CDA Technical Institute's Commercial Diver Program

Financial Aid

CDA Technical Institute (CDA), formerly Commercial Diving Academy, accepts Title IV federal student aid, including the Federal Pell Grant, Subsidized Direct, Unsubsidized Direct Stafford loan, and Parent PLUS loans.  CDA also accepts Florida Prepaid, the GI Bill®, State and VA Vocational Rehabilitation funding, and works with Sallie Mae to provide private student loans, known as Smart Option loans, which are credit-based and may require a co-signer.  A comparison of the PLUS loans and Smart Option loans is available here.

Click HERE for a Free Live Webinar for Families - Student Funding Options.  

Sponsored by Sallie Mae

Financial Aid Instructions

Please complete Step 1 if you are interested in obtaining federal student aid.  CDA will then contact you regarding your eligibility, and at that time, please complete Steps 2 and 3 if you do want to borrow federal student loans.  For more information, please contact CDA with any questions.  We are happy to assist you with the financing process.

Financial aid at CDA Technical Institute

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Please fill out the 2020-2021 FAFSA with your 2017 tax return, once filed (and/or your parents' information).

The 2020-2021 Federal Student Loan Interest Rates are currently 2.75% for undergraduate borrowers. and 5.30% for Direct Plus Loan.

Additional Funding Options

If you need additional funding, you can apply through one of the loan links below.  For more information, please contact CDA with any questions.  We are happy to assist you with the financing process.


General Scholarship Searches

Student Scholarship Search
USA Funds
Sallie Mae

Sallie Mae Student Loans
Customer Service:  1-800-472-5543


Additional Financial Aid Information: Entrance & Exit Counseling   National Student Loan Data System Financial Aid Information
Direct Loan Basics for Students  
Direct Loan Basics for Parents Florida Prepaid


Access your account and find out more information about Federal loans through the Department of Education Direct Loan Website.

To access CDA's Net Price Calculator, please click here.

To access the most recent available statistics regarding employment and graduation through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) click here.

Click here for the most recent Campus Security Report.

Students who have Direct Loans will have one of the following companies servicing their loans.

Financial aid at CDA Technical InstituteDirect Loan Servicers:


Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc.

Sallie Mae

FedLoan Servicing (PHEAA)

Crossover Period Policy (effective July 1, 2021):

For all classes that have a crossover payment period, CDA will pay the Pell Grant out of the 2020 - 2021 and 2021-2022 award year. Students must have a valid FAFSA on file for the year which will be used to determine Federal Eligibility (grants and loans).

Code of Conduct:

  1. CDA employees should receive no personal benefit.  No officer, trustee or employee of CDA shall accept anything of more than nominal value on his or her behalf or on behalf of another person or entity from any Lending Institution.
  2. CDA employees should not serve on lender advisory boards for remuneration.
  3. CDA should not provide any advantage to a Lending Institution.
  4. CDA should make appropriate use of any Preferred Lender Lists.

Loan Application and Solicitation Disclosures:

Regions Disclosure & Sallie Mae Disclosure.

CDA Technical Institutes' Partner offers Schoolers ship:

NCCER and BYF are proud to offer this scholarship with HRCC to promote training opportunities that lead to successful construction careers. For more information, please visit or Please feel free to call the school (888 974-2232) and ask Financial Aid for details