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Priority Dates

FAFSA: February 1
Fall: May 30
Spring: Nov 30
Summer: May 1
Scholarships: April 1

We encourage you to complete your Student Center “TO DO” list by the priority dates. This is when our financial aid offices' high volume period starts.

MCC is an affordable college plus there are many options for financial assistance. Estimate your cost using our calculator. Then explore the many financial aid choices – grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and more – to help fund your education.

Emergency Financial Aid Assistance Grants Available for Students

If you are experiencing unexpected financial hardship due to emergency expenses that have arose due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) you may qualify for an emergency grant.

This emergency funding was made available to MCC and other U.S. colleges through the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Emergency Grant assistance is available to assist students with any component of the cost of attendance including tuition, fees, other institutional charges, food, housing, transportation, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

Learn more about the grant and to see if you quality.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

To get priority consideration for financial aid, submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1. MCC’s school code is 002484.

Apply early so you can get the best financial aid package possible! Some funds are limited so the earlier you apply, the better your chances of receiving aid.

Apply for FAFSA today!

Do you have special circumstances?

Although the 2021-2022 FAFSA requires financial information from the 2019 calendar year, MCC can consider changes since then may make you eligible for more aid through the Special Consideration process if your current income is less than 2019. Such changes may be the result of the current COVID-19 pandemic and include the following for a student, parent, or student's spouse:

  • Loss of job, as may be due to layoffs, furloughs, or illness
  • Reduction of income due to illness, quarantine period, or shelter-in-place order
  • Death of a spouse or parent
  • Separation or divorce
  • We may be able to base your FAFSA on these circumstances. Visit your Student Enrollment Center to submit a special circumstances application.

47% of MCC students received grants and scholarships –more than $30 million last year alone.

Most aid is either:


Awarded to a student with certain skills, talents or characteristics regardless of family financial situations.

or . . .


Awarded to a student to cover the difference between what college costs and what the family can reasonably afford to pay (your financial need). Financial need is calculated by a standard federal formula:

Estimated Cost of Attendance - Expected Family Contribution (EFC) = Financial Need

Your cost of attendance includes tuition, fees, books, supplies, and other school-related expenses.

Your EFC is the number used to determine your eligibility for federal student financial aid. This number results from the financial information you provided in your FAFSA application. Your EFC is reported to you on your Student Aid Report (SAR). Your EFCis not the amount you must pay your school.

General Eligibility Requirements

To receive financial aid from federal and state programs the student must meet the general eligibility requirements established by the U.S. Department of Education (some programs may have additional criteria):

  1. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and complete any related requirements such as, but not limited to, completing the verification process.
  2. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  3. Demonstrate financial need (if applying for need-based aid).
  4. Be working toward an eligible degree or certificate.
  5. Be enrolled in courses required for your declared degree or certificate (audited and other non-credit classes do not apply).
  6. Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by MCC's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.
  7. Not be in default on any loan or owe a refund on any grant made under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, at any institution.
  8. Show you are qualified to obtain a college education (have high school or equivalent completion, or if enrolled in college before July 1, 2012 there may be alternatives).

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