Financial Aid & Scholarships
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.
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Steps to Apply
Start the financial aid process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at the FAFSA website. 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.
Once an application is submitted, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR), either by email or mail, from the Department of Education. (This is 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 their MyCochise and college email accounts throughout the year 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 via Direct Deposit to your personal bank account on file or a paper check will be mailed to the address on file. 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 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 direct deposit information and 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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.
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:
- a signed copy of your federal income tax return
- a copy of your parents’ federal tax return if you are a dependent student
- a completed verification worksheet
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.
As a student receiving financial aid at Cochise College:
The information provided to the Financial Aid office is confidential, as mandated by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (PDF).
You have the right to request personal assistance if you have questions or don’t understand the financial aid information/forms provided to you.
You have the right to know what financial aid assistance is available, including all federal and institutional aid programs.
You have the right to know the procedures and deadlines for each financial aid program including federal and all scholarships.
You have the right to know how your financial aid awards (PDF) were calculated, the criteria to receive each award, and how the funds will be disbursed.
You have the right to accept or decline any of your financial aid award(s).
If you request an educational loan (PDF), you have the right to know the lender, interest rate, the total amount to be repaid, deferment options, repayment procedures, and when repayment begins.
You have the right to submit a Special Circumstance Request, requesting reconsideration of your financial aid eligibility if you or your family’s circumstances change.
You have the right to know what happens if you withdraw or stop (PDF) attending all of your classes.
You have the right to submit a Non-Satisfactory Progress Appeal (NSP) if you do not meet the standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (PDF).
You have the right to know Cochise College’s refund policy and the Return to Title IV policy (PDF).
As a student receiving financial aid at Cochise College:
You are responsible for providing accurate information to the Financial Aid office.
You are responsible for completing the FAFSA accurately and submitting it on time. Errors can delay the processing of financial aid.
You are responsible for reading and understanding all materials given to you from the financial aid office and all forms you are asked to submit or sign.
You are responsible for requesting personal assistance if you have questions or don’t understand the information provided to you.
You are responsible for submitting documentation and information requested by the financial aid office in a timely manner and keeping copies for your own records.
You are responsible for checking your Cochise College school portal account and your student email account regularly.
You are responsible for notifying Cochise College of any name or address changes.
You are responsible for notifying the financial aid office if you change your enrollment status.
You are responsible for knowing and complying with the rules governing your financial aid award(s).
You are responsible for attending classes and completing the requirement for each course for which you enroll.
You are responsible for compliance with Cochise College’s refund policy (PDF) and federal Return to Title IV policy (PDF), should you withdraw or stop attending from the college either officially or unofficially.
You are responsible for notifying the financial aid office of any financial awards you receive from outside resources, (including scholarships, veteran’s benefits, tuition waivers or other educational/tuition assistance) not already listed on your financial aid award letter.
You are responsible for the repayment of all loans in accordance with the terms of your Master Promissory Note.
If you received a Direct Stafford student loan, you are responsible for completing the exit counseling (when you graduate, withdraw, or enroll in 5 or fewer credits).
You are responsible for notifying your Direct Loan Servicer of any changes in name, address, telephone, email, or school status.
You are responsible for maintaining satisfactory academic progress (SAP) (PDF), attending and passing your classes, in order to continue to be eligible for financial aid. Be ready to seek tutoring or mentoring to help you succeed in your classes.
You are responsible for the repayment for any over award of any financial aid.
Grants & Loans
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.
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 2018‐19 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 2018‐19 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:
- A student attending in the academic year 2018‐2019 at full time status and receiving their maximum annual award, the percentage used for 2018‐2019 is 100%.
- If the student attends only 9 credits (3/4 time) for each semester, the percentage used is 75%.
- If the student attends only 6 credits (1/2 time) for each semester, the percentage used is 50%.
You can find your Lifetime Eligibility Used for the Federal Pell Grant by visiting the National Student Loan Data System for Students website (NDLDS) 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.
