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​​Financial Aid

During the COVID-19 campus closure, the Financial Aid Office will continue to operate remotely to support you during the campus closure. The Financial Aid Office does not anticipate any disruption to financial aid disbursements. 

We encourage you to check out our  Financial Aid Chatbot and FATV available 24/7/365 days per year to get you the financial aid answers you need to the questions you have. These services communicate information about financial assistance in a manner that is easy to understand during a time that works best for you and can be accessed virtually anytime.

You can still review your financial aid status, complete your missing documents, and view your financial aid awards through the Financial Aid Self-Service Portal. We highly encourage you to visit our Financial Aid Self-Service Portal, where you can access all of the financial aid forms that you need to complete.  Once you submit a document, please give our office 7-10 days to mark the item as complete on your portal. 

Shall you have any questions about your application; the best way to contact us is through our email at Please send us an email using your COD student email address with your name, student identification number, and the questions/problems you might need assistance with.  Please note that during this high-volume time, the fastest way to get your question answered is through our Chatbot and FATV. Additionally, we encourage you to visit the Financial Aid Self-Service Portal as it will let you what you are missing and need to complete. As additional avenues to reach the Financial Aid Office become available, we will be sure to let you know. 



Cravens Student Services Center, 2nd Floor

Office hours:

Palm Desert

Monday - Thursday: 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM to 12:00PM


Monday: 10:15AM to 12:15PM
Tuesday: 10:15AM to 12:15PM and 1:00PM to 4:00PM
Wednesday: 10​:15AM to 12:15PM and 2:00PM to 4:00PM
Thursday: 10:15AM to 12:15PM and 1:00PM to 4:30PM


Phone (760) 773-2532, Fax (760) 776-7338


College of the Desert Federal School Code:


Welcome to College of the Desert's Financial Aid Office website! The Financial Aid Office is committed to making college affordable for students, and to assist students and families with any questions regarding the student financial aid process. We highly recommend that all students apply and/or inquire about financial aid even if they don't anticipate the need for assistance. The Financial Aid Office offers several types of financial aid which are funded through federal, state and local agencies, as well as the college itself. View more information on the types of financial aid available.

To be considered for financial aid at College of the Desert, students must follow these steps to apply for financial aid. The financial aid application for this academic year is available for submission! Apply and submit your financial aid application(s) today!

Once the Financial Aid Office has received your financial aid application, the Financial Aid will contact you to let you know your financial aid status. The Financial Aid Office's official and ONLY means of communication is a student's MyCOD email account. For important financial aid information, students must regularly check their MyCOD email account and/or Financial Aid Self-Service Portal by logging into their MyCOD Portal.

Have questions about the financial aid programs at College of the Desert? Learn about financial aid through short video clips from the Financial Aid TV website.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​