Financial Aid

AThe 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. For California residents who are not eligible to file a FAFSA, you may apply for the California Dream Application

  • 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.

FAFSA's are typically received within 1-2 weeks and notifications are sent to student's email address. Students may also view the status of their FAFSA on the MyCOM Student Portal in the Financial Aid Dashboard under the Students tab. In some instances, additional documentation will be required. 

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 any additional documentation, it can take 1-2 business weeks for review and processing. After review and processing, if a student is awarded, they will be notified via their email and through their 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 Virtual Workshop!

Meet with a financial aid specialist one-on-one during these open zoom labs. 

See Financial Aid Workshop flyer for items to bring with you.

Date Time Marin Zoom Link

Friday, October 1, 2021

10:00am- 1:00pm

Zoom ID: 95249651967

Monday, October 11, 2021

10:00am- 1:00pm

Friday, October 29, 2021

10:00am- 1:00pm

Friday, November 19, 2021

10:00am- 1:00pm


Friday, January 14, 2022

10:00am- 1:00pm


Tuesday, February 1,  2022

10:00am- 1:00pm


Friday, February 11,  2022

10:00am- 1:00pm


Tuesday, March 1, 2022

10:00am- 1:00pm


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 that are due to the student after the disbursement. These are processed with BankMobile Disbursements, a technology solution, powered by BMTX, Inc.
  • 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 student's responsibility to cash refunds in a timely manner and/or update addresses in their MyCOM portal. 

Fall 2021- Summer 2022 Disbursement Schedule

Financial Aid Disbursements will continue as scheduled. Disbursements are bi-weekly with BankMobile Disbursements, a technology solution, powered by BMTX, Inc. To set up your BankMobile Disbursements profile, please contact 

Pell Grant

Fall 2021

1st 50% Disbursement-week of 8/16/2021

2nd 50% Disbursement-week of 11/1/2021

Spring 2022

1st 50% Disbursement-week of 1/17/2022

2nd 50% Disbursement- week of 3/21/2021

Summer 2022 *If enrolled*

Pell 100% remaining eligibility- 6/17/2022

Weekly disbursement first 4 weeks and then bi-weekly until the end of the semester.

 State CAL B&C, State SSCG, & Federal SEOG

Fall 2021

1st Disbursement- week of 9/7/2021

Spring 2022

1st Disbursement-week of 2/7/2022

Summer 2022 *If enrolled* No Summer Payments
Disbursements are bi-weekly until the end of the semester

Direct Loans 

Fall 2021

1st Disbursement- week of 8/16/2021

Spring 2022

1st Disbursement- week of 1/18/2022

Summer 2022 *If enrolled* No Summer Payments
First Time Loan borrowers must wait 30 days from the posted disbursement date
Disbursements are bi-weekly until the end of the semester

Scholarships & EOPS

Fall 2021 1st Scholarship Disbursement-week of  9/13/2021
Spring 2022 1st Scholarship Disbursement- week of 2/7/2022
Go to Scholarships for detailed information on Scholarship Disbursement