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Types of Aid

Browse through the list of Financial Aid available to you.

Financial Aid Programs

Financial aid is used to pay for mandatory fees, books, transportation, room and board and other educational expenses while attending Cabrillo. Awards are contingent upon the availability of funds. If funds are insufficient, Cabrillo College reserves the right to adjust financial aid awards as necessary.

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California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the Board of Governor's Enrollment Fee Waiver or BOG)


The California College Promise Grant waives the unit enrollment fee at Community Colleges for California residents, including high school students so that the cost of enrollment is not a barrier. The Promise grant does NOT cover mandatory or other optional fees. Please remember that you must apply for the Promise grant each academic year. Promise grant eligibility is based on financial need and academic progress.

Promise Grant recipients pay $20 per semester for a parking permit. The Promise grant does not cover mandatory fees.

The Promise grant is not a cash award and does not cover other educational expenses.

How to Apply for The California College Promise Grant

Students may apply for the Promise Grant by completing either the Promise grant application or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Dream Act Application . Promise grant applications enable students to be considered for the fee waiver only and have stricter eligibility requirements. By filing a FAFSA, students are considered for The California College Promise Grant as well as other forms of aid.

There are three methods to qualify for the Promise Grant.

1. Promise Grant Application Method A

You must be a recipient or a dependent of a recipient of:

  • TANF/CalWORKS, SSI/SSP or General Assistance (Note: SSA or SSDI are NOT the same as SSI); or
  • Dependent's fee waiver from the Department of Veteran's Affairs; or
  • The Congressional Medal of Honor; or
  • Dependent of a victim of the 9/11 terrorist attacks; or
  • Dependent of deceased law enforcement/fire suppression personnel killed in the line of duty


2. Promise Grant Application Method B

  • You must meet the income guidelines on the chart below. Dependent students must use parent's income.
Method B 2017-18 Promise Grant Income Guidelines
Number in Household
(including student)
Total Income For 2015:
Adjusted Gross and/or Untaxed Income and/or Wages not reported on taxes
*Add $6,240 for each additional person.


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3. Promise Grant Method C

If you do not qualify for a Promise Grant under Method A or Method B, you need to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Dream Act Application. Allow 2-6 weeks for processing.

When Is The Deadline To Apply For A Promise Grant?

The deadline to apply for a Promise Grant is the last day of the term. Once you qualify for a Promise Grant, eligibility continues for the remainder of the school year.

If you qualify for a Promise Grant and have already paid your enrollment fees, you will receive a refund for the waived fees from Student Accounts in the Welcome Center. You cannot receive a refund for a term that has already ended. Contact Student Accounts in the Welcome Center(located in SAC East) if you have questions regarding refund checks.

Please Note: New Policy Regarding the Promise Grant
Beginning Fall 2016, students will lose their fee waiver if they have been on academic or progress probation for two consecutive semesters.
Those students who lose their fee waiver can regain eligibility when they are no longer on probation or petition, through Admissions and Records, for reinstatement based on extenuating circumstances. Stay up to date with loss of grant information, visit:

For more information on the California College Promise, please visit the website for the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.

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Federal Pell Grant

Pell grants are based on financial need and enrollment status. Eligibility is based on the student's Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) which is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and verified by the Financial Aid Office.
Annual Award: $0 - $5,920.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

This federal program provides limited grant funding on a first-come, first-serve basis to students who meet the March 2nd FAFSA priority filing deadline. Recipients must be eligible for a Pell Grant, enrolled in 6 or more units, and demonstrate exceptional financial need.
Average Annual Award: $400.

Cal Grants

Cal Grants are funded by the state for California residents. They are awarded by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) and are based on financial need and academic merit. Students must meet the March 2nd priority filing deadline. There is an additional deadline of September 2nd for Community College students. The Cal Grant Program is comprised of Entitlement and Competitive awards. For more information on Cal Grants visit /

Chafee Grant Program:

Assists eligible foster youth and former foster youth with the costs of attending college. To qualify, a student must have been in foster care between their 16th and 18th birthdays and cannot have reached their 22nd birthday as of July 1 of the award year. Qualifying students could have been in foster care in another state and now live in California. To be considered for this award students must complete the FAFSA, be eligible for financial aid, and complete the Chafee Grant Program Application. Apply for Chafee Grant online at
Maximum Annual Award: $5000.

Full Time Student Success Grant:

The Full Time Student Success Grant (FTSSG) has been developed for Cal Grant B and C recipients. The annual grant amount is $1000. The intent of this grant is to support student persistence, retention, and success by providing supplemental grants to community college recipients who are enrolled full time and completing their programs.

In order to receive this grant, you must:

  • Meet all Cal Grant B or C eligibility requirements each semester
  • Maintain a Full time enrollment status each semester

The disbursement of this award starts after the fourth week of each semester. It will only be disbursed if your financial aid file has been reviewed and your eligibility has been determined.

Community College Completion Grant

The Community College Completion Grant (CCCG) has been developed for Cal Grant B and C recipients. The CCCG is a $1,500 annual grant for students attending at least 15 units per semester, and who are on pace to complete their program within the timeframe determined in their comprehensive Student Educational Plan (SEP) for the entire length of their program. The CCCG is a financial aid award designed to encourage faster completion of the student’s degree or certificate.

In order to receive this grant, you must:

  • Meet all Cal Grant B or C eligibility requirements each semester
  • Meet the Full Time Student Success Grant (FTSSG) eligibility requirements each semester
  • Be enrolled in 15 units per semester
  • Maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA
  • Be following your comprehensive archived SEP on file

No payment is authorized in the program until you have an archived comprehensive SEP that maps out the path to receiving your degree or certificate. Eligibility is maintained for as long as you continue to receive the FTSSG and remain on pace to completing your degree or certificate within the timeframe described in the SEP. Eligibility is lost when you are no longer FTSSG eligible, receives your degree or certificate mapped out in the SEP or fall off pace to complete on time. For more information visit the Student Fact sheet for Community College Completion Grant (CCG)

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Scholarships are available each year for current students, enrolling high school graduates and transferring students. They are awarded annually on a competitive basis, with consideration given to scholastic achievement, financial need and student potential.

Visit our Scholarships page for more information and resources.

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Federal Work-Study (FWS)

This is an award to work in a job on campus or off-campus for a public or nonprofit agency. Hourly wages on campus range from $10.50 to $14.75. Students receive a monthly paycheck for hours worked and can earn up to the amount of their award. Priority is given to students who meet the March 2nd deadline. Students who have not been awarded may request to be placed on a wait list.
Average Annual Award: $5000.

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William D. Ford Direct Loans

Loans must be repaid! Cabrillo recommends that students borrow only when it is absolutely necessary. Students who are planning to transfer should be aware that loans are generally the largest portion of a financial aid package at four year colleges and should consider total educational indebtedness before borrowing at Cabrillo.

Please visit our Student Loans page for more information and for types of loans available at Cabrillo College.

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