Frequently Asked Questions
- The financial aid application process gets underway when you complete, and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.
- The questions in Section 2 of the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet solely determine your status as a "dependent" or "independent" student. Living on your own or getting claimed by your parents on their tax return are NOT factors in the process.
- If you do not check any of the boxes in Section 2, the U.S. Department of Education considers you "dependent," which means that you must provide your parents' income and asset information, and obtain a signature from one of your parents.
- If you check any of the boxes in section 2, the U.S. Department of Education considers you "independent," which means that you must provide your own income and asset information–and that of your spouse if you are married.
- After you complete and submit your FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR) either by mail or an email to the e-mail address you provided on your FAFSA, which will provide you a secure link to the U.S. Department of Education website.
- At approximately the same time, the SAR information will be sent to the colleges you listed on the FAFSA. If you listed Dakota County Technical College, federal school code 010402, the DCTC Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid will receive your FAFSA results.
- Our office will then send you an award letter listing your grant and student loan eligibility.
- Students wishing to make use of the federal and state student loan programs must first complete the FAFSA. Once DCTC receives the FAFSA results, the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid will notify you of your eligibility for participation in various loan programs. You must then complete a separate online loan application.
- In addition to federal and state financial aid, students should apply for DCTC and DCTC Foundation Scholarships. The college and the college foundation offer scholarships to students each year. You may also apply for scholarships from sources outside the college. Check the Paying for College area of the college website for more information.
Students with questions regarding financial aid should contact their Academic Advisor in the Student Services Office.
General Financial Aid Questions?
- Student Services Financial Aid Help Desk
Toll Free: 877-937-3282 ext.299
- Fall & Spring Semester
7 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Friday