Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office is committed to assisting students who might otherwise be unable to continue their education because of financial disadvantage.

important news/updates for 2015-2016

Federal Work Study Wait List Sign Up
If you are interested in being considered for the Federal Work Study program, we will begin a Wait List on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 8:00 am. You must sign up in person at the Financial Aid Office. Funds are extremely limited and we will not be able to assist all interested students.

You must meet all Federal eligibility requirements, have financial need and be enrolled in at least 6 units. 
In addition, you must be in Good Standing (Satisfactory) with the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy. This means you have not been Disqualified from Financial Aid based on your academic history. Students who have been Disqualified and approved on appeal will not be eligible for Federal Work Study.

Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID replaces FSA PIN
You must create a new FSA ID (Username and Password) to access the Federal Student Aid websites. Click this link, FSA ID, for more information and instructions on how to create your FSA ID.
Important: Only you, the student, should create your FSA ID. No one else should have access or know your FSA ID information.

FAFSA or CA Dream Act required for BOG Fee Waivers
New for this Fall semester, to receive a BOG Fee Waiver, you must complete and submit either a FAFSA application or a CA Dream Act application.

Exception: If you are eligible for a BOG A Fee Waiver, you can still submit a paper BOG Fee Waiver application along with the qualifying documentation to verify your status. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for other exceptions.

2015-2016 FAFSA Processing
We have started processing FAFSA and CA Dream Act applications as of mid-May 2015. Email notices have been sent to students requesting any additional documentation needed to complete their file. Priority review of applications will be done for students who complete their file by July 1, 2015. Students who complete their file after July 1, 2015 or who have to submit a financial aid appeal will be processed as time allows and may not be processed in time to be awarded for the start of the Fall 2015 semester.

New Consumer Information Webpage
We have a new Consumer Information webpage that provides all of the required disclosures for students as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). Click on this link, Consumer Info to go the webpage.

Online Acceptance of Terms of Agreement
Reminder to all students: Please read and accept the updated Terms of Agreement for the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD). Acceptance only needs to be done once for either San Diego City College, Mesa College or Miramar College. To accept the Terms of Agreement, click this link, Terms of Agreement, go to View your Financial Aid for the 2015-2016 school year, select "City College" and select "Click here to accept the Financial Aid Terms of Agreement".  You cannot submit a paper acceptance.

If you do not accept the Terms of Agreement, you will still be packaged for financial aid but your financial aid disbursements will be delayed until completed.

Financial Aid Appeals for Fall 2015 
If you are Disqualified for Fall 2015, you may submit your financial aid appeal if you are enrolled for the Fall 2015 semester. The deadline to submit Fall 2015 appeals is November 20, 2015.

If you have a comprehensive Educational Plan completed by a counselor, you do not need to submit one with your appeal.

If you do not have a comprehensive Educational Plan, you will need to go to one of the new Financial Aid Appeal/Ed Plan workshops to view a video and meet with a counselor to have an abbreviated Educational Plan completed which will need to be submitted with your appeal. Workshop dates, times and location will be provided very soon.

Important Reminder: July through September is one of our peak periods, therefore, appeal reviews may take longer than normal for a decision. We thank you in advance for your patience.

Appeal forms can be downloaded and printed from our website. Click the Forms/Documents link on the right side of this page to go to the 2015-2016 Forms/Documents page.

Financial Aid Appeals for Spring 2016 
If you are Disqualified for Spring 2016 or your appeal was approved for Fall 2015 but you did not meet the conditions of your Fall appeal approval, you must submit a new financial aid appeal for Spring 2016 after the Fall 2015 grades are posted. You must also be enrolled for Spring 2016 to submit your appeal.

If you do not have a comprehensive Educational Plan, you will need to go to one of the new Financial Aid Appeal/Ed Plan workshops to view a video and meet with a counselor to have an abbreviated Educational Plan completed which will need to be submitted with your appeal. Workshop dates, times and location will be provided very soon.

Important Reminder: January/February is one of our peak periods, therefore, appeal reviews may take longer than normal for a decision. We thank you in advance for your patience.

Appeal forms can be downloaded and printed from our website. Click the Forms/Documents link on the right side of this page to go to the 2015-2016 Forms/Documents page.

