Special Circumstances

We know that life changes and special circumstances can have a big impact on  your ability to pay for college. Below are some examples of how your special circumstance may affect your eligibility for financial aid.

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.

LGBTQ+
 

LGBTQ+ students and their families face unique obstacles in obtaining financial aid. Below are common examples you may encounter. If you have questions or need assistance with the financial aid process, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

  • Same sex marriage and the FAFSA: Same-sex couples must report their marital status as married if they were legally married in a state or other jurisdiction (foreign country), without regard of where they live or where the student will be going to school.
  • Name discrepancies: When filling out the FAFSA, you must enter your name as it appears on your social security card, even if you are recognized by your preferred name at DVC. If you have recently changed your name legally, you must bring the court documentation to any Social Security Administration office to receive an updated social security card.
  • Dependency override: In some cases, LGBTQ+ students may be cut off from their families after coming out, which makes it difficult to complete the FAFSA without the required parental information for dependent students. However, students who are estranged from their parents due to extenuating or unusual circumstances which can be documented by objective third party may be eligible for the Dependency Override appeal. For more information about this process, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
  • Selective Service Registration: Male students are required to be registered for Selective Service in order to be eligible for financial aid. The Selective Service System has determined this refers to sex assigned at birth rather than gender identity. Therefore, a student who was male assigned at birth, regardless of if and when they transitioned, must be registered for Selective Service to be eligible for financial aid.
Changes in income

Occasionally special circumstances arise that make the FAFSA data an inaccurate picture of a family's ability to pay for college expenses. The Reduction in Income Appeal is available for students whose financial circumstances have drastically changed since the FAFSA tax year and would like to request that the Financial Aid Office re-evaluate their eligibility based on their current financial status. For more information about the Reduction In Income Appeal, please contact the Financial Aid Office at financialaid@dvc.edu.

 

Dependency override

The Dependency Override Appeal Petition is for dependent students who do not meet the federal criteria for “independent” status as outlined on the 2020-2021 FAFSA but who would like to have their unique circumstances reviewed in order to be considered an independent student for financial aid purposes. Students who are estranged from their parents due to extenuating or unusual circumstances which can be documented by objective third party may qualify. For more information about the Dependency Override Appeal, please contact the Financial Aid Office at financialaid@dvc.edu.

 

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

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