- Step 1: Create an FSA ID. Students and parents are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to submit their FAFSA form online and to access sensitive information on the U.S. Department of Education Websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity and electronically sign your federal student aid documents. Your FSA ID has the same legal status as a written signature. You can obtain an FSA ID on the FAFSA website by clicking ‘Create an FSA ID‘ on the login page.
- Step 2: Access the NSLDS website and click Financial Aid Review
- Step 3: Read the privacy statement on this screen. If you agree, click Accept to find your Lifetime Eligibility Used. A security configuration question may or may not prompt depending on your browser’s security configuration. If you are comfortable with your browser’s current security configuration, click Accept to continue. The Confirming Your Identity screen will appear after you click Accept.
- Step 4: Enter your Social Security number (SSN), the first two letters of your last name, your date of birth, and your PIN to confirm your identity.
- Step 5: View the Financial Aid Review screen listing your total Lifetime Eligibility Used.
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).
College does not automatically award student loans. Students must notify the Financial Aid Office of their need for student loans.
Student Loan Steps
- Request a loan from Cochise College Financial Aid.
- Be processed for financial aid at Cochise College.
- Be enrolled in at least six credits. We will certify current enrollment, satisfactory progress and verify that you do not have any other student loans in default. You must maintain at least half-time enrollment throughout the loan period to receive the funds. If you enroll in fewer credits than you originally planned, your loan eligibility may be reduced.
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.
A subsidized direct loan is awarded on the basis of financial need. Interest will not be charged before repayment begins or during authorized periods of deferment. The federal government subsidizes the interest during these periods. You must complete a master promissory note, every year, in order to receive loan funds. All new students must complete an entrance interview before the loan is processed.
Federal Subsidized Student Loan Limit
First-time borrowers taking out federal Direct Subsidized loans on or after July 1, 2013 are subject to the 150% Direct Subsidized Loan Limit, which limits the amount of time a student is eligible to borrow subsidized loans to 150% of their published program length. This means that the actual time limit on your borrowing of subsidized loans varies based on the length of your program.
2 YEAR ASSOCIATE 3 YEAR LIMIT
1 YEAR CERTIFICATE 1.5 YEAR LIMIT
If you change your major, your limit may change as well, if this happens, the subsidized loans you received in your previous program usually count against your new maximum eligibility period.
If you reach the subsidy limit, you are no longer eligible to take out any more subsidized loans. However, this does not affect your eligibility for unsubsidized loans.
The interest on your existing subsidized loans is no longer subsidized by the government when you’re in school, a deferment, or in certain income-driven repayment plans. This means you are responsible for ALL interest that accrues on your subsidized loans moving forward.
PLUS loans enable parents to borrow to pay the educational expenses of each child who is a dependent undergraduate student enrolled at least half time (six credit hours per semester). PLUS loans are credit contingent. Interest rates are variable (adjusted annually) but by law will not exceed 9 percent. PLUS loan payments begin 60 days after the loan has been disbursed. Both you and a parent must complete the application and promissory note for the federal PLUS loan. All new students must complete an entrance interview before the loan is processed.
An unsubsidized Direct loan is not awarded on the basis of need. Interest is charged from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. Students may choose to pay interest while still in school and pay less interest in the long run. If interest is not paid, it is capitalized – that is, the interest is added to the principal balance of the loan(s) and additional interest is then based upon the higher amount. This increases the amount that must be repaid. Interest rates are variable (adjusted annually) but will not exceed 8.25 percent. You must complete a master promissory note, every year, in order to receive loan funds. A loan must be repaid. All new students must complete an entrance interview before receiving a loan disbursement.
A scholarship is an award or payment for a student to further his/her education. Scholarships are awarded based upon various criteria, which usually reflect the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award. Scholarship money is not required to be repaid by the student.
This site contains information regarding the Cochise College Foundation Scholarships as well as various external scholarships.
