Planning to begin at Central in the fall of 2016? Check out the dates below to help you keep everything on track. 

Academic Year Calendar

For students applying for fall 2016

By March 1 Complete the FAFSA at for priority consideration. Central FAFSA code is 001850. Tips on completing the FAFSA.
April 3-4 Admitted Student Open House
By May 1 Candidates' reply date for admission.
Notify Central of your decision to attend by submitting a $200 nonrefundable enrollment deposit along with a signed copy of your financial aid award. You can also access your financial aid online at
If you haven't done so already, complete your housing form.
May 22 Math and Language Placement tests need to be completed.
By June 1 Complete student loan paperwork:
  1. First time student borrowers should complete master promissory note for the Stafford subsidized or unsubsidized federal student loan.
  2. First time student borrowers - complete loan entrance counseling.
  3. Parents: Apply for the parent PLUS loan (part1) and complete master promissory note (step 2).
  4. Parents/Students: If needed, apply for alternative loans. These loans are only to be used as a last resort after all other options (savings, work, etc.) have been exhausted. These loans generally take 4-6 weeks to process.

For students eligible for TEACH grant:

Students: Fill out the agreement to serve and entrance counseling.
June 1 Have final high school and college transcripts sent to Admission Office.
Mid-June Housing assignments will be mailed.
June 15 Sign up for monthly payment plan (optional).
June 15, 16, 17 &
July 18, 19
Summer orientation for all incoming students (new freshmen and transfer students)!
By July 1 Iowa students! Deadline to file the FAFSA to be eligible for the Iowa Tuition Grant.
July 15 First payment due for 10-month payment plan.
By August 1 Complete/return following forms:
August 15 Fall semester bill due (unless you have chosen monthly payment plan).
  First payment due for 9-month payment plan.
August 20
New students move-in!
August 24
Classes begin. Check out the Welcome Week schedule.