Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents should file the FAFSA to apply for federal loans and grants. U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are applying for institutional need based aid should file the PROFILE in addition to the FAFSA. Please see below for more information. International students do NOT reapply for financial aid.
Merit aid: Students do not reapply; merit aid is automatically renewed if the student is in good academic standing.
To receive full consideration for need-based institutional funds be sure to follow the application requirements carefully:
- Check document requirements often as requirements may change once we begin our review of your file. View your requirements: financial aid online.
- Look for reminders in your MHC email. Note: We do not mail/email reminders to parents so please share this information with your parent(s), if applicable.
- File the FAFSA and PROFILE by April 15th so that we will receive them electroncially by the May 1 due date.
- Meet the May 1 Deadline: Late applications are subject to a decrease in grant and an increase in student loan of up to $3,000. Applications completed after July 15th may not receive full consideration for institutional funding.
- FAFSA: MHC school code: 002192
The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for federal financial aid including grant and loan assistance. (If you are applying for federal aid only you do not need to file the PROFILE, see below.)
IRS Data Retrieval Tool: When filing the FAFSA, choose this option to transfer student and parent federal tax income information directly into your FAFSA. This is the most efficient way to meet federal verification requirements. To use this tool, file the FAFSA at least two weeks after filing your tax return electronically with the IRS; six weeks if you file via paper. If you have already filed your FAFSA but did not select the IRS data retrieval option, you may return to your FAFSA and select that option. (Be sure to file your FAFSA before May 1st in any case.) View a brief IRS Data Retrieval tutorial with step-by-step instructions.
- CSS / Financial Aid PROFILE: MHC code 3529
The PROFILE is used to determine eligibility for need based institutional financial aid. (If you are applying for federal aid only you do not need to file the PROFILE.)
Noncustodial PROFILE (NCP) If your parents are separated, divorced, or were never married, the Noncustodial parent should submit the Noncustodial PROFILE (NCP). For more information please review our non custodial parent policy.
- Federal Tax Documents
IDOC: Sending documents to IDOC is not required of all students. Students required to submit tax documents to IDOC will be emailed detailed instructions from the College Board. Please look for this important email notification.
IRS Data Retrieval Tool Option: Choosing this option may eliminate our need to collect tax documents from you. Please see FAFSA, IRS Data Retrieval Tool Option, above. (Important note: If you are notified to submit documents to IDOC you will still be required to send tax documents to IDOC even if you select the IRS data retrieval option.)
In order to comply with federal regulations, we must collect additional documentation from students who have been selected for verification. (Selection occurs after the FAFSA has been filed.) This documentation consists of a completed, academic year specific Verification Worksheet and a Tax Return Transcript, if the IRS data retrieval option was not used. If you have been selected for verification, the Verification Worksheet will appear as a required document under your financial aid online document tab. You may click on the document link in your documents tab and then print and complete the document. If a tax return transcript is required from you and/or your parent(s) instructions on how to obtain Tax Return Transcripts from the IRS are on page two pf the Verification Worksheet. Please make sure all federal verification documents are submitted directly to our office by May 1, 2014.
- Make sure the FAFSA and the PROFILE are esigned and correct social security numbers are used.
- Students on leave but planning to return for the fall and/or spring semesters should still complete all requirements by May 1.
Notification of Aid Eligibility
Students who have completed their aid application by May 1 will receive an email notification regarding their financial aid eligibility in mid June.
Questions about the application process? We're happy to help you.
To contact us:
Phone: 413-538-2291, phone hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm
Stop by: Walk-in hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm. We are located at 16 Skinner Hall.