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Financial Aid Information

Understanding Financial Aid
presented by COC Office of Financial Aid

Net Price Calculator Center Federal law requires colleges and universities to provide prospective students with a way to figure out their financial aid eligibility and "net price calculators" are the most common tool. Net price calculators are available on a college’s or university’s website and allow prospective students to enter information about themselves to find out what students like them paid to attend the institution in the previous year, after taking grants and scholarship aid into account. There isn't one "calculator" and some are easier to use than others. This link takes you to the federal government's search engine. Enter the name of the school and your result will most likely open in a new tab showing a page linked to the school's website.

US Dept of Education College Affordability and Transparency Center shows the actual cost of attending specific colleges including tuition, fees, books, etc. The College Scorecards are accessed through this site.

FAFSA4caster provides basic information and helps you estimate your eligibility for federal student aid. 

FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. We recommend that all graduating seniors and their families complete the FAFSA. Whether you think you qualify or not for federal aid, many colleges, universities, and organizations use the information from your FAFSA to determine whether you receive any type of financial award from them. You can start your application beginning OCTOBER 1st and you should apply early. Some awards are given on a first-come, first-serve basis and you may miss an opportunity if you wait. The FAFSA website is comprehensive and if you need help, there are a couple of ways to get help. Go to to apply.

The CSS Financial Aid Profile is a College Board fee-based service that some colleges and universities require you to complete to apply for non-federal financial aid and scholarship programs. Before completing the application, check the Admission's or Financial Aid Office's website for each school to which you applied to verify if it is necessary. There is a fee for this service.

Western Undergraduate Exchange provides information about the requirements and procedures for getting your tuition REDUCED at specific schools in western states.

CalGrants are funded by the State of California and are for students who will attend a qualifying California college (includes COC), university, or career or technical school. You must FIRST apply for a FAFSA in order to apply for a Cal Grant. In the FAFSA, students must put a California school in the FIRST spot on the college list in order to be considered for a CalGrant. If you don't put a CA school first, you won't be considered for a CalGrant. FAFSA sends your information to the schools on your list. The other component for the CalGrant is a GPA verification. The Hart District will submit GPA verification directly to the Student Aid Commission by the October 1st deadline. You do NOT need to submit a paper verification form from your school.