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Apply for Financial Aid

2020 – 2021

Apply for financial aid for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Apply here if you plan to register for classes for the fall term (August through December 2020), spring term (January through May 2021) or summer term (May through July 2021).

You may submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA™) 2020 – 2021 as soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019. Awards are made based upon eligibility and availability of funds. The online FAFSA form must be submitted by midnight Central Time (CT) on June 30, 2021. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sep. 11, 2021.

We’re Here to Help

Our staff is available to sit down with you to complete your financial aid application and answer your questions. You can learn about the different types of financial aid including:

  • Grants are awarded by the federal or state governments or by the school and are usually based on financial need. Most grants don’t have to be paid back provided you complete the term of enrollment.
  • Scholarships are awarded based on financial need or for special talents in academics, etc. They’re offered through colleges, the community and other organizations. Most scholarships don’t have to be paid back. However, keep in mind that some scholarships (especially academic) will continue to be dependent on college grade-point average.
  • Federal Work-Study is self-help aid and is awarded to students with financial need. You can work part time to earn this award money to help with the cost of attendance. Work-study jobs can be found on or off campus through the school’s financial aid office.

When preparing to fill out your financial aid application, you might need the following information or documents:

  • Your Social Security number (it’s important that you enter it correctly on the FAFSA form)
  • Your parents’ Social Security numbers, if you’re a dependent student
  • Your driver’s license number, if you have one
  • Your Alien Registration number, if you’re not a U.S. citizen
  • Your Federal tax information or tax returns including IRS W-2 information, for you (and your spouse, if you’re married), and for your parents if you’re a dependent student:
    • IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ from the applicable year
    • Foreign tax return
    • Tax return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia or Palau

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

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

COA’s Net Price Calculator

Federal Financial Aid Overview

How to Create an FSA ID


How to Complete the FAFSA


  • Askew, Michelle

  • Admissions and Financial Aid Technician

  • COA – Elizabeth City: AE 141

  • 252-335-0821 ext. 2385