At a community college you can apply for federal student aid all year long. The FAFSA
becomes available January 1st of the award year. You must apply by the last day of the award year in order to be eligible for financial aid for the current award year.
Yes, to continue receiving aid, you must reapply each year and demonstrate that you still have financial need, in others words - YOU MUST RE-QUALIFY EVERY SCHOOL YEAR. Students who filed a FAFSA
last year will receive Renewal FAFSA
information via mail or email from the U.S. Department of Education. Renewal students may complete a Renewal FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov
. Students submitting a Renewal FAFSA need to only update the information that has changed and answer any blank questions.
After you apply, you may be requested to submit additional documents to complete your file. The Request for Additional Information Letter will be mailed to your home address and it will describe exactly what documents are needed to complete your file.
An Award Letter or Award Notification
informs you of your eligibility for student financial aid. It informs you of what financial aid types and dollar amounts for which you have qualified. This award letter is the college's contract with you for the academic year. IMPORTANT NOTE: The college reserves the right to modify your awards at any time. To view your Award Letter check your financial aid status online at my.canyons.edu
You must complete a FAFSA
, California Dream Application
or a BOGW
Application. Qualifying is based on your residency status, prior year income and family household size, or that you are a recipient of public assistant benefits. The BOGW
program provides waivers of enrollment fees for qualified California resident or AB540 students. THIS IS NOT A CASH GRANT. BOGW
applications are available from the Financial Aid, Admissions, Counseling, EOPS/CARE and MESA offices, and is included in the College of the Canyons Schedule of Classes.
You are expected to have resources available for the purchase of books as financial aid student grant and loan funds are generally delayed about thirty days after the start of each term. If you have already been awarded a Pell Grant and are waiting for funds to arrive, you may be eligible for an advance against your grant to purchase your books at the COC Bookstore through the Book Scrip Loan Program. Your book advance will be automatically deducted from your Federal Pell Grant
once your grant is disbursed. Inquire in the Financial Aid Office.
•Maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA (grade point average)
•Complete at least 67% of ALL units you attempt
•Finish your educational objective within 150% of the maximum allowable units.