Don’t wait for admission to apply for financial aid. The financial aid process is separate from the admission process.
On October 1, 2017, you can apply for financial aid for the 2018-2019 school year.
Learning the ropes of Financial Aid takes time. The good news is that there are plenty of funds available to students who want to go to college and need the help. Our Financial Aid Counselor to college scholarship winners, Mary Gill, is a 40-year veteran of financial aid in the California community college system. She created the precise details you need to get the money to attend school.
By taking a look at these documents, you’ll be able to forge your financial aid strategy.
Financial Aid Offer
The offer of financial aid should come to you along with or soon after your notice of admission. If you are not admitted, you will not receive an offer of financial aid. (The exception is a community college where you do not need to be admitted.)
Many offers do not include the cost or the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). Without these items it is difficult to judge the quality of the offer. Call the college and ask “what cost of attendance and what EFC was used to calculate this offer of financial aid?” This will help you know if you actually will be able to afford the college and if their expectations are realistic for you.
Do not pay a May 1 deposit if you do not yet have an offer of financial aid. Call the admissions office and let them know you cannot commit to the college until you know if you can afford the college. An ethical college will not force you to commit without an offer of financial aid, but will, instead, work with you to get you an offer so you can make an informed decision.