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

The DVC Dreamers Alliance is here to help undocumented students and provide support services that meet their unique needs.

Foster youth

Student Transition and Academic Retention Team (START) is a Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI) that helps current and former foster youth succeed at DVC.


Depending on how long you served, you may be eligible for the GI Bill, which will cover a portion of your tuition, fees, books and supplies.

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


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