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FAFSA Instructions

FAFSA Instructions

The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The federal government uses this form to determine your eligibility for financial aid, which can include grants, scholarships, work-study and loans. The FAFSA is used to determine how much of this aid you’re eligible for.

Information Needed

  1. Your Social Security Number (Make sure it's correct!)
  2. Your 2014 W-2 Forms and other records of money earned
  3. Your (and your spouse´s, if you are married) 2014 Federal Income Tax Transcript
    • IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040 EZ
    • Foreign Tax Return, or
    • Tax return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federal States of Micronesia, or Palau
  4. Your Parents' 2014 Federal Income Tax Transcript, if you are a dependent student
  5. Your 2014 untaxed income records
  6. Child Support Received/Paid
  7. Pensions/Annuities
  8. Veterans benefits records
  9. Your current bank statements
  10. Your current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records
  11. Your alien registration or permanent resident card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

Students planning to attend Fall 2015 will complete the 2015-16 FAFSA.

Complete the FAFSA

  1. Complete the online FAFSA.
  2. Indicate Grand Rapids Community College’s school code (002267) for GRCC to receive your FAFSA information electronically. It may take up to five business days for the college to receive this information.

Watch the video 7 Steps to the FAFSA, for a helpful walkthrough of the application form.

Next Steps

A student aid report (SAR) will be sent directly to you. When you receive your SAR, look it over carefully to make sure it is correct, since this is the information GRCC will receive electronically. The information on this SAR will be used to determine your eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant and for most other types of aid. If corrections are needed, follow the directions on your SAR.

If you need assistance completing or making corrections to your FAFSA, you may stop in the Financial Aid Office, during office hours and a Financial Aid Advisor will be available to assist you.

Other Helpful Information

The Student Guide provides additional information regarding the financial aid process and describes the various types of financial aid.

GRCC strives to be more than ADA compliant. We strive to be accessible and welcoming to students of all abilities. If you need any assistance or accommodation in completing any components of the admissions, financial aid, orientation, or enrollment processes, please contact us and let us know at 616-234-4030 or email In addition, the GRCC's Disability Support Services are available to assist students. Visit for more details.