Why do I have to put my parents’ information on the application when they are not helping me pay for school?

The federal government has established the criteria to determine whether you must report parental information. 

Your dependency is determined by answering dependency questions on the FAFSA.  

  • If you answer “NO” to all of the dependency questions, you must provide parental information.
  • If you answered “YES” to at least one of these questions, skip the questions asking for parental information.

What is verification?

If your FAFSA Submission Summary (FSS) is selected for the verification process, the college must compare your Student Aid Report with documents, including IRS Tax Transcripts, that verify your financial status.

All requested documents must be received by the student’s last day of enrollment or the end of the term, whichever is earlier.

Approximately one-third of all Student Aid Reports are selected for verification.

What should I do after receiving my FAFSA Submission Summary (FSS)?

When you receive your FSS, review it carefully to make sure it is correct and complete.

If it is correct, keep the FSS for future reference.

If you need to make corrections and you applied electronically, you must make corrections through FAFSA on the Web, using your FSA ID. If you applied using a paper FAFSA, correct the answers on the FSS, sign it, and mail it back.

What is the financial aid process?

  1. After you complete and submit your FAFSA, you will receive the FAFSA Submission Summary (FSS) by mail or email.
  2. Review the information on the FSS, check for accuracy, and update information if necessary.
  3. Once the NCC Financial Aid Office begins processing applications, you will receive a letter in the mail along with a list of required forms and/or documents.
  4. Forward all requested forms and documents to the Financial Aid Office. Please respond to NCC as soon as possible with all documents.
  5. Once your file is complete and you are accepted by Admissions, the Financial Aid Office sends you an Award Letter that indicates the types and amounts of aid for which you are eligible.
  6. We strive to send you information in a timely manner. However, if corrections must be made or if documentation is required, this process may take longer. Be patient, and complete all forms in a timely manner.