FAFSA

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Thinking about enrolling for next school year? If so, it’s now time to apply for financial aid.  

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing season starts October 1st for the 2023-2024 school year.  The FAFSA is a free government application that uses financial information from you and your family to determine whether you can get financial aid from the federal government to pay for college. In some cases, scholarships and state aid also require FAFSA information to determine eligibility.

If you haven’t already done so, the first step is to go to www.studentaid.gov to create an FSA ID login and password to help you log into your account electronically. If you are a dependent student, your parents will also need to create an account. 

Information needed to complete the FAFSA include the 2021 federal tax returns and other records of money earned. However, the application offers the option to get your federal tax return information directly from the IRS with the Data Retrieval Tool.

The FAFSA needs to be filled out every year you plan to attend college. However, it usually becomes easier to navigate the process after you’ve done it once.  When you renew your application, some information is already pre-filled, but tax information and other items need to be updated.

If you have questions or concerns about the FAFSA application process, please contact the PRCC Office of Financial Aid for assistance at 601-403-1000 or finaid@prcc.edu. Students can also find information on state aid and scholarship availability and application deadlines by visiting the PRCC Financial Aid webpage at https://prcc.edu/financial-aid/.

Once submitted, students can expect to receive a response from The Office of Financial Aid within 7-10 business days.  To ensure that financial aid awards are offered before the 2023-2024 school year begins, students should apply before June 1, 2023.  Please note:  The Office of Financial Aid will begin reviewing awards for the 2023-2024 school year in April of 2023. Requests are prioritized by the date of receipt.

Don’t wait… Apply early!