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.

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Priority Deadlines

October 1:

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.



December 15:
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.



December 15
Scholarship Deadline

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

Incoming Students

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.

Award Letter

After you’ve been admitted and we have received your FAFSA, the Office of Financial Aid will send your award letter.

Additional Verification

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

Cornish participates in the federal Direct Stafford loan program. Based on your FAFSA, you will be eligible for a limited amount of subsidized and/or unsubsidized loans from the Department of Education – we will review your eligibility automatically, and send you acceptance paperwork. If you’re a new borrower at Cornish, you’ll need to sign a Master Promissory Note and complete Entrance Counseling on
If you’re a dependent student and your parents are interested in applying for the PLUS loan or want more information about that program, please email Starting with the 2019/20 year, we will be accepting applications through
For information and resources about student loan repayment, or to submit a complaint relating to your student loans or student loan servicer, please visit or contact the Student Loan Advocate at

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 Our office is happy to provide additional counseling on this!

Refund Information

If your financial aid is greater than the amount of your charges, we will issue you a refund via direct deposit – the earliest refunds available, depending on the completion of your financial aid, are by the end of the second week of classes. You will be asked to set up your account when you look at your bill.
If you withdraw from Cornish after the first week of class, you will be eligible to receive a prorated refund.  We may also be obligated to return a portion of your federal and state funding, depending on what time of the semester you drop your classes. The full refund schedule and more information on the return of government financial aid and is available in our Student Financial Services Handbook, located in Compass.



Continuing Students

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.

Need More Info?

Check Out Our Financial Aid FAQs

Sometimes you’ll have a lot of questions about Financial Aid and everything that come with it. We put together this FAQ to help.

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