Federal Financial Aid Programs
FEDERAL PELL GRANT
The Federal Pell Grant provides gift aid assistance to undergraduates who have not yet earned a baccalaureate or first professional degree and who demonstrate financial need.
FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT (FSEOG)
The FSEOG is a federal grant program designed to supplement other sources of financial aid for students with exceptional need. FSEOG awards are based on financial need and fund availability.
The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) enables students to earn a portion of their financial aid award through part-time employment either on or off-campus. To be eligible, a student must meet the eligibility requirements for federal financial aid and must maintain good academic standing while employed under the program.
State Financial Aid Program
THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS FEE WAIVER PROGRAM (BOGFW)
The BOGFW is offered by the California Community Colleges. (Click here for more information)
THE FULL-TIME STUDENT SUCCESS GRANT
A financial aid program for Cal Grant B and Cal Grant C recipients attending full time at a California community college. (Click here for more information)
California STUDENT AID COMMISSION (CSAC) PROGRAMS
Students must meet the following eligibility requirements for the Cal Grant Programs:
Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Have a valid Social Security Number (SSN)
Be a California resident
Be attending at least half- time at a qualifying California college
Have financial need at the college of attendance
Be making satisfactory academic progress as determined by the college
Have not already earned a bachelor’s or professional degree, or the equivalent.
First deadline is March 2 of each year.
A second deadline for community college applicants is September 2, but we highly recommend that applicants meet the March 2 deadline when more funding is available. (The second deadline does not apply to students applying for the CAL Grant through the Dream Act application.)
Students must submit the FAFSA by the deadline date to apply for the Cal Grant.
Students must submit a GPA Verification by the deadline dates to the California Student Aid Commission. GPA verification for students enrolled within the Los Angeles Community College District will be electronically sent to the Commission by the deadline date for those who meet specific criteria.
TYPES OF GRANTS AVAILABLE
Cal Grant A – provides grant funds to help pay for tuition/fees at qualifying institutions offering baccalaureate degree programs. If you receive a Cal Grant A but choose to attend a CA community college first, your award will be held in reserve for up to three years until you transfer to a four-year college. Students accepted into the Dental Hygiene Bachelors Degree Program are eligible to receive this grant at West Los Angeles College.
Cal Grant B – provides subsistence payments for new recipients in the amount of $1,670 for a full-time, full year award. Payments are reduced accordingly for three-quarter and half-time enrollment for each payment period. Cal Grant B recipients who transfer to a tuition/fee charging school after completing one or two years at a community college may have their grant increased to include tuition and fees as well as subsistence.
Cal Grant Transfer Entitlement Award is for eligible CA community college students who are transferring to a four-year college and are under age 24 as of December 31 of the award year.
Cal Grant A and B awards are used for the same purpose as the A and B entitlement awards, except that they are not guaranteed and the number of awards is limited.
Cal Grant C recipients are selected based on financial need and vocational aptitude. Students must be enrolled in a vocational program at a California Community College, independent college, or vocational college, in a course of study lasting from four months to two years. Cal Grant C awards may not be used to pursue a four-year degree program, graduate study, or general education.
LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL DEPENDENTS GRANT
The Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents (LEPD) Grant is a program administered by the California Student Aid Commission that provides grants for eligible students. Student eligibility:
Students must be a child (natural or adopted) or spouse, at the time of death or injury of a California peace officer or law enforcement officer, firefighter, or employee of the Department of Corrections or the Department of Youth Authority.
Be enrolled in a minimum of six units at a California post-secondary institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office at the institution in which students are enrolled. The grant will be in an amount equal to the amount provided to a student who has been awarded a Cal Grant. Awards may be used for tuition and fees, books, supplies, and living expenses.
Obtain an application by calling the California Student Aid Commission’s Specialized Programs Branch at (888) 224-7268,
#3, or submit a request in writing to
California Student Aid Commission
P.O. Box 419029
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-9029
For more information on this grant program, go to www.csac.ca.gov, Publications, Program Brochures.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT TEACHER GRANT
The Child Development Teacher Grant is for students who plan to teach or supervise at a licensed children’s center. The grants, renewable for an additional year, are awarded to students attending a public or private two or four-year college in California.
The California Chafee Grant Program provides free money to foster youth and former foster youth to use for college courses or vocational school training.
EXTENDED OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM AND SERVICES (EOP&S)
The EOP&S Program is designed primarily for the recruitment and retention of students affected by language, social and economic disadvantages.
EOP&S provides services such as grants and book loans; educational, personal, and career counseling; personal development courses; college survival skills; cultural awareness activities; career workshops; and field trips to four year colleges and universities.
Criteria for EOP&S students: Qualified to receive a Board of Governors Fee Waiver A or B, educationally disadvantaged, enrolled in 12 or more units, have completed less than 70 units or 6 consecutive semesters, and are California residents.
COOPERATIVE AGENCIES RESOURCES FOR EDUCATION (CARE)
CARE is a state funded support service for single parents receiving public assistance who have children under the age of 14.
Services include books and supplies, cash grants, child care, auto repair reimbursement, meal tickets, auto gas cards, parking permits, bus pass/tokens, parenting workshops, counseling services, and on and off-campus referrals.
GAIN/CALIFORNIA WORK OPPORTUNITY AND RESPONSIBILITY TO KIDS (CalWORKs)
Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN) has been replaced by CalWORKs. This is a state program that provides an educational environment where the student may develop the needed vocational skills to enhance his/her job market value. Services offered include job development, child-care, counseling, books, paid work-study, and other support services.
Programs offered include General Equivalency Diploma, Adult Basic Education, ESL classes, as well as vocational classes such as Office Administration, Child Development, Home Health Aide, and Culinary Arts classes.
Other Federal Aid
BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS GRANT (BIA)
BIA grants provide money to help defray the costs of education for students of American Indian Heritage. Students may apply if they:
Are at least one-quarter American Indian, Eskimo, or Aleut, as certified by the BIA and/or by tribal group services of the BIA;
Are enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe;
Have financial aid eligibility and scholastic ability;
Are working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree;
Have completed all of the application requirements.
The amounts of the grants vary according to the individual agency of the BIA.
For Higher Education Grant applications, write to:
OFFICE OF INDIAN EDUCATION
2800 Cottage Way
Sacramento, California 95825
or call (916) 978-6057.
TRIO/STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM
TRIO is a federally funded program designed to assist those transferring to a four-year college or university.
Eligibility is based on low income, first generation or disabled college students with academic need. Students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
TRIO provides academic career and personal counseling, cash grants, tutoring, skills/information workshops, priority registration, cultural activities, field trips, computer lab usage, and laptop loaning.
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