Below you will find a listing of topics relating to financial aid programs at Glendale Community College (GCC). To go to a specific topic, click on the appropriate link below.


What is Financial Aid?
Federal Pell Grants
Federal SEOG
Cal Grants
Federal Work Study
Federal Loans
Federal PLUS (Parent) Loans
Chafee Grants
BOG Fee Waiver
EOPS Grants and Book Vouchers
Financial Aid for AB 540 Students 
Other things you need to know
Disclaimer

What is Financial Aid?

The federal government and the State of California make funds available for students who need assistance in covering their costs of attending to college. Generally, financial aid comes in the form of grants, loans, or part-time work programs. The State also provides a waiver of enrollment fees (BOG fee waiver) for students who qualify.

All students enrolled in degree, certificate or transfer programs should apply for financial aid. Many students pass up the opportunity to receive a grant or fee waiver because they think they might not qualify or don't want to bother doing the paperwork. Please don't miss out on aid you should be receiving.

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Federal Pell Grants

The Pell Grant program is the largest federal grant program for college students. Funds are available for all eligible students and approximately 7,500 GCC students receive Pell Grants each year. Awards are based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and enrollment status. Awards may be as much as $2,865 (2014-2015) per semester. There is a Pell Grant lifetime limit of 12 fulltime equivalent semesters.

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Federal SEOG

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is awarded to the neediest students who also qualify for the maximum Pell Grant. Priority is given to full-time students. Funding is limited, and thus not all qualifying students will actually receive an award. The maximum award is $200 per semester.

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Cal Grants

The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) offers California residents three types of grant programs to assist students in paying college expenses. Cal Grant award amounts vary based on financial need, enrollment status, and the availability of state funds.  Cal Grant award selections are based on data obtained from your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and submitted GPA (Grade Point Average) Verification form. The FAFSA and GPA Verification forms are available in the Financial Aid Office.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, the deadline for applying for new Entitlement or Competitive Cal Grant is March 2, 2014. An additional deadline for a new Competitive Cal Grant for community college students only is September 2, 2014.

Entitlement Cal Grants are available to all graduating high school seniors who meet the GPA and family income and asset requirements and file their FAFSA and high school GPA Verification form (or their high school submits their GPA information electronically) by the March 2nd deadline.  Students who do not meet these criteria should apply for a Competitive Cal Grant.

Students who file a FAFSA and a GPA Verification form (or their school submits their GPA information electronically) by the March 2 deadline will be considered in the first round of the Competitive Cal Grant awarding process.  Students who file a FAFSA and GPA Verification form by the March 2 and/or September 2 deadline and are enrolled in a community college for the Fall 2014 semester will be considered in the second round of the Competitive Cal Grant awarding process.  GPAs for GCC students who have completed at least 16 degree applicable units at GCC will be sent electronically to the California Student Aid Commission.  All other students may need to have a GPA Verification form completed by their Academic Counselor and submitted by the deadline.

The three types of grants available are:

  • Cal Grant A (Entitlement Award)
    Every graduating high school senior who has at least a 3.0 GPA, meets the family income and asset requirements, and applies before March 2nd will receive a Cal Grant A Entitlement award.  Note:  to be considered for an Entitlement award, the CA Student Aid Commission must received your GPA Verification from your high school.

    Cal Grant A (Competitive Award)
    Other eligible students who have at least a 3.0 GPA may apply for a Cal Grant A Competitive award. Selection is based on a composite score that takes into consideration your family's income, parents' educational level, GPA, time out of high school and other factors, such as whether you come from a single-parent household or are a former foster youth. Awards are for tuition and fees only at a UC or CSU campus and up to $9,708 toward tuition at a private college and can be used for up to 8 full-time semesters or the equivalent. You cannot receive any money for a Cal Grant A while attending a community college. The grant will be put on reserve until you transfer to a university.

 

  • Cal Grant B (Entitlement Award)
    Every graduating high school senior who has at least 2.0 GPA, meets the family income and asset requirements, and applies before March 2nd will receive a Cal Grant B Entitlement award.  The current maximum award available for community college students is $1,473 per award year and can be used for up to 8 full-time semesters or the equivalent.  Note:  to be considered for an Entitlement award, the CA Student Aid Commission must receive your GPA Verficiation from your high school.

    Cal Grant B (Competitive Award)
    Other eligible students who have at least a 2.0 GPA may apply for a Cal Grant B Competitive award. Selection is based on a composite score that takes into consideration your family's income, parents' educational level, GPA, time out of high school and other factors, such as whether you come from a single-parent household or are a former foster youth. In addition to providing tuition and fees at a UC or CSU campus and up to $9,708 toward tuition at a private college, these awards consist of a subsistence award for books and supplies that you can receive while attending a community college. The current maximum award available for community college students is $1,473 per award year and can be used for up to 8 full-time semesters or the equivalent.

