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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.

QLESS Implemented at Office of Financial Aid & Admissions

Students can now use our Qless system to alleviate the need to stand in line for financial aid and admissions on the Palm Desert Campus.

The 2020-2021 Financial Aid Applications have launched!

The 2020-2021 financial aid applications are now open! Students can apply for the FAFSA and Dream Act today! The 2020-2021 application will ask for 2018 tax information and will be used to determine summer 2020 to summer 2021 financial aid eligibility. The financial aid priority deadline is March 2, 2020. For help with the application, students can attend a financial aid workshop and/or watch financial aid videos that will assist throughout the process.

Financial Aid Videos

College of the Desert has partnered with Ocelot to provide FATV which are short videos that can help answer financial aid questions 24/7. Please visit the COD financial aid video portal today!

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.​