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Financial Aid

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Application Process

Starting your educational journey doesn't have to be difficult. Here's what you need to get started.

Types of aid

Paying for school is one of the most common fears for attending school. We are here to help.

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  • Spring 2021 Registration Information:

    You may be able to register during Final Registration January 5 & 6, 2021. Your financial aid must be complete prior to registering on either of those days. All students must complete financial aid online at and select the 2020-2021 application for the spring 2021 semester.

    If you are a current student enrolled during the fall of 2020 and are receiving financial aid, you do not have to renew your application. Once you have completed the FAFSA, you can check to see if any further documents are needed or if your aid is complete through your Patriot Port account. Please allow 1-2 weeks processing time for your FAFSA results to be available in Patriot Port.

    Apply for Financial Aid

  • Financial Aid Check Information

    All Financial Aid checks will be mailed by the published date for all semesters to the address on file for students. Please check your Patriot Port to ensure your address is accurate.

    To review your address on file:

    • Log into Patriot Port
    • Click on the username at the top (the first portion of your email or account login)
    • Click on User Profile

    If your address is incorrect, send an email from your Isothermal email account to to have it updated.

Contact for information

Financial Aid
Student Center

Office: 828-395-4198
Department Directory

Office hours

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Subject to change depending on availability.