Apply for Financial Aid

Application for financial aid is made by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Priority is given to applications processed by April 1.  The application is available online January 1 for the upcoming academic year.  You must complete the following steps to apply.

Step 1:  Request a PIN (Personal Identification Number) at www.pin.ed.gov

High school students, college students, former students and parents who do not already have a PIN may apply for one through the Department of Education’s SFA PIN Web site. Parents who are not students can also apply for a PIN.

Your PIN can be used each year to electronically apply for federal student aid and to access your Federal Student Aid records online. If you receive a PIN, you agree not to share it with anyone. Your PIN serves as your electronic signature and provides access to your personal records, so you should never give your PIN to anyone, including commercial services that offer to help you complete your FAFSA. Be sure to keep your PIN in a safe place.

Step 2: Complete the FAFSA - Free Applications for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov

You must file your FAFSA by April 1 to be eligible for certain types of state aid such as the Missouri Access Grant.

Please include the respective school code when filing your FAFSA electronically.

  • Cox College - 013877

When you receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) back from the FAFSA Federal Processing Center, check it carefully for any errors. If corrections need to be made, please do so expediently, at www.fafsa.ed.gov

Step 3: Verification (if you are not selected for verification, please skip to step 4)

Q: What is verification?

A: CPS selects a percentage of FAFSAs, some randomly and others based on certain edit criteria, for data verification. Schools must verify certain data reported on these FAFSAs, using documentation provided by the student.

Q: How do I know if I am selected?

A: You will receive notification from the Department of Education and from Cox College with instructions on how to proceed.

Q: What documents are required? (click on link to download)

Tax transcript from the IRS

Dependent Verification Worksheet

Independent Verification Worksheet

Q: How long will the verification process take?

A: Once all completed documents are received, verification can take up to 6-8 weeks.  Incomplete documents will delay the process.  It will also delay the processing of your awards.

Step 4: Award Notification

Registered students will receive an award letter identifying the type and amount of financial aid offered.

Step 5: Apply for Federal Direct Student Loan (if you only want federal grants skip to Step 6)

The Federal Direct Subsidized, Unsubsidized, and the Federal Direct Grad PLUS and PLUS Loans will be processed through the U.S. Department of Education. Note: All undergraduate annual loan amounts are subject to proration.

All First Time Undergraduate and Graduate Students Loan Borrowers at Cox College are required to complete the following steps:

1. Entrance Counseling:

2. Federal Direct Master Promissory Note for Lester E Cox Medical Center CoxHealth:

Transfer Students Borrowers at Cox College are required to complete the following steps:

1. A new Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note for Lester E Cox Medical Center CoxHealth:

If you have any questions or are not able to access the above Federal web sites,
Please contact a Financial Aid Counselor at 417-269-3008, 417-269-3160, or 417-269-3458 for assistance.

Federal Direct Graduate Student Loans

Loan Amounts for Graduate Loans are $20,500.00 unsubsidized per academic year.  Aggregate Limits for Graduate Students are $138,500.00.

All First Time Graduate Students Loan Borrowers at Cox College are required to complete the following steps:

1. Entrance Counseling:

2. A new Federal Direct Graduate Master Promissory Note for Lester E Cox Medical Center CoxHealth:

If you have any questions or are not able to access the above Federal web sites,
Please contact a Financial Aid Counselor at 417-269-3008, 417-269-3160, or 417 269-3458 for assistance.

Apply for a Plus Loan

Federal Direct Plus Loan: (A Parent Loan for undergraduate student.)
A parent (biological or adoptive mother or father and in some cases a stepparent) of an undergraduate student may borrow up to the estimated cost of attendance of an academic year minus any financial aid that the student is awarded.

Parents Plus Loan for undergraduate students (PLUS LOANS) may be applied for by going to www.studentloans.gov

Apply for a Graduate Plus Loan

Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loan: (A Plus loan for graduate and professional students only.)
Direct Graduate Plus Loans are available to eligible graduate/professional students. Students may borrow up to the estimated cost of attendance of an academic year minus any financial aid that the student is awarded.

Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loans may be applied for by going to www.studentloans.gov

If you have any questions or are not able to access the above Federal web sites,
Please contact a Financial Aid Counselor at 417-269-3008, 417-269-3160, or 417 269-3458 for assistance.

Step 6: Certification and Disbursement of Financial Aid

Once you have accepted your awards, the financial aid department will begin processing your aid.

Funds are disbursed after the drop/add period. All steps must be complete to facilitate the delivery of funds to your student account and any credit balance refunded.  Disbursement notification is sent to your student email.  If a credit balance occurs, funds will be refunded within 14 days of this notice.

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