March 11, 2020
As a smaller college with a single location, thus far we have been able to effectively maintain a safe space.
Cogswell has taken multiple steps to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff including the following:
In the event there is a confirmed case or we are made aware of an exposure, we will immediately notify all constituents and outline next steps.
In the meantime, classes will continue as scheduled.
March 9, 2020
From the Provost & Chief Academic Officer
Dear Cogswell Community,
I hope the spring semester is progressing nicely. The safety of our community continues to be a primary focus of the College. With all the attention in the news media regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), I ask everyone to help prevent its spread (as well as any other infectious illnesses) by observing a few simple procedures.
All entrances to the building—including the main, front entrance—will remain locked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Current students, faculty, and staff must use their ID badge to gain access to the building at all times. You must wear your badge in a manner that is easily visible while on campus. Students, faculty, and staff who do not have a badge will need to check in at the front desk and be issued a temporary name tag. This name tag will be effective for 24 hours. All Cogswell guests will be required to register at the front desk. They will be issued a name badge to be worn while visiting the campus.These increased security measures will only work if we are all vigilant. Safety is everyone’s business. While on campus, please be observant of those around you. If you see someone in the building without a visible Cogswell ID or a visitor badge, please notify a member of the faculty or staff. Also, be cognizant of those around you while entering the building—do not open the doors or hold doors open for individuals without a visible ID.
Even with these safety measures in place, we recognize that emergency situations may arise. In the event that an emergency requires us to evacuate the building, please:
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The basic application used to apply for financial aid at any school in the nation is called the FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This application is used to apply for federal, state, and institutional sources of financial aid. If you cannot apply online, you may obtain a paper FAFSA directly from the college or by calling the US Department of Education directly at 800.4.FED.AID (800.433.3243). The Cogswell Polytechnical College's school code is: 001177. Be sure to list the Cogswell Polytechnical College when completing Step 6 of the FAFSA.
Need to file the FAFSA quickly? Go on-line with FAFSA On The Web. FAFSA on the Web is a free Internet site with easy-to-follow screens and extensive on-line instructions to help you complete the FAFSA using "interview" style questions. It will edit your information as it is entered, ensuring better data quality and reduced rejection rates.
You may also complete a renewal FAFSA using FAFSA On The Web. The renewal process is faster in that it will retrieve the information that you filed last year and allow you to make updates as appropriate rather than having to start from scratch. You must request an Electronic Personal Identification Number (PIN) to access your renewal FAFSA Application. Please see the FAFSA On The website for complete information and instructions for requesting your PIN. Cogswell Polytechnical College Title IV School Code for use on FAFSA is 001177.
If you fill out a paper FAFSA, mail your form to:
Federal Student Aid Programs
PO Box 7001
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864-0071
Approximately four weeks after you file your FAFSA, the US Department of Education will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR), summarizing the information reported on your application. Carefully review your SAR for any errors upon receipt, and make any necessary corrections. If any of the information on your application has changed, follow the instructions on the SAR to make corrections and return it to the address provided. Be sure that Cogswell Polytechnical College (School Code: 001177) is listed as an institution authorized to receive your application information. If no updates or corrections are required, keep the SAR for your reference.
If you do not receive your SAR within four weeks, call 800.4.FED.AID (800.433.3243) to check the status of your FAFSA application.
Once we receive your FAFSA information, you will receive an email and/or a letter from Cogswell College asking you to provide verification information to the Financial Aid Office. This verification information will allow us to produce a financial aid award letter for you. If additional documents are requested, you may submit the documents in person or by mail, if mailing, send to:
Cogswell Polytechnical College
Financial Aid Office
191 Baypointe Parkway
San Jose, CA 95134
Within a few weeks of receiving your completed information, we will provide you with an award offer. Written Notification from Cogswell College will send by US Mail. Review your award carefully. This award offer will outline the aid for which you are eligible. Follow the instructions enclosed with the award offer to determine the next step in processing your aid.