Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application Process:

Step 1

The first step to filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) is to obtain a Federal Student Aid ID. The FSA ID allows you to access the Federal Student Aid’s online systems. It serves as your legal signature when signing the FAFSA and your Master Promissory note for your Federal Direct Student Loans. Once you have established your FSA ID, you should keep it in a safe place as you will be using it each year that you apply for aid. To apply for your FSA ID, visit

You may watch this video for assistance in establishing your FSA ID:

Step 2

The next step is to complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA is now available any time after October 1st for the following academic year. Each year, the FAFSA will use income information from the prior-prior year.  For example, the 2017-18 academic year is based on the 2015 tax year.  To complete the FAFSA, visit:

For assistance with the FAFSA, watch the short video here:

NCCC’s federal code is: 007111

Step 3

At the very end of the FAFSA, there is a link to the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application. If you missed the link, you may complete the application here:

NCCC’s TAP code is 2258

Step 4

Watch for additional information requests and/or your financial aid award letter from North Country. We will send the information via e-mail and postal mail. It is important that you respond in a timely manner so that we are able to continue processing your aid.

Determining Financial Aid Eligibility and Understanding Residency Requirements:

In order to be eligible for any Title IV financial aid, a student must:

1. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

2. Be accepted into a program of study through the Admissions Office leading to a degree or certificate.

3. Be a high school graduate, or have earned a recognized general equivalency diploma (G.E.D.) or demonstrate ability to benefit by passing an independently administered examination prior to enrollment.

4. Be in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory academic progress.

5. Not owe a refund or repayment of any previously received Title IV financial aid funds.

6. Not be in default on previously received student loans.

Residency Requirements

Essex and Franklin County residents must have been a resident of the State of New York for one year, and of the County of Essex or Franklin for six months immediately prior to registration.

New York State residents must have been a resident of the State of New York for one year and of a county other than Essex or Franklin for six months immediately prior to registration.

To qualify for the resident tuition rate a student is required by law to present, once each academic year on or before registration, a Certificate of Residence. This certificate must indicate that he or she meets the legal resident requirements listed above.

Non-resident students are any students that do not fulfill Essex and Franklin County and/or New York State residency requirements. Non-resident students are required to pay non-resident tuition rates.


If a student is selected for verification, the request for verification documents will be sent via e-mail and postal mail.  Please respond to verification requests in a timely manner.

Click here — Verification Information for further information on verification.

Types of Aid Available

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid

Federal and state regulations require that financial aid recipients show satisfactory academic progress towards their degree or certificate objective. Satisfactory academic progress includes both a qualitative and a quantitative measure. SAP is reviewed at the conclusion of every semester. Find more information on Satisfactory Progress here.

Excelsior Program

North Country Community College  is excited about the potential of the new Excelsior program. We look forward to following the details of the program as they emerge and will do everything we can to assure that students who apply for the aid through the State of New York and then are accepted into the program will receive the amount of Excelsior aid they are eligible for based on the criteria that New York State has established. Students can sign up to be informed when the application will be available here.

The Excelsior Scholarship is a tuition specific award, meaning it only pays towards tuition charges.  It is also a last dollar award and the amount will be reduced by other grant/scholarship assistance received, even if those grants/scholarships are not earmarked to pay tuition only.  Therefore, if you receive awards such as Federal Pell Grants, Federal SEOG, NY Tuition Assistance (TAP), SUNY Tuition Credits, other NY grants or scholarship, North Country Community College grants or scholarships or any external scholarships, your Excelsior Scholarship will be reduced or you may not be eligible to receive an award.

Financial Aid Forms:

The link below houses financial aid forms. It is only necessary for you to file these forms with us if you’ve been requested by our office to do so.

 Scholarship Information

 The Net Price Calculator

 The Net Price Calculator is intended to provide an estimated net price to current and prospective students. The net price is defined as the amount that a student pays to attend an institution in a single academic year AFTER subtracting scholarships and grants the student receives. Please visit the SUNY net price calculator by clicking here — Net Price Calculator

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External Financial Aid Links:
Federal Student Aid 
National Student Loan Data System
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
HESC (Higher Education Services Corporation)

Important Financial Aid Numbers / Codes
Federal Code: 007111
Federal Student Aid Processor:  (800) 4-FEDAID
NYS Tap Program: (888) NYS-HESC    NYS Tap Code: 2258

Contact the Financial Aid Office Staff:
1-888-879-6222 or 518-891-2915 ext.1687 or