Apply for Financial Aid


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to apply for financial aid each academic year. To ensure the fastest processing and fewest errors, complete and submit the FAFSA online. You may also obtain a PDF version of the FAFSA.  

Keep a copy of the results of the FAFSA (Student Aid Report) for your records.  If any information is incorrect, you may make corrections at FAFSA on the Web or by providing the information to your Financial Aid Advisor.

  FAFSA Priority Date Verification Priority Dates
  2020-21 FAFSA  
Summer 2020 April 1, 2020 April 15, 2020
Autumn 2020 July 15, 2020 August 1, 2020
Spring 2021 December 1, 2020 December 15, 2020

COTC’s Federal School Code is 011046. Each year, the FAFSA is available starting October 1st. Applicants should submit the FAFSA as early as possible to maximize their financial aid offer. Campus based aid, such as Federal Work Study, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), and institutional scholarships are limited. Awards are offered to eligible applicants in dated order until funds are exhausted. Even if the FAFSA and verification are not completed by the given priority dates, students may still apply for financial aid. However, the aid may not be available to assist in the paying of tuition and fees by the stated fee payment deadlines. In those cases, COTC offers a Tuition Payment Plan that can help students maintain enrollment until financial aid processing is complete.  More information is provided at Tuition and Fees.

COTC Checklist - This is a checklist that outlines the financial aid process to assist you in the next steps once you submit the FAFSA. - Get ready for college or career school, learn about federal student aid and how to apply using the FAFSA, and get information on repaying student loans.

Net Price Calculator​ - a calculator to estimate the cost to attend COTC based upon age, dependents, household size, household income, housing plans, and residency based on 2016-17 data.

Have questions? Email COTC Financial Aid