When should I apply for Financial Aid for the following school
year?You should apply as soon after January 1st as possible after taxes
have been electronically filed. When you begin the FAFSA, use the IRS data
retrieval tool to minimize the possibilities of verification.
What deadline dates do I need to remember?The Coast Community
College District priority deadline is March 2nd for Cal Grant, however you may
continue to apply for student financial aid through the end of the academic year
provided you are still enrolled.
Please see the important dates section of this website for specific
What are the office hours for the Financial Aid Office? Please
refer to the contact us page.
If I am enrolled at two colleges, can I receive student financial aid at
both colleges?Students may only receive aid at one college for the same
enrollment period. You can receive the Board of Governors Fee Waiver at
Is Financial Aid available only to poor people?Student financial
aid is intended both to assist students and families who cannot afford the cost
of an education beyond high school and to fill the gap for families who can
afford only part of the cost of attendance.
What if I don't have a Social Security number or don't want to report it
on the FAFSA? It is necessary to provide your Social Security number on the
FAFSA. If you do not yet have a number, you should contact your Social Security
Administration office to obtain one. It is required before you can be considered
for any federal student aid program. The FAFSA will be returned unprocessed if
the student's Social Security number is blank.
I plan to go to college half time. Will that lessen my chance for student
financial aid?Almost all funds are available to students who
attend college at least half time. Some institutions, however, give preference
to full-time students. Some programs are available for less than half-time
My neighbor and I both applied for student financial aid at the same
college. Why did she get more aid then I did when they've got a bigger house
than ours and their parents make more money than mine?The circumstances
in your neighbor's family may be different than they appear, and home equity is
not used to determine eligibility for federal aid. What doesn't necessarily show
are other factors, such as some debts or number in college, which affects the
computation of the expected family contribution (EFC).
What happens if I purposely provide inaccurate information and I'm
caught?If you use the FAFSA to apply for federal student aid funds and
provide false information, you are subject to fines and/or imprisonment under
the U.S. Criminal Code. State and local laws may also apply in such cases.
I don't feel it is the college's right to request my U.S. tax
transcripts. What happens if I don't submit them?If you fail to comply
with a request for U.S. tax transcripts, the college will discontinue processing
your application for student financial aid.
Must I be accepted for admission before I apply for student financial
aid? Must I be admitted before I receive aid?You may apply for student
financial aid at the same time you apply for admission. Many colleges require
that you be admitted before they offer student financial aid. However, you must
actually enroll in courses before you receive any student financial aid
Do I have to apply for student financial aid each year?Yes. Your
financial situation must be reassessed each year. However, after the first time
you apply for student financial aid, you will be sent a Renewal FAFSA that will
ask you to answer some questions again and recheck the answers to others.
If I withdraw from all my courses after I've received student financial
aid, do I need to repay any of the funds?If a student withdraws before
60% of course completion from all courses, yes, there is a possibility that you
will need to repay funds. Please check with your college student financial aid
office before withdrawing from courses.