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Financial Aid General Info
All students who may need financial assistance for college are encouraged to apply for aid. Even those who think they may not be eligible may be surprised. So be sure to apply.
To apply for federal, state and college financial aid programs, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For the Cal Grant program you must submit a verified Cal Grant GPA by March 2nd. Some colleges may also request additional documents such as tax returns to complete your financial aid file, so you should respond quickly to all requests made by a campus financial aid office.
Several types of state and institutional aid are also available to AB 540 students as a result of the California Dream Act. To learn more, visit the Dream Act Information section of this website.
Sources and types of financial aid
The Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW) Program waives enrollment fees for qualified students for the entire school year. Students may receive a waiver for any number of units, with no minimum. You qualify if you have some financial need, receive Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (AFDC/TANF), Supplemental Security Income/SSP or General Assistance and those who meet certain income standards.
Grants are a form of financial aid that doesn’t have to be paid back (unless you withdraw from school and owe a refund by agreement). Federal grant programs include Pell Grants, awarded to low-income students and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants for low-income students with exceptional financial need. Cal Grants are funded by the State of California and are administered by the California Student Aid Commission. There are several different types of Cal Grants. To learn about them, visit www.calgrants.org.
Scholarships are a form of aid that is based upon specific qualifications, talents, or merit, often without regard to financial need. Hundreds of thousands of scholarships and fellowships from several thousand public and private sponsors are awarded each year in the United States. See our “helpful links” page for free scholarship search sites on the web.
Work-study programs allow you to earn money to pay for your education through part-time jobs.
Loans for financing your education are available from a variety of programs, including:
Your eligibility also depends on some additional factors. First, there are basic requirements that do not relate to your financial need. To be eligible for most financial aid you must:
Second, your family income, assets, and other financial factors are reviewed to see if you could be financially eligible to receive aid. Your eligibility relates to the cost of the college you attend. In other words, you’re likely to be eligible for more money if you’re attending an expensive college than if you’re attending a lower-cost institution.
Third, the aid you may be offered depends on when you apply, when you respond to requests from the Financial Aid Office, and any types of special eligibility you may demonstrate.
Finally, to continue receiving your financial aid, you have to make progress towards your educational objectives while you are in college.
Your college financial aid office can explain eligibility to you in more detail and answer any specific questions you may have.
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