Apply Online Every Year
Jan. 1, FAFSA is available for the academic year beginning with the fall term. Apply now, or as soon as possible after this date. If you have already completed your IRS Tax Return, the application will allow you to obtain the income information directly from the IRS.
Mar. 15, CF's priority "on time" deadline to submit FAFSA to get full funding for the upcoming academic year beginning with the fall term.
July 1, CF's priority "on time" deadline for submitting any requested documentation to support FAFSA.
The Application Process
To obtain federal, state, and institutional financial aid (including many scholarships) you must complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. CF's federal school code is 001471. Start the process as early as possible when making plans for your education. If this is the first time you are completing a FAFSA, you will need to obtain a Federal Student Aid ID, or FSA ID, at https://fsaid.ed.gov. This FSA ID will allow you to:
- access online personal information;
- review your online grant and loan history on the National Student Loan Data System (nslds.ed.gov);
- gain access to FAFSA on the Web and use the FSA ID as an electronic signature to sign the FAFSA, or obtain a copy of your FAFSA information;
- make online corrections to your FAFSA;
- sign a loan promissory note; and
- complete loan entrance counseling.
If you submitted a FAFSA last year, you may log in to fafsa.ed.gov with your FSA ID and complete a Renewal FAFSA.
The federal processor must receive all required signatures to send results to the schools indicated on your application. After the FAFSA is processed, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) through the mail or the Internet. Review the SAR for accuracy; if correct, keep it for your records. If incorrect, make the necessary corrections electronically by accessing the "Make corrections to a processed FAFSA" link at fafsa.ed.gov or by mail if you received a hard copy. You must send the corrected SAR back to the processor.
CF will receive an electronic file of the information on your SAR, and will contact you if additional information is needed.
How is need determined?
The financial aid information you and your family provide on the FAFSA is analyzed by the federal processor to determine the expected family contribution (EFC). Family contribution is the amount you and your family should be able to pay toward your cost of education. Need is the difference between the amount you and your family can contribute and the cost to attend the college of your choice. The primary responsibility for paying for your education belongs to you and your family.
- Cost of Attendance
- Expected Family Contribution
- Financial Need
If you meet requirements for financial aid, you will receive written notification from CF. Awards can also be viewed on the Financial Aid tab of MyCF by selecting "My Financial Aid" and then "My Financial Aid Awards". Your award notification will detail the types and amounts of aid offered, specific program information, your responsibilities, and the conditions that govern the award.