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Disbursement for Late Start Classes

Beginning Fall 2013, students in late starting classes and modular programs will not be paid for their respective units until after the class begins. Disbursements will be adjusted accordingly. 

Higher One Disbursement Processing

College of the Desert has contracted with Higher One to assist with disbursing federal Pell Grant to students beginning with the Summer 2013 semester. Cards are being shipped to students as they register for Summer, Fall and Spring classes. These cards can serve as a debit card and/or student ID (picture must be displayed on card).  Additional information is available on and our Higher One page by clicking on the link to your left. 

No Federal Direct Loans

College of the Desert will no longer be participating in the Federal Direct Loan program beginning with the Fall 2013 semester.  The College is making every effort to try and identify all free financial aid funds available for eligible students.  Additionally, students can still borrow loans thru private lending institutions. For more information please refer to the Applying for Financial Aid section here

Pell Grant Bookstore Authorization

A credit will be authorized for all CA resident students awarded a Pell Grant AND enrolled at least half-time (6 units) to purchase books thru the COD Bookstore beginning 1/13/14. For students whose files have been completed, the following information can be used to determine how much bookstore credit will be received:

FAFSA EFC Range                    Bookstore Authorization Amount

0 to 3,600                                $500.00
3,601 to 4,500                          $250.00
The credit authorizations will be available until 2/7/14.  Bookstore charges will be posted to your student account which will be paid by the first disbursement of your Spring 2014 Pell Grant.  Students not wishing to use the bookstore authorization will receive the first disbursement of their Pell Grant funds on or after 2/18/14.  For more information please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Federal Processing Changes

Students flagged by the U.S. Department of Education may be required to submit government issued identification to provide proof of their identity, submit all college academic transcripts and provide related information to receive financial aid.  

Consortium Agreements

College of the Desert (COD) students will no longer be able to receive financial aid at COD while taking classes at another college beginning with the Fall 2013 semester.  For instance, students taking 6 units of coursework at COD and 6 units of coursework at Copper Mountain College, will only be paid Pell Grant at COD for the 6 units enrolled at COD.  Also, students cannot be paid Pell Grant at (2) different schools for the same or overlapping terms.