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The FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) becomes available every year on October 1st. It is used by the US Department of Education to determine who is eligible for federal financial aid to help pay for college.

You must submit a FAFSA® for every year you plan to be in school.

⚠️ Attention Veterans or Active Duty Military: Please visit our VA Financial Assistance Resource page.

We are Committed to Helping You Navigate Through the Federal Financial Aid Process.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form is a must to apply for federal student aid, including loans, work-study payments, and federal grants.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Eligibility for financial aid is established through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Continued eligibility for financial assistance is based on financial needs and satisfactory academic progress.

Once we have evaluated the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), ICOHS College offers a financial aid package that may include grants and federal student loans. You can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to automatically pull the necessary data from your tax return when applying for FAFSA® online.

Schools use the FAFSA® to put together financial aid packages, and some states use it to screen applicants for state aid. Most states and schools even use the FAFSA® information to award non-federal aid.

Many states and colleges have priority deadlines for submitting the FAFSA® form to be considered for the aid programs they administer. States and individual schools frequently have different FAFSA® deadlines than the federal government. There is a federal deadline each academic year.

NOTE: Families may skip filling out the application because they believe they will not qualify for assistance, or they may abandon it because the process is confusing. By ignoring the form, you could lose out on real money that could help you pay for college.

Check Out These Financial Aid Resources Before Giving Up On Furthering Your Education

Steps to Financial Aid:

Step 1

Complete the FAFSA® Form

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is the first step in applying for financial aid.

You must first create an account with a Federal Student Aid ID, which requires a student’s Social Security number or alien registration number before you can begin the FAFSA® application process.

Step 2

Schedule an Appointment with the Financial Aid Counselor

Our Financial Aid Counselor is here to guide you through the process of the financial aid that may be available to you. 

You will be walked through all steps to fill out the FAFSA® and complete your financial aid paperwork during your appointment. You will also receive an Estimated Financial Aid Award Letter. If you accept the aid, and it includes student loans, and as a first-time borrower, you must complete the online entrance counseling here.

Call us or Email us prior to your appointment to find out what documents you may need to bring to your financial aid appointment for college or graduate school.

Step 3

File Processing

We will communicate with you via email or phone during this time. Please allow 2-3 weeks to review all paperwork.

Congratulations, you have successfully applied for Student Financial Aid!

FAFSA® Resource Center

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Financial Aid Steps and Timeline

1. Create FSA ID Account

Go to https://studentaid.gov/help-center/answers/article/how-to-create-fsa-id-username-password and create a username and password. This username is how you log in and sign your FAFSA®.

Important: A username must be created for a parent as well. *Parent is NOT needed if you are over the age of 24, have children, or are married. This is classified as an “independent” student.

2. Complete the FAFSA® Application Form

  • Use the login that you created from Step 1.
  • Go to https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa and complete the 2021/2022 and 2022/2023 FAFSA® applications using your 2019 and 2020 Income Tax Returns.*
  • Add the ICOHS College school code 042655
*Helpful Hints: If you completed 2019 and 2020 tax returns, please have the tax returns available for reference.[BA1] If you are under the age of 24, you will need to have your parent's information. You are typically classified as a dependent student. You will not need your parent's information if you are not a dependent.

What is next after you have submitted the FAFSA® application? Our system typically takes 2-3 business days for our system to receive the Student Aid Report. If you have any problems or cannot complete your FAFSA®, please use the Save Option at the lower right corner of the application to save your information. After your questions are answered, you can return to where you left off.

3. Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling

  1. Go to https://studentaid.gov/mpn/ and complete adding two references with two different addresses and that they do NOT live with you.
  2. Go to https://studentaid.gov/entrance-counseling/ and complete your Entrance Counseling Form.

4. Financial Aid Appointment

Please make your appointment with our team so we may go over your eligibility if you qualify. Email: financialaid@icohs.edu

*VA Students

If you are applying for VA Benefits, you need to go to https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/, apply with the VA, and submit a letter of eligibility. Please visit our VA Financial Assistance Resource page for more information.

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