California Community Colleges

The California Community Colleges financial aid programs currently serve over 1 million students with aid totaling approximately $2.92 billion annually. Financial aid, such as fee waivers, grants, scholarships, work study programs and loans, is available year-round. This money can be used to help pay for fees, books and supplies, and sometimes even living expenses. Current students and those considering enrolling in a community college can learn about the different types of financial aid available and apply for them by visiting new windowicanaffordcollege.com.

All students who may need financial assistance for college are encouraged to apply for aid. Even if you think you may not be eligible, you could be surprised. Students who enroll in college full-time have access to more financial aid and are more likely to complete their educational goals.

To apply for federal, state and college financial aid programs, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can find this form on new windowicanaffordcollege.com by clicking on the "Apply Now" box located on the home page.

The new windowCal Grant programs have two deadlines: the well-publicized March 2nd deadline and a deadline specifically for California Community College students, which is September 2nd. This means you can apply for a Cal Grant right through the summer, even if you missed the March deadline. To apply simply fill out a new windowFree Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online and be sure to file your verified Cal Grant grade point average (you can get this form from your high school or CCC financial aid office) by September 2nd. The number of Cal Grants for the September deadline is limited and you must meet the filing deadline to be considered. It could mean a lot of FREE money for college.

If you miss the Cal Grant deadline, you should still complete and submit the new windowFAFSA to apply for other types of aid that are available year-round. At a California community college, you may also receive a new windowBoard of Governors Fee Waiver (BOG Fee Waiver), which waives enrollment fees for qualified students for the entire school year.

Professional assistance is available at all 113 campuses to help identify the types of aid that are right for you and complete the forms. For free assistance from your local community college financial aid expert, just enter your zip code in the "Get Help Now" box on the home page of new windowicanaffordcollege.com.

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