Financial Aid Application Procedure
All students applying for financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Applicants for financial assistance are not considered until they have completed all admission requirements and have been issued an official notice of admission to the college
The deadline date for submitting applications for financial assistance is June 30, 2020 for Academic Year 2019-20 and June 30, 2021 for Academic Year 2020-21. Students who are seeking financial assistance are urged to submit their completed applications well in advance of the anticipated semester of registration.
Requests for additional information can be obtained by writing to the Director of Financial Aid, Otero College, 1802 Colorado Avenue, La Junta, CO 81050 or by calling 719-384-6834.
Student Hourly Employment
About one-third of the students enrolled at Otero College work part-time in the community to help pay their expenses. A limited number of jobs are available on the campus.
Otero College is approved for veteran training and works with the Veterans Administration and the Colorado Department of Veterans Affairs to help student veterans who enroll at the College. Veterans need to submit all records of previous education and training to the Student Services Center within one semester of enrollment or risk losing educational benefits. For more information contact the Otero Veterans' Certifying Official in the Student Services Center or call 719-384-6949.
Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018
As part of the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, section 3679 of title 38, United States Code was amended. Effective August 1, 2019, the State Approving Agency, or the Secretary when acting in the role of the State Approving Agency, shall disapprove a course of education provided by an educational institution that has in effect a policy that is inconsistent with the areas below:
• Policy must permit any covered individual to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to the educational institution a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33 (a “certificate of eligibility” can also include a “Statement of Benefits” obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) website – eBenefits, or a VAF 28-1905 form for chapter 31 authorization purposes) and ending on the earlier of the following dates:
1. The date on which payment from VA is made to the institution.
2. 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility.
• Policy must ensure that your educational institution will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapter 31 or 33.
NOTE: A Covered Individual is any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill® (GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) benefits.
“The school maintains a written record of the previous education and training of the veteran or eligible person and clearly indicates that appropriate credit has been given for previous education and training, with the training period shortened proportionately, and the veteran or eligible person and the Department of Veterans Affairs so notified.”