The Cochise College Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, promotes student success through scholarships. The money raised by the foundation to fund these scholarships comes from individual, foundation and corporate donors. Established in 1967, the foundation has provided funds for more than 400 scholarships each year with $423,000 in scholarships and $243,000 in program support annually since 2014-2015.
For those scholarships that are not offered through the Foundation (external 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.
The Cochise College Foundation offers many scholarships for our students. The criteria varies for each scholarship and may include: financial need, academic performance, program of study or some combination of qualifications specified by donors. The deadline for submission each year is usually mid-to-late March, but may vary. Most, but not all, scholarships you apply for now will be awarded for the next academic year. Details are subject to change.
Three Ways to Apply
The foundation maintains a list of scholarships (PDF), criteria, estimated award amounts, and how to apply. Details are subject to change. The deadline to apply for most scholarships is March 31, with awards made the following fall semester. Deadlines are clearly published with application materials.
There are multiple scholarships available through an online application. Apply through the Cochise College Scholarship Portal 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:
- obtain your unofficial transcripts so that you can have you GPA and credit hour information handy.
- write or brainstorm thoughtful responses to these free form questions: 1) Describe your academic and career goals; 2) Describe your financial situation and how a scholarship will help; and 3) Discuss your extracurricular or leadership activities.
Many applicants do not qualify for scholarships for the simple reason that they have not completed the application. When you reach the scholarship portal screen that recommends scholarships for which you may qualify (after having submitted the online application), be sure to read this section and follow the prompts to further verify your qualifications for each recommended scholarship.
New scholarships that can be awarded outside of this application period occasionally become available.
Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative – Full Time
2019/20 SSVEC – Full Time Student Scholarship (PDF)
Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative – Part Time
2019/20 SSVEC – Part Time Student Scholarship (PDF)
Douglas Chambers Memorial Scholarship
Douglas Chambers Memorial Scholarship (PDF)
Cochise County Farm & Livestock Bureau (PDF)
Arizona Foster Care Tuition Waiver
Arizona Foster Care Tuition Waiver (PDF)
Electronics & Engineering
Cochise College Engineering Scholarship (PDF)
2019/2020 Internal Erwin Fry Foundation Application (PDF)
2019/2020 External Erwin Fry Foundation Application (PDF)
2020/2021 External Erwin Fry Foundation Application (PDF).
2020/2021 Internal Erwin Fry Foundation Application (PDF).
Nursing and Health Sciences
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
2019/20 Northrup Grumman STEM Scholarship (PDF)
Math, Science and some Technology
2019/20 Grady Fippinger Memorial Scholarship (PDF)
2020/21 Fine Arts Scholarship (PDF)
Administration of Justice
2020/21 Frank E. Peterson Memorial Scholarship (PDF)
Bisbee Woman’s Club
2020/21 Bobbe Hossman Scholarship (PDF)
2020/21 Bisbee Foundation Scholarship (PDF)
Cochise County high school seniors who enroll at Cochise College the fall semester after they graduate qualify to receive a $500 scholarship. The Cochise College Senior Scholarship is renewable and CAN be combined with financial aid and other scholarships.
- Apply to Cochise College
- Complete the scholarship form (have your C# available)
- Meet with an advisor and declare a degree or certificate
- Register for classes
Students must accept the scholarship and thank the donor for funds to be applied to their account. Complete this online acceptance form by the deadline provided in the award notification. Candidates who do not submit the form forfeit the scholarship to another qualified applicant.
Watch a video on how to apply for the Senior Scholarship.
Details and Qualifications
- Students must maintain a 2.o cumulative college GPA beginning their first semester in order to continue receiving the scholarship. A student whose cumulative GPA falls below the stated minimum cumulative college GPA will not receive the scholarship the following semester.
- Students must declare degree or certificate major. They must register for the amount of credits listed for their specific degree or certificate each semester which can be found on the Degrees & Certificates page.
- Individuals who earn their GED as part of the Cochise College Adult Education program are eligible for the scholarship guarantee so long as they enroll full time for the fall semester.
- Homeschool students who are residents of Cochise County are eligible.
