Whether you have questions about completing the FAFSA or want to review your Financial Aid Award Letter, don't hesitate to email or call with questions.
Users of iOS or Android-compatible mobile devices can complete the FAFSA using the myStudentAid app. Download the myStudentAid app from the Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android). The myFAFSA component—which is used to complete the FAFSA, is the app's featured function. (Note: if you downloaded the app prior to October 1, 2018, you must download an update to access the 2019–20 FAFSA form.) Learn more about the myStudentAid app.
You can also use the myStudentAid app to manage your FSA ID username and password, as well as access the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to electronically transfer federal tax return information into your FAFSA form.
You (or both you and your parents, if you are a dependent student), must have a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) before you can complete the FAFSA.
Use the myStudentAid app or visit fsaid.gov to create (or retrieve) your FSA ID. An FSA ID can only be associated with one email address, so student and parents can not share an email address.
Your FSA ID will include a personal username and password. You will use this FSA ID to complete the FAFSA each year while you're a college student. It is also used for other government financial aid-related websites.
To create your FSA ID, you will need:
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the myStudentAid app or by visiting fafsa.gov. As a reminder, you'll need your FSA ID and password (Step 1, above) in order to complete the FAFSA.
CIA's FAFSA college code is 003982.
Completing your FAFSA early allows us to base your financial aid award on the most financial assistance possible from federal, state, and school-funded sources. We cannot create a financial aid award package for you without a completed FAFSA on file.
IRS Data Retrieval Tool
We recommend that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) when prompted to complete the FAFSA. This online tool is the easiest and most accurate way to import your previous-year tax return information into your FAFSA.
If you completed the FAFSA last year, you should be able to complete the Renewal FAFSA. The Renewal FAFSA is much easier, faster, and more accurate to complete, as many of the fields will pre-populate with your data from last year's FAFSA.
Once we receive your FAFSA information, one of our financial aid counselors will review your FAFSA to determine eligibility for federal, state, and CIA-funded sources of financial aid. A Financial Aid Award Letter will be sent to you which will show the sources of financial aid that you are eligible to receive. The award letter will also let you know if there are any documents that we need you to complete.
Once you've reviewed your Financial Aid Award Letter, you should review and accept the award online at NetPartner.
To access NetPartner for the first time:
If you accept Federal Direct Student Loans as part of your financial aid package, you'll need to complete entrance counseling and the Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) online at studentloans.gov. These should be complete no later than August 1 to ensure that your loan funds will be disbursed in a timely manner.
A Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Student (PLUS) is a cost-effective solution for parents to keep their student's debt as manageable as possible. Parents of dependent children may apply for these low-interest loans.
To initiate a PLUS application, complete the CIA PLUS Application and submit to CIA's Office of Financial Aid. Data from this application will be transmitted electronically to the US Department of Education where a credit check and other eligibility will be evaluated.
If the PLUS is approved, and the parent borrower is a first-time borrower for their student, the parent borrower will need to complete a Parent PLUS Master Promissory Note (PLUS MPN). The PLUS MPN can be completed online at studentloans.gov.
Freshman and transfer students
New applicants for admission to CIA should submit the FAFSA by the priority deadline shown in the chart below.
The priority deadline to submit the FAFSA for currently enrolled students is March 15 each academic year. March 1 is the deadline to submit the FAFSA in order to be considered for academic department scholarships which have financial need criteria. All currently enrolled students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after it becomes available on October 1 of each year.
|Application Priority Deadline||FAFSA Priority Deadline||Notification On or About||Priority Deposit Deadline|
|Early Action 1||December 1||December 15||January 15||May 1|
|Early Action 2||January 15||February 1||February 15||May 1|
|Regular Decision||March 1||March 15||April 1||May 1|
|Spring Transfer||November 15||November 15||Rolling||December 1|
|Fall Transfer||June 1||June 1||Rolling||August 1|
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