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Each year changes are made to federal, state and institutional financial aid programs and services.  These changes impact both students and institutions.  In order to help you prepare for these coming changes, the Financial Aid Office will be posting new updates on this page.  

Pell Grant Disbursement Update

Beginning Fall 2017, eligible students will be receiving the Pell Grant in three disbursements. Please review the disbursement schedule for the 2017-2018 award year for more details. 

FATV -Financial Aid TV
Have questions about the financial aid programs at College of the Desert? Learn about financial aid through these short video clips: http://collegeofthedesert.financialaidtv.com.

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IRS Data Retrieval Tool Down

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is currently unavailable to students and families completing the FAFSA Application. If you are currently completing your FAFSA, we highly recommend you manually enter your information using your 2015 tax return. If you need a copy of your 2015 tax return, please contact your tax preparer or request a copy of your 2015 tax transcript from the IRS and use this information to manually enter the FAFSA fields. Please do not send us the transcripts unless we have requested the information from you.

2017-2018 FAFSA

Students are now able to submit a FAFSA earlier. Students have been able to file a 2017-2018 FAFSA since Oct. 1, 2016 rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date is a permanent change, allowing students to submit a FAFSA as early as Oct. 1 every year.

BOG Fee Waiver

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Get more information about these upcoming BOG changes, including academic and progress standards


Introducing Financial Aid-Student Self Service Portal

In an effort to streamline financial aid processing, students can now view and complete their Financial Aid information and/or documents online by logging into their WebAdvisor Account, and then clicking on the Student Self-Service Portal tab. See below.

Financial Aid/WebAdvisor

NEW! Financial Aid Student Services in the Eastern Valley Centers(Indio & Mecca) are now available!

EVC Hours of operation​:

Monday: ​     9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Indio)

Tuesday:     Services are available at the Mecca/Thermal Campus. 

Wednesday:  9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.​ (Indio)

Thursday:     2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Indio)

Friday: Closed ​​​​​​​