Have a high-school diploma (for California Students who graduated 2006 and after must have passed the CAHSEE exam), or GET, or Pass a High School Proficiency Exam (the CA Certificate of completion is not eligible), or have an AA or AS Degree, or have completed 6 units of college coursework which is acceptable towards a degree or certificate, or pass the Ability to Benefit examination.
When we import the Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) we built in rules that check both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Admissions & Records (A&R) system or noted that a student certified that they have either a High School (HS) Diploma or GED, HS Proficiency, ATB test data prior to 7/1/12, and ATB 6+ college units prior to 7/12/12.
· If a student does not show they have a HS Diploma, GED, or a grandfathered ATB record prior to July 1, 2012 on A&R, we send them a form entitled “HS Diploma Discrepancy.” Depending on how they respond to the form they may or may not be eligible for aid.
· If a student is selected for verification as “V5” by the Department of Education, we send the student a form entitled “High School Verification.” Depending on how they respond to the form they may or may not be eligible for aid.
· If any students answer “4-None of the Above” to question #26 on FAFSA that states “When you begin college in the 2016-2017 school year, what will be your high school competition status?,” Financial aid verifies the HS Graduation Status as it appears on A&R if it shows they have a acceptable notation on A&R system it gets updated on Financial aid management system FAMS). The acceptable statuses when updating (FAMS) are HS Diploma (which includes Foreign Diploma), GED, HS Proficiency, ATB test data prior to 7/1/12, and ATB 6+ college units prior to 7/12/12. If this is not updated, the Pell/ Student Loan will reject. All rejects are fixed and the disbursement record is resent.
Students who have convictions for the sale or possession of illegal drugs, while receiving federal student aid, may not be eligible for financial aid, depending on when the conviction occurred. Eligibility can be reinstated.
Call 1-800-433-3243 for further information or review the questions here:
2015-2016 Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet for Question 23
2016-2017 Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet for Question 23