We’re here to help guide you through the financial aid process at Cochise College. First, find out the estimated cost 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 be considered for federal or state aid programs, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The financial aid priority deadline is April 30. 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 a Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling.
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 off 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 www.nslds.ed.gov 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 is March 20. 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.
Apply through the STARS application system 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 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.
Award Notification and Thank You Letters
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.
Congratulations to the recipients of scholarships awarded through the Cochise College Foundation for the 2012-13 school year!
Aida Estellean Wick Scholarship - Gilda Munguia
Alice P. Chancellor Memorial Scholarship - Nikole Barraza, Rebecca Dominguez, Emily Fileman, Anna Herbert , Anthony Kaiser, Iliana Montano, Rachael Penix, Billey Peralta, Donna Redenbo, Danielle Twite, Stephanie Williams
Archie V. Taylor Memorial Scholarship - Brittanie Johnson
Arthur and Jeanne Milczarek Memorial Scholarship - Louie Garcia, Susanne Sanford
Askew Childcare Scholarship - Katherine Hinton, Amanda Salasibarra, Amie Sulger, Ashley Watkins
Barnes & Noble Full-Time Scholarship - Valaried Buckway, Jessica Estrada, Ana Finbres, Katie Garnett, Spencer Whitman, Patricia Zarate
Barnes & Noble Part-Time Scholarship - James Bahn, Rebecca Burright, Nora Luna, Ashlee Shannon
Battaglia Family Scholarship - Linda Bohling, Debra Sonnenberg
Benjamin V. and Astrid C. Blom Memorial Scholarship - Sharon Hefft, Chace Randolph
Benson Merchants Association Scholarship - Kyle Harmon
Betty Starysky Memorial Scholarship - Seth Albright, Mary Anderson, James Bahn, Rebecca Burright, Jennifer Gruden, Taylor Keller, Crystal Maldonado, Baldemar Martinez, Deborah Meade, Rebecca Moore, Cynthia Morse, Billey Peralta, John Raber, Patricia Rodriguez Flores, Brigette Rubi, Sherry Sands, Debra Sonnenberg, Amie Sulger, Elvis Thompson, Casey Whitney, Tracey Young
Bill Saathoff Memorial Scholarship - Mario Gutierrez
Brenda Axline Memorial First-Year Nursing Student Scholarship - Rebecca Dominguez
Brenda Axline Memorial Second-Year Nursing Student Scholarship - Lauren DeCoste
Bruce Winter Memorial Scholarship - Magdalena Hernandez
Carlotta S. Madril Scholarship - Brian Webb
Charles C. and Frances T. Di Peso Memorial Scholarship - Luis Ballesteros
Charles J. Dunn and William Dunn Scholarship - Aubrey Hickman
Christina M. Flores Memorial Scholarship - Rebecca Dominguez, Amy Van Wesep
Clara V. Ellis Memorial Scholarship - Katherine Decker, Jazmin Hernandez, Katie Martin, Stephany Romero
Clark & Allie Wilson Scholarship - Debra Sonnenberg
Classified Association Full-Time Scholarship - Casey Carrillo, Jessica Estrada, Nolan Hatch, Leslie Hernandez-Reyes, Sharon Hefft, Jessica Mason, Sharron Nason, Tamara Pacheco, Ryan Suarez, Lavita Trejo
Classified Association Part-Time Scholarship - Mary Anderson, Dominic Garcia, Taylor Keller, Laura Marinus, Casey Whitney
Cochise College Nursing Scholarship (W&C Hope Foundation) – Jennifer Nims
Cochise College Scholars Scholarship - Linda Bohling, Katherine Hinton, Rachael Penix, Ana Perez, Heather Robertson, Spencer Whitman
Cochise County Independent Insurance Agents Association Scholarship - Becky Melendez
Copper Queen Community Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship - Meda Henderson
Darryl A. Duncan Memorial Scholarship - Steven Upson
Deanna Sims Memorial Scholarship - Leslie Hernandez-Reyes, Martha Mims, Blake Suarez, Ryan Suarez, Lavita Trejo
Derek Wayne Meeks Scholarship Fund - Rusti Guerra
Dick Wilkinson Memorial Scholarship - Nora Luna
Don and Virginia Butterfield Scholarship (Cochise College) - Antonio Pena, Danitza Robles-Hoyos
Don and Virginia Butterfield Scholarship (University Scholarship) - Carmen Moreno
Douglas Chambers Memorial Scholarship - Rachel Crosby
Doyle T. Smith Jr. Memorial Scholarship - Sharron Nason
Dr. and Mrs. Rehurek Scholarship - Casey Carrillo, Jennifer Parr
Dr. Dwight D. Wensel Memorial Scholarship - Danielle Twite
Dr. John and Mary Eaton Scholarship - Allison Vaughn
Dr. Kerry Henrickson Memorial Scholarship - Karen Knudtson
Dr. Ralph Arnold Nursing Scholarship - Karen Hurlock, Susanne Sanford, Katherine Schwass, Alicia St Cyr, Amy Van Wesep
Estelle L. Mountcastle Memorial Scholarship - Tracy Wilkins
G4S Secure Solutions Scholarship - Adrian Valencia
Geeks and Nerds Full-Time Scholarship - Luis Ballesteros, Joel Beevers, Lauren DeCoste, Penny McManigle, Becky Melendez
