Financial Aid

http://financialaid.fullcoll.edu

100 Bldg, Room 115 — (714) 888-7588

Financial Aid Office Mission

The mission of the Financial Aid Department is to provide information and financial aid support to all eligible students attending Fullerton College. Staff members are devoted to the educational needs of all individuals in the community and the varying specific educational needs of our students. Whatever the student’s major or career goal, Financial Aid helps the students know more about Financial Aid and the application process at Fullerton College. Their motto is “Financial Aid and You: Working Together for Student Success.”

Application Procedure

Students wishing to apply for financial aid should submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.gov and list the Fullerton College school code, which is 001201. The application period for financial assistance for the 2017-2018 school year is January 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Students are strongly encouraged to select the IRS Data Match on the FAFSA to expedite the processing of their financial aid file. When the student receives his/her SAR (Student Aid Report) from the Department of Education, the next step is to go to the Fullerton College website, sign into myGateway, click on Student Links and follow the applicable steps. Complete any supporting documentation as requested on myGateway.

Eligibility

Specific eligibility requirements may be found in the Consumer Brochure on the Fullerton College Financial Aid website. Basic Federal grant eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Demonstrates a financial need according to a recognized Federal system on need analysis
  • Does not owe a repayment on any previously-received Federal grants
  • Does not yet possess a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program
  • Has no drug-related convictions while on Financial Aid
  • Maintains satisfactory academic progress
  • Males must be registered with the Selective Service System
  • May not be in default on any Perkins, Stafford, Plus or Direct Loan
  • Possesses a high school diploma, GED certificate
  • Student must be a U.S. citizen, or eligible non-citizen
  • Working toward a degree or certificate program

Basic Loan eligibility criteria are:

  • Demonstrates a financial need
  • Enrolled in at least 6 active units (half time)
  • Maintains satisfactory progress
  • Prior loan aggregate amounts are taken into account to determine loan eligibility

Programs

Federal Pell Grant

A grant from the Department of Education to students for educational expenses based on need

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Designed to assist students who have exceptionally high financial need and are eligible for the Pell Grant

Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program

Provides jobs for students who need financial aid and meet the need and eligibility requirements. FWS allows students to earn money to help pay for educational expenses. Must be enrolled at least half time and say “yes” to the WorkStudy question on the FAFSA Application.

Federal Direct Subsidized Loan Program

Provides students with low-interest loans for educational expenses (which are subsidized by the government as long as the student is enrolled at least half-time in college courses). The interest rate may vary from year to year.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Program

Provides loans for students who do not qualify, in whole or in part, for subsidized loans. Authorized under a federal law called the Higher Education Amendments of 1992, the terms of the unsubsidized loans are the same as the terms for subsidized loans, except the interest begins to accrue immediately, and can be paid quarterly or capitalized and paid at the end.

Cal Grants

Cal Grant is a grant offered by the State of California and is open to California residents and Dream Act students attending a college or university in California. The grant has an annual application deadline of March 2 for the following academic year, and is based upon need, income, and GPA. There is an additional deadline of September 2 for California Community College only. Students must file both a completed FAFSA or Dream Act application, and a GPA Verification Form prior to the deadline, in order to be considered. NOTE: Students who have over 24 completed units at Fullerton College will have their GPA transmitted automatically to the State if the student attended Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2013 or Spring 2014. These students do not need to complete the GPA Verification process. All other students (if attempted less than 24 units) need to complete a GPA Verification form and take the form to their prior high school or college to be certified. Additional information on Cal Grant is available in Fullerton College’s Cal Grant brochure on the financial aid website.

Full-Time Student Success Grant

Senate Bill 93, the 2015 Budget Act, was signed by the Governor on June 25, 2015, and includes language initiating a new grant program for California Community College students. The program provides funding to the California Community College Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) to provide for supplemental grants beginning the 2015-2016 AY (anticipating ongoing funding) to community college Cal Grant B recipients who have already received a full-time Cal Grant B award payments.

Board of Governors' Enrollment Fee Waiver

BOG-FW, or Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver, is a State-sponsored program that waives enrollment fees for qualifying students who are California residents or Dream Act students. Students may be eligible for a fee waiver even if they are not eligible for other financial aid. BOG-FW applicants do not have to be enrolled in a minimum number of courses — whether the student takes .5 units or 26 units, the enrollment fee may be waived. BOG-FW applicants only need to apply once to have fees waived for the academic year: summer, fall, winter and spring.

How Do Students Apply?

To apply for the BOG-FW, students must complete the application which can be accessed through myGateway and clicking on the Financial Aid link on Webstar. There are four methods under which students may apply. Students only need to qualify for one method to have their fees waived. Students submitting a BOG application may also need to submit proof of prior year income such as 1040 Federal tax return and W2s. Electronic signatures for the BOG application are available for students and parents on the 2017-2018 application.

Method A

For students on public assistance programs: TANF/CaIWORKS, SSI/SSP, SSAI, SSAS, or General Assistance. Certification must be obtained from the appropriate agency and documentation will be required to verify a student’s eligibility. Most documentation must be dated within the last 30 days.

Method B

For low-income students whose previous year income was within qualifying income guidelines. Federal tax returns may be required.

Method C

This is awarded to students who applied through the FAFSA or Dream Act application and were eligible according to Federal guidelines. Students who qualify under Method C do not need to complete a separate BOG-FW application.

Method D

BOGW - D: For Homeless Youth - At the time of enrollment, student is a homeless youth as defined in Section 68432.7, which states that "Homeless youth" means a student under 25 years of age, who has been verified at any time during the 24 months immediately preceding the receipt of his/her application for admission by a post-secondary education institution that is a qualifying institution defined in subsection (2) of Section 725 of the Federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 11434A {2}).

Method F

BOGG F is for Dependents of Disabled or Deceased California Veterans or National Guard, recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, children of recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, or dependents of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Certification must be obtained from the appropriate agency and documentation will be required to verify a student’s eligibility. Most documentation must be dated within the last 30 days.

Return to Title IV

Return to Title IV funds is a federal law regarding a student’s responsibility in paying money back if the student leaves school. If a student receives a grant and then withdraws from all of his/her classes, that student may owe money back to the Federal Program. According to the date of withdrawal, the Financial Aid Office will calculate the part of the grant the student earned and what is owed. NOTE: if the withdrawal was after earning 60% of the grant, the student will not owe any repayment. For the full policy, or more information, click here.

Financial Wellness

Fullerton College has taken the required steps to guide our students to become successful students as well as learn how to become debt free. There are currently three resources available to students that will lead them to become financially literate and help our students become financially independent from debt. The resources may be found on the Financial Aid website under Financial Wellness.

  1. CASH COURSE:
  2. iGrad Platform
  3. $ALT