FEDERAL & STATE Aid
- California College Promise Grant
- Cal Grant B&C
- Chaffee Grant for Foster Youth
- Federal Work Study
- Federal Pell Grant & FSEOG
- Federal Direct Loans
The California College Promise Grant (CCPG)
formerly known as the
Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver
The CCPG is a state sponsored program that waives enrollment fees ($46/per unit) for qualifying students. To apply for the CCPG, please complete the FAFSA if you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. If you do not meet the citizenship qualification but meet the AB540 residency standards, please complete the California Dream Act Application to determine your eligibility.
Cal Grant B & C
Cal Grant Programs or www.calgrants.org
- G-10—Grant Record Change Form (use to report a leave of absence)
- G-21—Grant Record Change Form (School use only)
- WebGrants for Students
Cal Grants A, B, and C are for undergraduate students who meet the financial, academic, and eligibility requirements, and apply on time. Awards may be used only at qualifying colleges in California and do not need to be paid back. Cal Grant T is for students who will be attending a teaching credential program, in exchange for teaching service.
You must be enrolled at least half-time to receive this award. All students may apply for Cal Grants A, B, and C by filing a FAFSA and the California Student Aid Commission’s GPA Verification Form no later than the postmark deadline of March 2 for the upcoming school year. If you are in high school, you may apply in your senior year.
If you fall into one of the first two categories below, MiraCosta College will submit your verified GPA electronically to the California Student Aid Commission. You do not need fill out the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form.
- MiraCosta College Only GPA—Completed 24.0 units or more degree-applicable units at MiraCosta College.
- MiraCosta College Only Re-established GPA—Completed between 16.0 and 23.5 degree-applicable units at MiraCosta College.
- High School Only GPA—Completed fewer than 24.0 degree-applicable college units. Obtain a GPA Verification form and submit the form to your high school for verification. You may also qualify to have your GPA sent electronically under category 2.
- Other College Course Work GPA—If you need to include other college coursework to meet the minimum 24.0 degree-applicable units (or a re-established GPA, if you have completed between 16.0 and 23.5 degree-applicable units at a California Community College), complete the MiraCosta College Cal Grant Verification and the Cal Grant GPA Verification form. Submit both forms to the Admissions and Records Office. Processing time is five (5) working days. The forms are made available in the Financial Aid Office in February and August each year.
Students who will be attending a California Community College in the fall and miss the March 2 deadline, have until September 2, to apply for the Cal Grant. Since the number of awards available in September is limited, it is best to have your FAFSA and GPA Verification form in no later than the March 2 deadline. Individuals meeting the March 2 filing deadline by submitting both the FAFSA and the GPA Verification form, will be given optimal consideration.
Students who are offered a Cal Grant A but choose to attend a California Community College first, can reserve the award for up to three years until transferring to a four-year college, if still financially qualified. If your Cal Grant A is held in reserve, you can activate it any time. If you list a California community college before a four-year California college on your FAFSA, it will be assumed the community college is your first choice. If you receive a Cal Grant A, the award will be placed in reserve for your first year unless you transfer to a tuition or fee-charging college and request to activate your award. When you do transfer, be sure to let your school know you have a CC reserve grant. Students who are admitted into MiraCosta's Biomanufacturing Bachelor's Degree Program are able to use thier Cal Grant A.
The Cal Grant B provides a living allowance, and tuition and fee assistance for very low-income students. Awards for community college students and all first-year students provide up to $1,672 for books and living expenses. When renewed or applied for beyond the freshman year at a four-year college, the award also helps pay for tuition and fees. The top awards for tuition and fees are the same as those for Cal Grant A. For the Cal Grant B, your coursework must be for at least one academic year.
Cal Grant C assists vocational students with tuition and training costs. Students must be enrolled in and attending a vocational training program lasting from four to 24 months in length. The maximum award amount is $1,094 at MiraCosta College.
Student Success Completion Grant
The Student Success Completion Grant (SSCG) is a financial aid program for Cal Grant B and C recipients attending a California Community College full-time (12 units or more). The purpose of the SSCG grant award is to provide the student with additional financial aid and to encourage full-time attendance and successful on-time completion.
On top of the Cal Grant B or C award paid at community colleges, the Student Success Completion Grant pays full-time Cal Grant B or C recipients a maximum of $1,298 annually at $649 per semester for eligible students who enroll and attend 12 through 14.99 units per term and a maximum of $4,000 annually at $2,000 per semester for eligible students who enroll and attend 15 units or more per term.
