Our mission is to educate and empower current and prospective students with information and resources to financially support their educational dreams. We are committed to the accurate and efficient administration and delivery of student financial aid. We value positive relationships with our students and parents, help to guide them to success and act as a resource for our entire Kaua‘i ‘ohana.
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Generally speaking, you will qualify as an independent student when you are 24 years or older. If you have extenuating circumstances that you feel would warrant you being considered independent, you may contact the Financial Aid Office. The Department of Education clearly states that the following reasons do not qualify you to be independent:
• you do not live with your parent(s)
• your parent(s) are financially unable to pay for your college education
• your parent(s) refuse to pay for your college education
• you do not want your parent(s) help
• Failing to read the FAFSA instructions - The instructions give thorough information on how to answer the questions.
• Filing late - You should file as close to Oct 1 as possible to attend the following fall.
• Not getting an FSA ID before filling out the FAFSA - You and your parent (if you are considered a dependent student) will each need your own, separate FSA ID's to sign the FAFSA form online. Be sure to enter your social security number accurately when applying for your FSA ID.
• Not using your FSA ID to start the FAFSA - If you are the student you should choose the first option: I am the student.
• Not using IRS Data Retrieval - It's the fastest and most accurate way to enter tax return information in the FAFSA.
• Not signing the FAFSA - The FAFSA must be signed or your application will be incomplete. Signing online is faster. There is an option to mail a signature page.
We recommend that you view the videos under the FAFSA section on the left side of this page for additional information.
Your completed FAFSA will be processed and the Department of Education will notify you by e-mail once it is complete. Within 7-10 days, the financial aid offices at the schools listed on your FAFSA will receive a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) that specifies your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). At this time you may view your SAR at fafsa.ed.gov. The SAR is your record that your FAFSA was processed. If your FAFSA is incomplete, your SAR will NOT include an EFC, but it will display text that specifies any issues that need to be resolved. Make sure to add or correct the information that caused your FAFSA to be incomplete and submit your corrections.
Stay tuned to your hawaii.edu e-mail for information regarding your Financial Aid Award or for additional documents being requested.
Kauai Community College's Federal Student Code is 001614.
A student on financial aid suspension who successfully appeals the suspension will be in a financial aid probation status.
During the probationary period, students are eligible to receive financial aid.
At the end of the probationary semester, a student must either:
be making satisfactory academic progress; or
be meeting the conditions of their academic plan
If the student is not making satisfactory academic progress but is successfully following the established academic plan, the student would continue to be eligible for aid in subsequent semesters provided that the student continues to meet the established academic plan.
A student on financial aid probation that is neither making satisfactory academic progress nor successfully following their established academic plan at the end of the probationary semester will be placed on financial aid suspension for future semesters and will not be eligible for further appeals.