March 3 deadline for scholarship apps

March 3 is the deadline for most scholarship applications and renewals for the 2017-2018

school year, for returning MCC students as well as those planning to transfer to other colleges.

An online version of the MCC application form is available at

<muskegoncc.edu/scholarships>. All materials should be submitted to the Financial Aid office,

Room 108 by the deadline.

Transfer scholarship information is available on the same website listed above. (See

sidebar for information on Grand Valley State University, the most common transfer location for

MCC students.)

The application includes online completion of a current Free Application for Federal

Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required annually for all financial aid recipients. It can be

completed online at <fafsa.ed.gov>. The MCC college code to enter is 002297.

Federal financial aid is based on need, and dependent students (under age 26 and

unmarried, regardless of where they live) will need to provide the financial information of their

parent(s).

A complete MCC scholarship application package includes:

 Scholarships. Current student scholarships are listed on the website and application

form. Most are for $500-$1,000, although performance-based scholarships may cover

up to full tuition.

 Essay. All scholarships require a general essay unless otherwise noted in the

scholarship description. The general essay requirement is a 300- to 500-word essay

explaining career goals and what experiences have led the applicant to those goals.

 Other activities, including clubs, memberships, activities or jobs held. An additional

sheet should include activity/employer, dates participated, offices held/job title, and

special awards.

In addition to the above scholarships, several grants are administered by the Community

Foundation for Muskegon County (CFFMC) for the specific benefit of MCC students, and the

application deadline is March 1. The application for those scholarships is available at

<cffmc.org/receive/scholarship>. More than $600,000 is awarded each year by over 280 separate

scholarship funds by the Muskegon County Community Foundation.

To help students navigate the FAFSA maze, the Financial Aid office is offering FAFSA

Fridays scheduled for Feb. 17, March 3, March 17, and March 31. Sessions will be held from 1

to 3 p.m. in L261 and L263, Students will need to provide their Social Security number or alien

registration number (for non-citizens); most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other

records of money earned; and bank statements, records of investments, and records of untaxed

income, if applicable.

Also required is an FSA identification number to sign the FAFSA electronically. The ID

number can be obtained online.

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