Adult Degree Completion Students

How to apply

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You can access the FAFSA online at You fill out the FAFSA each year you plan to enroll in school. You can begin filling out your FAFSA on October 1.

Students applying for Federal Student Aid must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number (unless you are from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau).
  • Be registered with the Selective Service if you are a male and 18 to 25 years of age.
  • Have a high school diploma or General Education Development Certificate (GED) or passed an exam approved by the US Department of Education.
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program at a school that participated in the Federal Student Aid Program.
  • Not have a drug conviction for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid such as grants, loans or work-study.
  • Must not owe a refund on a Federal Grant or be in default on a Federal Student Loan.

To apply for federal student aid you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA asks for financial information about you and your family, like income and asset information, as well as your academic background. You will need the following information to complete the FAFSA:

  • Your Federal Tax Return for the prior tax year and corresponding W-2 forms
  • Your spouse's Federal Tax Return for the prior tax year and corresponding W-2 forms (if applicable)
  • Your parents' Federal Tax Return and corresponding W-2 forms (if you are dependent)

Each student and parent must have a unique FSA ID and password in order to apply for Financial Aid. Visit to obtain your FSA ID and set your password.

Chowan University’s school code 002916. Please be sure that you review your FAFSA for accuracy before it is submitted.

After you apply

The Financial Aid Office begins processing FAFSAs in November for the upcoming school year. We will electronically receive your FAFSA within 3 business days after submission. If your FAFSA is selected for verification, our office will notify you and request any additional documentation.

Once we receive your FAFSA we will develop a financial aid package for you based on the information provided. Your award package will outline the various types of aid for which you may qualify. 

We will send award packages out beginning in July. Once you have received an award package, we encourage you to accept or decline your awards within two weeks.

Summer Session Financial Aid

The summer school course schedule is normally published in late March of each year. Once you have registered with your advisor and ADCP counselor, we will receive a copy of the registration. Listed below is the process students must complete in order to receive financial aid for summer.

NOTE: Most students use loans in summer session. You must take at least 6 credits to qualify for federal loans.

  • Register with your advisor and counselor.
  • Financial Aid will review the grades, grade level, and the summer registration form to see what you have remaining in financial aid to use for summer.
  • The Financial Aid Office will mail you an award letter to sign and return.
  • Once the last day to add a class has passed for summer registration, we will make any necessary corrections to your aid package. If there is a change to the number of hours you are taking, you may be required to sign an updated award letter.

If you need to make changes to the information that you provided to the Financial Aid Office on your application, please email us at