Did You Know This About Financial Aid?

Email Addresses

MCC's Office of Financial Aid communicates with students via email. You may receive emails on topics like:

  • Missing Information – If you are selected for verification, you may be required to turn in multiple documents to the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Award Notification – We'll alert you when you've been awarded and let you know how to find your award letter on myMCC.
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) – We'll advise you of your SAP status as well as your appeal results.

We send all emails to the email address on file.  If you need to update your email address, you can do so with the help of the Registration Office (815) 455-8588.

Social Security Numbers

Sometimes, students who have not received notification from MCC about their FAFSA do not have an accurate Social Security number on file. While your social security number is not required at the time of admission, it is required to link your FAFSA to your MCC student account.

If you haven't heard from the Office of Financial Aid within two weeks of completing your FAFSA, please contact us at (815) 455-8761 or finaid@mchenry.edu to verify that we have your correct social security number.

Veteran Registration

When MCC priority registration opens each academic term, certified veterans are entitled to first-day enrollment. You should receive an email with your priority registration date. If you're not using your veteran education benefits, you are still entitled to first day registration. Please contact Lynn McCabe, Financial Aid and Veteran Coordinator, at va@mchenry.edu for details.

If you are using veteran benefits, each semester you must complete and turn in the Benefits and Certification Request form to the Office of Financial Aid so that enrollment can be certified.

Applying for Financial Aid

You must reapply for financial aid every year. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application that determines your eligibility for federal and state student grants, work-study and loan programs. The application is at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

  • Complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA if you’re attending courses that begin on, or after, July 1, 2016. This will apply to Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 semesters.
  • Complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA (starting October 1) if you’re attending courses that begin on, or after, July 1, 2017. This will apply to Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 semesters.

Both student (and parent, if dependent) will need to obtain an FSA ID in order to sign the application.

Designate McHenry County College as the recipient of the information; our federal school code is 007691.

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool

If you've already filed your federal income tax return, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to prefill the answers to some questions on the FAFSA by transferring data from your federal income tax return. This can save you time in completing the FAFSA while reducing the likelihood that your FAFSA will be selected for verification.

Withdrawals and Never Attended

You must earn Federal financial aid. Aid eligibility is based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and your enrollment. You earn aid based on the number of credit hours you're enrolled in and the number of days you attend those classes.

If you withdraw from ALL of your classes prior to the census date (60% into the semester), a "return to title IV funds calculation" will be done. This means you will only earn a portion of the award, based on the number of days you attended. This may result in a balance due.

If you withdraw from a class prior to the census date, you will have your federal aid adjusted. For example:

A student enrolls full time with 15 credit hours and has been awarded $2,865. The student then drops a three-credit-hour class prior to the census date, bringing them down to 12 credit hours. There would be no change in the award because the student is still considered full time.

If the same 15 credit hour student drops 6 credit hours prior to the census date bringing them down to 9 credit hours, their aid will be adjusted. Nine credit hours is considered 3/4 time and the student’s award would be brought down to $2,149.

If you are marked “never attended” by your instructor prior to the census date, you will have your federal aid adjusted. For example:

A student is enrolled full time with 12 credit hours and has been awarded $2,865. The student does not attend a 3-credit-hour class nor do they formally drop the class. The instructor may then mark the student “never attended” 10 days into the semester. This will adjust the student down to 9 credit hours. Nine credit hours is considered 3/4 time and the student’s award would be brought down to $2,149.

Unearned F Policy for Financial Aid Students ONLY

Participation in courses and completion of assignments are two critical components to student success. Students who use financial aid and fail all courses in a term will be reviewed for participation. Students who cease participation in graded activities before the midpoint of the term will be classified as receiving a “not pursuing F” and a recalculation of their financial aid eligibility will be conducted based on their last date of attendance. The last date of attendance is defined as the last time the student participated in a graded activity within the course. This recalculation may result in a balance owed and may place future financial aid eligibility and registration for subsequent terms at risk.