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Financial Aid Helpful Hints

HINT:   Apply early! The best time to apply for Federal Aid is February through April. Waiting any longer will delay the processing of your aid.

HINT:   Complete your application accurately and completely. Incomplete applications or applications that need to be corrected slow down the processing of your aid.

HINT:   Order your IRS Tax Return Transcript at www.irs.gov and keep copies of any other benefits or income received and be prepared to provide copies to the Financial Aid Office if requested.

HINT:   Be sure to list all the colleges you are interested in on your application (FAFSA).

HINT:   Be aware of the costs you will have to attend school, including tuition, fees, books, housing, tools and supplies.

HINT:   Be aware of the college payment deadlines and try to have your financial aid file complete prior to those payment due dates.

HINT:   Be aware of policies regarding disbursement of Federal Aid (Pell Grants & Loans) and budget accordingly for the semester.

HINT:   Be aware of policies regarding Academic Progress for students on Federal Aid.

HINT:   Please do not "spend" a refund disbursement before you have it! The dates we publish for release of Pell or Loan refund checks are always subject to change. All refunds will be disbursed to the Cowley College Discover Prepaid Debit Card. Students should maintain a current address through Campus Connect.

HINT:   Ask questions! If you cannot find the information you need in printed policies or publications, please ask the Financial Aid staff. Asking friends or making assumptions could jeopardize your future eligibility for Federal Aid.

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