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What Types of Financial Aid Are AvailableCollege Student With Money

If you aren’t Mr. or Mrs. Money Bags, you will probably want to seek “third party” financial aid, i.e. aid from places other than you or your family. Assistance to pay for expenses at CCC is available from many sources. Some of the most common are:

CCC Scholarships

Coffeyville Community College offers numerous athletic and activity scholarships. You can peruse the college web site to find contact information for these activities and sports. Activity and athletic scholarships cover the cost of tuition and loan of books.
The college also offers many “named” scholarships through the College Foundation.  Many of these scholarships are open to any student, but several are restricted to a particular major, activity or grade point average.  To find out more, check out the Scholarships page on the Financial Aid section of this web site.

Federal Financial Aid

Another source of financial aid is provided through the U.S. Department of Education. This type of aide ranges from Pell Grants, College Work Study, and student or parent loans. To establish eligibility for federal aid, the student must fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form prior to each school year.

The U.S. Department of Education will determine if and how much aid you qualify for. This decision is made by the Feds, so whining and moaning to the CCC’s financial aid staff will not qualify you for more aid. Our staff can assist in your application, but how much you receive is based on the U.S. Department of Education’s formula for eligibility.
Keep in mind, you have to maintain minimum academic progress to continue receiving aid, and as a full-time student, you will only have three years of aid to complete an associate’s degree, and six years to finish a bachelor’s.

Private Scholarships

A number of other scholarships are available outside of college scholarships and federal financial aid. Scholarships may be available at your or your parents’ place of employment. Many local civic groups also provide scholarships. Many of these groups may not come knocking on your door to give you an application, but high school and college counselors will likely know of some scholarships that are available. However, you will also need to do your own research – there are more people looking for scholarship money than there are scholarships and many scholarship opportunities are not widely advertised (if you are on a committee to decide a recipient, would you rather look at 20 applications or 2000 – be willing to uncover opportunities others may miss).