Special Circumstances

We know that life changes and special circumstances can have a big impact on  your ability to pay for college. Here are some ways you may qualify for additional aid or petition your aid status.

Undocumented students

Undocumented students may apply for financial aid by completing the California Dream Act Application. Please check out the links below for additional resources and information:

If you have any questions about financial aid programs for undocumented students or the status of your California Dream Act application, please contact Phoebe Keesey, Financial Aid Program Coordinator and Undocumented Student Liaison, at pkeesey@dvc.edu.

Foster youth

Current or former foster youth who are attending DVC are highly encouraged to join the START Program. START is a Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI) support program designed to increase access, retention, and graduation rates for current or former foster youth at DVC. Our goal is to provide a warm and welcoming environment, create a support network, and empower foster youth students to make progress towards self-sufficiency, professional success, and community leadership. 

If you have any questions about financial aid programs for foster youth or the status of your Chafee Grant application, please contact Phoebe Keesey, Financial Aid Program Coordinator and Foster Youth Liaison, at pkeesey@dvc.edu.

Veterans

In addition to educational benefits earned through military service, veterans may also qualify for federal and state grants, privately funded scholarships, and low-interest student loans to help with educational costs. While VA benefits may cover tuition and fees completely, in some cases veteran students may have a need for additional funds. This could be for living expenses, additional education costs, or if you are pursuing additional degrees but have already exhausted VA benefits. Veterans, like any other college student, are eligible to apply for these programs through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

If you have any questions about financial aid programs for veterans or the status of your application, please contact Phoebe Keesey, Financial Aid Program Coordinator and Veteran Liaison, at pkeesey@dvc.edu.

Homeless or at risk of homelessness

If you are currently homeless or at risk of homelessness, please check out the links below for additional resources and information:

If you have any questions about financial aid programs for homeless youth or the status of your application, please contact Phoebe Keesey, Financial Aid Program Coordinator and Homeless Youth Liaison, at pkeesey@dvc.edu.

Changes in personal income

You can petition the Financial Aid Office to re-evaluate your financial aid status and eligibility.

Dependency override

You can petition for a dependency override appeal if you have unique circumstances and should be considered for independent status from your parents. 

Summer aid

Financial aid is available to students that qualify and enroll during the summer. You may be eligible to receive grants, work-study, or loans.


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

Contact

Telephone: 925-969-2009

Email: financialaid@dvc.edu

Fax: 925-691-1132 

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

Office location

Admissions and Records, San Ramon campus map