1. Be a U.S. citizen, or an eligible non-citizen.
2. Have a high-school diploma (for California Students who graduated 2006 and after must have passed the CAHSEE exam), or GET, or Pass a High School Proficiency Exam (the CA Certificate of completion is not eligible), or have an AA or AS Degree, or have completed 6 units of college coursework which is acceptable towards a degree or certificate, or pass the Ability to Benefit examination.
When we import the Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) we built in rules that check both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Admissions & Records (A&R) system or noted that a student certified that they have either a High School (HS) Diploma or GED, HS Proficiency, ATB test data prior to 7/1/12, and ATB 6+ college units prior to 7/12/12.
- If a student does not show they have a HS Diploma, GED, or a grandfathered ATB record prior to July 1, 2012 on A&R, we send them a form entitled “HS Diploma Discrepancy." Depending on how they respond to the form they may or may not be eligible for aid.
- If a student is selected for verification as “V5" by the Department of Education, we send the student a form entitled “High School Verification." Depending on how they respond to the form they may or may not be eligible for aid.
- If any students answer “4-None of the Above" to question #26 on FAFSA that states “When you begin college in the 2017-2018 school year, what will be your high school competition status?," Financial aid verifies the HS Graduation Status as it appears on A&R if it shows they have a acceptable notation on A&R system it gets updated on Financial aid management system (FAMS). The acceptable statuses when updating (FAMS) are HS Diploma (which includes Foreign Diploma), GED, HS Proficiency, ATB test data prior to 7/1/12, and ATB 6+ college units prior to 7/12/12. If this is not updated, the Pell/ Student Loan will reject. All rejects are fixed and the disbursement record is resent.
3. Have a valid Social Security number.
4. Be enrolled in an eligible program of study leading to as AA/AS degree, a certificate or a transfer program.
5. May not be in default on any federal student loan or owe a refund on any federal grant.
- Check Your Loan Status Here
6. Male students must be registered with the Selective Service for federal aid programs.
- Check Your Selective Service Status Here
7. File a FAFSA application providing all income criteria; be processed through Federal Methodology, and submit all requested documents to complete a file. Correct any information not reported correctly.
8. Use financial aid funds for educational purposes.
9. Students who have convictions for the sale or possession of illegal drugs, while receiving federal student aid, may not be eligible for financial aid, depending on when the conviction occurred. Eligibility can be reinstated.
Call 1-800-433-3243 for further information or review the questions here:
- 2016-2017 Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet for Question 23
- 2017-2018 Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet for Question 23
10. Students meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requirements to remain eligible for financial aid.