Getting Financial Aid

The following presentation and steps describe the process of requesting and receiving financial aid to help pay for your college education.


Step 1

  • Complete a FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application (CADA) starting January 1st (March 2nd is the SCC priority deadline for the FAFSA and a deadline for the CA Dream Act Application).
  • Complete a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form by March 2nd.  Community College students who are eligible to complete a FAFSA have a second deadline of September 2nd to submit their Cal Grant requirements.
    • SCC electronically submits a GPA for students with 24 earned SCC units, or a re-established GPA with 16 earned SCC units by deadlines.
    • Outside earned units may calculated by SCC Adm&Rec on GPA form.
    • HS graduates with less than 16 earned college units should return to their HS.
  • Students who completed the 2016-2017 FAFSA or CADA will be directed to eServices to check their Financial Aid status for Fall 16 enrollment and beyond. IMPORTANT:  See the Financial Aid Office to request a paper copy of your financial aid information.

  • Around Mid-April the SCC Financial Aid Office loads student files for the upcoming academic year.
  • SCC Financial Aid sends out an email (Los Rios Gmail) notifying students to log-in to “My City Aid” to check their Financial Aid Status. Beginning April 2016, students will use “eServices” to check their 16-17 Financial Aid status, and receive “Messages” in the portal.
    IMPORTANT:  By logging into the portal, you consent to obtaining your financial aid documentation and award information electronically. If not, see the Financial Aid Office to request a paper copy of your financial aid information.

Step 2

  • Students are randomly chosen for verification.
  • Your Financial Aid File will not be processed until all documents are submitted.
  • If you submit all your documents by early June, you will be guaranteed Financial Aid disbursement the first week of school.

Step 3

  • Allow 4-6 weeks to process your file.
  • Always be aware that more documentation may be required.  If this is the case you will be contacted by our office immediately using the Messages link in eServices.
  • Some files may be released to the Department of Education, or the California Student Aid Commission.  If this is the case, your file may be delayed a week or two.

Step 4

Enrollment Status

Among many other factors your award is also based on your enrollment status.

StatusNo. of Units
Full-time status (Fullx)12.00 or more
Three -quarter time status (3/4x)9.00-11.99
Half-time status  (1/2x)6.00-8.99
Less than half-time status (<1/2x)0.50-5.99

Sample Awards for Students Who Have Zero EFC

Enrollment StatusAnnual Award1st payment per term2nd payment per term
Fullx$5815$1454$1454
3/4x$4361$1091$1090
1/2x$2908$727$727
<1/2x$1038$260$259

IMPORTANT:  Students receive two disbursements per semester starting Fall 16 forward. For example, a Full time student may receive two disbursements of $1444 and $1444 to equal the payment of $2888 during the the Fall semester.  While, a less than 1/2 time student  will receive two disbursements, $260 and $259 to equal $519 during the Fall semester. IMPORTANT: Disbursements change after your enrollment changes. Disbursement dates listed in eServices are the dates the Financial Aid Office begins the disbursement process for the standard first, and second disbursements.


Step 5

  • There are two disbursements per semester. (Our office disburses funds every Friday)
  • Continuing students must log on at BankMobile to select a disbursement preference. New students must log on using the activation code they receive from BankMobile in their Los Rios Gmail account to select a disbursement preference (make sure that your email, name, and address is correct with the Admissions and Records Office). All students should take time to review BankMobile Contract Disclosures.