during the previous fall and spring semesters.

***For summer 2017, the 2016-17 FAFSA must be submitted by June 30, 2017***

Visiting students taking summer courses at NCC are not eligible for financial aid through NCC and should contact their home school for additional information about financial aid eligibility.

Get information on applying for summer financial aid.

What to Expect After You’ve Applied for Financial Aid

Students who have their financial aid application completed by the Northampton Community College Fall or Spring semester priority application deadlines (fall start March 31, spring start October 1, summer start April 15) and have responded to all requests for information will be notified of their eligibility for financial aid before the tuition due date for the applicable semester.

Once your financial aid application has been completed and reviewed, you will receive an award letter with information about your eligibility for grants, scholarships, work study benefits and loans. Students can check if their financial aid application is complete or if any documents are still needed, as well as view financial aid awards (once processed) by checking their financial aid information on MyNCC.

An initial award letter is sent to the student through the US postal service; however, if any subsequent changes are made the student is notified through their NCC email account. It is important for students to check their school email on a regular basis.

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