- College GPA earned prior to graduating from high school/enrolling full time at Cochise College will not be factored into the cumulative GPA during the first semester for this scholarship program.
- Scholarship Guarantee funding may be used for tuition for college- and pre-college-level, credit-bearing courses.
- No refunds are permitted.
- The scholarship may be deferred up to two years following high school graduation when the student provides advance documentation of post-graduation service. Affected students should contact the Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to leaving for service.
- Cochise College employees and their dependents do not qualify for this scholarship but may apply for other scholarships.
You will be notified by email if you have been selected to receive a scholarship. Award notifications will be sent to the email address you provided in application materials, preferably your Cochise College email address. To accept the scholarship and thank the donor, complete this online acceptance form by the deadline provided in the award notification. Please submit one form for each scholarship received. Candidates who do not submit the form forfeit the scholarship to another qualified applicant.
Students are encouraged to search and apply for scholarships that are available from a wide variety of organizations. When searching, consider:
- Scholarships provided by professional or trade organizations associated with your desired career field. Organizations like these often have a website where scholarship information is available.
- The things that make you unique — such as your gender, ethnicity, status as a first-generation college student, and other characteristics – may be used as helpful search terms.
- Your employer, or your parent’s employer, as a possible source of scholarships.
Cochise College recommends using the following free scholarship resources. We have split them into various categories for your convenience:
Scholarship Search Engines
External Scholarships by Criteria/Major:
Cochise County Agriculture Scholarship
Bulk Office Supply Scholarship
Business Studies Scholarship Program
Final Inventory Scholarship
Gary Saitowitz Scholarship
Nelson Cabinetry Scholarship
Nested Bean Next Level Scholarship
USA Corporate Service Inc Scholarship
Bethune Law Scholarship
Community Superhero Scholarship
Dominguez Firm collegiate Scholarship
Kenneth Zegar Scholarship
Schneider Hammers Scholarship
TUN Volunteerism Scholarship
Volunteer Encounter Scholarship
Kryder Law Scholarship
ACLS Scholarship for Healthcare Providers
Body Logic MD Scholarship
Budapest Dental Clinic Scholarship
Curt Liebman Scholarship
Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez Scholarship for Emergency Responders & Families
National CPR Foundation Healthcare & Education Scholarship
Prime Alert Scholarship
Veteran Continuing Education Scholarship
Cyber Security Scholarship
EnergyRates.Ca College Scholarship
HootRabbit Technology Innovation Scholarship
Maritime Workers Scholarship
Mobile Application Development Scholarship
2020 Molded Dimensions Scholarship
Adam Veron Scholarship
Addiction Awareness Scholarship
Against All Odds Scholarship
Anidjar & Levine Community Service Scholarship
Annual Essay Writing contest Scholarship
Antibodies-Online University Scholarship
Arlington Capital Management Scholarship
Asheville Recovery Center Scholarship
Big Life Home Scholarship
Brain Reference Scholarship Essay Contest
Bradley Beman Scholarship
Brandastic Digital Marketing Scholarship
Bright and Colorful Future Scholarship
Cavey Law Scholarship
Chapel of the Flowers Scholarship
Child Safety Scholarship
Cleanup.Expert Scholarship Program
Clunker Junker Cash for Cars and College Scholarship
Collegedunia.com Essay Scholarship Test
Conex Boxes Scholarship
Cyber Security Scholarship
Dan Orfin Scholarship Program
Design for Recovery Sober Living Scholarship
Divorce Go Scholarship
DUI Awareness Scholarship
Easton & Easton Law Office Scholarship
1FCA Financial Champions Scholarship
Fitness and Educational Scholarship
Friedman & Simon $1,500 Academic Scholarship
Global Perspectives Scholarship
Golden Financial Services Scholarship
Gounaris Abboud Scholarship
Graphic Web Design Scholarship
GrassRoots Turf Scholarship
Great Livings $1,000 Scholarship
GVD Renovations Scholarship
Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton Scholarship
Henry Vinson Scholarship Program
Jared Davis Grant Scholarship
Jason Vanclef Scholarship
John B. Jackson Annual Scholarship
Kirker Davis LLP Scholarship
KF&B Law Academic Scholarship
Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers Bi-Annual Scholarship
The Last House Scholarship
Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal Scholarship
Marc Mitchell Ravenscroft Scholarship
Marcus Joseph Debaise Scholarship
Mental Health Education Scholarship
Mixed Martial Arts Scholarship
OohLaLaPets $1,000 Scholarship
Oracle Globe Scholarship
Ownage Pranks Scholarship
Pacific Bay Recovery Scholarship
Parrish Law Firm Scholarship
Patrick Henry Maddren Scholarship
Phoenix Bats Essay Scholarship
Pritchard Injury Firm Scholarship
Ram Duriseti Grant Scholarship
Rick Sayegh Scholarship
Safe Driver Scholarship
Safe Driving Practices for the Next Generation Scholarship
Summit Shah MD Scholarship
Sundari Sriskandarajah Memorial Scholarship
SuperMoney’s Financial Literacy Scholarship
TES Side Effects of Grilled Food $1500 Annual Scholarship
Visa Reservation Scholarship
Winters & Yonker Scholarship
Weber Law Firm Scholarship
Werman Salas PC Employment Law Scholarship
White Glove Moving Scholarship
Policies & Deadlines
Each year’s freeze dates are listed in the Financial Aid calendar of the Academic Calendar.
A student receiving financial aid must be registered in all classes for the semester by the listed freeze date. For example, if you are registering for full 16-week and/or first 8-week classes, you cannot add another second 8-week class after the posted freeze date. Any classes added after the freeze date will not be eligible for financial aid during that semester. If you are registering for only the second 8-week session, the freeze date will be the posted last-date-to-add for the second 8-week term.
|Enrollment Period||Loan Applications Accepted|
|Fall & Spring||First day of registration through 30 days prior to the end of the semester.|
|Fall only||First day of registration through 30 days prior to the end of the fall semester|
|Spring only||First day of registration through 30 days prior to the end of the spring semester|
|Summer Session||First day of registration for summer through the second week of June.|
- 2019 to 2020 book disbursement request (online form)
- 2019 to 2020 orphan foster ward minor or legal guardianship (PDF)
- 2019 to 2020 unaccompanied youth form (PDF)
- 2019 to 2020 maximum credit or transfer credit appeal1 (PDF)
- 2019 to 2020 number of household members and number in college (PDF)
- 2019 to 2020 Non-Citizen Data Form (PDF)
- Satisfactory Progress Appeal (online form)
- Release Authorization Form (PDF)
- 2020 to 2021 book disbursement request (online form)
- 2020 to 2021 orphan foster ward minor or legal guardianship (PDF)
- 2020 to 2021 unaccompanied youth form (PDF)
- 2020 to 2021 maximum credit or transfer credit appeal1 (PDF)
- 2020 to 2021 number of household members and number in college (PDF)
- 2020 to 2021 Non-Citizen Data Form (PDF)
- Satisfactory Progress Appeal (online form)
- Release Authorization Form (PDF)
Frequently Asked Questions
Cochise College’s federal school code is 001072. The FAFSA application lists the institution as Cochise College, Sierra Vista, Arizona. This is correct; the school code is good for all Cochise College locations.
An award letter is a direct result of your completion of the financial aid process. Your financial need has been assessed using federally standardized calculations. Using these calculations, a “financial aid package” was established to assist you in covering normal costs at Cochise College. The award letter indicates the type and amount of funds you were awarded and contains important messages and instructions regarding these awards. You will receive your award letter through your Cochise College (CC) account.
All financial aid refunds are processed by the business office. Refunds are sent via Direct Deposit to your personal bank account on file or a paper check will be mailed to the address on file. 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 via direct deposit or paper check 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 at email@example.com. Once a refund is processed, it can take up to 72 hours for it to show up in your personal account.
