Common Financial Aid Questions
+ What types of financial aid are available?
There are grants, scholarships, student employment, and student/parent loans. A financial aid package may consist of a combination of all of these sources.
+ When can I complete the FAFSA?
Each January, the FAFSA is available for the upcoming school year. Some of the aid is first-come, first-served, so we encourage you to fill it out as soon as you can. Cottey's priority deadline for completing the FAFSA is March 1.
+ I probably don't qualify for aid. Should I apply anyway?
Yes! All students should apply for financial aid even if they think they probably won't be eligible. Not all types of financial aid are based on need.
+ Is financial aid available for study abroad programs?
Enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by Cottey may be considered enrollment at Cottey for purposes of applying for federal student financial aid.
+ What happens after I file the FAFSA?
You'll get either a paper Student Aid Report (SAR) or an e-mail with a link to your SAR on the Web. If you listed Cottey's federal school code (002458), the financial aid office will receive an Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) which will be used to determine your eligibility for aid. Once we have determined your eligibility for aid we will send a financial aid award letter to you.
+ How do I apply for an academic scholarship?
Students who have been accepted for admission who have not attend another college since graduating from high school (with the exception of summer courses) will be considered for Cottey academic scholarships. Awards are based on ACT/SAT scores achieved through December of the senior year as well as the cumulative high school GPA. You do not need to apply for this scholarship – it will automatically be granted to you if you meet the qualifications.
+ How do I apply for a P.E.O. scholarship?
When you are accepted for admission we will notify your state P.E.O. scholarship chair. She will contact you and advise you of the procedure to follow to be considered for a scholarship. Be sure to apply for admission before December of your senior year in high school. State P.E.O. scholarships have application deadlines ranging from January 15 - April 1.
+ If my family has special financial circumstances, what should I do?
You may appeal for reevaluation of your financial aid eligibility because of changes in your family's financial situation. Examples of special circumstances might include loss of employment, disability, loss of untaxed income, death of a parent, or unusually high medical expenses. Call the financial aid office and request a Special Condition form or print one from the Information and Financial Forms page.
If you have additional questions, you may call the financial aid office Monday-Friday, 8-12 and 1-5 p.m. Central time at 417-667-8181, ext. 2190. The person most likely to answer the phone first is Angie Newton, financial aid secretary, and she can answer most of your general questions about applying for financial aid. Sherry Pennington is the director of financial aid, and she can help with everything else. You can also contact the office by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org