Steps for Applying for Financial Aid
1. Apply for Admission to the College
o Submit all official transcripts from high school/previous colleges or GED
o High School transcripts should state type of diploma and contain exit exam scores
o Provide one Primary Form of I.D. or two Secondary forms of I.D.
o International Students must provide VISA
o Must declare a major/program to be eligible for Grants; Undeclared or Special Interest is not a major eligible to receive funds.
o Current mailing address and email address should be maintained to assure current information is received by all students
o Students are not eligible for financial aid until academic requirements for Quantitative and Qualitative GPA requirements are met
2. Take Placement Test- Compass/ACT/Other
o Must qualify for Ability to Benefit based on entrance test scores (ACT or Compass Placement).
§ Prior to enrollment or receipt of financial aid
o Make sure scores are provided to the Admissions Office
§ ACT scores usually on back of High School Transcript
o State Board Policy states that all students must take a placement test unless qualified for exemption
o Compass Placement Test Schedule for dates and time
§ No charge for first test
§ Test is multiple choice and is not timed
o IMPORTANT: Various health programs require pre-health students to take the Compass Placement Test regardless of their ACT score.
o Make sure to include an e-mail address on FAFSA form
o Must use all household income including child support.
§ Federal School Code is: 008988 – Lurleen B Wallace Community College
o Must obtain a PIN number for student and a parent where applicable. www.pin.ed.gov
§ Dependent students parents’ must obtain a PIN
o After LBWCC receives your FAFSA, LBWCC will either email you a request or mail a post card to your home for you to designate which campus you are planning to attend.
o Once you receive this notice and respond to the FA Office, you will be contacted if you need to provide verification documents. If so, you must complete the required verification forms. These requirements may be found at www.lbwcc.edu under myLBWCC - Financial aid requirements.
You will receive an Award Letter once your application has been completely processed by the Financial Aid Office. Note: You do not have financial aid until you have received an award letter. The FAFSA must be filled out each year.
+++It is the student’s responsibility to: file the FAFSA, request a PIN number, retrieve the PIN number, add LBWCC’s school code of 008988. Financial Aid personnel are NOT allowed to complete these steps for the student. +++