Financial Aid

The mission of the Financial Aid Office is to assist students and their families in funding educational costs at the College of Marin. We are committed to removing financial barriers that would otherwise prevent students from achieving their educational goals. In addition, we strive to deliver high quality services with professional competency and concern. Respect for the dignity of students and the privacy of confidential information is central to our mission and we are dedicated to the equitable treatment of all applicants.

Applying for Financial Aid

To be considered for Federal Financial Aid (PELL Grants, Direct Loans and Federal Work-Study) students will first need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as the FAFSA.

If you require assistance filling out your FAFSA application, please review our guides for:

The Federal Student Aid Information Center can also answer your questions regarding the FAFSA application. 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 319-337-5665.


Filing Your FAFSA

File online at www.fafsa.govFiling your FAFSA online is highly encouraged and is the fastest and easiest way to apply for financial aid. The application is available in English and Spanish and is available 24/7.

  • College of Marin’s OPE School ID # is 001178
  • Enter your legal name as it appears on your Social Security Card.
  • Register for an FSA ID at so that you can sign your FAFSA electronically. Dependent students should also have their parents register for an FSA ID.

Once your FAFSA is submitted to College of Marin (OPE ID: 001178) the Enrollment Services Office will typically receive your electronic file within 1-2 weeks, and you will be notified by email if you are required to submit additional documentation. You can also see the status of your FAFSA on your MyCOM Student Portal in the Financial Aid Dashboard under the Students tab. 

Additional documentation may include, but not be limited to: federal income tax transcripts, proof of citizenship, Social Security card, proof of registration for Selective Service, a current education plan, and academic transcripts

Once the Enrollment Services Office has received your additional documentation, it can take up to 3-4 business weeks for your documentation to be reviewed and processed.  Once your documents are processed and your tracking requirements have been met, your financial aid will be packaged and your award will be posted to the Financial Aid Dashboard in your MyCOM portal.


Financial Aid Refund Schedule

Pell 2017-2018

Fall 2017         

1st 50% Disbursement - week of 8/21/17 

2nd 50% Disbursement - week of 10/30/17

Spring 2018

1st 50% Disbursement - week of 1/22/18 

2nd 50% Disbursement - week of 4/03/18

Weekly disbursements first 3 weeks & then every other week until semester ends.  

CAL Grants & FTSS Grants 2017-2018

Fall 2017

1st Disbursement - week of 09/25/17

Spring 2018

1st Disbursement - week of 2/19/18

Disbursements will be done every other week until semester ends

Direct Loans 2017-2018

Fall 2017

1st Disbursement - week of 9/25/17 

LAST Disbursement - week 2/18/17

Spring 2018

1st Disbursement - week of 3/12/18 

LAST Disbursement - week of 5/28/18

Scholarships & EOPS 2017-2018

Fall 2017 & Spring 2018

As needed