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General Eligibility Requirements

1.)  Be a U.S. citizen, or an eligible non-citizen.

2.)  Have a high-school diploma (for California Students who graduated 2006 and after must have passed the CSHSEE 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.

3.)  Have a valid Social Security number.

4.)  Be enrolled in an eligible program of study leading to an AA/AS degree, a certificate or a transfer program.

5.)  May not be in default on any federal student loan or owe a refund on any federal grant.

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6.)  Male students must be registered with the Selective Service for federal aid programs.

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7.)  File a FAFSA application providing all income criteria; be processed through Federal Methodology, and submit all requested documents to complete a file.  Correct any information not reported correctly.

8.)  Use financial aid funds for educational purposes.

9.)  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:

Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet for Question 23  

10.)  Students meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requirements to remain eligible for financial aid.

11.)  Students who will receive a Cal Grant, Student Loans, or will be going through the "over 90 unit appeal process" are required to submit official transcripts from prior colleges, both US and foreign countries to the Admissions Office before your file will be processed.

It is also recommended that all students have their transcripts on file with the Admissions Office. 

(As needed to transfer)