Financial aid deadlines for returning students

Domestic (u.S.) students
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), ​school code: 011385, as soon as possible after October 1 but before February 1.
  • Complete and Return the Financial Aid Application and accompanying documents by March 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

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.