To comply with federal, state, and institutional regulations and guidelines, the DVC Financial Aid Office has outlined the policies that apply to all students applying for and receiving financial aid. Students are expected to read and understand the Contra Costa Community College District's Financial Aid Terms of Agreement and the following policies.
It is required that all students receiving financial aid meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards. SAP is evaluated after each term (including summer). In order to maintain eligibility for financial aid, you must:
Failure to meet any of the items above can result in being placed on a financial aid warning or suspension status, which can negatively affect your financial aid.
For more information on the 67 percent SAP requirement, see the 67 percent grid.
When a student is awarded financial aid, it is assumed they will complete courses with satisfactory grades and attend school for the entire period the financial aid was awarded for. Students who do not remain eligible for financial aid may be required to return all or some of their award. This is also known as financial aid repayment.
Financial aid repayment is required for students who completely withdraw from all classes prior to completing 60 percent of the term. Financial aid repayment includes, but is not limited to, students who are awarded the Pell Grant, Supplemental Opportunity Grant, and direct loans.
Students who complete more than 60 percent of the term and then completely withdraw from classes are considered to have earned 100 percent of the financial aid disbursed to them and there is no repayment.
Students who receive federal financial aid for the 2023-2024 academic year and withdraw prior to the 60 percent point of their enrollment period may be subject to repayment:
Students will have 30 days from the date of notification to return the amount owed to Diablo Valley College. If the repayment amount is not made in full, the amount owed will be reported to the U.S. Department of Education for the student to make satisfactory payment arrangements after 45 days.
Please note that students who owe repayment of aid will not be eligible to receive financial aid at any college until the repayment conditions are met.
Financial aid repayment is required for students who fail to earn a passing grade in all classes during a term for which financial aid has been awarded.
If the student cannot document their last date of attendance, our office will determine if that the student unofficially withdrew at the 50 percent point of the term.
If the student is able to document that they attended class past the 60 percent point of the term, then no repayment will occur. The student must submit written documentation verifying attendance within 30 days of repayment notification.
If students are awarded financial aid, but fail to attend any of their classes, the student will be ineligible for the award and all aid will be canceled. A financial aid hold will be placed on the student's record and the student will be responsible for repaying the funds to the college.
If students are awarded financial aid, but fail to attend some of their registered classes, the original award will be adjusted. If it is determined that the student has been overpaid by financial aid, a financial aid hold will be placed on the student’s record and the student will be responsible for repaying the college.
Students receiving the Pell Grant will generally receive two payments per term. Around the midpoint of each term, the award will be re-calculated based on any changes to the student's enrollment. The Pell Grant award will be automatically increased or decreased according to the enrollment status. Please review the 2023-2024 Financial Aid Disbursement Calendar posted to the Financial Aid tile on InSite to learn more about recalculation dates.
If it is determined that the student has been over awarded for the term, the student will be responsible for repaying the overage back. The student will be notified of the overpayment and given 30 days to pay the debt owed. The amount owed will be reported to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and the student will not be eligible to receive additional federal financial aid at any college until satisfactory payments arrangements are made.
If the overpayment amount is not repaid within 30 days of notice, the debt will be referred to the Department of Education for collection. Do not contact the Department of Education about the collection until at least two weeks from the date of the original repayment due date.
A student cannot receive aid from more than one college for the same period of enrollment. Students that have received aid from multiple colleges for the same term will be required to repay the award amount. If this occurs, the student will be notified in writing of the amount owed and repayment options.
Financial aid repayment is required if it is determined that the student made an error on the financial aid application that would have resulted in the student receiving a lower award amount.
If a correction is made to the student’s financial aid application that results in documentation verification, the student must submit the required documents or they will have to repay the award amount.
In order for you to keep your California Promise Grant status you must:
If you are not able to meet these standards for two consecutive primary terms (fall and spring), it will result in loss of eligibility. You will receive a notice that you have been placed on probation and will have one term to meet both standards. If these standards are not met, you will lose your California Promise Grant.
If you meet one of the following criteria, you may appeal your loss of the California Promise Grant.
Loss of California Promise Grant appeals must be submitted to the Admissions and Records Office no later than:
The Registration Appointment and California Promise Grant Appeal Form is available on the Admissions and Records Forms page.
Federal regulations limit the number of times a student can repeat a course and receive financial aid for that course. Once a student earns a passing grade (D or higher) for a course the student can only repeat the course one time and still receive financial aid. If a student enrolls in a previously passed course for a third time, this course will not count for financial aid purposes.
A repeated course can be included in a student's financial aid award if it is taken:
To read the policy in its entirety, please review to the Contra Costa Community College District's Financial Aid Repeat Coursework Policy.
Please note that the repeat course policy for financial aid is separate from institutional academic policies regarding repeating courses. Please review this policy in the DVC catalog.
Once a student has received a Federal Pell Grant for six years (12 full-time semesters or the equivalent) the student will no longer be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant for future semesters.
Pell Lifetime Eligibility Usage (LEU) is tracked by the U.S. Department of Education. Pell Grant usage is recorded in percentages. For example, if a student is awarded $4,000 in an academic year and receives $2,000, then the student is considered to have used 50 percent of the award for that year. The maximum Pell Grant award a student can receive in an academic year is 100 percent. The maximum a student can receive in their lifetime is 600 percent (100 percent per year for six years).
Students can track their own Pell Lifetime Eligibility Usage (LEU) by logging into the National Student Loan Database System (NSLDS).
As a student at DVC you have the right to:
As a student at DVC it is your responsibility to:
*Intentional misrepresentation on your financial aid application is a violation of federal law and may be a criminal offense.
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.