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Want Financial Aid?

The FAFSA® Is A Must.

The FAFSA®, which becomes available every year on October 1, is the form used by the United States 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.

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The Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) within the U.S. Department of Education has introduced an innovative online resource known as the “Federal Student Aid Estimator.”

This tool is designed to provide an estimation of the Student Aid Index (SAI) and determine one’s eligibility for federal Pell Grants. It is accessible to individuals who wish to obtain early SAI and federal financial aid insights before the official release of the 2023 FAFSA in December. To use the estimator, respondents will need to answer a set of questions regarding their financial circumstances.

*It’s important to be aware that the estimator’s availability may be subject to occasional limitations due to high website traffic.

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

The Beginner's Guide to FAFSA®
What is FAFSA®?
Filing the FAFSA®

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.

FAFSA® by States

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. For example:

FAFSA® in San Diego, California

To apply for financial aid in San Diego, California, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA application opens on October 1 each year. Students of all class levels should complete the FAFSA to be considered for all types of state and federal financial aid. If students are applying for Cal Grant or a Middle Class Scholarship for the first time, they should complete the FAFSA and submit it on or before March 2. The FAFSA application process for federal aid can take up to 12 weeks.

FAFSA® in Texas

To apply for financial aid in Texas, students can complete either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA). The Texas state priority deadline for many institutions of higher education is January 15 for that specific award year. It is recommended that applicants submit their FAFSA or TASFA as soon as possible to maximize their eligibility for financial aid.

FAFSA® in Florida

The cornerstone of the financial aid application is the FAFSA form, which can be completed online. Students should submit their FAFSA to the federal processor as soon as possible starting October of each year. After submitting the FAFSA, students should verify the information, follow up, and review and respond to any requests for additional information. 

FAFSA® in Maryland

Eligible applicants can complete the application online through the Maryland College Aid Processing Portal (MDCAPS). Maryland residents should file before March 1 to be eligible for Maryland State Scholarships. The FAFSA deadline for federal aid is June 30th, but it is recommended to file as early as possible to maximize your eligibility for aid.

FAFSA® in North Carolina

North Carolina students can use the FAFSA Assistance resources, including the interactive Financial Aid Map, to find a financial aid contact at nearly every college in North Carolina. Students can also contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center for live chat, phone, and/or email FAFSA assistance. Students can use the Net Price Calculator to get an early estimate of what their aid at Carolina may look like based on the information they provide.

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