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.

File online at Filing 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.

If you have any questions email Financial Aid at College of Marin.

To begin filling out your FAFSA® application or to view a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding FAFSA® please visit:

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.



Financial Aid Refund Schedule

Disbursement vs. Refund

  • Disbursement is when financial aid funds are first applied to the student's college account to pay for any allowable charges the student owes to the college.
  • Refund is any remaining funds which are due to the student after the disbursement.
  • Stale or returned financial aid checks to COM will be reissued once. A second stale or returned check will be returned to the Department of Education. It is the students responsibility to cash refunds in a timley manner and/or update addresses in their MyCOM portal. 
Financial Aid Disbursement Schedule- FALL 2019


12, 19, 26

13, 20, 27

22, 29



Direct Loans (apply only to continuing students)


2- Monday no Disb.

3*, 16, 30

4*, 10, 17, 24

5, 12, 19, 26


Pell/CalGrant/SEOG/SSCG, Scholarships (as needed)     


Direct Loans


14, 28**

1, 8, 15, 22, 29

3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Pell/CalGrant/SEOG/SSCG, Scholarships (as needed)


Direct Loans 


11- Monday No Disb.

12*, 18

5, 13, 19

7, 14, 21

25-29- No Disbursements



Pell/CalGrant/SEOG/SSCG, Scholarships (as needed)


Direct Loans

Thanksgiving Holiday


2, 16

3, 10, 17

5, 12

Pell/CalGrant, Scholarship (as needed)


Direct Loans

Financial Aid Disbursement Schedule- SPRING/SUMMER 2020


13, 21*, 27

14, 22, 28

16, 23, 30

Pell/CalGrant/SEOG/SSCG, Scholarships (as needed)


Direct Loans


3, 18*

4, 11, 19, 25

6, 13, 20, 27

17- Monday No Disb. 

Pell/CalGrant/SEOG/SSCG, Scholarship (as needed)


Direct Loans



2, 9, 30**

3, 10, 24, 31

5, 12, 26

16-21- No Disbursements

Pell/CalGrant/SEOG/SSCG, Scholarships (as needed)


Direct Loans

Spring Break


13, 27

7, 14, 21, 28

2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Pell/CalGrant/SEOG/SSCG, Scholarships (as needed)


Direct Loans 


11, 25

5, 12, 19

7, 14, 21

Pell/CalGrant, Scholarships (as needed)


Direct Loans




Summer Pell

Catch Up Run (Pell)





























* Due to a Holiday falling on a Monday, disbursement is moved to the following day
** Freeze Date (Pell)