Application & Eligibility


The NCTC Financial Aid Office encourages prospective college students to apply early for financial aid. FAFSA applications are available to complete as early as October 1 of each year. FAFSA applications may be completed online at www.fafsa.gov. The NCTC school code is 003558.

Parents and students should be aware that FAFSA applications are free to all students. Be wary of scams that require payment for the submission of a FAFSA application. FAFSA applications are processed by the U. S. Department of Education. Students are notified by email and/or regular mail as to the status of their financial aid application. Any additional documentation required to complete the financial aid process will be requested through the NCTC Financial Aid Office, also by email or regular mail. Eligibility for financial assistance is established by the data that students and parents input on their FAFSA application. All students who are eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid must be admitted to the college as regular degree-seeking students and show proof that they have graduated from an accredited high school or received a GED.

Application Deadlines

Students must apply for financial aid each academic year. Federal application deadlines are October 1 of the prior year through June 30 of the following year. Priority deadlines may be set by each state or college. NCTC Financial Aid priority deadlines are as follows:

  • June 1 - Fall Registration
  • November 1 - Spring Registration
  • April 1 - Summer Registration

Students who do not meet these deadlines run the risk of paying out of pocket for tuition, fees, and books because of a late or incomplete financial aid application. Please note, to be considered complete, a FAFSA application must include any and all requested supporting documents as well as have been received and been processed no later than the priority deadlines mentioned above. Normal processing time for a FAFSA application is four to six weeks, beginning with the actual online submission to school file completion. Late or incomplete financial aid applications will be accepted and processed past the semester priority deadlines, but students must make arrangements to pay for the semester prior to school starting or at the time of actual registration.

Financial Aid Late Awards

Late awards will be processed and disbursed during the appropriate semester for students whose FAFSA applications are incomplete or late. Students whose applications are completed after semester exams will receive their awards and disbursements during the next semester and after attendance has been verified. Financial Aid disbursements are based on student attendance as of the term census date.

Summer Awards

Financial aid for summer classes is generally limited to students with remaining grant or loan eligibility and available need-based work study employment. NCTC considers the summer semester as part of the preceding award year and all summer sessions are considered as one semester for determining enrollment status, grant and loan eligibility.