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Financial Aid Eligibility

In general, to be eligible for financial aid you:
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Must have a high school diploma, GED certificate, or have completed a school education in a homeschool setting that is treated as a home school private school under state law.
  • Must have financial need as determined by U.S. Department of Education rules.
  • Must not owe a refund or repayment on prior financial aid and do not have a Federal student loan in default at any college.
  • Must have registered with Selective Service, if required. (Males who are at least 18 years old, were born after 1959, and are not currently on active duty must register.)
  • Must sign a Statement of Educational Purpose/Intent.
  • Must enroll in an eligible program as a regular student seeking a college degree or certificate.

How to Apply

To apply for financial aid you must complete and submit the following forms:
  • Centralia College Data Sheet (see Financial Aid Forms) for the school year that you are applying for.
  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), list Centralia College, school code 003772, on this form.
  • If you are not currently a student at Centralia College, you must apply for admission to the college and declare an eligible program of study.
A file is considered complete when the above documents are received along with:
  • Academic transcripts from previously attended colleges within the last 5 years.
  • Verification materials, if selected by the federal processor (notice would be sent to you informing you of verification requirements).
  • Any other requested documents (available for viewing on the Financial Aid Student Portal).
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THAT YOUR APPLICATION IS COMPLETE AND READY FOR REVIEW.

When to Apply

As most funds are available on a limited basis, we encourage you to apply early. For maximum consideration of available funds, you must have a complete financial aid file (FAFSA, Financial Aid Data Sheet, Application for Admissions, etc.) by April 15, 2014, for the 2014-2015 academic year.

If your file is complete after April 15, 2014, and you are planning on attending fall quarter 2014, funding will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Files completed after the priority deadline will be reviewed in an on-going process but we cannot guarantee they will be reviewed by the time tuition is due (usually, tuition is due 3 to 4 weeks before the quarter begins). Award letters will be mailed on an on-going basis beginning in May.