General Eligibility Requirements
- To receive aid, you must be enrolled in an approved program of study leading to an associate degree, certificate, or transfer to a four-year college. You are encouraged to follow an Educational Plan and to enroll only in classes towards your stated educational goals.
- You must meet and maintain satisfactory academic progress. Please refer to the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
- You must have a high school diploma, or equivalent, or have a General Education Diploma (GED). Students enrolled in college prior to July 1, 2012 also have the option to demonstrate that they have the Ability to Benefit (ATB) as defined by Federal Regulations to receive aid. Ability to Benefit means you must take and pass a test approved by the U.S. Department of Education. If you take this test and do not receive a passing score, you may still be eligible for aid by completing 6 degree applicable units with a C or better. This requirement must be met prior to the start of the term in which you receive aid.
- You must not be in default on any Federal Education Loan (Perkins, Stafford, PLUS, Direct), or any other Federal loan at any college or institution.
- If you are enrolled in all online (web) classes, you must reside in California or Arizona in order to be eligible for federal financial aid.
- You must not owe a refund or repayment on any Title IV grant program (Pell, FSEOG, ACG, State Student Incentive Grant) at any college or institution.
- You cannot receive aid while simultaneously enrolled in elementary or secondary school (high school) and college.
- You must have financial need as determined by the Federal Methodology.
- You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States or be in the country for other than a temporary purpose with the intention of becoming a permanent resident. You may be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship.
- Eligible non-citizens may be required to provide proof of permanent residency for federal aid. (Alien Registration Cards I-94, I-155, I-688 or U.S. Immigration and Naturalization letter granting asylum, etc.). International/Foreign Students (I-20 Visa holders) are not eligible for financial aid. For further information regarding other eligible immigration status, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
- If you are a male, your Selective Service registration must be confirmed by the Selective Service agency, or you will be required to present a letter from Selective Service indicating that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or that you are not required to register. To register for Selective Service, check your registration status or request a Status Information Letter because you didn't register between the ages 18-25, go to www.sss.gov
- You must provide proof of a valid social security number if requested.
- Your financial aid eligibility may be suspended for a conviction of violating federal or state drug possession or sale laws while you were receiving federal student aid.
These are the general eligibility requirements. Depending on the financial aid program or your unique circumstances, you may have other eligibility requirements that must be met before receiving financial aid.
Undocumented students who qualify for AB540 status may qualify for certain state financial aid programs such as the California College Promise Grant (or CCPG, formerly known as Board of Governors Fee Waiver BOGFW) and Cal Grant. Please visit our Dream Act webpage for more information.