Presentation on theme: "What type of Grants Available at Community Colleges"— Presentation transcript:
1 What type of Grants Available at Community Colleges StateBOGW A,B & CCal Grant B &CChafee & California Dream ActFederalPell GrantSEOG (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant)Work StudyStudent LoanOtherScholarships529 Plans
2 Board of Governors Fee Waiver for Community College California state residentsCovers the cost of tuitionCovers tuition fee for three semesters- summer, fall, springThree types: A, B & C
3 BOGW - A & B (Paper Application) BOGW-A: For students and/or a student's parent who are currently receiving some form of public assistance (AFDC, TANF, CalWORKs, SSI, and General Relief). Proof of cash benefits for the current or previous month must be provided at the time of application to be considered for a BOG A.BOGW-B: Student has to meet the income standards listed in the Total Family Income table*. Students should be prepared to show previous federal tax return(s) or other income verification.BOGW fee waiver application available at:ancialAid/BOGFeeWaiverProgram.aspx
4 Board of Governors Fee Waiver BOGFW-B 2014-2015 Income Standards* Family Size2013 Income1$17,2352$23,2653$29,2954$35,3255$41,3556$47,3857$53,4158$59,445Each Additional Family Member$6,030
5 BOGW – C (Must Completed FAFSA Application) Must have a minimum Unmet Need of $1,104 is required. Unmet Need = The difference between the college costs and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the student’s remaining need as demonstrated below: Cost of Education- Expected Family Contribution (EFC)= Student’s Financial Need
6 Cost of Education (Example) Away From HomeAt Home<1/2 TimeNon-Resident Non-Resident (at home)Tuition$1,104.00$1,$6,216.00Student Fee$4.00Health Fee$36.00Books &Supplies$1,746.00Room & Board$11,493.00$4,599.00$0.00Transportation$1,278.00Personal Expense$3,132.00Total$18,793.00$11,899.00$4,168.00$23,950.00$17,011.00
7 Who is California Dream Act Application for ? Students who meet the requirements of AB540:Attend a California high school for at least three years,Graduate from a California high school or pass the California High School Proficiency Examination(CHSPE), or obtain a Certificate of General Education Development (GED),Enroll in an accredited and qualifying California college or university, andIf applicable, complete an affidavit to legalize immigration status as soon as student is eligible
8 AB 540 students may include: Undocumented studentsStudents who are U.S. citizens, but who are not residents of CaliforniaUsually dependent students whose parents are not residents of CaliforniaCalifornia Higher Education Institutions are responsible to certify student AB 540 eligibility
9 How AB540 Students Apply for BOGW? For BOGW: A & Bapplication available at:udentServices/FinancialAid/BOGFee WaiverProgram.aspxFor BOGW: CApplication available at:
10 Types of Cal-Grants from Community College Cal Grant BEntitlement and Competitive Awards provide a living allowance and tuition and fee assistance to very low-income students. Students attending community college can only receive the living allowance portion of Cal Grant B.Meet the income and asset ceilingsMust have at least $700 in financial needMaximum Award $1,473 (year)GPA minimum 2.00Cal Grant CAssists with books, tools and equipment for occupational or vocational programs.Maximum Award $547 (year)
11 General Requirements for Cal Grants Including CA Dream Act Be a resident of California or be AB540 eligibleBe a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or eligible non-citizen or be AB 540 eligibleAttend an eligible California schoolMeet Selective Service requirementsNot be in default on a student loanNot have earned a bachelor’s degreeMaintain satisfactory academic progressBe enrolled at least half-time
12 For more information on Cal-grant, please visit GPA VerificationGraduating High School seniors must have GPA verification data submitted by their High School. Inquire at your home HS concerning the paper GPA verification form. Most student will not need to submit a paper form.CCC transmits eligible GPA’s electronically to the Student Aid Commission.Reestablished GPAs may be submitted for Community College competitive Cal Grant B awards once a student has completed 16 degree applicable credits.GPA Verifications due by: March 2, 2014 and September 2, (only for students attending a community college)For more information on Cal-grant, please visit
13 WebGrants for Students (WGS) Provide students online access to California assistance and more.Access available after the FAFSA is filedCheck application and award statusVerify and update and mailing addressView payment historySimulate Cal Grant status at eligible California schoolsRequest a leave of absenceSelf-certify high school graduationSelect links to other financial aid information sites
