Financial Aid

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

IRS Data Retrieval Update

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) is currently not working and has been shut down by the IRS. It is not clear when the IRS DRT will be available again for students and parents to transfer their IRS data to the FAFSA application. In the meantime, students and parents will need to manually fill in the IRS data on the FAFSA application. In addition, students and parents should be encouraged to request an IRS Tax Transcript in case the FAFSA application is selected for verification.

There are three ways to request an IRS Tax Transcript:

  • Order it online by going to  You will be able to view and print your Tax Transcript immediately. Be sure to select the Tax Return Transcript and not the Tax Account Transcript.
  • Call 1-800-908-9946 and under the options select IRS Tax Transcript. Do not select IRS Account Summary.
  • Complete the form 4506-T (IRS Request for Transcript of Tax Return) and submit it to the IRS. It takes about 10 days to receive the transcript from IRS.

If you need assistance completing your FAFSA or Dream Act application, see the section below.

FAFSA/Dream Act Application Assistance

If you need assistance completing the FAFSA or Dream Act application, you can go to the Peer Mentor Lab (L-113) for assistance. In addition, there are special workshops set up for the next few months.

 Thursday, April 27
 3:00 pm -6:00 pm
 Tuesday, May 9
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
 Wednesday, May 24
 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
 Saturday, June 10
 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
 Friday, June 30
 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Contact First Year Services at 619-388-3998 to attend a workshop.

Financial Aid office location

The Financial Aid Office is in our new temporary location on the 1st floor of the B building at the front of the campus. Financial Aid is in room B-103 and the main entrance is in the main lobby of the B building.

important news/updates for 2017-2018

FAFSA for 2017-2018
As of October 1, 2016, you can now complete and submit your 2017-2018 FAFSA application. The FAFSA application is available three months earlier than in prior years. In addition, the 2017-2018 FAFSA will be asking for your and/or your parents 2015 taxable and untaxable income. In most cases, this should be the same income information you reported on your 2016-2017 FAFSA.

The IRS Data Retrieval is currently not available. If there are discrepancies between the 2015 data submitted for 2017-2018 and the data that was submitted for 2016-2017, the Financial Aid Office will be required to determine the correct information and make any adjustments, corrections or updates for either year. This may lead to potential overpayments.

Please keep in mind, even though you can submit your 2017-2018 FAFSA earlier, we are still waiting for our computer system to be set up so we can begin processing your FAFSA
. Please see the section below for additional information. We hope to begin sending notices to students in the beginning of May 2017 informing students of the documents they need to complete their financial aid file.

New System for Student Services and Financial Aid Postponed
The move to the new PeopleSoft computer system for all of the Student Services areas including Financial Aid has been delayed until the 2018-2019 school year.. Students who apply for the FAFSA for the 2017-2018 school year beginning with Fall 2017 will be sent email notifications by May 2017. Stay tuned for more information.

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Information for students of Closed schools

Students of closed schools, click this link, Closed Schools for information and assistance.

important news/updates for 2016-2017

Federal Work Study Special Recruitment for Off-campus Hiring

We are recruiting students to work off-campus in a Community Service program at the Sherman Academy in Sherman Heights. Students will work with elementary school children and will help in various capacities at the school.

You must meet all eligibility requirements including but not limited to: completing the 2016-2017 FAFSA, making Satisfactory Academic Progress, having financial need and successful passing of the LiveScan (fingerprinting) process.

If you are interested, please contact Lorie Mendoza at

Federal Work Study Sign Up
We have currently stopped accepting new students for Work Study consideration. We will re-evaluate our funding status for the Spring 2017 semester. 

First priority will go to students who:

  • are enrolled in at least 6 units for the Fall 2016 semester
  • have unmet need of at least $4,000
  • have Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in Good Standing and does not or did not have to submit a financial aid appeal
Please be sure to bring your Social Security card and your CA Drivers License or ID. If the Work Study coordinator is available when you submit your name, we will check to see if you meet the eligibility requirements and provide you with the initial paperwork.

