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How To Apply, Step-By-Step

You must complete and submit a Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal student aid and for most state and institutional aid. The quickest way to apply is online at

Follow these steps to apply for Financial Aid. Contact us afterwards if you have any questions. To contact ALC’s Financial Aid Office, call (606) 368-6058 or e-mail us at

1. Obtain a FSA ID (Personal Identification Number).

  • This will act as electronic signatures on the FAFSA. The student obtains a FSA ID at
  • If you are a dependent student, your parents must also obtain a FSA ID.

2. Complete the FAFSA.

  • As soon as possible after October 1st, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available online at 
  • Consider using IRS Data Retrieval when completing your FAFSA. Students can use the FAFSA’s IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) option to link to the IRS and transfer tax return data to their FAFSA. While this can be an easy way to provide accurate tax information on the FAFSA it is not available to everyone. This is the easiest and most efficient way to complete the FAFSA if the parent and student are able to use the DRT. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is not available if a person is married but filed separately or married but filed as head of household, or if an amended tax return was filed, or to those who file Puerto Rican or foreign tax returns.
  • Alice Lloyd College’s school code is 001951. 

3. Receive a Student Aid Report (SAR).

  • The SAR will arrive either by email or by U.S. mail. The SAR summarizes the information you provided on the FAFSA, and indicates the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).The EFC is the amount of money your family will be expected to contribute to your education. Note that financial aid offices sometimes change the EFC based on additional information. The EFC is subtracted from the Alice Lloyd College Cost of Attendance (COA) to arrive at your financial need. 
  • If you have not received the SAR within a few weeks from the date of filing or if you would like to check the status of your FAFSA, you may use any of the following options: go to and select ‘Check Status of submitted FAFSA’, call 1-800-433-3243 toll-free for an automated response or 319-337-5665 to speak with a person (toll), or for the hearing imparied, call the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913.

4. Review the SAR.

5. Schools receive the student’s data.

  • Once we receive your FAFSA, we will contact you if we need any other forms. DO NOT submit tax documents unless we specifically request them. 
  •  If we request tax documents, be aware that we will need either tax return transcripts or signed tax returns (IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ). Taxes must be signed in order to be accepted. Be aware that tax returns may be needed even if you used the FAFSA’s IRS Data Retrieval Tool option. Other documents such as W-2 forms or Verification documents may be requested as well.

6. Aid is awarded.

  • After the Financial Aid Office receives a valid FAFSA, award packages will typically be sent out within 10 business days.

7. Respond to the award.

  •  Accept or decline offered Direct Loans on the EagleNet Financial Aid Portal at All other grants and scholarships will automatically accepted on the student’s behalf

8. Aid is disbursed.

  • After enrollment is verified in August, the Financial Aid Office will begin disbursing funds to students’ accounts. Please note that all paperwork requested must be returned to the Financial Aid Office.


Financial Aid is given on an annual basis. A student must reapply each year.

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