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Apply For Financial Aid

Your financial aid award cannot be determined until your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has been completed. Before you apply online, create a FSA ID that lets you sign your FAFSA application electronically.


The earlier you complete your no-cost FAFSA, the sooner you’ll know if you are eligible for financial aid.

If you are planning to enroll Fall 2024, you will submit the 2024-25 FAFSA.

Steps To Apply For Financial Aid

Step 1.  Complete an admission/re-admission application to the college. Please include your Social Security Number for financial aid purposes. Choose a program of study that is financial aid eligible (if unsure contact Advising Services). 

Step 2.  Go to and request an FSA ID, this username and password lets you sign your FAFSA application electronically. If you are a dependent student, your parent should also request an FSA ID to sign your FAFSA.

Step 3.  Go to and complete a FAFSA for the upcoming year if you are starting in the fall. The federal school code for Central Virginia Community College is 004988.  If you are under 24 years of age, then you may need a parent to help complete the process. Submitting the FAFSA does not mean you have completed the FAFSA. The Financial Aid Office may need additional documents from you in order to finalize your financial aid.  If you have difficulties completing the FAFSA, representatives are available toll free at 1-800-433-3243 to help.

  • If eligible, you should use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import federal income tax information from the IRS into your FAFSA. 
  • If not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, use copies of the family’s Federal Income Tax Return(s) from the year two years prior to the year you will enroll for the Fall of the academic year (for example, if you are enrolling in the 2024/2025 academic year, you would use your 2022 Federal Income Tax Return), to fill out the financial section of the FAFSA.  If you do not have a copy of your federal tax return, you may call the IRS at 800-829-1040, visit, visit your local IRS office, or fill out a 4506-T form to have a Tax Return Transcript mailed to you. 
  • Non-taxable income such as social security benefits, child support, etc., will also need to be input on your FAFSA application. 

Step 4.  If the federal government selects you for verification, you will be notified via the Message Center in your SIS account. Check your To-Do List by logging into the Student Information System (SIS).  Submit any additional documents needed to the Financial Aid Office.

Step 5.  Review your financial aid award notification. You will be notified via email and text as well as your myCVCC Message Center when you have been awarded. 

Additional types of financial aid may require additional forms be submitted to the Financial Aid Office.

Students who are interested in applying for a Federal Direct Student Loan should also follow instructions and submit a Loan Request Form in the Forms Databank.