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​Financial Aid

Location: Cravens Student Services Center, 2nd Floor
Hours of Operation: 
Monday - Thursday: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Friday: 9:00am to Noon

Click here​ for Indio/Mecca Office hours
Contact: Phone (760) 773-2532, Fax (760) 776-7338
​College of the Desert Federal School Code: 001182






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. For more information on the types of financial aid available, please click here.

To be considered for financial aid at College of the Desert, students must follow these steps to apply for financial aid. The financial aid applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are now available for submission!  It is not too late for students to apply for financial aid for the 2015-2016 academic year as well.  Click here to 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.

Students must activate their HigherOne card at mycodcard.com before their Pell Grant payment will be disbursed. Please be sure to activate your Higher One card and choose your preferred refund method.