2016-2017 FAFSA
You can now apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2016-2017 school year (Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and Summer 2017). The application can be completed at this link, FAFSA. For more information, go to our Financial Aid application webpage, Application. We are currently contacting students for additional documents and information. The earlier you submit and complete your financial aid file, the earlier we can review and determine your eligibility.

Osher Scholarships
Applications for the Osher Scholarship are no longer being accepted for the 2016-2017 school year. For more information and to apply, go to our Osher Scholarship webpage by clicking this link, Osher. The deadline  to submit an application has passed.

Financial Aid Priority Deadline (July 1, 2016)
If you are in Good Standing and you submit all of your required 2016-2017 documents and you completed your financial aid file by July 1, 2016, you will receive priority in reviewing your file and determining your award eligibility. If you complete your financial aid file after July 1, 2016, 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 2016 semester. 

If you must file an appeal for Fall 2016, 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 2016 semester.

BOG Fee Waiver for Fall 2016
You can submit a BOG Fee Waiver application at any time.  You are also strongly encouraged  to complete the FAFSA or Dream Act application to to see if you are eligible for other grant aid. Reminder: You will need to pay the Health Fee from your own funds.

Deadline to Submit Financial Aid Appeals for Spring 2017
If you are Disqualified for Spring 2017, you must submit your financial aid appeal for the Spring 2017 semester May 5, 2017. Exceptions will be made for students submitting late FAFSA applications.

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 and times for Spring 2017 are shown below.
  • January 19th 11:30AM-1:30PM
  • January 26th 11:30AM-1:30PM
  • January 31st  1:30-3:30PM
  • February 8th 3-5PM
All workshops will be held in the Science building, room S114.

Please get a referral from the Financial Aid Office to take to the Counseling Office to sign up for the workshop. You must attend and view the video in person at the workshop. You cannot fulfill the requirement by watching the video online. Appeal forms can be downloaded and printed from our website. Click the Forms/Documents link on the right side of this page.

New Full-Time Student Success Grant (FTSSG)

Students who meet the following criteria will be eligible for the new FTSSG award for Fall 2106 and/or Spring 2017.
  • Must be enrolled full-time (12 or more units) each semester
  • Must have been awarded a Cal Grant B or Cal Grant C and paid at full-time status
  • Must meet all other Federal/State financial aid requirements
Eligible students will be awarded $300 for each semester of eligibility. The Fall 2016 FTSSG payments will be made after the main Cal Grant payment for Fall 2016. The.Spring 2017 payments will be made after the main Cal Grant payment for Spring 2017.

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 school year, 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.

2016-2017 FAFSA and CA Dream Act Application Processing
Priority review of applications will be done for students who complete their file by July 1, 2016. Students who complete their file after July 1, 2016 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 2016 semester.

You can apply for the FAFSA online at for the Fall 2016/Spring 2017 school year. You and/or your parents should complete your 2015 federal tax returns before completing the FAFSA. The priority deadline to apply was April 1, 2016 but you may still submit your FAFSA after that date.

Students who qualify as AB540 students can now complete the CA Dream Act application for the 2016-2017 school year to be considered for state aid such as Cal Grant and the BOG Fee Waiver. Students can apply at

The final deadline to apply is June 30, 2017 or your last day of attendance whichever comes first. Remember, you must complete a new FAFSA and/or CA Dream Act Application every school year.

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.

New Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention (DAAPP) Information
We have a new DAAPP document, click this link DAAPP to view.

Subsidized Direct Loan Lifetime Eligibility (Effective July 1, 2013 for New Borrowers only)

In 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.

Financial aid scams

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.

IRS Scam: IRS impersonators are calling people and demanding a "Federal Student Tax". They use threats to intimidate and bully people into paying a tax bill. They may even threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the driver’s license of their victim if they don’t get the money.

The IRS Will Never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money and you don’t owe taxes, here’s what you should do:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting web page or call 800-366-4484.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission by visiting and clicking on “File a Consumer Complaint.” Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
  • If you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040.

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)

Registered Nurse (RN)


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 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.
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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  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 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 April 10, 2017.