Financial aid deadlines for returning students

Domestic students
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1 but before February 1.
  • Complete and Return the Financial Aid Application and accompanying documents by April 1.
International Students
  • Complete and return the COA Financial Aid Application for International Students and the COA Certification of Finances forms by March 1.

How to apply for need-based financial aid

Click on the links below to find the instructions and forms you’ll need

 

Instructions for domestic (U.S.) students

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1.
  • Submit  a Returning Student Financial Aid Form  along with required documents by April 1.
    • If your FAFSA is selected for VERIFICATION, the Financial Aid Office will contact you by March 1. If notified, please complete the Returning  Student Financial Aid Verification and Application (see below). 
    • If you are are not contacted by March 1, please complete the Returning Student Financial Aid Application (see below). 

Selected for VERIFICATION

2019-2020 Returning-Dependent Financial Aid Verification and Application (under 27)

2019-2020 Returning-Independent Financial Aid Verification and Application (27 and older)

NOT selected for VERIFICATION

2019-2020 Returning-Dependent Financial Aid Application (under 27)

2019-2020 Returning-Independent Financial Aid Application (27 and older)


Non-custodial documents for domestic (U.S.) students  


Instructions for international students

 Complete and submit the following documents by March 1:


Information on dependency status

  • At COA you are considered a Dependent student if you are under 27.
  • At COA you are considered an Independent student if you are 27 or older or have received an approved Dependency Override from the Financial Aid Office.