The MiraCosta Promise Frequently asked questions
How do I apply for “The Promise”?
To apply to the program, eligible students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a Dream Act application by May 11, 2017. Students who complete the eligibility requirements listed above will be automatically considered for the MiraCosta Promise and will be notified by May 19, 2017.
What are the eligibility requirements for “The Promise”?
In order to be eligible for the MiraCosta Promise, a participant must:
- Graduate in spring 2017 from any accredited high school located within the boundaries of the MiraCosta Community College District.
- Apply to attend MiraCosta College for the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters and commit to enrolling in 12 units or more each semester.
- Be a resident of the state of California for tuition purposes (or be AB 540 eligible).
- File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a Dream Act application by May 11, 2017 and qualify for the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver.
How do I know if I am a California Resident?
When you submit your online application through CCCApply the system will make a preliminary residency determination for you based on your responses to the questions.
If there is a question about whether or not you qualify to be classified as a resident for tuition purposes the Office of Admissions and Records will contact you for further information.
The residency rules as established by Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations require (among other things) a one-year physical presence in the state of California prior to the first day of the semester, combined with one year of evidence of intent and ability to establish residency in California. Students may be required to present evidence regarding their residency. Some exceptions and limitations to the residency requirement exist; please call the Admissions and Records Office, 760.795.6620 or 760.634.7870 if you have questions about residency requirements.
What is AB 540?
Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540) is a California State Law that allows undocumented students who meet certain requirements to pay in-state tuition fees at any UC, CSU, or California Community College. If you attended a high school in California for three or more years and graduated from a high school in California you may be eligible for AB540. For more detailed information please see http://www.miracosta.edu/studentservices/admissions/ab540.html.
How do I complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
Completing and submitting the FAFSA is quick and free. The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for federal aid and state aid, such as a Pell Grant, the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver and Cal Grant. This application gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college. Your financial aid can be used whether you are pursuing a degree, are planning to transfer to a 4-year college or are enrolled in one of our eligible certificate programs. Click here for MiraCosta College’s Financial Aid Office website for help on how to submit your FAFSA.
How do I complete the California Dream Act Application?
If you are not eligible to submit a FAFSA due to your citizenship status, but meet the AB540 residency standards, please complete the California Dream Act Application. This application will determine your eligibility for the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver and Cal Grant. Click here for MiraCosta College’s Financial Aid Office website for help on how to submit your California Dream Act Application.
What is the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver?
The Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver waives the $46 per unit enrollment fee and parking fees in excess of $20 per semester (excluding summer and short-term parking).
How do I know if I’m eligible for the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver?
To determine your eligibility for the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver submit a FAFSA or California Dream Act Application.
Before you register for classes, check your SURF account to see if your BOG Fee Waiver has been approved:
- Log in to SURF
- Go to your Student Center page
- Click "View Financial Aid"
- Click the aid year to view your estimated financial aid awards
Please refer to this list of FAQs for more information regarding the BOG Fee Waiver.
Which schools are in MiraCosta College’s district?
The MiraCosta Community College District serves the north coastal area of San Diego County and the communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Cardiff by the Sea, Solana Beach, Del Mar and Carmel Valley. North San Diego County is nationally known for its exceptional K-12 schools and the plethora of superb higher education choices. Public high school districts served by MiraCosta College include Carlsbad, Oceanside and San Dieguito. There are also a number of private high schools and charter schools located within the district.
Am I eligible if I don’t attend MiraCosta College directly after high school?
No. At this point in time, the MiraCosta Promise is only available to students who graduated in 2017 from an accredited high school located within the boundaries of the MiraCosta Community College District and apply to attend MiraCosta College for the fall 2017.
What financial resources are available to students apart from the Promise?
The MiraCosta College Foundation supports many scholarships throughout the fall and spring semesters. A majority of the scholarships are for continuing MiraCosta College students, but there are also scholarships for MiraCosta College students transferring to 4-year institutions and for graduating high school seniors planning to enroll at MiraCosta College in the fall. Visit the Scholarship Office website for more details.
Pell Grant & FSEOG
Federal Pell Grant – Pell Grants are available to undergraduate students who meet the financial, academic, and eligibility requirements. Your Pell Grant award is based on your enrollment status as of MiraCosta College’s add/drop deadline for each term. Pell Grant awards will be recalculated based upon this enrollment status and your award letter will be updated. To apply, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) - FSEOG funds will be disbursed to Pell-eligible students, who have the greatest need, until funds are exhausted. You must be enrolled in at least six (6) units to receive FSEOG funds. To apply, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Cal Grant A, B & C
Cal Grant A, B, and C are available to undergraduate students who meet the financial, academic, and eligibility requirements, and apply on time. Cal Grant B and C are the only programs offered at MiraCosta College. The award amount will be based on your enrollment status as of MiraCosta College’s add/drop deadline for each term. To apply, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
California Chaffee Grant for Foster Youth
Chaffee Grants are available to students who are or were in foster care, between the ages of 16 and 18, as a dependent or ward of the court. Students must complete a FAFSA, or California Dream Act Application, and a Chaffee Grant application to determine eligibility. 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 be considered for a California Chaffee Grant, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Federal Work Study
The Federal Work Study Program offers part-time, on-campus, jobs to eligible financial aid applicants. For more information, contact the MiraCosta College Career Center.
Federal Direct Loans
Students may be eligible for a Subsidized or Unsubsidized Direct Loan through the Federal Government. However, we encourage you to borrow only what is absolutely necessary. Take the time now to ask questions and make the right decision about borrowing money to pay for school. The MiraCosta Financial Aid Office does not participate in certifying alternative/private education bank loans or Parent Plus loans.
How do I complete the matriculation process?
All students (new and current) must complete matriculation in order to qualify for priority enrollment. Matriculation gets you off to a great start on your college career and leads to higher student success. Matriculation has four parts: assessments, orientation, advisement and education planning. The easiest way to take yourself through all the steps for matriculation is to log in to your SURF Account and use the Matriculation Activity Guide.