getting financial aid

Most financial aid programs require financial need which is determined by the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA - English) or FAFSA -Español . However, in addition to need, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Students may receive financial aid from only one institution per semester.
  • Be U.S. citizens or national, or resident of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, or be eligible non-citizens.
  • Have a valid high school diploma or GED.
  • Be accepted for enrollment at HCC as a degree-seeking undergraduate student or a financial aid approved PSAV, or College Credit Certificate program.
  • Demonstrate financial need (required for most aid).
  • No previous four-year degrees (except for direct federal loans).
  • Not have defaulted on any federal educational loan or owe a repayment to any Federal loan or grant program.
  • Not reached your lifetime limit for Pell Grant.
  • Meet selective service requirements.
  • Be enrolled for the minimum credit hours required based upon the type of financial aid awarded.
  • Be in good academic standing and making satisfactory academic progress.

The Department of Education has regulations to ensure that only eligible students receive financial aid. Verification is the process used to confirm information you provided on the FAFSA. Additional documents are required for students who are selected for verification.  Please log in to your Hawknet WebAdvisor to view required forms. Learn more about verification here.

Study Abroad
Recent changes in federal law have made it possible for students to use some or all of their federal financial aid for study abroad.

  • Full-time, HCC students who are eligible for financial aid can use federal funds for approved study abroad programs that award academic credit and grades counted towards your cumulative GPA. 
  • Eligibility is determined by the type of study abroad program you attend, as well as the type of financial aid you receive.
  • Only students who are degree seeking at Hillsborough Community College are eligible.
  • Any program for which you will not receive transfer credits or grades is not eligible for any financial aid funds.
  • Financial aid can be used to support summer study, as long as you are enrolled for academic credit and you meet all other requirements.

Please consult with a financial aid counselor prior to enrolling in a study abroad course to determine financial aid eligibility.

Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
A student with a drug conviction may be ineligible for federal student aid (grants, loans, work-study). If you are convicted of a state or federal offense of selling or possessing illegal drugs that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid you should still complete and submit the FAFSA. Eligibility may be regained after documentation of successful completion of a rehabilitation program.

*For more information regarding Financial Aid Guidelines please see the HCC College Catalog.*