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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.

update: financial aid office will be closed

The Financial Aid Office will be closed for staff training on:

Friday, March 2, 2018
Friday, March 9, 2018

The office will be open on February 23, 2018.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

Emergency Funds for Dreamer Students

Emergency funds have been provided to help Dreamer students with financial hardships due to extenuating circumstances. Dreamer students must have completed a CA Dream Act application and have financial need. To apply, click this link, Dreamer Emergency Funds.

Return the completed application to Cathi Lopez in the Counseling Office, E-2. The contact number is 619-388-3540.

Applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis until funds are exhausted.

2018-2019 FAFSA and CA Dream Act applications

As of October 1, 2017, you can now apply for the 2018-2019 FAFSA and CA Dream Act applications for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters. In addition, students and/or parents will be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to transfer information from the 2016 tax returns directly to the FAFSA application.

Even though you can apply early, we will not begin processing files for 2018-2019 until April 2018.

8 steps to completing the FAFSA

Do you need help getting started with the FAFSA? Read the blog "8 Steps to Completing the FAFSA" by clicking this link, 8 Steps.

FAX machine is not working

Our office fax machine is currently not working. Please do not fax documents to our office at this time. You may mail documents or come to the office to submit them. Please be aware that this is our most busiest time of the year and there may be a long line of students waiting for service. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Appeal workkshops

 If you need to submit a Financial Aid Appeal and you need an Educational Plan, you should attend one of the Appeal workshops. Please contact the Counseling Office to sign up for one of the workshops.The Counseling Office is located in Building E-2and the phone number is 619-388-3540.

FAFSA/CA Dream Act application assistance

If you need assistance completing the FAFSA or CA Dream Act application, you can go to the Peer Mentor Lab (L-113) for assistance.

2017-2018 Processing

Students can view the documents to be submitted by viewing Reg-e.

We strongly encourage all students to submit their documents as soon as possible. Students who complete their financial aid files and are in Good Standing based on the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards will be reviewed first.

The income to be reported and verified for both 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 school year is income from the 2015 Tax year. If there are discrepancies between the income reported for both school years, we are required to place an immediate hold on a student's record and determine the correct information. We must also make any corrections, adjustments or updates to either school year which could result in an overpayment situation.

IRS Data Retrieval Update for 2017-2018

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) is not available for the 2017-2018 school year. 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 request an IRS Tax Transcript in case the FAFSA application is selected for verification and you or your parents need to submit proof of 2015 income.

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.

Important Update: For 2017-2018, we strongly encourage students and/or parents to submit the IRS Tax Transcript. We will accept a signed photocopy of the IRS Tax forms (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ) as long as the complete tax document is four pages or less.

12 common fafsa mistakes

Click this link, FAFSA mistakes to learn more about the common mistakes students and parents make when completing the FAFSA application.

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.

New System for Student Services and Financial Aid Postponed Until Fall 2018

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. 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.

other important information

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.

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.
For more consumer information on IRS Tax Scams, click this link, Tax Scams.

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.

Save time and get your status immediately. Don’t wait in line, go online today! 


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 February 22, 2018.