Financial Aid FAQs

Am I eligible to receive Student Financial Aid?

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Be registered with the Selective Service (if required)
  • Be working toward a degree or certificate
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress (SAP)
  • Not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on a federal educational loan
  • Have financial need (except for the KHEAA KEES scholarship)

In addition:

  • Students enrolled less than half-time may be eligible for federal Pell Grants and some other federal student aid programs.
  • Students who have received a bachelor's degree are not eligible for federal Pell Grant or FSEOG but may be eligible for loans
  • Students attending two colleges in the same enrollment period must inform both financial aid offices. Students cannot receive Pell Grants at both colleges.
  • Conviction of drug distribution or possession may make a student ineligible for federal student financial aid.

A valid Student Aid Report (SAR) or a valid Individual Student Information Report (ISIR) and all other required backup documentation must be on record with the college financial aid office on or before the last date you attended an eligible class or the last day of the semester (whichever occurs first).

How will I get my money?

After the charges for tuition, fees, and books are deducted from your awards, remaining financial aid funds will be mailed to you at the address you provided to the Admissions Office (not the address on the FAFSA).

Students will receive a KCTCS Higher One debit card.  The debit card will have instructions on establishing your refund preference.  If no preference is selected a paper check will be mailed to the address on file with our Records office.

What records will I need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

You will need the following items to complete the FAFSA:

  • Your (student's only) driver's license and social security card
  • W-2 Forms and other records on money earned in the previous year
  • Your IRS Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ
  • Records of untaxed income, such as welfare, Social Security, TANF, ADC, or veterans' benefits
  • Copies of your parent(s)' Social Security card(s) and date(s) of birth
  • Business and farm records
  • Records of stocks, bonds, and other investments
  • Copies of documentation showing your (your spouse's if applicable) or your parents' (if applicable) child support amounts received or paid-out during the previous year.
  • Copies of documentation showing any other income or benefits not mentioned above or reflected in your and your spouse's or your parent(s)' previous year's income tax forms

What is Pell Lifetime Eligibility?

Students are limited to receive Pell grant funds for a maximum of 600%.  This equates to 12 full-time semesters. 
Once students have reached the 600% of Pell, they will not be eligible to receive those grant funds.

What records or documentation will the Financial Aid office require?

In addition to needing information for completing the FAFSA, you may also be required to complete and/or furnish the following forms or information to the financial aid office.

  • Institutional Personal Information form
  • Your driver's license and Social Security card
  • W-2 forms and other records on money earned in the previous year
  • Your IRS Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ, signed and dated by appropriate filer.
  • Records of untaxed income, such as welfare, Social Security, AFDC, ADC, or veterans' benefits
  • Current bank statement
  • Current mortgage information for properties other than your home
  • Business and farm records
  • Records of stocks, bonds, and other investments
  • Copies of documentation showing your (your spouse's if applicable) or your parents' (if applicable) child support amounts received or paid-out during the previous year.
  • Copies of documentation showing any other income or benefits not mentioned above or reflected in your and your spouse's or your parent(s)' previous year's income tax forms
  • A copy of your high school transcript or GED (statement of proof) or (if applicable) transcripts from other colleges attended must be on file in the college Financial Aid or Admissions office.
  • Any student selected for review in a process called "verification" must complete a verification worksheet. The verification worksheet can be picked up from the Financial Aid office.

Still have questions?

Please contact the Go KCTCS! Student Service Center, toll free, at (855) 55GO-MCC or visit help.madisonville.kctcs.edu.