Grants

The 411 on Grants

Pell Grant

The largest source of free money from the federal government for students with financial need:

  • Apply for Financial Aid by completing your FAFSA starting January 1st of every year.
  • Awarded to every undergraduate who qualifies and hasn’t already earned a bachelor’s degree
  • The amount you are eligible for depends on your expected family contribution (EFC), cost of attendance (COA) and whether you’re attending full or part time
  • Can be used to pay for tuition, fees and living expenses at any qualifying college
  • You can receive Pell Grant from only one college at a time that you are attending
  • Effective 2012-2013 there is a lifetime eligibility limit for Pell Grant, for more information click here.

How do I apply?

 You automatically apply when you complete the FAFSA and authorize the release of the information to the U.S. Department of Education.

Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Information

 

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FSEOG Grant

For eligible undergraduates with exceptional financial need:

  • The amount you are eligible for depends on your expected family contribution (EFC), cost of attendance (COA) and whether you’re attending full or part time
  • Priority consideration if you’re eligible for a Pell Grant
  • Unlike Pell Grants, funds are limited, so there’s no guarantee you’ll receive one

How do I apply?

You automatically apply when you complete the FAFSA and authorize the release of the information to the U.S. Department of Education.

Cal Grant

Applying for Cal Grant Takes Two Forms! FAFSA or California Dream Act Application (eligible AB540 students only) + Your Verified GPA= Cal Grant Application.

File your Financial Aid Applications and Cal Grant Grade Point Average (GPA) Verification form or the Non-SSN GPA Verification Form (eligible AB540 students only) by the March 2 deadline for a Cal Grant-that’s money you don’t have to pay back!

*Missed the March 2 deadline? There is a second deadline, only for California Community College students, September 2. Submit the required forms before the September 2 deadline to be considered for this specific Cal Grant. There is a limited number of September Cal Grants available.

For additional information visit the California Student Aid Commission’s website at
http://www.csac.ca.gov

WebGrants for Students Website at www.webgrants4students.org

 

California Dream Act

 

2014-15 California Dream Act Application becomes available for Dream Act Cal Grants to be used beginning in fall 2014.

Click the link below for more information:

California Dream Act
2014-2015 BOG Fee Waiver

 

SCC California Dream Act Information Request Form

 

Chafee Grant

What is the Chafee Grant for foster youth?
The Chafee Grant is a federally funded program designed for undergraduate students who are current or former foster youth and may be used for career, technical training or college courses. Funding is subject to availability of Federal funds each year. To be considered for the Chafee Grant, students must complete the FAFSA and Chafee Grant application.

If you are or were in foster care and have financial need, you may qualify for a California Chafee Grant. You do not have to repay these funds once you have been granted. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for child care, transportation and rent while you’re in school. The grant is in addition to any other state or federal aid and you may receive as much as $5,000.00 per school year.

How do I qualify for the Chafee Grant?
To qualify, you must:

  • Be eligible, or have been eligible, for foster care between your 16th and 18th birthday
  • Not have reached your 22nd birthday as of July 1, or the award year

The California Department of Social Services will determine your foster youth eligibility status.

How do I apply for Chafee Grant?

File two forms:

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. File online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. (Undocumented students may contact the Commission for further instructions.)
  • California Chafee Grant Program Application. Submit a paper copy or an online application to the Commission.

For more information please visit www.chafee.csac.ca.gov or call the Commission at: 1-888-224-7268 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.

Stay in school or lose your grant!
You must stay in school to keep your Chafee Grant! If you enroll in classes and get paid grant money based on eligibility and enrollment, be sure to let us know if you are dropping classes prior to doing so. Dropping a class can cause your status to go into repayment. If you owe grant money back to the school, all additional financial aids funds may be suspended until repayment is made.

Adhere to Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards
You must maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 or better and the ratio of classes completed must be a t least 75%. If you do not maintain these standards, your financial aid may be suspended.

If you have questions regarding your status, please contact Jonathan Miranda at (916) 558-2265; or the Financial Aid Office at (916) 558-2501.