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How to Apply

In order to apply for Financial Assistance, we recommend the following steps:

  1. Financial Aid Preparation
    Scholarships and state aid can help cover the cost of college or career school, but you may need assistance. Begin saving early!

    Many states have college funding programs. Ask your guidance counselor or your college financial aid office for more information

    Be sure you look for scholarships through the state, college, as well as national and community organizations.

  2. FAFSA
    The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and is the only way to apply for Federal student aid. Each October, the FAFSA is available for the upcoming school year. It is best to fill it out as soon as you can, because some aid is first come, first served. When you complete the FAFSA, you will need to provide personal and tax information. If you've filed your taxes already, you may be able to automatically retrieve the information from the IRS. Complete the FAFSA online at

  3. Types of Federal Student Aid
    As the largest provider of financial aid, the U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid provides grants, loans, and work-study funds.
    - Grants are free money that do not have to be repaid.
    - Student Loans are real loans that need to be repaid with interest.
    - A work-study job gives you the opportunity to earn money to help pay your educational expenses.

  4. Award
    Your financial aid package explains the combination of federal grants, loans, and work-study a college is offering you. The offer might also contain state and institutional aid.

  5. College
    The Financial Aid office at Coastal Alabama Community College is here to help and guide you along the way. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call us at 251-580-2151.

  6. Beyond Education
    When you take time to plan for your education and let Federal Student Aid help you along the way, you will be setting the foundation for a bright future and success in the workplace. Once you leave school, you will need to repay your student loans.