 

  • Cal Grant C
    You must be formally enrolled in and attending a vocational training program. All Cal Grant C applicants must return the Cal Grant C Supplement form for further consideration. This form is mailed to all eligible students who are not awarded either a Cal Grant A or Cal Grant B and indicate on their FAFSA that they will be enrolled in a vocational training program. Awards consist of a subsistence award for books and supplies. The current maximum award available for community college students is $547 per award year and can be used for up to 4 full-time semesters or the equivalent.

            Note:  These amounts and provisions may change due to state budget constraints

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Federal Work Study

The Federal Work Study (FWS) program provides part-time jobs on campus for eligible students who wish to take advantage of the program. The advantages of a work-study job are the convenience of working on campus, the opportunity to become a part of the college community and a flexible work environment. Interested students should contact Student Employment Services for available jobs and work-study procedures. Work Study funding is very limited and not all students with potential awards will be able to be placed in a Work-Study job.

Awards are based on unmet financial need. The actual amount earned depends on the number of hours worked and your wage rate. Students are usually awarded and may earn up to $2000 per semester. Depending upon a student's specific award offer, this amount could be less.

Federal Work Study awards will show as Offered until the Financial Aid Office receives confirmation from Job Placement that the student has been hired in an FWS program. 

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Federal Direct Loan Program

Glendale Community College participates in the Federal Direct Loan Program. This includes both subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Students who are interested in applying for a student loan must attend an Entrance Loan Workshop offered by the Financial Aid Office. These workshops are held throughout the academic year and cover the following topics:

  • Financial aid process at Glendale Community College
  • Student eligibility requirements
  • Borrower rights and responsibilities
  • Disbursement of loan funds by your lender
  • Delivery of loan funds to the student
  • Future borrowing and managing your debt
  • Obligations of loan repayment
  • Consequences of loan delinquency or default

For an up-to-date schedule of Entrance and Exit Counseling workshops, check out the Calendar section of our website. Also, the schedule is posted inside the Financial Aid Office.

  • Criteria: Loan eligibility is based on students being enrolled in an eligible degree program (this includes most of the programs offered at GCC), unmet need, and a complete financial aid file. Also, students must be enrolled in 6 or more units (half-time status).
  • Eligible loan amounts: Limits for student borrowing are based on grade level and unmet need for financial aid. Subsidized loans for first-year students are limited to $3,500 per academic year; second-year students are limited to $4,500 per academic year. Independent students may have additional unsubsidized loan eligibility up to $6000, depending upon grade level. Grade level determination is based upon your current academic record and Student Educational Plan.
  • Required application materials: Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (to be completed on-line) and Loan Request form with Driver's License and Social Security card to be submitted to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Deadlines:
    • Last day to accept loan applications for the regular 2013-2014 academic year (Fall 2013 through Spring 2014 semesters) or for the Spring 2014 semester: Friday, May 23, 2014.

NEW Loan eligibility changes!  Effective 2013-2014 aid year: 

150% Direct Subsidized Loan Limit:  First-time borrowers, as of July1, 2013, are no longer eligible for Direct Subsidized Loans for a period that is more than 150% of the published length of the borrower's current educational program.  This does not affect Unsubsidized Loans or PLUS loan eligibility. 

Direct Unsubsidized Loan Limit:  As part of our agreement with the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the Federal Student Loan Program, some students will not be able to borrow a Direct Unsubsidized Loan during grade level one (freshman). 

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Federal Direct PLUS (Parent) Loans

Glendale Community College will participates in the Federal Direct Loan Program. This includes Federal PLUS loans. These are loans that parents of dependent students may take in order to assist in paying for college costs. Students who are interested in PLUS loans may attend an Entrance Counseling workshop offered by the Financial Aid Office (your parents DO NOT need to attend the workshops, although they may attend). These workshops are held throughout the academic year and cover the following topics:

  • Financial aid process at Glendale Community College
  • Student/Parent eligibility requirements
  • Borrower rights and responsibilities
  • Disbursement of loan funds by your lender
  • Delivery of loan funds to the parent
  • Future borrowing and managing your debt
  • Obligations of loan repayment
  • Consequences of loan delinquency or default

For an up-to-date schedule of Entrance and Exit Counseling workshops, check out the Calendar section of our website. Also, the schedule is posted inside the Financial Aid Office.

  • Criteria: Loan eligibility is based on students being enrolled in an eligible degree program (this includes most of the programs offered at GCC, unmet need, and a complete financial aid file. Also, students must be enrolled in 6 or more units (half-time status).
  • Eligible loan amounts: Limits for parent borrowing are based on Cost of Attendance (as calculated by the Financial Aid Office) and remaining financial need (based on total amount of all other financial aid the student is receiving).
  • Required application materials: Federal Direct PLUS Loan- Promissory Note (to be completed on-line) and Loan Request Form to be submitted along with student's Driver's License and Social Security card to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Deadlines:
    • Last day to accept loan applications for the regular 2013-2014 academic year (Fall 2013 through Spring 2014 semesters) or for the Spring 2014 semester: Friday, May 23, 2014.

