Deadlines and Payment Schedules

Learn more about financial aid deadlines and our payments schedules. 

If you were enrolled and want to be considered for financial assistance, apply online TODAY at Federal Student Aid or  California Dream Act Application.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The 2020-2021 FAFSA is now available online. Apply today to see if you are eligible for financial aid.

2020-2021 FAFSA (for summer '20, fall '20, spring '21, and summer '21)

  •  Application Open: October 1, 2019
  • Priority Deadline for Cal Grant: March 2, 2020 (all CA resident/AB-540 students) and September 2, 2020 (CA community college students with 24+ units completed)
  • Deadline: June 30, 2021
California Dream Act Application (CADAA)

The 2020-2021 California Dream Act Application is now available online. 

  • Application Open: October 1, 2019
  • Deadline for Cal Grant: March 2, 2020
  • Deadline for CA Promise Grant: June 30, 2021

Apply today to see if you are eligible for financial aid. DREAMers must complete the CA Dream Act Application by March 2 to qualify for the Cal Grant. Applications completed after March 2 will still be considered for California College Promise Grant eligibility.

California College Promise Grant (CCPG)

To apply for the California Promise Grant you must submit the following application by the following deadlines:

  • 2020-2021 FAFSA: June 25, 2021 
  • 2020-2021 California Dream Act Application: June 25, 2021
  • 2020-2021 Online California Promise Grant Application: June 25, 2021
Cal Grant

To be considered for a 2020-2021 Cal Grant award, you must have completed both the (1) FAFSA or DREAM Act Application and (2) the GPA Verification form by March 2, 2020. The Admissions and Records Office can help you with filling out the GPA Verification form or, in some cases, submit your GPA electronically.

If you missed the March 2 deadline, there is a second deadline of September 2 for students who are planning to attend a California Community College. Submit the required forms before the September 2 deadline to be considered for the Cal Grant. Please note, there are a limited number of September Cal Grants available. Apply as soon as possible.

  • First Priority Deadline: March 2, 2020
  • Community College Deadline: September 2, 2020
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeals

Semester Deadlines to Submit Academic Suspension or Maximum Time Frame Appeals

  • Fall 2020: November 2, 2020
  • Spring 2021: April 5, 2021
  • Summer 2021: July 1, 2021

Financial aid payment schedule

For information regarding financial aid disbursements refer to the 2020-2021 Financial Aid Disbursement Calendar. Please note that only students with complete files that have been sent an award notification may receive a disbursement. You can check the status of your application through InSite.

Don't forget to select how you would like to receive your financial aid refund (disbursement)!  To learn more or to select your refund preference visit BankMobile or visit

All financial aid students are required to check their DVC student email account through InSite on a regular basis in order to receive notifications, file status updates, announcements, and further instructions from the Financial Aid Office. Follow the link for instructions on how to check your financial aid status through InSite.

Financial Aid school codes:

  • DVC FAFSA Federal School Code: 001191
  • DVC CA DREAM Act Application School Code: 00119100

Contact Financial Aid


Telephone: 925-969-2009


Fax: 925-691-1132 

Office location: SSC building, first floor Pleasant Hill campus map

Office location

Admissions and Records, San Ramon campus map