We’re here to help guide you through the financial aid process at Cochise College. First, find out the estimated cost (website) for you to attend Cochise College. All students seeking financial aid and/or scholarships will need to fill out a FAFSA and follow the rules and procedures associated with it, to include completing orientation and maintaining satisfactory progress.
To help you with the financial aid process, look at these student resources (PDF).
To be considered for federal or state aid programs, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at the FAFSA website. The financial aid priority deadline is May 1.
Submit your completed FAFSA directly to the federal government, which will issue a Student Aid Report (SAR). You will be notified on your Cochise College account if additional documents are required. Your file is complete when the Financial Aid Office sends a letter to your Cochise College account notifying you that you have been awarded financial aid.
Loans may be subsidized or unsubsidized and are available to eligible undergraduate students. Eligible students may receive both subsidized and unsubsidized loans for the same enrollment periods. All students requesting loans must complete an Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note at the government student loans website.
Grants are financial aid that don’t have to be repaid. Grants are often need-based and can come from the federal government, state government, college or career school, or a private or nonprofit organization.
The Pell Grant is awarded to traditional and nontraditional undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. Eligibility is based on information provided on your FAFSA, as well as your enrollment status. The U.S. Department of Education guarantees that each participating school will receive enough funding to pay the grants to all its eligible students. The Pell Grant does not have to be repaid.
Federal Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility
The consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112‐74) significantly impacted the Federal Pell Grant Program. Students are now limited to 12 semesters (or 600%) of Federal Pell Grant eligibility during their lifetime. This change affects all students, regardless of when or where they received their first Federal Pell Grant.
If you have attended college for four years or longer and received the Federal Pell Grant each semester of attendance, you are likely to exhaust or have already exhausted your lifetime limit of 12 semesters of Federal Pell Grant eligibility during the 2012‐13 school year. If you have attended college for three years or less and received the Federal Pell Grant each semester of attendance, you will likely not surpass the lifetime limit during the 2012‐13 school year. Whether you have used all of your Federal Pell Grant eligibility or only half, be conscious about the lifetime limit of the Federal Pell Grant when changing majors and/or scheduling classes.
The percentages are based of the annual award at full‐time enrollment status. For example:
You can find your Lifetime Eligibility Used for the Federal Pell Grant by visiting the NSLDS website and creating a student account. The National Student Loan Data System tracks your lifetime Pell Grants, loan usage and overpayment status. If you have loans, you may also view how much you owe and to whom.
For additional information on Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility contact ‐ Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC), call 1‐800‐4‐FED‐AID (1‐800‐433‐3243).
No specific information about any financial aid awards or scholarships will be given over the telephone. This is to comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) laws. Students wishing to know the amounts of their Pell awards or student loans should use the financial aid direct access button in MyCochise. There is a 100 percent picture ID requirement at all Financial Aid Offices.
Financial Aid Director
(520) 515-5417 or (520) 417-4045
The Cochise College Foundation offers scholarships and grants for our students. Many of these scholarships are not based on family income, but rather on academic potential and major. The deadline for submission each year is mid- to late-March. The scholarships you apply for through the STARS system now will be awarded for the next academic year. Qualification criteria include financial need, academic performance, program of study, or some combination of qualifications specified by donors.
For those scholarships that are not offered through the Foundation (outside scholarships), if the donor does not specify how funds are to be paid, it is the policy of the Financial Aid Department that the funds be equally split between the fall and spring terms.
Apply through the STARS application website to be matched up with the Cochise College Foundation scholarships for which you qualify based on your responses to a questionnaire. It is helpful if you do a few things in advance:
Because many scholarships require documented evidence of financial need, complete the FAFSA website before April 1 and register for the fall semester by the beginning of May. Many applicants do not qualify for scholarships for the simple reason that they have not completed the application. When you reach the screen where STARS recommends scholarships for which you may qualify, be sure to read this section and follow the instructions to further verify your qualifications for each recommended scholarship.
Scholarship applicants will be notified by email of their application status. Notifications will be sent to the email address you provide on the application, preferably your Cochise College email address. If you are notified that you have been selected to receive a scholarship, your scholarship funds will be awarded upon receipt of a thank you letter to the scholarship donor; the notification will include a deadline. Recipients who do not submit thank you letters forfeit their scholarship/s to another qualified applicant.
It’s important for donors to understand how important their scholarship contribution is to you. If you receive a scholarship, you are asked to write a thank you note that the Cochise College Foundation can forward to the donor. Your note goes a long way toward assuring donors that funds are being used to help students achieve their goals, while also ensuring their continued support of Cochise College students like you. Letters should be submitted to the Cochise College Foundation on the Douglas Campus, Huachuca Hall, Room 1203.
The following pointers will be helpful when writing your thank you note.
Questions about scholarships and thank you letters can be directed to the Cochise College Foundation, (520) 417-4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New scholarships that can be awarded outside of this application period occasionally become available .
Students are encouraged to search and apply for scholarships that are available from a wide variety of organizations. When searching, consider:
Cochise College recommends using the following free scholarship searches.
American Association of University Women Website
Arizona Community Foundation Website
Bisbee Foundation Website
Cochise College Foundation
College Board Website
College Funding Online Website
Education Portal Website
First Things First College Scholarships Website
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Website
HotelsCheap Scholarship Program Website
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships Website
National Debt Relief Scholarship Website
Nerd Scholar / Nerd Wallet Website
Niche / College Prowler Website
Plumbers Stock Scholarship Website
Remote DBA Scholarship Website
Sallie Mae Website
Southeastern Arizona Contractors Association Website
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Arizona Website
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