Financial Aid

Financial aid can help you pay for college. Many students are eligible for some type of financial assistance like grants, scholarships, work-study, or loans. The Financial Aid Office at Carteret Community College will work with you to explore options and access the funds you need to pay for college.

How to Apply

Applying for financial aid is an annual process. The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Include Carteret CC’s FAFSA code 008081 on your application.

Helpful Tips

Create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID & Password

  • Students submitting a FAFSA for the first time must establish an FSA ID and password. If a student is a dependent, a parent is also required to establish an FSA ID and password. This will serve as your electronic signature on the FAFSA.
  • You will need your FSA ID and password each year when you reapply for financial aid.
  • Get help accessing your FSA account if you don’t remember your password.

Notifications from the Department of Education

  • If you included an email on your electronic or paper FAFSA application, the Department of Education will reply to you via email.
  • If you apply by mailing a paper FAFSA but do NOT include an email address, you will receive a Student Aid Report via the U.S. Postal Service.

Track your status

Submitting a FAFSA is NOT the final step in the application process. 

It takes up to five business days for your FAFSA to be received by our college, and a few weeks to process your application after all necessary documents have been submitted. Track the status of your financial aid application by regularly checking your CarteretCC student email and Carteret Compass.

We will contact you via your CarteretCC student email if we require additional documents.

Please respond promptly to any financial aid notices you receive, as failure to do so may delay the processing of your application. If you have any questions about your financial aid status or need assistance with the tracking process, don’t hesitate to contact our financial aid office.

When your Financial Aid Package does not cover all of your billed tuition & fees

If the financial aid you accepted doesn’t cover all of your tuition and fees, you will have to pay the remaining amount. You can do this on Carteret Compass or by setting up a payment plan before the payment deadline. Failure to make payment may result in being dropped from your classes.

Changes to Financial Situation

If something changes in your family’s financial situation after you have already sent in your FAFSA, please tell CarteretCC’s Financial Aid Office right away. We will check if this change affects your financial aid and if we need to change the amount of aid we are able to give you. For example, if your family experiences a significant loss of income, you may be able to get more financial aid. But if your family starts making more money, we might have to give you less aid.

It’s important to be honest and to provide documentation of your new financial situation. We might ask for tax returns, pay stubs, or other financial papers.

It’s always a good idea to keep an open line of communication with the Financial Aid Office and to report any changes in your financial situation as soon as possible to ensure your financial aid package is right for your current situation.

When to Apply

On December 31st, the financial aid application becomes available for the next academic year. An academic year starts with a fall semester and includes the following spring and summer.

Apply early (as soon as December 31st) for the best financial aid options. Some funds are limited, so the sooner you apply the better your chances of accessing first-come, first-served financial aid.

Use the priority dates below to ensure your financial aid is ready before your tuition is due. If you miss the priority date, don’t worry. Carteret CC processes financial aid applications year-round. You may even receive financial aid for classes you’re currently taking!

  • Fall classes – July 24
  • Spring classes – October 15
  • Summer classes – March 1

Check the Status of Your Financial Aid Application

The financial aid application takes several weeks to process. Apply early and follow through with all requirements to receive your financial aid offer as soon as possible. Your application status will appear in your student account accessible through Carteret Compass.

Not a student? Submit the Carteret CC admissions application before your financial aid can be processed.

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