Most financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need. Need is the difference between your cost of education (educational expenses such as tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies, etc.) and the amount you and your family contribute toward your education. You may be eligible for financial assistance and not realize it.
How to Apply
To apply for all types of financial aid at Charlotte Technical Center, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students will need to complete the FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The earlier you apply the better, as all students must meet with the Financial Aid Specialist before receiving any financial aid.
2. Dependent Students: A signed 2012 Federal IRS Tax Transcript is required, as well as a parent(s)’ tax transcript. To request a form you may call the IRS Office at: 1-800-829-1040, 1-800-908-9946. A dependent student that has not filed a 2012 IRS Tax Return, but has earned wages, will need to present an IRS Tax Transcript (IRS Form 4506-T) which shows the non-filing status and a Summary of Wages which shows the amount of income earned.
3. Non-Tax Filers: Request a free copy of your 2012 Non-Filers Tax Transcript and Summary of Wages to prove your non-filing status, and earnings. A notarized letter of support may also be required to verify monies or bills paid on your behalf. The IRS Office #s are 1-800-829-1040, 1-800-908-9946.
4. Selective Service Letter: If you have resided in the US between the ages of 18 to 24 years old, you must have registered with Selective Service. Anyone who has failed to register for Selective Service before the age of 25 may no longer register, and will not be eligible for financial aid. See Financial Aid Advisor for more information regarding Selective Service requirements.
5. High School Diploma Requirements: If your diploma is from out of state, or the State of Florida, or you have graduated from a Charlotte County High School, you must have an official copy of your high school transcript that shows you have a valid standard high school diploma or GED. A student, who has earned a GED, needs to present both the GED and the test scores.
6. Foreign High School Diplomas: A student who has earned a high school diploma from a foreign country must have their diploma translated and evaluated by an approved agency. You will need to present your original diploma(s) and course transcript(s) with the letter from the evaluating agency.
7. Verification: If you are selected for verification there will be additional information you be required to submit to the Financial Aid Office.
Before you begin the FAFSA, you will need to gather certain documents. If you are a dependent student you will also need the following documents from your parents:
- Federal income tax transcripts.
- W-2 forms.
- Records of untaxed benefits received.
- Current bank statements.
- Records of other savings and investments, such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.
There is a free worksheet on the FAFSA site that you may download to get you started in the process.
The links provided at the bottom of this page are great sources of information.
To qualify for financial aid you must have a high school transcript which states you have graduated with a standard diploma or a GED.
After you receive an email back from the federal government, please call the Financial Aid Office for guidance through the next step.