All students interested in applying for Financial Aid will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
To apply: Complete the FAFSA application online.
Don't forget to sign your FAFSA and have your parent sign (if applicable) your FAFSA. This can be done electronically with a FSA ID, or by printing and signing a signature page. If you need parent information on the FAFSA, then both student and parent must sign. Parents can also sign electronically with a FSA ID.
If you sign the FAFSA online with a FSA ID and enter your e-mail address on the FAFSA,
you will receive a response from the U. S. Department of Education very quickly.
Typically, this response is sent within 72 hours to your e-mail via bulk e-mail. It
is advisable to review your e-mails sent to junk, bulk, and spam files 72 hours after
submitting the FAFSA. Once a FAFSA confirmation is received via e-mail, mark the U.
S. Department of Education as a contact. This will ensure all future correspondence
from the Department of Education is received.
If you mailed your signature page of the FAFSA on the Web, and did not provide an email address, in approximately two to four weeks, you will receive your Federal Student Aid Report (SAR). Soon after, you will also receive a letter and/or email from Hartnell's Financial Aid Office requesting that you complete and submit certain documents in order to complete your file which will determine your financial aid eligibility. In order to ensure timely processing, complete and return these documents to us promptly.
FSA ID Resources and Links:
What is FSA ID?
How to Create & Use the FSA ID
FSA ID FAQs - Forgot Username or Password:
If you are still having difficulties please call the FSA ID helpline at (800) 557-7394
Additional Financial Aid Resources:
College Affordability Guide: 2016 Most Affordable Colleges in California: