Costs and Financial Aid


How to apply for financial aid using the FAFSA and the (DOE) PIN

Because your U.S. Department of Education (DOE) "Personal Identification Number (PIN)" serves as your electronic signature and provides access to your personal records, it can speed up the FAFSA Application process by weeks. If you have never received a (DOE) PIN or you are unsure if you already have a PIN, please select "Apply for a PIN" for information on how to receive your PIN. Be sure to keep your PIN in a safe place once you receive it; you will be able to use the same PIN in the future to apply electronically for student aid and access your U.S. Department of Education records.

You must use the "Free Application for Federal Student Aid" (FAFSA) to apply for Federal and State aid programs offered by KCTCS colleges. You can apply electronically over the internet by using the web site at: The paper version of the FAFSA may be picked up from the Financial Aid Office or the Library of a KCTCS college and most high school counselor's offices. DO NOT SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE APPLICATION. The FAFSA is also used for most state aid. The information from the FAFSA is automatically submitted to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) for consideration of eligibility for the College Access Grant (CAP) other KHEAA programs.

You must fill out the form accurately using your exact name and Social Security number as reflected on your social security card. The information that you supply may be verified by your college, your state, or by the U.S. Department of Education. You may be asked to provide U.S. income tax returns, institution worksheets, and other information. If you cannot or do not provide these records to the financial aid office, you may not get Federal or state student aid. If you get Federal or State aid based on incorrect information, you will have to pay it back; you may also have to pay fines and fees. If you purposely give false or misleading information on your FAFSA or other requested forms, you may be fined $10,000, sent to prison, or both.

A 2010-2011 FAFSA will not be processed after June 30, 2011