Welcome to the Financial Aid Office


We are dedicated to helping prospective and current students and their families apply and help determine eligibility for federal and state financial aid. These programs are administered in compliance with current local, state, and federal regulations. We hope that the information found on our website will be helpful to you.

COS School Code: 001186

Financial Aid Services now available at all three COS Campuses! Call:  

                                        Visalia Campus: (559) 730-3747
                                       Hanford Campus: (559) 583-2511
                                        Tulare Campus: (559) 688-3013

***Important!  Find out how to maintain financial aid eligibility here***

Financial Aid Facts - PLEASE READ

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For Cal-Grant Eligibility, FAFSA and Dream Act Applications for the 2016-2017 Academic Year are due MARCH 2, 2016!

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Dream Act applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are due March 2, 2016.  These applications are to apply for financial aid for fall 2016, spring 2017, and summer 2017 terms.  Please go to www.fafsa.gov to complete your FAFSA application and to https://dream.csac.ca.gov to complete your Dream Act application. 

If you are not sure which application to complete, please click here.

Fall 2016 BOG Fee Waiver Changes

Effective for the 2015-2016 academic year, students will lose eligibility for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver beginning in the fall 2016 term if they have two consecutive primary terms (summer term not included) of not meeting academic and/or progress standards. For more information, please read brochure below.

Fall 2016 BOG Fee Waiver Changes



The FSA ID has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to login to certain U.S. Department of Education websites.  This includes the FAFSA application, studentloans.gov, and the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) to name a few. Please click below for steps on how to create your new FSA ID.

Check your Financial Aid Status

Want to know what your status is?  Check your Banner Web account for your financial aid status.  You can confirm that your FAFSA application was received and if there is additional paperwork required. 

If it does not give you the option to check your status, please verify that your FAFSA application was processed by going to www.fafsa.gov.  It is your responsibility to make sure all required documentation has been submitted!

Where do I go? Once you login to Banner Web, select Student & Financial Aid > Financial Aid > My Eligibility > Aid Year (for the school year you are checking).

 Important Dates

  • February 10, 2016: Alternate Payment Date
  • February 12, 2016: Lincoln Day Holiday - NO CLASSES, OFFICES CLOSED
  • February 15, 2016: President's Day Holiday - NO CLASSES, OFFICES CLOSED
  • February 24, 2016:  Alternate Payment Date and Loans
  • February 25, 2016:  Last Day to file for an Associate's Degree for Spring 2016
  • March 2, 2016:  2016-2017 Cal Grant Deadline for New/Transferring Students
  • March 2, 2016: 2016-2017 FAFSA and Dream Act Application Deadline for Cal Grant Eligibility
  • March 9, 2016:  Alternate Payment Date, EOPS/CARE, Cal Grant, Loans
  • March 16, 2016:  Alternate Payment Date/Loans
  • March 18, 2016:  Last Day to drop full-term classes for a "W" and no refund
  • March 21 - 25, 2016:  Spring Break - NO CLASSES; Offices are only open Mar. 21-23
  • March 31, 2016:  Last Day to submit a Spring 2016 SAP Appeal and/or Loan Request
  • April 6, 2016:  Second Pell Payment, Alternate Payment Date, SEOG, Loans
Last Updated: 2/5/2016 1:56 PM