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How Do I Qualify for Financial Aid?

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To be considered for financial aid, students must generally meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be a U.S Citizen or eligible non-citizen (a permanent resident who has valid documentation from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS formerly INS) verifying that his/her stay in the U.S. is for other than a temporary purpose).

  • Have a valid Social Security Number for federal aid purposes.
  • Be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible associate degree, transfer or Certificate of Achievement program
  • Demonstrate an Ability to Benefit  as defined by federal regulations by meeting one of the conditions listed below:
    1. Earned a U.S. or Foreign high school diploma.
    2. Earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED).
    3. Passed a high school proficiency examination.
    4. Completed a high school education in home school setting approved under state law. (Students who were enrolled prior to July 1, 2012 who do not meet this requirement should check with the office for alternative options).
  • Comply with Selective Service registration, if required to do so.
  • Certify that you are not in default on a federal student loan and that you do not owe a repayment on a federal student grant.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.
  • Demonstrate financial need, except for some loan programs.
  • Must have resolved all drug conviction issues.
  • Not owe an overpayment on any federal grants (Pell, SEOG, ACG etc...).
  • Not be in default on any student loans (Perkins, Federal Stafford/Federal Direct Loans).

Convictions for processing or selling illegal drugs may affect your federal financial aid eligibility.


A student who attempts to obtain financial aid by fraud will be suspended from financial aid for unsatisfactory conduct. The college may report such instances to local law enforcement agencies, to the California Student Aid Commission and to the Federal Government. Restitution of any financial aid received in such manner will be required.

Please note: Students cannot receive financial aid for audited or community services classes. If you decide for whatever reason to audit or enroll in a community services class or classes, you are ineligible to receive a BOGFW or any other financial aid for this course(s). You are solely responsible for the payment of this class or classes. No exceptions to this policy can be made.