Applying for Financial Aid

These are the steps to applying for grants, loans or work-study jobs. Scholarships have a different application process.

These are the steps to applying for grants, loans or work-study jobs. Scholarships have a different application process.

Steps in the Application Process

  1. If you have not previously done so, complete a Waubonsee New Student Information Form and select an academic program that leads to a degree or certificate. Note: some courses and programs are ineligible for financial aid. You should also view the list of other requirements to receive financial aid.
  2. If you have attended another college or university and taken credit classes, have your academic transcripts sent to Waubonsee Community College. Also, complete a Transcript Evaluation Review Form (TERF) for each previous school that you have attended.
  3. If you do not already have one, creaste an FSA ID on  This allows the student and the parent of a dependent student to sign the FAFSA electronically.
  4. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at for the appropriate year.  Include the Waubonsee school code, 006931. For the 2016-2017 academic year, apply as soon as possible. You must reapply yearly. The 2017-2018 FAFSA will be available October 1, 2016.  If you submit your 2017-2018 FAFSA by December 22016 any aid programs for which you qualify should be awarded prior to your registration for the fall 2017 semester. Submitting the FAFSA by December 2 will give you the best opportunity to be awarded the State of Illinois MAP grant.  Once you submit your FAFSA, you need to allow time for the submission of any other required documents before you will have funds available to register without making a payment.
  5. When completing the FAFSA, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import 2015 tax retrun information into the FAFSA for the student and the parent of a dependent student.   
  6. Review the information on the Student Aid Report (SAR) that you receive as a result of filing the FAFSA and correct any errors.  The SAR should have your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and indicate if there is additional information needed.
  7. Repond to any emails from Waubonsee's Financial Aid Office that request additional information to complete your application. Additional information can include federal tax transcripts and proof of non-filing from the IRS. 
  8. When you receive your Award Notification email, you will need to accept your Terms and Conditions and decide if you will accept any loans that are offered. If you are accepting loans, you will be required to attend an Entrance Counseling session and complete a Master Promissory Note on


Financial Aid Office
Sugar Grove Campus
Student Center, 2nd Floor
(630) 466-7900, ext. 5774