FAFSA Application Checklist for Current Students

Find out what you need to do to apply for financial aid as a current student. Get answers to some common questions, plus tips to help you fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Financial Aid Priority Deadlines:
Summer and Dallas Promise: March 1
Fall: May 1
Spring: Oct. 1
More Important Dates:

This FAFSA application checklist is for current students only.

If you are a new student,
please check out the New Student FAFSA Checklist.

Step 1

Fill Out the FAFSA

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FSA) at Federal Student Aid.

Log in with your FSA ID username and password. If you forgot your FSA ID username or password, go to Forgot my FSA ID.

If your parent(s) are required to provide information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), a separate FSA ID is required for the parent. The FSA ID may be obtained at Federal Student Aid.

If you need help, contact us.

Call Dallas College Financial Aid Office at 972-669-6400, contact the U.S. Department of Education at 800-433-3243, or go online to get help by email or chat.

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Check your email frequently, as well as the Financial Aid Checklist in Dallas College Self-Service.

It takes 3-5 business days for us to receive and upload your FAFSA into our system.

The school code for Dallas College is 004453 (NOTE: It may show as Dallas College-El Centro).

Continue to Step Two

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Step 2

Other Requirements

You may be asked to submit additional documents or complete other processes.

Please make sure you always check in with Financial Aid to know your current status and read through all notifications sent to you.

  • Check Self-Service for missing information. Click on Financial Aid (or access it from eConnect and click on Financial Aid Checklist).

If you need to submit documents electronically, please do not email them. Please request a secure link to upload documents. You will be sent an email with a safe link so that you can upload your documents securely. The email comes from “FA-Secure,” and the subject line will say “FA-Secure File is requesting files from you.” Please give us a couple of business days to get this email sent to you. It will be sent to your email listed in our system.

  • Please check if your documents need to be notarized before submission.

If you are interested in a work-study position, register in Handshake and review job postings.

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Having trouble with your application or any of your required documents?

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Step 3

Award and Loans

In Self-Service, click on Financial Aid (or access it from eConnect and click on Financial Aid checklist).

Review all awards — accept, adjust or decline all awards.

If you do not want loans, decline them!

If you want Federal Direct Loans, you must also complete these steps at Federal Student Aid.

  • The school code for Dallas College is 004453 (NOTE: It may show as Dallas College-El Centro).
  • Complete the Online Loan Entrance Counseling.
  • Sign the Master Promissory Note (MPN).

Remember to accept your financial aid award letter when all your choices are made.

If you are offered Federal Work-Study (FWS) or are interested in the program, contact a FWS Coordinator from your campus to find what FWS positions are available for on-campus and off-campus jobs.

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Continue to Step Four

Step 4

After Accepting Your Award

Dallas College begins disbursing financial aid funds for tuition only at least 10 days before classes start.

Any eligible refunds are released to students after the certification date, which occurs after the 12th day of classes for 16-week classes or after the sixth class day for Flex Term or eight-week classes.

Visit the Academic Calendar to view attendance certification dates by semester.

What’s Next?

Visit the Disbursement Schedule to learn more the Dallas College financial aid disbursements and refunds process.

Continue to Step Five

Step 5

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

At the end of every semester after your grades are submitted, Financial Aid updates your SAP status.

To keep getting financial aid every semester, you must move forward in your program of study.

You must meet all three criteria:

  • 2.0 cumulative (overall) GPA.
  • Must complete 67% of all attempted credit hours.
  • Credit hours that do not exceed 150% of the minimum number of hours required to complete your program of study.

If you are in Warning status you are still eligible for financial aid.

If you’re put on Warning, visit with a Financial Literacy Coach to see what you need to do.

  • If you meet the requirements by the end of the semester, the Warning status is removed. You are OK for financial aid.
  • If you do not meet requirements by the end of the semester, you will move forward to Financial Aid Suspension.

If you are in FA Suspension status you are not eligible for financial aid.

Contact Financial Aid to find out if you are eligible for SAP appeal.

  • If your appeal is approved, you will be put on Warning status.
  • If your appeal is denied, you will stay on Suspension until you meet SAP requirements. You must pay for tuition until you regain financial aid eligibility.
  • SAP status is calculated at the end of each semester. When you meet the requirements, you'll be taken off Suspension and will be OK for financial aid.

If you are on SVAL SUSPENSION for being over 150% of your Program of Study (POS) hours, you will receive an email with more information and directions on how to file an appeal.

This is an online submission process.

Read More About SAP

You’re almost there! But there are still a few steps left.

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Questions? Contact Us!

Get federal financial aid information online 24/7: Federal Student Aid or FSA on YouTube

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