Financial aid deadlines

Please be sure that we receive your full financial aid application, including the appropriate COA financial aid application and all accompanying paperwork, by the dates below:

  • Early Decision I: Dec 10
  • Early Decision II: Jan 20
  • Regular Decision: Feb 1
  • Transfer Admission: March 15

How to apply for financial aid:

Domestic (U.S.) applicants

Step 1: Read our Financial Aid Checklist—this guide lays out which forms and paperwork you will need to submit, and when you need to submit them.

Step 2: Complete and submit the necessary paperwork by the appropriate deadline. All domestic applicants will need to submit:

  • The FAFSA
  • COA Financial Aid Application (see below)
  • First two pages of latest parent and student tax returns
  • Other forms as needed, depending on your situation (see below)

Early FAFSA — What is it?
In a national effort to help families get more accurate financial aid information at an earlier date for the 2017-2018 academic year, the Department of Education has moved up the date by which you can first file a FAFSA from January 1, 2017 to October 1, 2016. The FAFSA will use 2015 tax information, or what is referred to as prior-prior year data. This means families do not have to struggle getting their 2016 taxes and the FAFSA completed as soon as possible after January 1, 2017.  Historically, the January filing date has always made it difficult for families and schools to get accurate financial aid application information in a timely way so that students can be provided with correct financial aid eligibility numbers rather than sometimes looking at estimates.

International applicants

Step 1: Read our International Student Financial Aid Filing Instructions—this guide lays out which forms and paperwork you will need to submit, and when you need to submit them. 

Step 2: All international students, regardless of whether you are applying for aid, must submit the COA Certification of Finances form. Your application for admission to COA can not be reviewed until this form has been submitted.

Step 3:  Complete and submit the COA Financial Aid Application for International Students along with corroborating documents such as bank statements, tax returns, or pay stubs.

 Forms for domestic (U.S.) students