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Apply for Financial Aid

2024 – 2025

FAFSA will be available starting December 2023.

2023 – 2024

Apply for financial aid for the 2023– 2024 academic year.

  • Fall semester, August 2023 through December 2023
  • Spring semester, January 2024 through May 2024
  • Summer semester, May 2024 through July 2024

You may submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 2023 – 2024 as soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2022. 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, 2023. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sep. 4, 2024.

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 Completion Dates 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 COA regarding your FAFSA. If selected for verification, you must complete the verification process prior to being awarded by COA.


Federal Financial Aid Overview

How to Create an FSA ID

How to Complete the FAFSA

Financial Aid FAQ

Glossary of Financial Aid Terms

COA’s Net Price Calculator


  • Askew, Michelle

  • Admissions and Financial Aid Technician

  • COA – Elizabeth City: AE 141

  • 252-335-0821 ext. 2385