The Lansing Community College Office of Financial Aid assists students and families seeking resources to finance a post-secondary education by administering comprehensive federal, state and institutional aid programs with a commitment to student success.
LCC CARES Act applications are no longer being accepted for the fall 2020 semester. If you applied for funding and have not yet received a response, please know we are processing your information as quickly as we can. Continue to check your LCC email for an update on your application.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Process
To qualify for Financial Aid, students must complete and submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov using LCC’s school code: 002278.
File your 2020-2021 fafsa today!
If you plan on attending Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and/or Summer 2021, you must complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA, which requires 2018 income information.
The 2021-2022 FAFSA will be available October 1, 2020. The 2021-2022 FAFSA is applicable toward Fall 2021 through Summer 2022 semesters.
CARES Act FAQs
What is the CARES Act?
The federal government's Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economy Security (CARES) Act is a more than $2 trillion economic relief package signed into law on March 27, 2020. It provides funding for individuals, small businesses, state and local governments, and more.
One component of the CARES Act is the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, which provides funding to colleges and universities across the country. Half of each school's funding must go directly to students.
Who is eligible for CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds?
To receive funds, you must complete the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or have completed it within the past year, and meet the eligibility requirements to participate in federal aid programs. In addition, you must be enrolled in an aid-eligible program seeking a degree or certification. Finally, you cannot be an international, DACA, Early College, dual-enrolled or non-credit student.
When will CARES Act money be distributed?
LCC began distributing funds on May 20 for spring and summer semester. Fall semester applications were made available on August 20, 2020 and distribution of funds began on August 26.
How do I apply?
Applications are now closed for the fall 2020 semester.
How much funding will I get?
LCC awarded a maximum of $750 for fall semester and a total maximum of $1300 for spring and summer semester to assist with expenses for food, internet, computer, printer, course materials and utilities.
Unfortunately, since LCC does not provide housing to students, any housing insecurity is not directly related to our suspension of campus operations and funding cannot be provided to assist with rent. We encourage you to contact our Academic Success Coaching team, who can help connect you with community resources.
How will I receive the funding if my application is approved?
If you are approved to receive these funds, you will be notified via your LCC email and the funds will be sent directly to you according to your refund preference, which is the quickest way to receive the funds. If a refund preference has not been selected, a check will be sent to your mailing address listed in Banner Self-Service. Please ensure your refund preference and/or address are up-to-date by logging into Banner.
Does any funding I receive from the CARES Act have to be repaid?
No. The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund is a grant. It is not a loan.
What emergency relief is available for international, undocumented, dual-enrollment, or other students ineligible for CARES Act funds?
Please contact our Academic Success Coaching team. We will attempt to help you in any way we can.
Will receiving a CARES Act grant negatively effect the financial aid I am already receiving?
The CARES funds will NOT impact any financial aid that you have received or will receive. The CARES funds are to help students experiencing financial hardship with expenses due to the college moving to an online environment (see "How Much Funding Will I Get?").
Do I make too much money to qualify for a CARES Act grant?
Income is not a factor in determining if you qualify for CARES Funds.
How has LCC distributed this money so far?
Please review our August 28, 2020, CARES Act Emergency Aid to Students – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report.
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Ways to Cover Education Costs
There are four types of types of financial aid and we recommend that all students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov. The FAFSA determines eligibility for need-based aid. The deadline for maximum consideration for the state is March 1; be sure to add LCC’s school code 002278.
Scholarship eligibility varies based on financial need, academic merit, field of study, talent, athletic participation, etc. Students can apply for scholarships at LCC, the State of Michigan, community organizations, and their employer. For the most part, these funds do not need to be repaid.
Loans are available through the federal government. Students also have the option of taking out loans from a private lender. These funds must be repaid.
Grants are funds to help cover educational costs and do not need to be repaid. These funds are offered by the federal government, state of Michigan, and LCC.
Federal Work-Study is a need-based federal program that provides students with employment opportunities, both on- and off-campus, to assist with educational expenses. Students must meet the basic eligibility requirements to receive these funds.
Here you can find information on Basic Eligibility Requirements, Consortium Agreements, Enrollment Level Definitions and more.
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Having issues getting an IRS Tax Transcript or Verification of Non-Filling letter?
Financial Aid can now accept additional documentation to satisfy verification of FAFSA data. We are working on updating our system and processes to reflect these changes. If you are having issues getting your IRS Tax Transcript or Verification of Non-Filing letter, please contact us by phone or in the Star Zone to find out what alternative options you may have.
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