The Free Application for Federal Student Aid will either be completed by an independent student, or a dependent student.
According to Federal Student Aid, an independent student is one of the following:
At COTC, we want to help parents and students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There are tips and information to be aware of before you begin.
Review the brief video which explains what an FSA ID is and what a Save Key is. Students and parents will need to understand this information to complete the FAFSA.
Students will need to know and/or have some information available when completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The free application typically takes less than half an hour to complete, but we encourage students to take the time they need to complete the application because it’s important to ensure the information being provided is accurate. COTC’s school code number is: 011046.
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. They should respond quickly to any request for information from the Office of Financial Aid and be certain that their name and COTC seven-digit ID number is clearly printed on all documents.