One of the common reasons why your financial aid can be suspended or denied is due to not meeting satisfactory progress requirements. Please see satisfactory progress requirements under policies above. Satisfactory progress is reviewed at the end of each semester. Your award also may be affected if you live on or off campus or if you change your enrollment status.
If you believe your financial aid award will not cover all of your educational costs, you may be eligible for a Stafford Loan. Another option may be the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), which is available to parents for dependent students. More information about these loan programs can be obtained at the Financial Aid Office or by looking at student loans on this website. If you have special circumstances that change your financial situation, we have an appeal process. All appeals are at the discretion of the financial aid director.
The asterisk is followed by a code, which means you have been selected for a process called verification. You must provide certain financial documents to the financial aid department. Check MyCochise for actual documents that we require. Until this process is completed, no financial aid can be paid.
A “C” means that there are problems with the financial aid application, which must be corrected before any financial aid can be processed. One of these problems is a social security number mismatch, which can happen if you get married but do not change your name with the Social Security Administration. Check MyCochise for what documents are needed for the correction.
Log back into your FAFSA and add Cochise College to your current student aid report. The Cochise College school code number is 001072. We should receive an electronic copy in about a week. Then, return to “Starting your Financial Aid Process” and go to step 2.
If you begin the year at another college or university and then wish to transfer to Cochise College, you need to notify the registrar or financial aid office at your prior school that you plan to transfer to Cochise College. Have your prior school cancel and verify awards that have not yet been paid. Have your prior school complete an Aid Clearance Form and return the form to Cochise College financial aid office. Then call (800) 4-FED-AID or (800) 433-3243 and request that they include Cochise College on your current student aid report. The Cochise College school code is 001072. We should receive an electronic copy in about a week.
Official academic transcripts will be required of all transfer students who display in NSLDS (National Student Loan Database System) that they have attended previous colleges and/or have substantial student loan debt. Transcripts will be evaluated and restricted enrollment enforced when applicable. Students who have not met our academic standards (2.0 CGPA and completion of 67% of the credits attempted) at the prior colleges will be evaluated with the same probation and suspension standards currently in place for Cochise College students.
Students who consistently have received W and F grades will be required to complete a minimum of six credit hours with a 2.0 or better GPA using their own resources before federal aid will be approved.
- You must declare both an eligible degree and a major to receive financial aid.
- You will have to apply or renew your application for financial aid every academic year in order to continue receiving aid.
- If you register for classes without having financial aid awarded in our computer system, you will be required to either pay your tuition or wait until your award is processed. Otherwise you will be dropped from classes for non-payment.
- You are only paid for classes you are attending. If you are taking classes in the eight-week terms you will not receive financial aid funds until you are actually attending six credit hours. That means a student taking three credits in the first eight-week session and three credits in the second eight-week session will not receive any Pell refund payment until the start of the second eight-week session.
- Financial aid awards are adjusted through the last day to add classes. If you have received an award and had a refund processed, any change in enrollment could affect your financial aid. If during the add drop period you drop a class that you have received money for, your award will be adjusted. If you have already received a refund for that class, you will owe the money for that class back to Cochise College. Example: If you were in 12 credits, and your semester award was $1,000 after tuition and fees were paid, and you dropped one three-credit class, then your award would be adjusted to $750. The overpayment of $250 would have to be returned to Cochise College. If the money is not returned to Cochise College, the overpayment will be reported to the National Student Loan Database System (NSLDS). The overpayment will stop you from receiving any federal funds at any school until the money is repaid. If the overpayment is sent to the Department of Education for collections, the government may add a collection fee to the debt.
- If qualified, some students who are registered in 1-5 credits may receive Pell Grants. These students do not qualify for any type of student loans due to less than halftime enrollment. Most students must be registered at least half time (6-8 credit hours) to qualify for aid.
- Cochise College will not approve Consortium Agreements for students who are not meeting Cochise College’s Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress requirements.
- Cochise College does not have a Leave of Absence policy for students.
Privacy Act Statement
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.