Apply for Financial Aid

Related: Financial aid eligibility requirements

1. Complete a FAFSA.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available beginning October 1 each year for the upcoming academic year. Before you file, we recommend you set up an FSA ID.

CGCC Federal School Code: 041519

Check the status of your electronic FAFSA at any time during and after the processing period. It is recommended that you check the status 1 week after submission if you used an FSA ID to sign your application, or 2-3 weeks after submission if you printed, signed and mailed a signature page.

2. Review your Student Aid Report (SAR).

The U.S. Department of Education will send you information on how to access your Student Aid Report after your FAFSA is processed. The SAR will summarize the information you reported, will contain comments that will alert you if further information is required to process your FAFSA, and will state your preliminary EFC, Expected Family Contribution.

Review your SAR carefully. Be sure that Columbia Gorge Community College (041519) is listed to receive your information.

The SAR will instruct you on how to make any needed corrections.

3. Complete a Verification of Information if necessary.

Approximately 30% - 50% of all applicants are selected for federal verification. If you are selected, you must submit all requested documentation in order for CGCC to process your application. Requirements may be viewed on your student account.

The information collected may result in changes to your financial aid award and, in some cases, repayment of funds already received. No further disbursement of financial aid funds will be given until the verification process is complete.

4. Report any changes in your financial situation.

If the information provided on your FAFSA has changed significantly for reasons beyond your control since you applied, contact the Financial Aid Office to find out if you are eligible to submit a Change In Financial Situation appeal. Appeals must include appropriate documentation to be considered.

Changes may include:

  • Loss of employment
  • Loss of untaxed income
  • Death of a parent
  • Unusual medical/dental expenses not covered by insurance.

We do not accept or review Change in Financial Situation appeals until after after your current year financial aid eligibility has been determined.

5. Complete the additional CGCC requirements.

After submitting your FAFSA, we will receive your FAFSA data and begin to determine your financial aid eligibility.  You can expect the following processing steps:

Financial Aid Information Request (FAIR): CGCC will send a FAIR form indicating that we have received your application. Returning the FAIR indicates that you intend to seek financial aid from CGCC.

Initial Review: 2-3 weeks (8-12 during peak times such as the start of a new academic year). Once we have completed the initial review, we may notify you of additional required documents needed to complete your application. Please respond as quickly as possible. Your file will be on hold until all required documents are submitted.

Final Review: After all required documents are returned to our office, your file will move into the final review process. This can take an additional 2-3 weeks. Once all review has been completed an Award Letter will be placed on your student account and you will be notified via the CGCC student email account.

Whenever you receive a request for additional information from the Financial Aid Office, return the requested documents as quickly as possible.  Let staff in the CGCC Financial Aid Office know if you have any questions about any of our requests.

Return completed paperwork to:

Columbia Gorge Community College
Financial Aid Office
400 East Scenic Drive
The Dalles, OR 97058-3434
(541) 506-6021
(877) 368-6370 - Fax