Application Process

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Follow these easy steps to apply

Be aware of deadlines and respond promptly to requests for information. All financial aid applicants need to submit official proof of high school graduation or receipt of the GED.

Step 1: File your income tax return as early as possible.  

Step 2: Within 2-3 weeks of filing your electronic tax return (4-6 weeks if paper filed) complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To simplify the process use the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval tool to automatically import official tax information. It's not hard, but if you need help, make an appointment with one of the Colleges financial aid advisors.

Step 3: List Delaware County Community College’s school code on your FAFSA: 007110.

Step 4: After submitting your FAFSA, you should receive a follow-up e-mail from the U.S. Department of Education. Follow the directions to view your Student Aid Report (SAR). Review the report carefully and make corrections if needed.  

Step 5: You may also receive a separate but equally important communication (paper or e-mail) from PHEAA. This information applies to state financial aid, not the federal programs.

Step 6: Within 3-6 weeks check your financial aid status through delaGATE. delaGATE is the College's web portal system and is used for all communications to you. Check it frequently for important information about financial aid and to view College announcements and emails. 

Step 7: Additional documentation or action may be required to finalize your financial aid. Check delaGATE frequently to stay informed. You should respond immediately in order to minimize any delay in the process.

If you wish, you may make an appointment to meet with one of our Financial Aid advisors. Appointments are available at several locations in both Delaware and Chester Counties. Ask for an appointment at the location closest to you!

How is financial aid eligibility determined?

A student’s "need" for financial assistance is considered to be the difference between what the student and student’s family can pay and the total cost of the academic year in college.

The Financial Aid Office carefully analyzes a student’s need to find the most advantageous way to award a combination of grants, loans and work programs that will enable students to attend the College.