Notification and Award Process

ACC will initially notify financial aid applicants by letter and student email address.  All subsequent communication will be through student email address only.  It is important to read the information sent to you.  You should plan for the process to be awarded financial aid to take about four to six weeks from the time you complete your FAFSA.

When you complete the FAFSA online, the U.S. Department of Education reviews your information and sends your FAFSA to ACC within a week.  ACC will contact you when we receive your FAFSA.  This notification will be through the US mail or to your student email account and will instruct you to either provide more information or tell you what your financial aid award is. If you are asked to provide more information, it is important to respond to the request as soon as possible.  Any delay in responding will result in a delay in receiving a financial aid award.

Important things to know about your financial aid award:

  1. Each award (unless otherwise stated) is based on full-time enrollment (12 or more units). It will be adjusted based on your actual enrollment after the ADD/DROP period. The U.S. Department of Education requires that you attend at least half time (6 credit hours) to be eligible for most funds.
  2. If you wish to accept or increase your loan, you are required to complete additional steps: click here.
  3. All financial aid refunds are made available on the CCCS Refund Card after the ADD/DROP deadline.
  4. You must meet and follow Satisfactory Academic Progress guidelines to maintain eligibility for financial aid.
  5. You must have a current address on file at all times with both the Financial Aid Office and the Admissions & Records Office.
  6. You must not accept any payment of financial aid if you have plans to reduce your course load or know that you will not meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards or Student Responsibilities.
  7. Future awards may be partially or fully canceled if you do not comply with the rules, regulations, agreements, or deadlines.
  8. You may access your financial aid award online through the Student Finance tab on myACC.

Phone 303.797.5661, or email finaid [at], for more information on these processes.