The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is supported by the Department of Education. You can apply for Grants, Work Study, and Student Loans through the Department of Education.
File the FAFSA online as early as possible beginning October 1. Financial Aid packages will continue to be awarded to qualifying students throughout the winter and spring. Financial aid and scholarships are available to all who apply and qualify, but some funds are distributed on a first-come first-serve basis.
FAFSA Deadline (Fall)
While the FAFSA deadline is December 15, Cornish College of the Arts practices rolling admission. This means that college applications will be accepted until August 15 (fall semester) and December 15 (spring semester) as long as space is available in your major. At this time, space is available in all majors and we are accepting applications.
Even though Cornish College has rolling admission, you must have your application in by the deadline for the best Scholarship consideration. Please contact the Office of Admission if you have questions about the timing and process for admission. All incoming freshmen and transfer applicants must be admitted to the college in order to receive an offer of financial aid.
Getting Started: The Financial Aid Process
Complete the FAFSA
- Complete the FAFSA using Cornish College of the Arts school code 012315.
- Student and parent will create a new FSA ID to sign the FAFSA electronically.
Student Aid Report (SAR)
The Office of Financial Aid will receive a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Department of Education.
After you’ve been admitted and we have received your FAFSA, the Office of Financial Aid will send your award letter.
If you are selected for verification, you will be required to submit additional documentation to the Office of Financial aid.
Verification deadlines are June 1 for early admits and current students and July 31 for late admits.
What to Report on the FAFSA
DO NOT report your scholarships or grants from Cornish on the FAFSA.
DO report your Work Study earnings on the FAFSA under “Taxable earnings from need-based employment programs, such as Federal Work Study…”
Stafford and Parent PLUS Loans
Private Educational Loans
If you are interested in borrowing a loan from a private lender, you may find a list of the private loans our students have taken out over the past three years on elmselect.com. Our office is happy to provide additional counseling on this!
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Your institutional merit scholarship, given at the time you are admitted, is renewable for up to four years as long as you maintain a 2.00 GPA and earn at least two thirds of the credits you attempt. These same requirements apply to all types of financial aid. For our detailed policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress, please log in to Compass.
Complete the FAFSA
Complete the FAFSA using Cornish School Code 012315 using 2018’s tax data.