Financial Aid Priority Deadline (July 1, 2015)
If you are in Good Standing and you submit all of your required documents and completed your financial aid file by July 1, 2015, you will receive priority in reviewing your file and determining your award eligibility. If you complete your financial aid file after July 1, 2015, your file will still be reviewed and your award eligibility determined but there is no guaranty that it will be completed before the start of the Fall 2015 semester. 

If you must file an appeal, your eligibility will be determined only after your appeal is approved. However, there is no guaranty that it will be reviewed before the start of the Fall 2015 semester.

Interest Rates for Direct Loans (July 1, 2015)
The Interest rate for Direct Loans will decrease from 4.66% to 4.29% on July 1, 2015 for loans disbursed from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. 

Origination fees for Direct Loans (effective October 1, 2015)
The origination fees for Direct Loans will decrease to 1.068% for loans with first disbursements on or after October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016.

Loans disbursed before October 1, 2015 will have an origination fee of 1.073%. 

Subsidized Direct Loan Lifetime Eligibility (Effective July 1, 2013 for New Borrowers only)
As part of the agreement to keep interest rates at 3.4% for 2012-2013, Congress approved a new lifetime limit on receiving Subsidized Direct Loans. This new limit applies to first time borrowers only. A first time borrower is defined as a student with a zero ($0) loan balance as of July 1, 2013 or later. 

For first time borrowers with loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2013, these students will be limited to 150% of Subsidized loan eligibility based on the length of their program. For example, a student is enrolled in a 2 year program at San Diego City College. The student will only have 3 years of Subsidized loan eligibility and after the third year the student will no longer be eligible for a Subsidized loan at our school.

If a student previously borrowed a Subsidized loan from any college and paid his loan balance down to $0 and borrows a new loan after July 1, 2013, he would be considered a first time borrower again and would be subject to the 150% Subsidized loan limit.

Students Enrolled in Online Classes and Residing Out of State
Students with a legal or mailing address that is located outside of California and that are enrolled in online (web) classes only, will not be allowed to enroll and will be dropped and as a result will not eligible for federal financial aid. Students that reside in the following U.S. States or Territories are not allowed to enroll:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • North Dakota
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • Washington D.C.
  • Wyoming
  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • N. Mariana Islands
  • Puerto Rico

Students Enrolled in Online Classes Must Verify Their Identity Prior to Disbursement
Students enrolled in substantially all online classes will be required to provide proof of identity in person at the Financial Aid Office in order to clear their first Grant or Loan disbursement. Students that reside outside of San Diego County may provide proof of identity with an original notarized form and signatures which must be delivered to the Financial Aid Office. Failure to provide proof of identity will result in a hold on all financial aid disbursements.

Information for students of Corinthian Colleges

With the closure of the Corinthian Colleges, students may consider attending San Diego City College. Please see the links to the right for information about applying for and receiving financial aid from our school.

Loans received at Corinthian and Federal Loan Discharge
Students who were enrolled at the time of the colleges closing are eligible for loan discharge as long as they don't transfer any units into their new college. There are several efforts going on trying to get more generous debt relief options for students. There are some special web sites and info available to students. 

It is important for former Corinthian students to understand their rights for federal loan discharges. The Attorney General’s Office set up an online information center for students that appear to have some good resources, link provided below:

https://www.oag.ca.gov/consumers/general/corinthian-colleges 

"Before you enroll in a new school, you should speak to the financial aid office about how transferring credits might affect your eligibility for a closed school discharge."

Also see, https://studentaid.ed.gov/about/announcements/corinthian/faq#loan-discharge

Will you be eligible for a closed school loan discharge?
You may be eligible for a 100% discharge of Direct Loans, Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program loans, or Federal Perkins Loans you received to attend any school under either of these circumstances:

• Your school closes while you're enrolled, and you do not complete your program, either at the closed school or another school. If you were on an approved leave of absence when the school ceased operations, you are considered to have been enrolled at the school when it closed.  

You stopped attending your school within 120 days before it closed.  

You are not eligible for discharge of your loans if your school closes and any of the following is true:

You have completed all the course work for the program, even if you have not received a diploma or certificate.  

You stopped attending more than 120 days before the school closed.  

