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Steps to Apply for Financial Assistance

Applying for financial assistance can be an overwhelming process. Before you begin students do need to meet some Basic Eligibility Requirements as far as citizenship, selective service, High School and GED information. Students must also be enrolled in an eligible degree/certificate program at College of DuPage.

  • After submitting your FAFSA - provided you have completed your Admissions Application - we will receive your FAFSA results electronically in about 3 to 4 business days.
  • Once your results have been received we will contact you directly through your COD email address.  Based on your results, you may be required to submit additional verification documents.
    • If you were not aware you had a COD email address, read more on how to access your COD email.
  • Any verification documents requested will be updated in your Financial Self Service.  You can access your Financial Aid Self Service by logging into your myACCESS and click on Financial Aid Self Service.
    • Set up your myACCESS account if you have not.
  • NOTE: All communication will be via your COD email address.  It is your responsibility to check your COD email address regularly.

  • Submit all requested verification documents to our office in a timely manner. Delays in submitting your verification documents may delay the processing of your award letter.
  • Once all documents have been processed and reviewed by our office, you will receive another email - via your COD email address - notifying you of your award letter. The normal processing time is about 2 to 3 weeks.  The processing time may be longer during peak times.
  • Your award letter will be updated in your Financial Aid Self Service. Your award letter will notify you of the types of financial aid you are eligible to receive.

Financial Aid Tips

  1. Be sure you are checking your COD email and Financial Aid Self Service regularly.
  2. When applying for scholarships, each scholarship will provide you with a list of eligibility requirements for that specific scholarship.

Helpful Resources


Contact Information

Office of Student Financial Assistance
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2220, (630) 942-2251
Fax: (630) 942-2151

Regular Hours
Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, closed for summer