Apply for Financial Aid

What is the FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application for federal student aid that is used by colleges and universities to determine eligibility for federal and local financial aid including Pell Grants and local scholarships.

School code: 011948


Academic Year 2023-2024 includes the following semesters:

  • Fall 2024
  • Spring 2025
  • Summer 2025

FAFSA required:  2024-2025
Use tax data from the 2022 federal tax return


Before beginning the FAFSA, you should apply for a FSA User ID at if you do not already have one. Students who already have a PIN from previous FAFSA applications have the option to link that PIN to their newly-created FSA User ID. By linking the matched PIN, the student will be able to immediately use the FSA User ID. If a student chooses not to link to a previous Pin, he/she will have limited use of the FSA User ID until the SSA confirms their personal identifiers, which usually takes 1-3 days.

  • Your and a parent’s social security number and birth dates
  • Federal income tax returns and W-2 information
  • Records of untaxed income (social security benefits, child support, etc.)
  • Information on savings, investments, and business & farm assets for yourself and/or parents

Now you are ready to complete the online application.  Go to and click on “Fill out your FAFSA” on Step 2.  You may choose to print a FAFSA worksheet from the site first to organize all of your income information before entering it into the online application.   After entering all necessary data, the application will ask you for your PIN number.

Make sure that you select “Submit Now” at the end of the application to ensure that your information is actually submitted.

Remember to keep the confirmation number after your application has been successfully submitted.

Your application will be processed and you will receive an email with a link to your Student Aid Report (SAR).  If you did not provide an email address it will be mailed to you.

Review your SAR for any errors and if you have any they may be corrected at Upon receiving your SAR, Black River Technical College will be contacting you by mail.  You should receive a letter informing you that we have received your processed application and it will instruct you of what to do next.  Any forms included with this letter should be submitted to the BRTC Financial Aid Office as soon as possible so that your aid will be processed in a timely manner.  We will then mail you an award letter indicating your amount of financial aid eligibility.

All financial aid information may also be accessed from myBRTC.

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Federal Pell Grants

A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid.  To determine your eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant you must complete the FAFSA application.

What is a Pell Grant?

Pell Grants are awarded usually only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. In some cases, however, a student enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Pell Grant.

Pell Grants are considered a foundation of federal financial aid to which aid from other federal and nonfederal sources might be added.

See if you are eligible for a Pell Grant.

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Veterans Affairs

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Federal Work Study

To be a student worker, complete the Work Study Application.  Slots fill quickly, so apply early!

Dates & Deadlines

September 1, 2024
October 15, 2024

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