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How to Apply for Financial Aid


For information on how to apply for scholarships, visit our scholarships page.

Federal and/or State Financial Aid

You’ll need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility.

Priority Deadlines for FAFSA Submission

  • Fall semester: June 1
  • Spring semester: Oct. 10
  • Summer semester: April 15

You may still submit your FAFSA after these dates, however, you may be responsible for paying your tuition if your financial aid file isn’t completed by the tuition due date.

How to Complete the FAFSA

Submit a FAFSA each academic year you attend college. At COA, fall is the start of the academic year so the 2017 – 2018 FAFSA covers fall 2017, spring 2018 and summer 2018.

1 Apply for a Federal Student Aid Identification (FSA ID)

Visit to apply for a FSA ID. Students (and parents of dependent students) need an FSA ID to electronically sign the financial aid application.

2 Complete the Online Application for Student Aid

Go to to complete the online application for student aid.

3 Monitor your Email and Mailing Address

Monitor your email and mailing address for communication from College of The Albemarle (COA) regarding your FAFSA. If selected for verification, you must complete the verification process prior to being awarded by COA.


Financial Aid FAQ

Glossary of Financial Aid Terms

“7 Common Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Mistakes”

Net price calculator


Federal Financial Aid Overview

How to Create an FSA ID


How To Fill Out the FAFSA


  • Askew, Michelle

  • Admissions and Financial Aid Technician

  • Elizabeth City Campus: AE 134

  • 252-335-0821 ext. 2290

  • Elliott, Emily

  • Financial Aid Assistant II

  • Elizabeth City Campus: AE 141

  • 252-335-0821 ext. 2385

  • Silver, Alice

  • Academic and Financial Aid Advisor

  • Dare County Campus: 106

  • 252-473-2264 ext. 7021