To apply for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application is free.  Beware of sites requesting payment to file the application. Make sure you are on

To complete the FAFSA you will need:
  • A federal PIN from the Department of Education to be able to sign electronically. Parents of dependent students will also need a federal PIN if they wish to sign electronically.
  • All income records, including but not limited to, your federal tax return, W-2s, SSI, VA Benefits, etc) for the previous calendar year to the school year you are applying for aid.
  • Dependent students will need to provide parents’ income records, SSN and DOB.
  • If you (and your parents) filed a tax return, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer your federal income tax information from the IRS to your FAFSA. Watch this video about using the DRT on your FAFSA.
  • HTC's school code is 010491, this code will allow the FAFSA information to be sent to HTC.  We have one code for our Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie locations.
  • A FAFSA on the Web worksheet is available to help you gather your information before starting the FAFSA.


Need Help?

We're here to help you fill out the FAFSA, just attend one of our FAFSA Complete Sessions.  We offer these session Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons at both campuses.  Registrations for a session is required and you must arrive during the first hour of the session to allow enough time to complete your FAFSA.

FAFSA Complete Session

What's Next?

After completeing the FAFSA, allow 3-5 business days for HTC to recieve your FAFSA.  You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Department of Education.  The SAR is a summary of the answers you provided on the FAFSA.  You will receive this in paper format or email if you provided an email address on your FAFSA.  Review the SAR closely to make sure everything is correct.  If you need to make a correction log on to your FASFA or contact our office.

  • The SAR means you completed the FAFSA but not the entire financial aid process.
  • We may need additional information from you in order to complete your file. If we do, we will send an email notification to you explaining how to view your status in eServices.

After the FAFSA

Award Letter

Once all the necessary information is submitted to the Financial Aid Office, an email notification will be sent to you to let you know you can view your award letter online through eServices.
Your award letter lists the amounts of grants, work study and loans for which you qualify.
The grants apply to your account automatically, depending on the number of credits you are registered for.
There are extra steps that are required for both loans and work study, see the pages on each for more detailed information.

Award Letter Guide


Last updated by bscheffler : 2015-02-26 15:23:40