Financial aid is like a stew—those who come first have the greatest chance of getting decent award letters; latecomers have to scrape for leftovers. For students serious about getting financial aid, filling out FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid) early and triple-checking for accuracy can be a huge help. The staff at HCC is helpful and can help determine the price differences for out-of-state/county students. Prices vary by location, with out-of-state students paying more; the difference is available in the catalog on the financial aid website. Several scholarship and student work opportunities are available—again, latecomers have a greatly decreased chance of getting anything. Applications for student jobs are available at the human resources office. The HCC website is a great source of information on school financial aid.
To qualify for aid at all, students have to have a high school degree or GED (General Education Development test), or pass the Ability to Benefit test (available to take at the campus testing center), which features questions from a variety of subjects. Once students are accepted and school costs have been decided, setting up payment plans is simple. Payment plans at HCC are completed online, and the financial aid department is willing and able to help.