Before completing any steps to apply for financial aid, all students my first apply for admission to Cochise College and complete all admissions requirements. Next, follow these steps to obtain financial aid.
Start the financial aid process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may complete the form online (preferred) or by mailing it to the Department of Education (We do not recommend this option, because it could add several weeks to the process). Students applying for federal financial aid must have earned their high school diploma or GED certificate.
To successfully complete your FAFSA application, you will need a copy of your most recent income taxes and possibly a copy of your parents’ income tax information. When determining your eligibility, consider that having a child does NOT make a student independent. A student must show that he/she has provided 51% of the support for the child. A student who has a child but does not work and is living with parents or sharing a house with a boyfriend/girlfriend will still be considered a dependent and need their parent’s tax information.
Cochise College’s school code is 001072.
The Department of Education selects one out of every three students who complete the FAFSA for verification. If you are selected for verification, you will be asked for the following documents:
Documentation of untaxed income will be required. If corrections are required, the Financial Aid Office will submit them electronically or ask the student to make the corrections online. Expect processing to be delayed approximately three weeks. All items reported on the FAFSA are verifiable. Financial aid may ask for additional documents throughout the academic year.
Once an application is submitted, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR), either by email or mail, from the Department of Education. (This NOT an award — you are not done yet.)
Once a student receives the Student Aid Report, it is the student’s responsibility to check their accounts in MyCochise and their Cochise College student email for any requirements needed to complete their file. Files that are not complete will not be processed. MyCochise and college email account is the only way financial aid will contact a student.
Submit requirements to complete your file and have it sent to processing. If your financial aid file is not complete, you will not receive a refund or be held in classes, until all documents requested by the Financial Aid Office are processed.
Students need to continually check, throughout the year, their MyCochise and college email accounts for any changes that could affect your financial aid. If you have questions, email them to financial aid from your college email account. Financial aid will not answer specific questions about your financial aid from any other email account.
Most often, this is all the information that we will need. Some FAFSA results are selected for verification. If you have been selected for verification, we will ask you to submit tax forms and complete a verification worksheet. We may need to ask for other information as well so that we can best help you through the verification process.
Award letters are found under Financial Aid within MyCochise. Awards are made by subtracting the student’s Expected Family Contribution from the student budget. Student budgets are an average based on the program of study, expected enrollment, and living arrangements. The following costs are included in each standard budget: tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board (students living with parents have board costs only), transportation, personal allowance, and loan fees. Some programs of study, such as nursing and aviation, may also have an additional allowance for lab fees, tools, flight time, etc. The following budget is an example for full-time students living off campus and registered in standard degree or certification programs. Budgets may vary from year to year.
Tuition and fees: $ 1,344
Books and supplies: $1,000
Room and board: $5,900
Personal expense: $1,350
Once the Expected Family Contribution is subtracted from the student budget, what is left is the unmet need. All financial aid is applied to the unmet need, with the goal of getting every student to zero unmet need. If a student’s unmet need reaches zero, no more federal aid can be granted.
All financial aid refunds are processed by the business office. Refunds are sent to your Cochise OneCard. The first refunds of the term will be produced for students who are registered for classes and have their aid award. These refunds, consisting of grant and scholarship funds, will be sent to the OneCard approximately seven days before the start of the term. The next refunds will be processed and sent after the last date to add classes for the term. It is your responsibility to make sure that your current mailing address is on file. Address changes should be submitted to the Admissions Office or the Records and Registration Office. Questions regarding your award amount should be addressed to the Financial Aid Office. Students must activate their Cochise OneCard to receive refunds. Once a refund is processed, it can take up to 72 hours for it to show up on your Cochise OneCard account. The disbursement date seen on MyCochise portal is only an estimated date; it is not the date students will receive refunds.
You may ask for a hard copy of your tracking, award, or non-satisfactory progress letter by emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and telling us which letter you are requesting, your name, student ID number (C number) and your current address. Allow 48 hours for processing and then mailing time.
Below are the most common forms required to complete the financial aid process. Once a document is given to financial aid it becomes the property of financial aid and will not be returned to the student.
Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Forms
Progress Appeal or Transfer Student Forms and Life Skills Training
To ensure that you get credit for turning in your documents, all documents should have your Cochise College student number (your “C” number) written on the top of each page.