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Application Process (FAFSA)

Students must apply for financial aid each year and are encouraged to begin the application process after January 1 each year.

To apply for federal assistance, students must be:

1) admitted to a degree seeking program of study,
2) citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., and
3) in compliance with the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Federal Aid applicants.

The College of Charleston uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to award all federal and state sponsored financial aid offered at the college. It is the only application the college requires to begin the financial aid process, and a new FAFSA must be completed each year.

A FAFSA may be completed any time after the January 1st before the intended academic year. Although applications can be submitted throughout the academic year, priority consideration is given to applications submitted before March 1st. Since some of the required information comes directly from the student's, parents', and (if applicable) spouse's federal tax returns, it is advisable to complete tax returns before filing out the FAFSA. Students who apply for financial assistance after June 1 for fall or after October 1 for spring should not expect aid to be finalized before bills are due.

Please include the College of Charleston and Title IV code 003428 when completing your FAFSA so the financial aid office will receive your FAFSA information electronically.  For more information on completing the FAFSA you may be interested in the 7 easy steps to the FAFSA tutorial video.

After completing the FAFSA, the student will receive an email that the FAFSA was received.  Then once the FAFSA is processed another email will be sent and include the Student Aid Report (SAR) summarizing the information reported in the FAFSA.  The SAR allows the applicant to review the information and make any necessary corrections. It also will relay messages about aid eligibility from the Department of Education. Read the comment section carefully to determine if any further action is required. If you need to make corrections log back into your FAFSA account to do so.