Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Financial Aid 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 may need to submit official proof of high school graduation or receipt of the GED.

Step 1: 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, stop by the Enrollment Services Computer Lab in Founders Hall and either one of our Peer Technicians or a Financial Aid Advisor can assist.

Step 2: List Delaware County Community College’s school code on your FAFSA: 007110.

Step 3: 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 for important information. Please do not make corrections before checking with Financial Aid staff.  

Step 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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. The U.S. Department of Education may select you for a process called verification. This is a process for confirming the information provided on the FAFSA is accurate. If selected, you will be notified both on your SAR and also by email from the Financial Aid Office.

Step 7: If you decide to accept the Federal Direct Loan offered on your financial aid award, please secure the loan by completing both entrance counseling and the Master Promissory Note (MPN) at

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.