There are changes to the 2017-2018 FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) that you need to be aware of:
- The 2017-2018 FAFSA will be available starting October 1, 2016 rather than waiting until January 1, 2017.
- You will use your 2015 tax information rather than your 2016 tax information.
- The priority deadline to be eligible for state grants has changed to February 1, 2017.
How will the changes benefit the student?
- The 2017-2018 FAFSA will ask for older income and tax information. You will have already completed your taxes by the time you fill out your FAFSA, and you won’t need to estimate your tax information and then go back into the FAFSA later to update it.
- Because you have already completed your taxes by the time you fill out your FAFSA, you may be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to automatically import your tax information into your FAFSA. This will be a benefit if you are selected for the verification process.
- Because the FAFSA is available earlier, you may feel less pressure due to having more time to explore and understand your financial aid options and apply for aid before your state’s and school’s deadlines.
Things that did not change:
- You will still complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- Our school code is 013877.
Cox College participates in the federal work study program by offering students the opportunity to work at least 10 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters. Summer opportunities are based on available funds. Work study opportunities are considered federal aid and are based on the student’s eligibility, enrollment status, and academic progress. To be eligible for work study, a student must meet the following criteria:
- Be degree seeking
- Be enrolled at least half time
- Be awarded federal financial aid through Cox College
- Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Meet employment eligibility, background check, and drug screening through CoxHealth
- Submit a valid 2016-2017 FAFSA
On campus work study students are paid $9.50 per hour and must be available to work at least 10 hours per week during the semester.
Federal Work Study Positions Available
If you are interested in a position(s), please complete a Work Study Application. Click here to begin.
The Financial Aid Office is here to help you. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have.