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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 (for more details please review our Helping Hand Guide).

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate financial need, except for some loan programs.
  • Must have resolved all drug conviction issues.

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.  No exceptions to this policy can be made.