Financial Aid

Welcome to Central Arizona College Financial Aid

CAC Priority Deadline, complete your financial aid file by July 1!

Although financial aid processing is ongoing throughout the year, this calendar is a recommended timeline in order for financial aid to be complete prior to the first purge date.

The federal government places primary responsibility of educational costs on the student and the student's family. The student and the student's family are expected to contribute financially toward the student's cost of attendance (COA). The expected family contribution (EFC) is based on the family's income and assets, and it is not uncommon for an expected family contribution to be zero. Costs in excess of the expected contribution are considered financial need. COA-EFC=Need.

As the cost of education continues to rise, decisions on how students and parents will pay for college become very important. Sources of assistance, such as Federal Financial Aid or scholarships, can help cover some of these expenses. Students and parents should begin determining how they will meet outstanding educational costs with family resources such as earnings, savings etc. You may use the Net Price Calculator/Estimator to get an approximate amount of your educational cost here at Central Arizona College. The cost of attendance is based on residency, housing and enrollment status'. Below are the 2017-2018 full time COA's for Arizona Residents, WUE participants and Out of State residents.

Arizona Resident BOOK 1600 Arizona Resident BOOK 1600
Living on or off campus MISC 800 Living with Parent MISC 800
R&B 7000 R&B 1680
TRAN 2000 TRAN 2000
TUIT 2580 TUIT 2580
Total 13980 Total 8660
Out-of State Resident BOOK 1600 WUE resident BOOK 1600
Living on or off campus MISC 800 Living on or off campus MISC 800
R&B 7000 R&B 7000
TRAN 2000 TRAN 2000
TUIT 8880 TUIT 3096
Total 20280 Total 14496

These web pages are intended to help you discover the many financial aid opportunities that are available at Central Arizona College. They will help you understand the various types of aid - grants, scholarships, loans, waivers and work-study. Also, they will help guide you through the financial aid process and explain the sometimes confusing language of financial aid.

Central Arizona College presently offers the following federal financial aid programs:

  • Grants
    • Federal Pell Grant

    • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)**

    • Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Grant (SSIG)**

**awarding for SEOG/SSIG is based on FAFSA completion date and enrollment, "0" EFC students are awarded prior to higer EFC's.

  • Work-Study
    • Federal Work-Study

  • Loans*
    • Federal Direct Stafford Loan

    • Federal Direct PLUS Loan

*Students with an EFC of 5328 or greater

 Your eligibility is limited to federal direct student loans. If interested, please initiate the process by visiting Federal Direct Loan Programs.

Federal Student Aid Information

The Student Guide is available through the Federal Student Aid Information Center.

For more information on Federal financial aid programs, visit Student Aid on the Web or get additional information from the U.S. Department of Education or visit FinAid, The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid.

For additional information, contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243), TCC Number 1-800-730-8913.

How to Apply for Federal Financial Aid

The first step in applying for federal financial aid is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Be sure your application is complete and accurate. Incomplete or incorrect information may delay your application and your financial aid. Students and Parents can use the IRS data retrieval tool to ensure accuracy when completing the FAFSA. The IRS data retrieval tool allows students and parents to import the IRS income information directly to the FAFSA application. The Central Arizona College Title IV School Code is 007283. Students must apply each academic year.

After filing your FAFSA a Student Aid Report (SAR) will be made available for you to review for accuracy and retain for your records. The SAR contains the EFC figure. We will send you a reciept acknowledgement indicating successful download of your FAFSA data and will inform you to check you online student account for additional information.

Some applications will be selected for a federally required verification process. You and your family may be required to present copies of the IRS tax transcript and/or other financial documents in order for the financial aid office to verify for accuracy and complete packaging. After recieving your verification documentation the process can take up to 2 weeks. If additional information is required we will contact you via phone, email and mail. If updates/corrections are made they are transmitted to CPS for processing. Upon receipt of corrections, processor ensures verification is complete. Upon completion of your financial aid file we will determine your cost of attendance and package your Federal Pell grant award. Campus based grants will be awarded accorgingly based on FAFSA completion date. Federal Loans are packaged with a borrower initiated process begining on the Federal Direct Loan Programs page. All federal grant awards are packaged anticipating full time enrollment and will be pro rated accordignly after the drop/add period each semester.

After the financial aid office completes the packaging, it sends an award letter which gives you the types and amounts of aid you qualified for. Also the award terms, conditions, requirements and messages.

Student Eligibility for Federal Financial Aid Programs

To be eligible for federal financial aid, the student must:

  • have financial need, (except for some loan programs)
  • have a high school diploma, General Education Development (GED) Certificate
  • be admitted as a "regular" student according to the admission requirements listed in the college catalog
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • have a valid Social Security number
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • sign a statement of educational purpose and a certification of statement on overpayment and default (on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA)
  • register with the Selective Service, if required
  • file your income tax return with the IRS, if required

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