Financial Aid Eligibility Information for COCC Programs

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If the program leads to an associate of applied science degree, no special financial aid action is needed; the program automatically becomes financial aid eligible once approved by the State.

If the program leads to a certificate of completion of less than 36 credits, it is not eligible for federal financial aid.

If the program leads to a certificate of completion of more than 36 credits, the program must be approved by the U. S. Department of Education in order for students declared with this goal to be eligible for financial aid (for students declared with this program as a goal to receive financial aid). Note that this process can take up to several months; as such, the program facilitator should contact the COCC Director of Financial Aid as soon as curriculum is developed. In order to complete the application for a new program, the following documentation is required:

  1. Letter of approval from Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development
  2. Course descriptions
  3. Complete a letter of intent to offer an educational program. This letter should include the following information:
    1. How the institution determined the need for the program;
    2. How the institution designed the program to meet local market needs, or for an online program, regional or national market needs. This description must contain any wage analysis the institution may have performed, including any consideration of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data related to the program; and
    3. The review or approval of the program by, or development in conjunction with, business advisory committees, program integrity boards, public or private oversight or regulatory agencies, and businesses that would likely employ graduates of the program.
  4. CIP/SOC Code
  5. Length of program in weeks (number of terms of full-time attendance x 10)
  6. Total program clock hours

In addition to the above information, the program facilitator should review any unique requirements of the program with the COCC Director of Financial Aid. Examples include non-standard delivery method and start and end dates outside of the regular term dates.