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Chafee Grants

Special state grants of up to $5000 are awarded to students who are or were Foster Youth.  To qualify, you must file the FAFSA form, be a current or former foster youth and not have reached your 22nd birthday as of July 1 of the award year.  The court must have established your dependency when you were between the ages of 16 and 19.  (KinGap youth, adopted youth, guardian placement, and voluntary placement may not be eligible for the Chafee Grant, unless court dependency was established, at anytime, between the ages of 16 and 19).  The California Department of Social Services will verify your foster youth eligibility status.

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BOG Fee Waiver

The Board of Governors (BOG) fee waiver is a California Community Colleges financial aid program for California residents that waives the enrollment fees for students. Any student enrolled for any number of units who meets the BOG criteria may receive a BOG. You only need to apply once each academic year. The application covers the semester you apply and any subsequent semesters in the school year. You may complete the GCC BOG Application form to determine if you qualify for BOG A or BOG B. If you do not qualify for BOG A or BOG B, the Financial Aid Office can use the results of your FAFSA to determine if you qualify for BOG C. 

Print the 2014-2015 BOG application by clicking here

BOG A is awarded when the student or the student's parent receives TANF/CalWorks, SSI or General Relief benefits. You must provide a copy of a current benefit check or notification of eligibility. Students who qualify for BOG A also are eligible for a discount on campus parking and their Health fee.

  • BOG B is based on state mandated income ceilings.
  • BOG C is available to students who do not meet the criteria for BOG A or BOG B. All students who demonstrate at least $1104 of financial need after filing the FAFSA form can be awarded a BOG C. You must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for BOG C consideration.

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EOPS Grants and Book Vouchers

The EOPS Office provides grants and book vouchers for students who qualify for this program.  For additional information, contact the EOPS Office.

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Financial Aid for AB540 Students

Students who graduated from a California high school but were not considered state residents because they were undocumented or had moved out of the state may be eligible to be classified as 'AB540' students and qualify for in-state tuition.  This determination is made by the Admissions and Records Office.  Under the recently passed California Dream Act, these students may also apply for the BOG Fee Waiver program and Cal Grants.  Plese not the following effective dates:

Effective January 1, 2013:

BOG Fee Waiver   

AB540 students are eligible to apply for a BOG Fee Waiver.  Students who have a permanent Social Security number and file the federal FAFSA form are automatically considered for a BOG fee waiver.  Students who do not have a Social Security number amy file either the special AB540 BOG Fee Waiver Application that will be available from the Financial Aid Office in late Fall or the California Dream Act Application at this website:

California Dream Act Application

2013-2014 AB540 Fee Waiver Application

Cal Grant Program 

AB540 students who graduated from a California high school after June 2013 may apply for an Entitlement Cal Grant for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 by filling the 2014-2015 California Dream Act Application form at this website:

California Dream Act Application

Visit the California Aid Commission's California Dream Act website at the links above for additional information.

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Other Things You Need to Know

  • If you withdraw from all of your classes before you have completed 60% of the semester, you will be required to repay some or all of the financial aid you have received for that semester.
  • You must reapply for financial aid each year. The 2013-2014 FAFSA will be used to determine your eligibility for federal and state financial aid for the Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014 terms at GCC. The 2014-2015 FAFSA will be used to determine your eligibility for federal and state financial aid for the Fall 2014, Winter 2015 Spring 2015, and Summer 2015 terms at GCC.
  • Grants are generally disbursed to you by check. Work-study funds must be earned and are paid according to your hourly rate of pay and the number of hours you work. BOGs are waivers of your enrollment and health fees and are only disbursed as cash if you have already paid these fees and are eligible for a refund from the College. More information on disbursement of financial aid is included on the Financial Aid Process web page.
  • Carefully read the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy. You may lose eligibility if you do not successfully complete all of your courses, exceed the total number of units allowed for your degree/certificate/transfer program, or your cumulative GPA is below 2.0.
  • If your family financial circumstances change during the year, contact the Financial Aid Office. In some cases we can adjust your application information and you may be eligible for additional funds.

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Disclaimer

Glendale Community College and the Financial Aid Office provide this information for students, prospective students, and parents to help you make informed choices about your financial aid options. The information on this web page is compiled from a variety of state, federal, and College sources.

This information is subject to change due to changes in federal or state regulations, College policy, Financial Aid Office procedures, or budgeting by any agency supplying financial aid funding. If you discover discrepancies with regard to other sources of information (federal publications, College publications, etc.), please notify us at finaid@glendale.edu. The information on this web page is superseded by any federal, state, or College publication.

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Do you have comments or questions regarding our site? Contact us by e-mail at: finaid@glendale.edu  

Disclaimer:  Some websites to which the Financial Aid Office provides links are for the convenience of users and are not managed or maintained by Glendale Community College.  The College and the Financial Aid Office do not review, control, or take responsibility for the contents of those sites.

Last updated: 4/16/2014 7:48:03 AM