You must be officially admitted to Clatsop Community College before your financial aid application can be processed and your eligibility for financial aid determined. In addition, you must apply for financial aid each academic year you wish to receive financial aid.
It is important that you submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible. For 2016-17 the application process is ongoing. For 2017-18 the first day to apply is October 1, 2016. Clatsop's academic year begins with Summer term and ends with the following Spring term. Campus-based financial aid is limited and is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The date you apply and the date all outstanding requirements are submitted can affect the amount of your financial aid award.
Priority Processing Deadline Dates for 2016-2017
Summer 2016: May 1, 2016
Fall 2016: August 12, 2016
Winter 2017: November 18, 2016
Spring 2017: February 17, 2017
What is a Priority Processing Deadline? In order for your financial aid award to be processed and reviewed by our office, you will need to have completed all Steps to Financial Aid at Clatsop Community College by the posted Priority Deadline to ensure completion of your award by the beginning of a term. There may be times when processing of completed applications occur faster than these priority dates but dates are posted to give you the best estimate we can for your information and planning especially during peak times.
If you miss the Priority Deadline, your application will still be processed but you will be responsible to cover your own expenses (living and educational) until the time that an award can be processed. CCC's Payment Information page will give a detailed explanation of your responsibilities and payment options. Awards continue to be processed throughout the term as financial aid applications are received and completed. Awards are retroactive, if you are eligible, within the academic year. However, due to high volumes and needed processing times these deadlines are posted for your information and planning.
Your FAFSA must be received and processed by the US Department of Education by no later than the last day of the academic year you are applying for. There are no exceptions to this deadline. It is important to note that, due to the length of time needed for the processing of aid, students who apply within 30 days of the last day of their enrollment period cannot be guaranteed delivery of their aid.
Important Note: The awarding process can take several months, so be sure to PLAN AHEAD and respond promptly to all correspondence.
Other Dates and Deadlines at a glance:
October 1, 2016
Earliest date to submit 2017-2018 FAFSA application to Federal Processor. Apply online at www.fafsa.gov .
Approximate date first group of Award Letters are mailed to students who have completed the financial aid process.
Inform the Student Account Office of any outside/private scholarships received.
Respond promptly to all financial aid correspondence.