How to Apply for Aid

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Financial Aid Application

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your application for Federal and State* financial aid. 

Most financial aid is not automatically renewable and a new application should be filed at the beginning of a calendar year, upon completion of the Federal Tax Return (if applicable).

It is free to file a FAFSA and you should not be prompted to pay upon completion of the application. Some websites will request payment - to ensure you are not charged, file your FAFSA at

Click here for more information on free workshops at Ocean County College to assist you in filing your FAFSA.

*You are required to complete additional information for State aid at the end of your FAFSA or directly at the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) website.

IRS Temporarily Suspends Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) for FAFSA Completion

As of March 16th, 2017 the Internal Revenue Service has temporarily suspended use of the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) which allowed for automated population of some fields on the FAFSA. Completing the FAFSA is still possible but will require extra effort from each applicant. Be sure to use data from your 2015 tax returns. Please note that any student's application that is flagged for verification will be required to submit their tax transcript. It can take up to 10 days for you to receive a copy of your tax transcript. Therefore, HESAA recommends that all students who submit their FAFSA without the aid of the DRT should go ahead and request their 2015 tax return transcript now.