Starting Fall 2023, financial aid amounts will be adjusted for classes that apply towards students’ declared major. This means that only the classes that apply toward your major, classes listed on students’ degree audit, and/or educational plan will be eligible for financial aid. This does not apply to the CA College Promise or the MiraCosta Promise. Please see our frequently asked questions to learn more.
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Learn all about financial aid, including how and when to apply, how to check the status of your application, and when to expect disbursements.
All students who complete a financial aid application will automatically be awarded a fee deferment. The fee deferment allows students to enroll in classes and prevents them from being dropped for nonpayment while their financial aid is being processed. Fee deferments do not impact your ability to enroll in classes. You can check your fee deferment status in SURF.
The California College Promise Grant (CCPG) waives the $46/unit enrollment fee for eligible students. To apply for the CCPG you must complete the FAFSA or CADAA. Eligible students will be notified through their financial aid award letter.
The application process for federal aid takes approximately 2-4 weeks. Students will receive an initial award letter with estimated award amounts. These amounts may change based on information provided on additional required financial aid documents or enrollment in less than 12 units. Anytime an award amount changes your SURF account will be updated and a new award notification will be sent.
All students who complete a financial aid application will automatically be granted a fee deferment. The fee deferment allows students to enroll in classes and prevents them from getting dropped for nonpayment while their financial aid is being processed. Fee deferments do not impact your ability to enroll in classes. You can check your fee deferment status in SURF.
MiraCosta's Textbook Loan program is available to all MiraCosta students. You can apply through your SURF account. You may also get assistance with books from the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services Department (EOPS), please contact their office for eligibility requirements.
No. You can receive federal financial aid at only one college at a time. If you will be taking classes at two different schools at the same time, you will need to decide which school you want to receive aid from.
This does not apply to the California College Promise Grant. The CCPG may cover tuition at multiple schools at the same time.
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