• Must be a Cal Grant B or C recipient that received a full-time Cal Grant payment
• Must be enrolled full-time (12 units or more) and maintain full-time attendance
• Must be meeting Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards
• Must have unmet need to receive the SSCG (total grant amount is up to the amount of unmet need)
*If funds are available after paying the student for fall and spring semester terms, colleges may grant additional awards to students who take a sufficient number of units during the summer term to bring their total number of units to 24 units or more for the academic year; OR if funding is available, grants could be prorated to allocate a larger amount to students who take a sufficient number of units for a total of 30 units or more for the academic year.
Chaffee Grant for Foster Youth
Chaffee Grants are for students who are or were in foster care between the ages of 16 and 18 as a dependent or ward of the court and have financial need. Students may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6.0 units).
To qualify, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be a current or former foster youth who was a dependent or ward of the court, living in foster care, between the ages of 16 and 18.
- Youth who are/were in Kin-GAP, a non-related legal guardianship or were adopted, are eligible only if the youth was a dependent or ward of the court, living in foster care, between the ages of 16 and 18.
- Not have reached your 22 birthday as of July 1 of the award year.
To be considered for a Chafee Grant, you must complete the following steps:
- Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online; or if you do not have a Social Security Number (SSN), submit the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) online. (Dream Act Id required to submit a Chafee Grant Application).
- Submit the California Chafee Grant Application online.
- Your foster status will be verified electronically with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). If CDSS is not able to verify your status, please complete the Foster Care Eligibility Certification Form and mail it.
- Your school will submit the Need Analysis Report (NAR).
If you applied for a Chafee Grant, go to WebGrants for Students to check the status of your application.
Once all of the above is completed, you will be notified by email if you are selected for an award. The school will verify payment eligibility and disburse the check to you. If you receive a Chafee Grant, it may be renewed through your 23 birthday as of July 1 of the award year. You do not need to reapply for a Chafee Grant each year; however, you must submit a FAFSA or CADAA. The Commission may contact you for updated information. Be sure to respond to e-mails, letters or forms that you may receive.
Federal Work Study
If you are interested in Federal Work Study please review this step-by-step guide so we can determine your eligibility and you can begin the job search process with the MiraCosta Career Center.
The Federal Work Study Program offers part-time jobs to eligible financial aid applicants. Students are paid from funds the college receives from the U.S. Department of Education. The award is part of the student’s aid package; therefore a student must re-apply through the Financial Aid Office each year. There is no guarantee that a student will continue to receive work study awards from one award year to the next. Federal Work Study funds are limited, so awards usually go to those applicants who complete their financial aid file early and demonstrate financial need.
In order to be eligible to work on campus, students must maintain at least half-time enrollment (at least 6 units) during fall or spring. Eligibility can also be affected by enrollment in late-start, short-term and all online classes; unsatisfactory academic progress; and dropping to less-than-half-time enrollment.
Federal Work Study student workers are permitted to work no more than 19.5 hours per week while classes are in session. During periods of non-attendance, such as spring break, students can work up to 40 hours per week, but cannot exceed 8 hours per day.
Timecards must be completed, signed and submitted to the Payroll Office on or before the third workday of the following month. Late timecards may result in the department's district account being charged. Students should indicate on their timecard that they are being paid using Federal Work Study funds by writing "FWS" on their timecards.
The earliest possible start date for Federal Work Study funding is August 1, 2019, for fall 2019 award and January 2, 2020, for spring 2020. The last possible working date for Federal Work Study funding is the last day of spring semester, May 22, 2020 (or the last day of attendance), if your award includes spring 2020 work study. The period of time from the last day of the spring semester through July 31 cannot be funded through Federal Work Study.
Pell Grant & FSEOG
Federal Pell Grant
Your Federal Pell Grant award is based on your Financial Aid Enrollment Status. Federal Pell Grant awards must be recalculated, if your Financial Aid Enrollment Status has changed from what is printed on your Award Letter. All calculations are based on the 34 week Academic Year definition.
Eligible students can receive up to 150% of their scheduled Federal Pell Grant award each year. What does this mean for you? If you were a Federal Pell Grant eligible student in fall 2018 and/or spring 2019, you may qualify for a Federal Pell Grant for summer 2019. View more Pell Grant information.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
FSEOG funds must be awarded to Federal Pell Grant eligible students who have the lowest family contribution. You must be enrolled in at least six (6) units to receive FSEOG funds (see Enrollment Status).
Is That All You Need To Know?
