Financial Aid


What is financial aid?

Financial aid is monetary assistance intended to help you finance your education when personal and family resources are not adequate to meet the total educational costs. 

Many students and families rely on student financial aid to help pay for the overall cost of attending college. Financial aid can come from COTC, federal and state government, and private sources, and includes grants and scholarships (which do not need to be repaid), student loans (which do need to be repaid), and Federal Work Study (wages for part-time employment on campus).



Apply for Financial Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

COTC uses the FAFSA form to determine how much financial aid you’re eligible to receive, which could include grants, scholarships, work-study and loans. We encourage all students to complete the FAFSA. In most cases, you are eligible for some type of federal financial aid regardless of income. You must complete a FAFSA each academic you plan to enroll in classes.



Students who apply for Federal Financial Aid may be selected for a process called verification and must submit documents to confirm the information reported on the FAFSA is accurate.


Financial Aid Forms

Find forms required for verification, appeals and other situations related to paying for college.