v To receive aid, you must be enrolled in an approved program of study leading to an associate degree, certificate of achievement or transfer to a four-year college. You are encouraged to follow a Student Educational Plan (available through Counseling) and to enroll only in classes towards your stated educational goals.
v You must meet and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. Please refer to the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for details.
v To be eligible for financial aid, you must have a High School Diploma, General Education Diploma, (GED) or equivalency. Students who do not have a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent (e.g.,GED), and who first enroll in a program of study on or after July 1, 2012, will not be eligible to receive Title IV student aid. Students will qualify for Title IV student aid under one of the ability-to-benefit (ATB) alternatives if the student completed those ATB alternatives and was enrolled in a Title IV eligible program prior to July 1, 2012. Those alternatives include the student passing an independently administered, approved ATB test or successfully completing at least six credit hours of postsecondary education. Students that possess a Foreign High School Diploma will be required to have the grade transcripts evaluated by an accredited agency in order to determine if the diploma is equivalent to a U.S. High School Diploma.
v Your enrollment status (full-time, ¾ time, ½ time) is calculated each term on a combination of your registered units and a census date for each individual course. The census date is defined as a unique date, assigned to each course, based on the length of the individual course. Courses with a start date that is more than 10 days before the enrollment status is calculated are excluded.
v Federal law requires that if you receive federal funds and then drop or withdraw from your classes, you may owe money back to the Federal Government. PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU FAIL ALL OF YOUR COURSEWORK IN A TERM YOU WILL BE CONSIDERED AN UNOFFICIAL DROP (EVEN IF YOU WERE ENROLLED IN THE COURSES THE ENTIRE TERM). A calculation will be performed based on only earning 50% of the Pell and/or SEOG that you received and you may be billed for the amount of unearned funds.
v Effective Fall 2011, repeat coursework eligible for financial aid will be limited to three course withdraws or two failed attempts. You are not allowed to receive financial aid for more than one repetition of a previously passed course.
v Financial Aid will not cover units earned for: Credit by Exam, Audit classes, No Credit Grade, Tech Prep and FREE –ROP courses.
v You must not be in default on any Federal Education Loan (Perkins, Stafford, PLUS, Direct), or any other Federal loan at any college or institution.
v If you are enrolled in all online (web) classes, you must reside in California in order to be eligible for federal financial aid. You may be required to provide proof of California residency.
v You must not owe a refund or repayment on any Title IV grant program (Pell, FSEOG, ACG, State Student Incentive Grant) at any college or institution.
v Any student who attends more than one college during the same enrollment period cannot receive federal and state financial aid at both colleges (except for the BOGFW). This could result in an over-award and repayment of funds. High school students taking college classes are not eligible for Federal/State Financial Aid, with the exception of the Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver (BOGFW).
v You financial need will be determined by using Federal Methodology, as dictated by the Department of Education.
v You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States or be in the country for other than a temporary purpose with the intention of becoming a permanent resident to qualify for federal aid. You may be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship.
v If you are a male, your Selective Service registration must be confirmed by the Selective Service agency, or you will be required to present a letter from Selective Service indicating that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or that you are not required to register. To register for Selective Service, check your registration status or request a Status Information Letter because you didn't register between the ages 18-25, go to www.sss.gov
v You must provide proof of a valid social security number if requested.
v Your financial aid eligibility may be suspended for a conviction of violating federal or state drug possession or sale laws while you were receiving federal student aid.
v Individual Financial Aid information will not be disclosed by telephone. Inquires must be made in person or you may log into your individual WebAdvisor account to obtain Financial Aid awards and/or missing document information.
These are the general eligibility requirements. Depending on the financial aid program or your unique circumstances, you may have other eligibility requirements that must be met before receiving financial aid.