Apply for Financial Aid
Step 1: File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is available after January 1 and needs to be completed each year. File before our priority deadline of March 1.
Step 2: Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) for accuracy which you will receive after the FAFSA is submitted. Any changes should be made by logging back into your FAFSA.
Step 3: Some FAFSA’s will be selected for a process known as “Verification”. If your FAFSA is selected NEC will request additional documentation from you. Be sure to submit all requested documents and allow time for your financial aid counselor to review them. Current students may view their required documents online through MyNEC.
Step 4: You will receive your NEC financial aid award letter. This lists the aid that you qualify for. All aid is considered automatically accepted. If you wish to decline all or a portion of the award, notify the office in writing. Be sure to read the terms of the award and discuss any questions with your financial aid counselor.
Step 5: For first-time NEC Federal Direct loan borrowers, complete Loan Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note at https://studentloans.gov.
Step 6: Review the affordable options available to cover any remaining expenses.