College is an exciting and busy time for students, and we don’t want anything to stand in the way of you attending Dallas Community Colleges. Applying for financial aid can be confusing at times, but it doesn’t have to be. We have broken down the process of applying for financial aid and answered some common questions.
What’s My First Step?
There a few things that you need to know and complete:
- Apply for admission to one of the colleges of DCCCD. Be sure when filling out the admissions application to put your name and Social Security number exactly as they appear on your Social Security card.
- Review and understand the admissions and registration process.
- Create an eConnect account.
How Can I Track Each Step?
You can track the steps to completing the financial aid process in eConnect. Just log in to see a checklist of the steps you’ve finished and the ones you still need to tackle.
Your eligibility for financial aid is determined by the results of your FASFA.
Be sure to check your email often and send us any information we request as soon as possible.
Also, note that there are other factors that can affect your eligibility for financial aid, such as enrolling in a class for the third time and meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards. (If you have questions, please contact us.)
Heads up: If you do not accept your awards on the official award notification, your financial aid will not transmit. To accept your awards, go to eConnect. Under Financial Aid, click on Financial Aid Checklist, then myAwards. If you have not been awarded, click on myDocuments, which will provide information for items you still need to complete so you can be awarded.
When Can I Expect My Financial Aid?
The disbursement schedule acts as a guide for when you could receive aid. Each academic year, a disbursement schedule is posted on the DCCCD website. A disbursement date is when financial aid is estimated to be delivered to your account.
Here are some eligibility requirements that affect financial aid disbursement and some other important things you need to know:
- The Dallas Community Colleges use eRefunds to release disbursements and refunds to students. eRefunds allows you to select your bank account so that your refunds and disbursements can be directly deposited into your account.
Don’t have a bank account? No worries! You will receive a check in the mail for your disbursements and refunds to the address that we have on file. If you need to change your address, please contact the Admissions/Registrar’s Office at the campus you attend. For more details on how to set up direct deposit and other important information, check out our refunds and disbursements page.
- Tuition funds are released 10 days before Fall and Spring semester start dates.
- Book funds are released by your seventh day of class if you have remainder eligibility.
- For Flex term courses, funds are released after your attendance is documented.
If you still have questions about financial aid, we’re here to help!