Completing Your FAFSA-Step One

Apply-Fill out your FAFSA Online

STEP 1: Get an Email Address

The office of Financial Aid at NVCC and the U.S. Department of Education will use e-mail to keep you informed. It is necessary for you to have an e-mail address where you can be reached. If you change your email, please inform the Office of the Registrar’s at NVCC and The U.S. Department of Education. Note: For FSA ID purposes it is essential that you maintain access to the email you use to create your FSA ID.

If you don't have an e-mail address you can obtain one for FREE at many websites on the Internet. Some of these sites are:

Completing Your FAFSA-Step Two

STEP 2: Apply for an FSA ID

The FSA ID will act as the FAFSA online signature as well as the login for other federal websites. To create an FSA ID, go to the federal government’s FSA ID website. Should you have questions or concerns regarding applying for a FSA ID, contact the Federal Student Aid Hotline at 1(800) 433-3243.

Note: For dependent students, an FSA ID is required for both student and parent. Parents must have access to their own personal email address in order to create an FSA ID. The student’s email address cannot be used when creating a parental FSA ID.

Completing Your FAFSA-Step Three

STEP 3: Complete the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an application that you prepare annually in order to determine eligibility for federal, state and institutional financial aid. To apply, fill out the electronic application at fafsa.gov. You will need to provide personal and financial information in order for your eligibility to be determined. You will need to refer to:

    • Your Social Security card and driver’s license
    • Your alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
    • W-2 forms or other records of income earned
    • Your spouse’s Federal Income Tax Return, if you are married
    • Your parent(s)’ Federal Tax Form, if you are under 24 years of age
    • Records of other untaxed income received such as welfare benefits, Social Security benefits, TANF, veteran’s benefits or military or clergy allowances
    • Current bank statements and records of stocks, bonds and other investments
    • Business or farm records, if applicable


    To ensure that NVCC receives your FAFSA, be sure to add our federal school code: 006982

    Required: All personal and contact information entered into the college application and FAFSA application must be exactly the same. If abbreviations are used they must be entered identically in both applications (examples: address abbreviations like st. or ave., full name including Jr)

After You’ve Completed the FAFSA

After You’ve Completed the FAFSA

Tracking your Status:

After you complete your FAFSA, the Federal Department of Education (D.O.E.) will email you when they have completed processing including a link to your SAR (Student Aid Report). Use this link to see if there are any errors or omissions you must address in order to complete your FAFSA. Many of these items can be addressed by contacting our office and providing appropriate documentation. Because of the encryption process protecting your FAFSA’s personal information, it can take as long as 10 business days between your email notice from the DOE and our receipt of your FAFSA.


Using MyCommNet:

After April 1st, you will be able to track your completed financial aid application and award information online by using MyCommNet. MyCommNet will also list any outstanding documents required before we can determine your eligibility for financial aid. 

    • Log into myCommNet (see below if this is your first time logging in)
    • Click on Financial Aid
    • Click on My Eligibility
    • Follow the instructions there to complete any outstanding requirements. If you have outstanding requirements you have been randomly selected for Federal Verification by the Federal Government
    • If your award is complete, you many click on My Award Information to review your financial aid award


Logging into MyCommNet for the first time

Banner ID and password for myCommnet.edu

User Name Initial Password
Format BannerID@student.commnet.edu Mon&Last4SSN
  1. 1st three characters of your birth month (first letter is capitalized) 
  2. The “&” symbol 
  3. Last 4 digits of your social security number
Example 87654321@student.commnet.edu Jan&1234

*If you encounter difficulty logging on to myCommNet, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact the Records Office at 203-596-2177 for assistance. The financial aid staff is unable to assist myCommNet-related issues.



Please remember:

  • There is a possibility that you may be selected for verification. This means you may need to submit additional documents to NVCC's Financial Aid Office. Please be aware, this will add more processing time to your financial aid award approval.
  • You must make payment arrangements with the Bursar's Office at the time of registration if you have not received your financial aid award at that time. Classes can only be held for 24 hours with no financial aid or payment in place. 
  • Completion of the FAFSA does not guarantee that all costs incurred at Naugatuck Valley will be covered by a financial aid award. You must be prepared to make other payment arrangements with the Bursar's Office should this occur. 
  • Signed FAFSA applications will be processed and reviewed in the order they are received at the financial aid office. Unsigned or incomplete FAFSA applications (rejected ISIR records) cannot be considered for financial assistance until corrections have been submitted to the federal processor.
  • All applications will be awarded on a funds available basis. 
  • Federal law prohibits release of student information to any party other than the student. For further details, please review the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Student Responsibilities

Student’s Responsibility

Naugatuck Valley Community College expects the student to initiate the application process in a timely manner, and considers it the student’s responsibility to complete the application on time. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Students and their families should be aware that they are completing applications for federal, state and institutional funds. Students are also expected to be familiar with the general provisions of financial aid. To help you understand this process, Financial Aid Workshops are held throughout the year. Information on financial aid programs, regulations and procedures are found in the College Catalog as well as on the Financial Aid Office web pages. Deliberately misreporting can result in criminal and civil liabilities. Late applicants will be awarded based on fund availability. Application materials cannot be accepted after the student’s last date of attendance.
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