You enroll in and you complete a comparable educational program at another school and receive credits for the classes you took at the closed school. However, if you enroll in this comparable program and complete it, but the new school does not give you credit for any coursework completed at the closed school, you would be eligible for a closed school discharge. 

fafsa application for 2015-2016

You can now apply online at www.fafsa.gov to complete the FAFSA application for the Fall 2015/Spring 2016 school year. You and/or your parents should complete your 2014 federal tax returns before completing the FAFSA. The priority deadline to apply is April 1, 2015 but you may still submit your FAFSA after that date.

The final deadline to apply is June 30, 2016 or your last day of attendance whichever comes first. Remember, you must complete a new FAFSA every school year.

California Dream Act Application for fall 2015/spring 2016

Students who qualify as AB540 students can now complete the CA Dream Act application for the 2015/2016 school year to be considered for state aid such as Cal Grant and the BOG Fee Waiver. Students can apply at http://www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp.

cal grant scam

There have been reports to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) that students are being contacted by individuals claiming to be from CSAC and asking for money in order to receive or reserve their Cal Grant award.

This is a scam. CSAC will never ask for money or credit card information. Do not provide any information if contacted.

If you have been a victim or target of this scam, please contact the proper authorities such as College Police or the California Attorney General's Office at 800-952-5225.

Net Price Calculator

The Net Price Calculator has been updated with 2013-2014 data and is now available to provide you with an estimate of how much it costs to attend San Diego City College and to give you an estimate of how much financial aid you may qualify for. To get started, just click this link, Net Price Calculator.

Gainful Employment

Certificate Programs (Gainful Employment) Federal regulations require institutions to provide students with Gainful Employment information for specific certificate programs offered at our college.

Please click on the this link, Certificate Programs, to view the information for each program at San Diego City College. California State License Information AB2086 requires participating Cal Grant institutions to provide links to the California State agencies that disclose the passage rate for students required to be licensed in order to work. The following programs offered at our school require a state license:

License Vocational Nurse (LVN)
http://www.bvnpt.ca.gov/education/vn_stats.shtml

Registered Nurse (RN)
http://www.rn.ca.gov/schools/passrates.shtml

Cosmetologist
http://www.barbercosmo.ca.gov/schools/schls_rslts.shtml

View your current Financial Aid information and status on Reg-e.

Do you want to know what documents you need to submit for financial aid?
Do you want to see what type of financial aid you have been awarded?

You can view your current financial aid status on Reg-e.
Log on at https://studentweb.sdccd.edu/reg-e/ and enter your PIN.
Select "Financial Aid Services" followed by "View Your Financial Aid".
Verify that your personal information is correct and continue. Choose the semester you want to view.
Click the button "View Your Financial Aid" and then click the "City" button.
Save time and get your status immediately. Don’t wait in line, go online today! 

FAFSA INFORMATION NOT IN OUR DATABASE

If you have completed and submitted your FAFSA and you have not received any letter or email from our office, we probably are unable to process and download your FAFSA. This may be because:

1.      you have not yet filed an admissions application with the San Diego Community College District or
2.      you have an admissions application on file but you did not use your Social Security Number and were assigned a number beginning with the letter ‘D’ instead.

To file an admissions application, please log on to https://applyonline.communitycollege.net/studentappview.cfm  and follow the application instructions.

  • Complete the Admissions Application using your personal information as it appears on your Social Security Card. You must provide your Social Security Number in the Admissions Application or our office will not be able to process your FAFSA application.

To update your current admissions application from a 'D' number, please go to the Admissions Office and complete a “Request for Change of Social Security Number, Name, Address” form. You must provide proof of your Social Security Number in order for the Admissions Office to change your ‘D’ Number to your Social Security Number.

Once you have submitted your admissions application, or updated your current admissions application, your FAFSA will be compared to your admissions application. If your Social Security Number matches, your FAFSA will be downloaded  and we can begin processing your FAFSA.

The download of your FAFSA may take up to two weeks depending on when you completed or updated your admissions application.

If you have any questions, please contact your campus Financial Aid Office.

FINANCIAL AID POLICY

Financial Aid funds are administered in accordance with a nationally established policy of financial assistance for education. The basis of this policy is the belief that students and their parents have the primary responsibility for meeting educational costs. The amount of the contribution expected from students and their parents is determined by careful analysis of family financial strength taking into consideration net income, number of dependents, allowable expenses, indebtedness, and assets. The U.S. Department of Education, in cooperation with educational agencies, has established procedures which are used in making an evaluation of the amount families can be expected to contribute.

This page was last updated on August 27, 2015.