STEP 1: Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) to the federal
government online at www.fafsa.gov.
Be sure to list the Merced College school code, 001237, on your
FAFSA. Before filling out your FAFSA
create an FSA (Federal Student Aid) ID for yourself at
, which will consist of a Username and Password.
You will use your FSA ID to sign your online FAFSA.
If you must provide parental information, your parent will be
required to create an FSA ID as well.
If your parent is married, only one parent is required to have an
FSA ID. You do not need to
create a new FSA ID every year.
If your parent does not have a Social Security number, you may
print out a signature page from your FAFSA and mail it in.
The federal government analyzes and summarizes the information you
provide on the FAFSA and creates your Student Aid Report or SAR.
You will receive your SAR via email if you provided an email address or
at your physical address if you did not indicate an email address.
Please see the
Financial Aid Handbook
STEP 2: Come into the Merced College Financial Aid
Office 1 to 3 weeks after you
submit your FAFSA.
If you have received your letter from the Merced College Financial
Aid Department, bring it with
you. When you take
your letter to the Financial Aid counter, go to Line 1 where you will be
given our school's financial aid paperwork (Supplemental Form, Terms of
Agreement, Verification Worksheet, etc.) as well as a list of documents
you need to bring in when you return to the Financial Aid Office. In
order to serve you quickly, please bring the letter you receive from the
Merced College Financial Aid Department.
STEP 3: Return to the Financial Aid Counter with all
required documents and completed paperwork.
Go to Line 2 where you will speak with an advisor and turn
in all financial aid documentation. You should complete this entire
financial aid process as soon as possible after you submit your
admission application to Merced College. (We usually start accepting
students' financial aid information for Fall as early as the previous
March.) Do not wait until school starts or you enroll in classes because
you may not receive your financial aid at the start of the semester.)
Drug Law Violations
If you have a conviction for a drug offense (you were found guilty), you may be
ineligible for federal student aid, however, you might still be eligible for
state or institutional aid.
Please use the following worksheet to determine if you are eligible for
federal student aid:
2014-2015 Drug Conviction Worksheet
Please see Merced College's Drug and Alcohol Policy for Institutional
Drug Free Campus