Financial Aid Dates

Payment Policy at COD

College of DuPage requires all students to pay their account balance in full or enroll in one of our flexible payment plans at the time of registration. If your account balance is not paid in full at the time of registration, or you have not enrolled in a payment plan, you may be dropped from your classes for the amount owed.  Students receiving financial aid (i.e., grants and loans) may be eligible to enroll in the College's Deferred Payment Plan. Eligibility for the Deferred Payment Plan is dependent upon your financial aid status at the time you register. View Payment Plan information.

Financial Aid refund checks

College of DuPage provides notification via email to students when refunds are issued on a student's account.  Student account refunds may be issued via direct deposit, credit card, or paper check. College of DuPage's preferred refund method is direct deposit (also known as eRefunds). Enrollment is free and can be done through the student portal. Read more about enrolling in direct deposit.

Important Financial Aid Dates

Students can start filing their 2021-2022 FAFSA for the Fall Semester 2021 and Spring Semester 2022.

The Retention of Illinois Students & Equity (RISE) Act allows eligible undocumented students and transgender students who are disqualified from federal financial aid for failure to register for selective service to apply for all forms of state financial aid. The Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid provides a pathway for these qualified students to apply for Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants, the state's largest need-based grant program for low-income college students.

This covers Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.

The earliest the 1st disbursement of Federal Direct Loan funds will be applied to a student's tuition charges, if enrolled in 16 week classes for the Spring Semester 2021. If you are not enrolled in 16 week classes, please view our listing of complete Loan Disbursement Dates. Any loan funds in excess of tuition and/or book charges will be refunded to the student in about 10 to 14 business days.

To be eligible to receive a loan disbursement a student must:

  • Have accepted your loans in your Financial Aid Self Service
  • Have completed Entrance Loan Counseling
  • Have completed a Master Promissory Note
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 eligible credit hours AND at least 6 eligible credit hours worth of classes have started
  • Be attending and academically engaged in at least 6 eligible credit hours
  • Be in good standing with Financial Aid

Deadline to submit a SAP Appeal for Spring Semester 2021

Pell Grant funds in excess of tuition and/or book costs will be applied to a student's account. Any refund generated will then be made available to the student 10 to 14 business days later.

The earliest the 2nd disbursement of Federal Direct Loan funds will be applied to a student's tuition charges, if enrolled in 16 week classes for the Spring Semester 2021. If you are not enrolled in 16 week classes, please view our listing of complete Loan Disbursement Dates. Any loan funds in excess of tuition and/or book charges will be refunded to the student in about 10 to 14 business days.

To be eligible to receive a loan disbursement a student must:

  • Have accepted your loans in your Financial Aid Self Service
  • Have completed Entrance Loan Counseling
  • Have completed a Master Promissory Note
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 eligible credit hours AND at least 6 eligible credit hours worth of classes have started
  • Be attending and academically engaged in at least 6 eligible credit hours
  • Be in good standing with Financial Aid

Filing the FAFSA is the first step in applying for Federal and State financial aid. However, there is a process called Verification that students may be required to complete before an award letter is available. This session will talk about the verification process and what information is requested. We will also talk about the IRS Data Retrieval process when entering your tax information on your FAFSA. 

10 a.m.

5:30 p.m.

 Sign up for a 30 minute one-on-one Virtual FAFSA Completion Session

 Sign up for a 30 minute one-on-one Virtual FAFSA Completion Session

This session will help to breakdown your award letter and talk about the types of financial aid. We will also go over eligibility requirements for each program and how your award may be adjusted based on whether you are a full time or part time student.

10 a.m.

5:30 p.m.

 Sign up for a 30 minute one-on-one Virtual FAFSA Completion Session

 Sign up for a 30 minute one-on-one Virtual FAFSA Completion Session

Students receiving financial aid – whether grants or loans – are required to maintain satisfactory academic standards. This session will go over the impact dropping classes and failing classes on your financial aid eligibility.

10 a.m.

5:30 p.m.

The earliest the 1st disbursement of Federal Direct Loan funds will be applied to a student's tuition charges, if enrolled in 10 week classes for the Summer Semester 2021. If you are not enrolled in 10 week classes, please view our listing of complete Loan Disbursement Dates. Any loan funds in excess of tuition and/or book charges will be refunded to the student in about 10 to 14 business days.

To be eligible to receive a loan disbursement a student must:

  • Have accepted your loans in your Financial Aid Self Service
  • Have completed Entrance Loan Counseling
  • Have completed a Master Promissory Note
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 eligible credit hours AND at least 6 eligible credit hours worth of classes have started
  • Be attending and academically engaged in at least 6 eligible credit hours
  • Be in good standing with Financial Aid

The earliest the 2nd disbursement of Federal Direct Loan funds will be applied to a student's tuition charges, if enrolled in 10 week classes for the Summer Semester 2021. If you are not enrolled in 10 week classes, please view our listing of complete Loan Disbursement Dates. Any loan funds in excess of tuition and/or book charges will be refunded to the student in about 10 to 14 business days.

To be eligible to receive a loan disbursement a student must:

  • Have accepted your loans in your Financial Aid Self Service
  • Have completed Entrance Loan Counseling
  • Have completed a Master Promissory Note
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 eligible credit hours AND at least 6 eligible credit hours worth of classes have started
  • Be attending and academically engaged in at least 6 eligible credit hours
  • Be in good standing with Financial Aid