SPRING 2014 ANNOUNCEMENTS
FAFSA/Dream Act Workshops
Monday, March 10th, 10am-12pm Library Lab L-202
Monday, March 24th, 2pm-4pm Library Lab L-202
2.11.14 Financial Aid Office Closure on 2/25/14
The Financial Aid Office will be closed Tuesday, February 25th from 12-2 pm. Drop-in appointment hours will end at 11 am and resume at 2 pm once the office re-opens.
Payments for Spring 2014 will be on Friday, February 14th
General Paperwork Deadlines
If you are required to submit additional paperwork to determine you eligibility for financial aid, we strongly encourage you to complete the process in a timely manner. All issues and/or documents stated in your Missing Information Letter posted to WebAdvisor, must be resolved and/or submitted to the DVC Financial Aid Office by the Summer Payment Document Deadline publicized on the Financial Aid Payment Calendar. Applicants who fail to provide documentation within the specified time period will not be packaged or award aid.
Drop-In Appointment Policy
A reminder that the DVC Financial Aid Office cannot take students for drop ins or appointments without a DVC Issued School ID or State Issued Identification. If you do not have a DVC School ID card please take a valid state issued ID and a copy of your current schedule to the Student Union and you will be issued one. No exceptions will be made.
2014-2015 Financial Aid Application Available
The 2014-2015 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is now available at www.fafsa.gov. Priority filing date in order to be considered for the Cal Grant Program and other forms of limited federal aid is March 2, 2014. Students may continue to complete the FAFSA after March 2 but will not be considered for the Cal Grant.
Cal Grant GPA Verification Deadline Approaching
Don’t forget to complete the GPA Verification form if you are interested in applying for Cal Grant. The Cal Grant GPA Verification form must be completed for students that have transcripts from other colleges and/or universities. Forms are available at www.csac.ca.gov and are due March 3, 2014 (postmark deadline changed from March 2nd due to date falling on a Sunday.) Please note that the priority filing deadline for submitting a 2014-2015 FAFSA remains March 2, 2014. If you are enrolled for the spring 2014 term and have completed at least 24 units at DVC, the Admissions Office will submit your GPA electronically. There is no need to submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification form. For more information, you may click on the following link: Cal Grant Information 2014-2015.
Need Online Assistance with Financial Aid? Special Financial Aid Lab Available
Students may now also ask general questions at the Financial Aid Lab located at the Enrollment Lab in the Student Services building. Lab hours are Monday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Financial Aid will also be providing FAFSA assistance and Loan Workshops for the 2014 Spring semester. Please check our website and review future email blasts for updates.
Financial Aid for 2013-2014 Academic Year - It’s Not Too Late!
It’s not too late to apply for Financial Aid for the 2013-2014 academic year. If you are eligible and meet all additional requirements, aid will be disbursed retroactively for the Fall 2013 semester as well as for the upcoming Spring 2014 semester. Other forms of aid may be available on a limited basis. Please apply at www.fafsa.gov.
Financial Aid Drop-In and Document Submission
Students who wish to see a Financial Aid Coordinator for general inquiries about their file or to submit documents may do so through a Drop-In Visit as specific information regarding a student’s financial aid cannot be provided over the phone. Drop-in hours: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and Tuesday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The California Dream Act @ DVC
State financial aid is now available to AB 540 students attending college. Students are eligible to apply for the following forms of aid and assistance after being determined as eligible for AB 540 by Admissions and Records.
Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver
Community College Transfer Entitlement Cal Grant & Cal Grant B Entitlement
Cal Grant C
Chafee Grant – Foster Youth Program
EOPS, CalWorks and CARE Assistance
Interested students should first visit the Admissions and Records Office to complete the “California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request - For Eligible California High School Graduates
The California Dream Act application is available online by clicking here.
March 22, 2012 - Financial Aid Programs and Policy Changes
On December 23, 2011, the Consolidated Appropriations Act was signed into law which significantly impacts Federal student aid programs as follows:
Pell Lifetime Eligibility Limit
Effective July 1, 2012, all Pell Grant recipients are now subject to Lifetime Eligibility Limits. Students will only be eligible to receive 12 full time semesters (or the equivalent) of Pell Grant funds for their entire undergraduate college career. Once students have reached the Pell Lifetime Eligibility Limit, they will no longer be eligible for Federal Pell Grant.
High School Graduation Requirements
Effective July 1, 2012, students who do not have a high school diploma, GED, or do not meet the home school requirements, will not be eligible to receive Federal student aid. Students who received Federal student aid prior to July 1, 2012 are exempt from this new law.
Direct Loan Grace Period Interest Subsidy
Effective July 1, 2012, students with Direct Subsidized Loans originated/disbursed after July 1, 2012 and before July 1, 2014 will be responsible for payment of interest accrued during the six month grace period.
Course Repeat Policy
Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education required colleges to limit how many times students can repeat a course and still receive financial aid for that course as follows:
-The policy allows a student to receive financial aid under the following situations:
-To repeat any failed or withdrawn course until a passing grade is received.**
-To repeat one time any course in which you previously received a passing grade (D- or better).
**Please note that the repeat course policy for financial aid is separate from institutional academic policies regarding repeat courses. Please review this policy in your institutions catalog.** Contra Costa Community College District allows a student to enroll in the same class up to three times.