Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

Applying for financial is FREE and has become even more convenient. Follow the steps below to see if you are eligible for financial aid at DVC.

STEP 1:

Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov.

If this is the first time you are filling out the FAFSA, you (and a parent if you are dependent) will need to apply for a PIN first by clicking on the PIN Site button on the FAFSA webpage. Complete the FAFSA by answering the questions on the application. Make sure to include DVC's school code (001191) so the Financial Aid Office will receive your information from the Department of Education.

The priority application deadline for the FAFSA is March 2 of every year. We strongly encourage all students to apply before the March 2 deadline date to be considered for all the available federal funds, including grants with limited funding. However, if you are not able to submit your FAFSA before the priority deadline, the Financial Aid Office will continue to process student applications until June of the award year. You may submit an application for financial aid until the last day of school to see if you are eligible to receive funding for that academic school year. 

STEP 2:

Check your InSite Portal student email account for further instructions.

Approximately 2 weeks after you submit the FAFSA and the Department of Education has determined that you are eligible, the DVC Financial Aid Office will send a follow-up email to your InSite Portal student email account with further instructions and a list of requirements that you may have to complete in order to continue with the application process.

All financial Aid students are required to check their DVC EMAIL ACCOUNT on a regular basis in order to receive instructions, letters, file status updates, announcements, and notifications from the Financial Aid Office. 

 STEP 3:

Print, collect, and make copies of all required documents as listed on your Missing Information Letter.

Forms are accessible on the Financial Aid website under the Forms tab as well as WebAdvisor under the Financial Aid Documents tab.  Please make sure you have gathered all the required documents to avoid multiple visits to the Financial Aid Office and processing delays.

STEP 4:

Meet with a Financial Aid Coordinator for a drop-in appointment to submit your documents.

Drop-in appointments are reserved for students who have completed all financial aid requirements as listed on the InSite Portal’s Missing Information Letter. All Financial Aid documents must be submitted during a drop-in appointment with a Financial Aid Coordinator (note: financial aid documents cannot be submitted at the front counter)*. Our regular drop-in hours during the fall and spring semesters are as follows: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tuesdays 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Financial Aid Office is closed Fridays for processing.  The Financial Aid Office may offer different drop-in hours during the late registration period at the beginning of each term or during the summer.  Please check the Financial Aid homepage for our most updated drop-in appointment schedule.

Please make sure to bring your DVC Student ID card or state issues ID (driver's license, U.S. passport, permanent resident card, etc.) with you can not be signed up for a drop-in appointment without it.  If you do not have a DVC Student ID please stop by the Student Union with a current State ID and a copy of your current schedule and you will be issued a new DVC Student ID card.

*If you live outside a 100-mile radius of DVC, please contact the Financial Aid Office via email at DVCfinancialaid@dvc.edu to find out about alternative document submission options.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive each year, we highly encourage our students to complete and submit all required documents as soon as possible in order to avoid delaying the awarding process.

STEP 5:

Check your InSite Portal for your updated Award Letter and wait for the next check disbursement date.

You will know that your file is complete upon receipt of an Award Letter Notification email via your DVC InSite Portal email account (approximately 4-6 weeks after your meeting with the coordinator). The Award Letter is a notification regarding the type and amount of financial aid that has been awarded to you. Financial aid grant award amounts are based on full-time (12 units or more) enrollment for the semester.  Awards are pro-rated for students enrolled at three-quarter, half-time, and less than half-time status.

Once awarded, a financial aid check will be sent to the address on file with Admissions and Records on the next scheduled disbursement date.

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