What is the Community College Completion Grant?
The CCCG is a new grant sponsored by the California Community College Chancellor's Office. This financial aid award is designed to encourage faster completion of a student's degree or certificate.
HOW MUCH IS THE AWARD?
The maximum CCCG amount for this grant is $1500 annually: $750 per semester with a lifetime limit of 6 terms.
HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE CCCG AWARD?
- The student must be receiving a Cal Grant and Full-Time Student Success Grant Cal Grant (FTSSG) award for the same term.
- The student must attend 15 units per term or be taking enough units to receive the FTSSG. You may be eligible if enrolled in 12 units, only if you need 30 or less units to complete your educational goal. (The Santiago Canyon College Financial Aid Office (SCC FAO) must determine this exception).
- Students must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress by completing their education program in the timeframe set up in their Comprehensive Student Educational Plan (CSEP).
- A cumulative 2.0 GPA is required.
MUST I HAVE A COMPREHENSIVE STUDENT EDUCATIONAL PLAN (CSEP) TO RECEIVE THE AWARD?
Yes. No payment is authorized in the program until the student receives a CSEP that maps out the path to receiving the student's degree or certificate. Students should contact the SCC Counseling Department to set up an appointment with an academic counselor to develop a CSEP and complete a counselor- signed CCCG Approval form.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE CCCG?
To apply for the CCCG as well as the Cal Grant and Full-Time Student Success Grant, a student must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or a California Dream Act Application by either the March 2nd or September 2nd Cal Grant deadlines. There are limited Cal Grant awards so students are encouraged to apply by the deadlines.
HOW DO I REMAIN ELIGIBLE FOR THE AWARD?
Eligibility is maintained for as long as the student continues to receive the FTSSG and remains on pace to complete their degree or certificate within the timeframe described in the CSEP. Eligibility is lost when the student is no longer FTSSG eligible, receives the degree or certificate mapped out in the CSEP or falls off pace to complete on-time.
WHAT IF I CHANGE MAJORS?
Changing majors may make it impossible for the student to stay on the completion pace established in their initial CSEP. Receiving a new CSEP does not change the requirement to stay on pace established in the original CSEP. Student should talk to their counselor if they are considering changing majors. The new CSEP for that major may take into account the coursework you completed under the prior CSEP.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CAL GRANT ELIGIBILITY RUNS OUT?
Once Cal Grant eligibility runs out, or if the student becomes ineligible for Cal Grant, the student cannot receive the FTSSG and this makes them ineligible for the CCCG.
HOW DO I OBTAIN A CCCG?
The SCC FAO will determine student eligibility based on the above criteria. Eligible students will receive a revised award letter from the SCC FAO. Submission of a CSEP and a counselor signed CCCG Approval form are required before this program can be awarded. CCCG Approval forms may be obtained by contacting the SCC FAO by phone at (714) 628-4876 or in Room E-104. The maximum amount of this need-based award is listed on your award letter. The CCCG is for Cal Grant students attending a California Community College and it is not transferable. The CCCG funds may be limited; therefore, a disbursement is not guaranteed.