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How to Apply for Financial Aid

There are 5 easy steps – from start to finish – in applying for financial aid.

Step 1

Applying for financial aid is an annual process, which should be completed every year on or as soon after OCTOBER 1stas possible. Filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the first step to finding out if you are eligible for financial aid. However, Virginians who are nonimmigrants, undocumented, have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status or are otherwise ineligible to file the FAFSA should complete the VASA (Virginia Alternative State Application) to be considered for state financial aid.

For assistance with the FAFSA, VASA, or questions related to financial aid, please email

If you wish to successfully submit your FAFSA application, please go to Creating an FSA ID and Gathering Required Documents.

Make sure you indicate that you plan to attend:

  • Eastern Shore Community College
  • Title IV, Institution Code # 003748



Creating an FSA ID

Gathering Required Documents

Step 2

If you supply an email address, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR – the processed FAFSA) in three to five days. If you did not supply an email address, you will receive a SAR in seven to ten days by U.S.Mail.

Step 3

It is very important that you review the Student Aid Report for mistakes. If you need to make corrections, you can return to the FAFSA website to submit corrections.

If you do not understand the correction process, please call the Financial Aid Office.

Step 4

The ESCC Financial Aid Office will receive your Student Aid Report electronically, if you have completed an admissions application as a curricular student. Your SAR will be reviewed and you will be sent a Missing Information Letter if additional information or documentation is needed to complete your financial aid file.

Step 5

Once your financial aid file is complete, you will be notified whether or not you are eligible to receive financial aid. This Financial Aid Award Notice will state the amount and types of aid you are being offered. The college will begin sending out these notifications during the first part of June.

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