14 AB540 students may also be eligible Chafee GrantThe California Chafee Grant program provides up to $5,000 annually to current and former foster youth for college or vocational training at any accredited college in the U.S., based on available fundingTo be eligible, foster youth must have been in California foster care on their 16th birthday and not have reached their 22nd birthday before July 1, 2014Foster youth are encouraged to apply during their senior year of high schoolTo apply, the foster youth must complete:FAFSACalifornia Chafee Grant Program ApplicationTo apply go to:AB540 students may also be eligible
15 Federal Financial Aid (Pell Grant) Grants from the federal government to assist students cover the cost of educational expensesBased on Financial need.Beginning in Fall 2012, students are now limited to 12 semesters or 600% of Pell grant eligibility during their lifetime.Students can check their remaining Lifetime Eligibility used at NSLDS.ed.govMaximum Award $5,730 (year) forTo apply:Complete Free Application for Federal Student AidApplication available online at
16 Federal Financial Aid (SEOG Grant) Based on financial need.Complete FAFSA application as early as January 1st of each academic yearAmounts vary depending upon Home College enrollment and the amount of funding available at that College.Because funds are limited, students who apply early and are eligible for the Pell Grant receive first priority consideration for the SEOG grant.
17 Federal Work Study (FWS) FWS is employment financed primarily with federal funds. Students who apply for financial aid, demonstrate financial need for FWS and indicate they will accept work will be considered for Work StudyThe amount a student may earn depends on the amount of the student’s award which is determined by the College Financial Aid Office based on the funds available at the CollegeStudents must be enrolled at least ½ timeThere are also some off-campus jobs available with non profit organizations
18 Student Loans Two types of loans: Subsidized Loan – interest is paid by federal government while attending college$3,500 1st year$4,500 2nd yearUnsubsidized Loan – no interest subsidy$6,000 for independent students$2,000 for dependent studentsAt community colleges, student loans are not automatically included in the student’s award letterStudents will need to submit a requestColleges may require additional steps, for example:Financial literacy – online or in-personIn-person or group workshops
19 ScholarshipsAt community colleges, scholarships may be administered by Financial Aid Office or college Foundation.Students are encouraged to visit the college’s scholarship website for college specific scholarships.Students should compile a portfolio of reference letters from counselors/teachers as well as personal statement that details various clubs, volunteer activities, community services, awards and commendations earned by the students for Civic activities.Scholarship awards are included in the student’s award letterAffects the student’s financial needExample:
20 Scholarships continue… Free scholarship search engines:From LOCAL organizations such as Unions, hospitals, local lodges such as Lions or Elks, local business organizations. Business Women‘s organization such as Soroptimists International…etc.Connecting students and parents to scholarships notifications that come through your office.Fast WebWired ScholarCollege BoardCost of Attendance$18,000EFC0_________Financial NeedPell Grant$5,000Federal Work-Study$4,000Scholarship$6,000_____Unmet financial need$3,000Parents and counselors should work with students now to compile a scholarship portfolio to document community service performed; Civic activities and club participation. Include letters of recommendation from teachers, employers and community organizations.Students should research scholarships through local organizations such as Union affiliates, Lions Club, Elks, Soroptomists; hospitals and community centers.
21 529 Plans A plan operated by a State educational institution In California contactEarnings not subject to Federal/State taxMay be purchased by parent/grandparentDesignated beneficiary use for qualifying education expenses such as tuition, fees books (including cost of computer technology)Contributions to a 529 Plan are NOT deductibleAnother reference
22 When/What To ApplyApply for Federal/State Grants beginning January 1, 2014, for use in the Fall of 2014Apply for Fee Waiver (BOG) if attending a CA Community CollegeApply for institutional aid and college scholarships such as UC Grants and State University Grants if attending a CA State College or University
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