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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.  

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.

IRS Data Retrieval Tool is back for 2018-2019​

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is up and running for the 2018-2019 FAFSA. If you are not given the option to link your taxes, we highly recommend you manually enter your information using your 2016 tax return. If you need a copy of your 2016 tax return, please contact your tax preparer or request a copy of your 2016 tax transcript from the IRS and use this information to manually enter the FAFSA fields. Please do not send us the transcripts unless we have requested the information from you.​​

2018-2019 Application-Now Open​

The 2018-2019 FAFSA ​and Dream Act Application opened October 1, 2017. Don't wait, apply today! Your 2018-2019 application will review your financial aid eligibility for Summer 2018-Summer 2019. 

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: http://collegeofthedesert.financialaidtv.com.


Students are now able to submit a FAFSA earlier. Students have been able to file a 2017-2018 FAFSA since Oct. 1, 2016 rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. 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

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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 WebAdvisor Account, and then clicking on the Student Self-Service Portal link under the Financial Aid section.

Financial Aid/WebAdvisor