You must be officially admitted to Oregon Coast Community College before your financial aid application can be processed. In addition, you must apply for financial aid each academic year you wish to receive funding.
It is important that you submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible, but no earlier than January 1 prior to the academic year you are applying for. OCCC's academic year begins with Summer term and ends with the following Spring term. The date you apply and the date all outstanding requirements are submitted can affect the amount of your financial aid awards.
Priority Processing Deadline Dates for 2012-2013
Summer 2012: May 1, 2012
Fall 2012: August 1, 2012
Winter 2013: November 15, 2012
Spring 2013: February 15, 2013
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 on the Financial Aid Checklist by the posted Priority Deadline to ensure completion of your award by the beginning of a term. There maybe 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. OCCC's Payment Options 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:
Earliest date to submit FAFSA application to Federal Processor. Apply online at www.fafsa.gov .
Early applicant deadline for sending FAFSA to Federal Processor for consideration of camps-based funding.
Approximate date first group of Award Letters are mailed to students with completed files and no Financial Aid holds.
Inform Sharon Hahn, Accounts Receivable at 541-867-8504 of any outside/private scholarships received.
Respond promptly to all financial aid correspondence.