Geeks and Nerds Part-Time Scholarship - Elisa Altamirano, Brittany Arevalo, Jennifer Gruden, Nora Luna, Debra Sonnenberg
German American Club Scholarship - Ashley Watkins
Helen Mulholland Memorial Scholarship - Brittany Arevalo, Luis Ballesteros, Louie Garcia, Antonio Pena
Herrmann Scholarship - Chace Randolph, Victoria Roark, Ashlee Shannon, Sabrina Wilson
Huachuca Audubon Society Science Scholarship - Claudia Garcia
Ingwald A. Rosok Memorial Scholarship - Ana Alvarez, Emily Bahn, Nicole Garcia, Patrick Murphy
J. Douglas and Lillie S. Wright Scholarship - Brittany Arevalo, Nikole Barraza, Ana Finbres, Jennifer Forsythe, Samuel Nieblas, Danitza Robles-Hoyos, Bianca Tapia, Mark Zepeda
Jessica Baylis Bousfield Art Scholarship - Emily Bahn, Eduardo Flores-Garcia
Joe and Gladys Ziede Memorial Scholarship - Neyveth Duarte, Brian Webb
John Cramer Full-Time Scholarship - Gilda Munguia, Kara Strawn, Trevor Thronburg
John Cramer Part-Time Scholarship - Deborah Meade, Sherry Sands
Joyce Kovacs Scholarship - Larissa Adams, Jacqueline Ballesteros, Richard Errhalt, Soosan Han, Nina Marable, Christy Mata
Julia Houston Arias Memorial Scholarship - Mark Zepeda
Ken Jones Fund - Nora Luna
Kenneth Gunter Memorial Scholarship - Joel Gallego, Allison Moroney
La Salida del Sol Lions Club Scholarship - Anthony Kaiser
Lisa Diane (Smith) Speer, RN Scholarship - Jennifer Olsen
Louis W. Towle and Mary S. Towle Memorial Scholarship - Amie Sulger
Madelyn Pinto Memorial Scholarship - Nicole Garcia, Aubrey Hickman, Patrick Murphy, Bhajan Niederlitz-Miller
Manny Rivera Memorial Scholarship - Tamara Pacheco, Adrian Valencia
Mansker Accounting Scholarship - Danielle Martinez
Mario J. Mersinger Memorial Scholarship - Rachel Crosby
Martha Bordelois Spanish Club Scholarship - Amanda Salasibarra
Mikki Waddell Scholarship - Juan Villalobos
Mildred and Herbert J. Lewis Scholarship - Reydesel Cuevas
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert C. Fuller Memorial Scholarship - Manuel Zavala
Northrop Grumman Aviation Scholarship - Rachel Crosby, Nolan Hatch, Magdalena Hernandez, Patrick Murphy, Sharron Nason, Robert Stoner
Northrop Grumman Innovation Campus STEM Scholarship - Louie Garcia, Mario Gutierrez, Antonio Pena, Ashley Watkins, Christina York
Past Madam President’s Club Scholarship - Rebekah Fernandez
Paul Dwyer Memorial Trust Scholarship - Gilda Munguia
Pearl Ables Memorial Scholarship - Patricia Zarate
Phyllis Davis Memorial Scholarship - Katherine Schwass
Ralph Italia Memorial Scholarship - Katie Garnett
Randy Burns Memorial Scholarship - Becky Melendez
Robison Family Scholarship - Melinda Reed
Rose V. Land Memorial Art Scholarship - Rusti Guerra
SACA Building Trades School Scholarship - Keoloha Soriano
Sam Levy Memorial Scholarship - Danielle Twite
SGT M. Matthew Merila Memorial Scholarship - Jessica Sueskind
Sid and Ione Mosow Scholarship - Brook Wooldridge
Sierra Vista Student Government Scholarship - Rebecca Moore, Blake Suarez, Kimberly Wilson
Sierra Vista Woman’s Club NCLEX Scholarship - Daniel Christopher, Simeon Coleman, Lori Fortner, Lee Ann Morales, Alicia St Cyr, Elizabeth Swan
Southern Arizona Foundation Scholarship - Elisa Altamirano, Renee Carl, Simeon Coleman, Jennifer Forsythe, Pamela Francis, Heather Robertson, Susanne Sanford, Yvonne Urias, Amy Van Wesep, Tracy Wilkins
Spikes Scholarship - Katie Martin, Stephany Romero, Bianca Tapia, Jose Urquijo
Steve Thrasher Scholarship - Alicia St Cyr
Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative Full-Time Scholarship - Simeon Coleman, Sharon Hefft, Ryan Suarez
Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative Part-Time Scholarship - Katherine Hinton, Taylor Keller, Casey Whitney, Tracy Wilkins
Taylor Family Memorial Scholarship - Sarah Paul
Wes Baker Memorial Scholarship - Nolan Hatch
Wilda Kuntz BPO Does #230 Memorial Scholarship - Katherine Decker, Katie Martin, Danitza Robles-Hoyos, Christina York
Wolslager Foundation Scholarship - Simeon Coleman, Rachel Crosby, Rebecca Dominguez, Jessica Estrada, Emily Fileman, Louie Garcia, Nolan Hatch, Meda Henderson, Anna Herbert , Magdalena Hernandez, Ashley Kern, Karen Knudtson, Sarah Nikkari, Jennifer Nims, Steven Upson, Yvonne Urias, Allison Vaughn, Tracy Wilkins
Women & Children’s Hope Foundation Bisbee High School Scholarship - Ana Alvarez
Women & Children’s Hope Foundation Douglas High School Scholarship - Katherine Decker, Katie Martin, Stephany Romero
New scholarships that can be awarded outside of this application period occasionally become available and are announced through MyCochise.
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.
Rotary International: trvfa.org/resources/for-financial-aid-officers
T.E.A.C.H. Arizona: www.asccaz.org/teachaz.htm
The HotelsCheap Scholarship Program: www.hotelscheap.org/scholarship
Is there a scholarship search you recommend for this list? Send it to email@example.com.
For information about other scholarships, visit www.scholarships4school.com.