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Each year changes are made to federal, state and institutional financial aid programs and services. These changes impact both students and institutions. In order to help you prepare for these coming changes, the Financial Aid Office will be posting new updates on this page.

Community College Student Success Completion Grant

Students may be eligible for a new grant called the Student Success Completion Grant.  


A Parent's Guide to Filling Out the FAFSA Form

Although the FAFSA is the student's application, we realize that parents assist in the process. After all, students considered dependent have to provide parent information on the application to review eligibility. To review a parent's guide to completing the FAFSA, check out the homeroom blog published by the Department of Education.

2019-2020 Application-Now Open

The 2019-2020 FAFSA and Dream Act Application opened October 1, 2018. Don't wait, apply today! Your 2019-2020 application will review your financial aid eligibility for Summer 2019-Summer 2020.

FATV -Financial Aid TV

Have questions about the financial aid programs at College of the Desert? Learn about financial aid through these short video clips:


Students are now able to submit a FAFSA earlier. The earlier submission date is a permanent change, allowing students to submit a FAFSA as early as Oct. 1 every year.


California College Promise Grant (formerly known as BOG)-Updates

Financial Aid-Student Self Service Portal

In an effort to streamline financial aid processing, students can now view and complete their Financial Aid information and/or documents online by logging into their Financial Aid Self Service Account.