It's Not Too Late to Apply for Financial Aid!

 

Federal School Code: 001334

It's NOT too Late to apply for Financial Aid

 

Steps to Success

 

Step 1:

  • Complete the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application online by visiting FAFSA.gov or CalDreamAct.org
  • Applications are processed throughout the school year. It will take approximately 7-10 business days for VC to receive/process your application.
  • Follow up with Financial Aid within two weeks of submitting the application. An email will be sent to the student’s account when the application is received.

How Do I apply?  FASFA or California Dream Act.

  www.fafsa.gov

  • Determines eligibility for federal aid for U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens
  • Also used by many states (including California) to determine eligibility for state aid.

 www.caldreamact.org

  • For students who are not eligible to complete the FAFSA
  • Allows eligible students to qualify for state and institutional aid.

A student's eligibility for financial aid is determined through one application!

 

What to Expect After Filing your Financial Aid Application

  • If you filed a FAFSA you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the federal processor. To check the status of your application, visit fafsa.gov.​​
  • If you filed a Dream Act Application, you will need to log in to dream.csac.ca.gov to view your SAR or to check the status of your application.
  • Once completed you will receive an email confirmation, that you have successfully submitted your financial aid application. 
  • The SAR provides you with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The Financial Aid Office will use the EFC to determine the types of aid you may receive.
  • You can submit corrections to your application online through fafsa.gov or dream.csac.ca.gov.
  • Students with a valid SAR will be directed to log in to my.vcccd.edu to view their personalized aid package and requirements. After completing any requirements, students will receive an email when their aid is available – typically by late May.
  • The Net Price Calculator can be used to estimate financial aid for those considering Ventura College.
  • If you would like a detailed description how the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated, visit the EFC Formula Guide website.

Questions About Applying?

  • Federal Student Aid Information Center (for FAFSA)
    1-800-4-FED-AID (433-3243)
    fafsa.gov
  • California Student Aid Commission Customer Relations
    (for Dream Act Application and Cal Grants)

    1-888-224-7268
    dream.csac.ca.gov
    calgrants.org

Step 2:

  • Students should click on the “Financial Aid” tab on their my.vcccd.edu account to view what items are required to complete the Financial Aid process.
  • All required items should be submitted to the Financial Aid Office immediately.
  • To accept the Financial Aid Rights and Responsibilities: In "Financial Aid Requirements" box, click on "Accept Terms and Conditions". Select the academic year, read the terms and conditions, and click "Accept" at the bottom of the page.
  • Green check boxes are completed items.
image of portal financial aid requirements channel

 

Step 3:

  • Once all requirements are completed, you should monitor your portal weekly for updates on your status.
  • If eligible, an award notification email will be sent to my.vcccd.edu account once file review process is complete. You can then login to the my.vcccd.edu account, click on the "Financial Aid" tab and then the "Financial Aid Awards" link to view the awards. The review process generally takes 2-3 weeks to complete.
  • If you are a new student, a Bank Mobile refund selection kit will be mailed to you within 1-2 weeks. Follow the steps included to activate your card and select your refund preference.

     

image of portal financial aid award info channelimage of Bank Mobile Green Envelope

Eligibility Information:

The federal government is the primary source of financial aid for college students. Students must meet several requirements in order to be eligible to receive federal aid. The following requirements are common to most federal (and many other) financial aid programs:

  • Students must have financial need and demonstrate it through their financial aid application materials. (Note, however, that some loan programs and many scholarship programs are available to students who do not have financial need.) We strongly encourage students to apply for aid by the deadline dates if they think they may need financial assistance.
  • In order to receive financial aid, students must be admitted to the college and working toward an eligible degree or certificate. (However, students may apply for aid before being accepted for admission or enrolled.)
  • To qualify for most aid, students must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-U.S. citizens. Federal regulations and campus policy severely limit the types of financial assistance available to non-U.S. citizens. Click here for more information regarding the California Dream Act/AB540.
  • All students must have a valid Social Security Number (California Dream Act applicants are exempt from this requirement).
  • Most male students who are between the ages of 18 and 25 must be registered with the U.S. Selective Service.
  • Continuing students must be making satisfactory academic progress.
  • Students receiving federal student aid may use it only for educational purposes.
  • To continue to qualify for financial aid, students may not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on any federal educational loan.

Restrictions on Eligibility:

BACHELOR'S DEGREE

Undergraduates who have already received a bachelor's degree may only receive loans and the California College Promise Grant (formerly known as Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver) while pursuing an additional course of study and are not eligible for federal grant assistance such as the Pell Grant or state grant assistance such as the Cal Grant.

ENROLLMENT AT MORE THAN ONE INSTITUTION

Students who are enrolled at more than one college or university at the same time may receive Pell Grant from only one institution, not both.

Students may not borrow more than their annual loan limit, and VC will determine loan eligibility by reviewing the student’s borrowing record with the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).

For more information, contact the VC Financial Aid Office at 805.289.6369