Parents FAQ's

Is there an application deadline?
Yes. Early Action application deadline is December 10 and the Regular Admission deadline is March 1.

How long does it take to process an application and when will the acceptance letter be mailed?
Typically the process takes between two and three weeks once the application is completed and the student is regularly admissible. Files needing committee review may take a longer period of time. Early Action applications should be notified no later than January 20 and Regular Admission applications should be notified no later than March 15.

Is an application fee required and if so, how much?
Regular decision paper applications cost $30 after December 10. Early Action application and online applications never have a processing fee.

Does the college require a minimum SAT/ACT for admission?
Yes, the minimum ACT is 20 and the SAT is 1000.

How many areas of study and degrees are offered?
Coe offers over 50 areas of study and three types of degrees: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (BM) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Are internships, cooperatives or study abroad available?
Internships/Cooperatives are required and study abroad is available through Coe and the ACM.

Will the college honor AP/IP courses and if so what are the minimum scores to receive credit?
Coe accepts AP/IB credit. Students must earn a 4 or 5 on AP exams and a five, six or seven on IB exams. All questions about credit should be directed to the academic program.

What are the college's most well-known academic areas?
Coe is well known for the following areas of study: the sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, nursing), business, psychology, English and teacher education.

Does Coe have an honors program? What are the requirements to be in Coe's honors program?
Coe has an honors program that students can apply for during the freshman year. Admission is based on first year Coe GPA, recommendations from professors, a writing sample, an interview, a review of First Year Seminar work, the high school transcript, and ACT or SAT test scores.

May freshmen have cars on campus?
Yes, however space is limited and it is on a first come-first serve basis. The parking permit cost is $100 per year.

Is there a health facility on campus?
Coe employs a full-time advanced registered nurse practioner (ARNP) to provide medical services. The student is responsible for all health costs beyond those provided by the ARNP. The student is expected to carry medical insurance.

In what athletic association(s), division(s) and conferences does the college participate?
Coe participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the Iowa Conference.

When should I apply for financial aid and how?
In general, the sooner the better. Coe has a priority deadline of March 1. If you file your free application for federal student aid ( FAFSA) by March 1, our office will have plenty of time to prepare an award for you with enough time for you to make an educated college decision. If you do not file your FAFSA by March 1, you will still be fully considered for all forms of need-based financial aid. However, students who wait until after the priority deadline may run the risk of not receiving the maximum award they may otherwise be eligible for.

What scholarship may be available for my situation?
Merit-based scholarships are awarded to eligible students at the time of admission.   Scholars Weekend gives all students awarded a Dean's, Presidential or Trustee Scholarship the opportunity to come to campus to compete for an Academic Distinction Scholarship. Students awarded the Daniel Coe Scholarship are invited to campus for Scholars Weekend to interview for the Crimson and Gold Legacy Scholarship. All admitted students are eligible to audition for theatre and music scholarships.  Filing the FAFSA will make any federal need-based grants, work study or loans also available to students who qualify.

What is Coe's FAFSA code numbers?
Coe's federal code number for the FAFSA application is 001854.

Is there a way to get an idea of how much aid my family would qualify for before I apply?
Yes, your family can submit a Net Price Calculator form. This is just an approximation, but it will give an insight on what your family could expect from Coe.

How much is the deposit and when is it due?
A $250 deposit is due May 1.

Besides the Stafford Loan, are there other alternative loans that can be pursued?
Yes. Parent Plus loans are available for parents and outside loans can be acquired under the student's name.

My parents can't (or don't) support me. Does this mean I am an independent student?
Not necessarily. If your parents simply can't afford to help you, then you may be eligible for substantial financial aid. For the purpose of financial aid, however, Congress has defined an "independent student" as someone who:

  • is or will be 24 years old by January 1 of the academic year
  • is or was an orphan or ward of the court until reaching the age of 18
  • is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • is a graduate or professional student
  • is married
  • has legal dependents (not a spouse) for whom s/he provides more than 50% of the financial support

Congress believes that a parent's unwillingness to provide support does not, by itself, automatically make you "independent." Unless you meet one of these conditions, it is likely that your parent(s) will need to provide information on your applications. For extreme circumstances, please contact our office.