Financial Aid Dates


  1. 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.
  2. Financial Aid refund checks - College of DuPage will no longer mail financial aid refund checks to students.  Students can sign up to receive their refunds electronically by signing up for eRefunds through their myACCESS.  Otherwise, students can pick up their refund checks at the Cashiers Office.

 

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 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.

Eligible students may charge required books and supplies against their Federal Pell Grant for the Spring Semester 2021. To be eligible a student must meet the following criteria:


• Received your 2020-2021 Award Letter in your myACCESS account
• Be enrolled and academically engaged for classes for the Spring Semester 2021
• Have financial aid funds in excess of tuition costs
• Be in good standing with Financial Aid
• Have a Bookstore Authorization Form on file authorizing financial aid to be used in the Bookstore. To check if you have a Bookstore Authorization Form on file, please log into your Financial Aid Self Service in your myACCESS.

Eligible students may charge required books and supplies against their Federal Direct Loans for the Spring Semester 2021. To be eligible, a student must meet the following criteria:


• Accepted your Federal Direct Loans in your myACCESS
• Completed Entrance Loan Counseling
• Completed a Master Promissory Note
• Be enrolled and academically engaged in a minimum of 6 eligible credit hours for Spring Semester 2021
• Have financial aid funds in excess of tuition costs
• Have a Bookstore Authorization Form on file authorizing financial aid to be used in the Bookstore. To check if you have a Bookstore Authorization Form on file, please log into your Financial Aid Self Service in your myACCESS

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 myACCESS account
  • 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

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 myACCESS account
  • 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