Applying for Financial Aid

  1. The Financial Aid Application
    Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal Application at FAFSA on the Web each academic year at A Student Aid Report from the U. S. Department of Education will be sent to you and each school you list on your FAFSA. The Cerro Coso Community College Title IV school code (010111) must be listed on your FAFSA.

    For AB540 students: complete the confidential California Dream Act Application instead of the FAFSA. Additional information is available at You will have a separate PIN process. Do not apply for a Department of Education PIN.
  2. Student Report
    Students will receive an email notification from FAFSA of their Student Aid Report (SAR). Please note, it takes approximately three weeks from the time you apply for the college to receive your FAFSA. Students should check their InsideCC account for updates on their financial aid process.
  3. The Verification Process
    The Federal Processing Center selects applications for a process called verification. Please understand that during the verification process, you may be asked to provide additional documents or clarification of your original FAFSA information. If the result is a change to your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), you will be required to submit appropriate changes to your FAFSA. Please note that changes made on your FAFSA can take an additional two weeks to process; therefore, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO PROVIDE ACCURATE INFORMATION WHEN COMPLETING YOUR FAFSA TO HELP EXPEDITE ANY VERIFICATION REQUESTED.
  4. Satisfactory Progress
    Students that apply for financial aid will be reviewed to determine if they are maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). To meet SAP, students must achieve a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better and complete 67% of all units attempted prior to attempting a total of 90 cumulative units. In addition, students must be following their Student Educational Plan (SEP) approved by a Cerro Coso Community College Counselor.
  5. Award Notification
    Award notification can be viewed on the student's InsideCC account. Award amounts are based on full-time enrollment.
  6. Financial Aid Disbursements
    See BankMobile Disbursements