Financial Aid News & Disclosures
The information below can help you with understand the application process and provide you with updated news that you need to know about financial aid programs!
Applying for Financial Aid
Students who are U.S. Citizens or eligible non-citizens (permanent residents) can apply for state and federal aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Log on to www.fafsa.gov to begin your application today! For more information on completing the FAFSA, visit www.studentaid.gov.
If you are an undocumented student who meets California AB 540 requirements, you may apply for California state aid programs by completing the Dream Act Application. This includes the Board of Governors Fee Waiver, Cal Grants, Chafee Grants, and private scholarships. Log on to https://dream.csac.ca.gov/ . For more information on the Dream Act and AB 540 eligibility requirements, visit http://www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp
Financial Aid Newsletter
Our Financial Aid Newsletter is provided on a bimonthly basis in order to inform students on financial aid updates, campus events, documentation deadlines, and more. Enrolled students will receive the newsletter via CCCD student email (InSite Portal). You can also follow this link to view our archived financial aid newsletters.
New Financial Aid Disbursement Methods coming Fall 2016
Beginning Fall 2016, students will have three options to receive their financial aid awards.
A CollegeCash Card, ACH Transfer (Direct Deposit), and paper check.
Please click HERE to access our Frequently Asked Questions PDF for more information.
New Financial Aid Regulations
The laws that govern financial aid eligibility are based on the federal and state government. Because these regulations are always changing, this section is meant to keep the students of Contra Costa up-to-date on financial aid regulations that may affect them now and in the future!
Fall 2016 BOG Fee Waiver Changes: Beginning in Fall 2016, students must meet minimum academic and progress standards to avoid losing eligibility for the BOG Fee Waiver program. For more information go here: BOGFW Changes
Loss of BOGFW videos: Four Videos have been posted on the I CAN website to help understand the new BOFGW Changes:
Early FAFSA and Prior-Prior Year: Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, the application will become available early! Instead of waiting until January to apply, students can start applying in October 2016. Also, instead of using income information from the prior tax year, you will use income information from the “prior-prior” tax year. That means for your 2017-2018 FAFSA, you will use tax information from 2015. But don’t be confused! Log on to watch some videos that help explain it all: http://contracosta.financialaidtv.com/#playlist-44000:video-0.
Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Limit: Effective July 1, 2012, a student may receive the Pell Grant for up to 12 full-time semesters, or six full-time academic years. This includes all years in which the student has received Pell Grant. Once a student has received 12 full-time semesters of Pell Grant, the student will no longer be eligible for Pell Grant for any future semesters. Any semesters in which the student was not enrolled full-time will be prorated.
High School Graduation and Ability to Benefit: Students who enroll in an eligible higher education program for the first time on or after July 1, 2012, and do not have a high school diploma or recognized equivalent (GED, CHSPE), are ineligible to receive student aid. Only students who were enrolled in eligible programs prior to July 1, 2012, and do not have a high school diploma or recognized equivalent remain eligible to qualify under the Ability to Benefit (ATB) provisions. ATB provisions provide the option for the student to pass an independently administered ATB test or successfully complete at least 6 credit hours of postsecondary education to qualify for student aid. If you feel that you may qualify under the ATB provisions, please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance for more information.
150% Direct Subsidized Loan Limit: The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, MAP-21, added a new provision that limits a first-time borrower’s eligibility for Direct Subsidized Loans to a period not to exceed 150% of the length of the borrower’s educational program. Borrowers who exceed the 150% limit will lose eligibility for future Subsidized loans and the interest subsidy on any existing Subsidized Loans. For more information on this new regulation, click here.
Cal Grant Disclosure
CAL GRANT QUALIFYING INSTITUTION DISCLOSURE
Per California Assembly Bill (AB) 2086, the following information is made available to provide access to California license examination passage rates for graduates of Contra Costa College programs that require California licensure. Data will continue to be updated as California licensing and/or regulatory agencies make the data electronically available.
Web site links:
Emergency Medical Sciences: http://www.emsa.ca.gov/Media/Default/PDF/EMT_Pass%20Rates2013.pdf
Real Estate: http://dre.ca.gov/stats/
Registered Nurse (RN): http://www.rn.ca.gov/schools/passrates
References and Resources
Federal Student Aid: online at www.studentaid.ed.gov or call 1-800-4FEDAID.
Cal Grant: create an account online at mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov.
Federal Student Loans: online at www.studentloans.gov.
National Student Loan Data System: check your existing loan balance information online at www.nslds.ed.gov.
Debt Resolution Services: if you owe a defaulted loan or financial aid repayment, log onto www.myeddebt.ed.gov or call 1-800-621-3115.