Applying For Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid, you must be an accepted degree-seeking applicant. If you wish to be considered for need-based financial aid, you should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after Oct. 1 as accurate income information is available. Iowa residents must have a completed needs analysis form at the federal processor prior to July 1 to be considered for need-based gift assistance from the state.

Please complete the FAFSA online at You may sign the form electronically with an FSA user ID for the student and a separate FSA user ID for your parent if you are a dependent. Please indicate that you would like to have the results released to Central College (code 001850). You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) directly from the federal processor. You should review the information for accuracy and immediately make corrections if needed. Results received at Central for accepted applicants prior to January 15 will be given first consideration for funding. Apply for aid early, even if you believe you may not qualify. Missed deadlines can challenge your ability to attend the school of your choice.