The regulations and policies governing financial aid are complicated and lengthy. It would be impossible to include them all in a publication of this size. Here, we have attempted to outline the basic financial aid requirements. This brochure is as accurate as possible as of the date printed. Federal, state, and institutional policies and procedures may change after this document is printed.
MiraCosta College Financial Aid Fraud PolicyFraud
There are difficult situations where students and/or parents purposefully misrepresent information in hopes of obtaining financial aid assistance. The Financial Aid Office is required to have a policy of referral when confronted with actual or suspected cases of fraud and abuse [668.53(a)(5), 668.14(g)].1. Policy for Fraud
Students and/or parents who willfully submit fraudulent information and/or alter documentation to obtain financial aid funds will be investigated to the furthest extent possible. All cases of fraud and abuse will be reported to the proper authorities.2. Procedures for Fraud
If an Aid Administrator determines intentional misrepresentation of facts, false statements, or alteration of documents which resulted or could result in the awarding or disbursement of funds for which the student is not eligible, the case shall be referred to the Director for further review and possible disciplinary action. If the Director determines fraud exists, all information will be forwarded to the Vice President of Student Services, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Education, and/or the local law enforcement agency.
Processing of the application or disbursement of funds shall be suspended until the Director has determined that fraud is evident.
Evidence of fraud will be reported to the Office of Inspector General.
Regional Office and Telephone Number: Long Beach, CA 562.980.4141
Inspector General's Hotline: 1-800-MIS-USED
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1510
Federal Direct Loans
A Few Words of Advice...Borrow only if absolutely necessary.
MiraCosta Financial Aid Office does not participate in certifying alternative/private education bank loans or Parent Plus loans.
Attention Federal Direct Loan Borrowers
Beginning July 1, 2013, the Department of Education began limiting the amount of time that NEW borrowers can receive a Direct Subsidized loan. New borrowers are students that have NEVER borrowed a Direct Subsidized loan and borrowed for the first time during the 2013/14 school year or after OR who have borrowed a Direct loan in the past and paid it off in full. You may not receive Direct Subsidized loans for more than 150% of the published length of your program. If you are enrolled longer than the time needed to complete your program, you will lose the subsidy portion of the loan and interest will accrue. Please access this link for more information:
- Time Limitation on Direct Subsidized Loan Eligibility for First Time Borrowers on or after July 1, 2013
Federal Direct Loans
Federal Direct Loans are low-interest loans for students to help pay for the cost of a student's education after high school. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education, though most of the contact will be with your loan servicer.
The maximum eligibility for grade level 1 (freshmen 0–29 college units) is $3,500 per academic year, maximum eligibility for grade level 2 (sophomores 30 college units or more) is $4,500 per academic year, and the maximum eligibility for grade level 3 or 4 (juniors/seniors 60+ college units or more) is $5,500 per academic year. Students receiving loan funds for one semester at MiraCosta in order to complete their educational program may receive prorated amounts.
Federal Direct Subsidized Loans
Subsidized loans are based on financial need. The U.S. Department of Education pays the interest on a Direct Subsidized Loan:
- while you are in school at least half-time,
- for the first six months after you leave school (referred to as a grace period*), and
- during a period of deferment (a postponement of loan payments).
*Note: If you received a Direct Subsidized Loan that is first disbursed between July 1, 2012, and July 1, 2014, you will be responsible for paying any interest that accrues during your grace period. If you choose not to pay the interest that accrues during your grace period, the interest will be added to your principal balance.
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans
Unsubsidized loans are not based on financial need. Interest is accruing while you are in school and added to the principal loan amount when you go into repayment. MiraCosta’s Financial Aid Office strongly encourages you to explore all options before requesting an unsubsidized loan.
You will not be required to make principal payments while you are in school at least half-time. Six months after leaving school, dropping below half-time or graduating, you will begin to make regular monthly payments on both the principal (the amount you borrowed) and the interest (the amount charged to you for borrowing the money). Depending upon the total amount you borrowed, it may take up to ten years to repay your loan(s).
Apply for a Direct Loan at MiraCosta College
- Complete a 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Complete all required financial aid items on your SURF Tasks list
- Complete the Direct Loan Request Form by clicking the link below:
Please complete the ENTIRE loan form and steps in order to avoid delays in the processing of your loan request.
Federal Direct Loan funds are disbursed in equal payments throughout the entire loan period. Loan disbursements will be delivered according to your chosen direct deposit option using BankMobile.
A Few More Words of Advice. . . Borrow only what is absolutely necessary. You may be paying back this loan for a long time. Take the time now to ask questions and make the right decision, that decision can save you money.