Financial Aid and Scholarships

How to Apply

How to Apply

Applying for Financial Aid

When applying for financial aid, a student needs to complete a FAFSA or the CADAA application. Depending on how you answer the questions on the application, the Financial Aid Office will be able to determine your eligibility for the Types of Aid available at Cabrillo College.

  • Cabrillo College school code is 001124

  • FAFSA and CADAA applications are available every year on October 1st.

  • Students must complete a financial aid application each year they are attending college if they wish to receive financial aid.

Cabrillo's school year begins with the Fall term, is followed by the Spring term, and ends with the Summer session. Ex: Fall 2022-Summer 2023

Priority Deadline

The priority deadline for submitting your financial aid application is March 2nd. Some types of funding are limited, so we recommend submitting your application as early as possible after October 1st. If you missed the March 2nd priority filing deadline you will still be eligible for aid but will not be considered for some funds.

School Budget

If you have additional expenses such as childcare, elder care, disability-related expenses (which are not paid by an outside funding agency), or uninsured medical or dental expenses, please let us know. Also, if you must purchase a computer or supplies required for programs that are in excess of the standard budget allowance, you may request adjustments to your budget.

*Enrollment fees are based on 15 units per semester at $46/unit and are subject to change. This includes the summer term. Non-Resident Tuition Fees are $307/unit and additional capital outlay fees for international students are $2/unit.

2022-2023 Budget

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To be eligible to receive federal financial aid (FAFSA), you must meet the following:

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent

  • Have a declared eligible major

  • Be working toward an eligible program (i.e. Associate Degree, transfer toward a Bachelor's Degree, or a Certificate of Achievement)

  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen

  • Have completed the required forms

  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress

  • Have financial need (except in the case of unsubsidized loans)

  • Not owe a refund or repayment on a federal grant

  • Not be in default on a federal student loan


To be eligible to receive state financial aid (CADAA), you must meet the following:

  • Undocumented

  • Have a valid or expired DACA

  • U Visa holders

  • Have Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

  • Meet the non-resident exemption requirements under AB 540, SB 2000, SB 68

  • Have completed the required forms

  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress

  • Have financial need

You will be emailed a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR). As soon as you receive your SAR, look it over carefully to make sure your information is correct. Check the following:

  • The spelling of your name should match your social security card exactly

  • Social Security Number (SSN)

  • Birthdate

  • Income information

  • Academic level/goal

If no corrections are necessary, keep the SAR for your records. If you need to make corrections please contact the Financial Aid Office right away.

Financial aid eligibility is based on your financial need, this is calculated by subtracting your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the Standard Student Budget. Your EFC is calculated each year by the data you provided the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) and the Federal Processor after filling out a CADAA or FAFSA. Your EFC is listed on the Student Aid Report (SAR) after your application has been submitted. Once your financial need is determined, Cabrillo College will work to create a financial aid package for you.

Before the Dream Act was passed, undocumented students were not eligible for federal, state, or university-funded financial aid. Under this law, undocumented students who qualify under Assembly Bill (AB) 540* criteria may now be eligible for certain types of financial aid. The California Dream Act Application (CADAA) is used to determine a student's eligibility for need-based financial aid. The Cabrillo Office of Student Equity has a Dream Resource Program that supports students who are aspiring citizens, including students who may or may not qualify for AB 540 or DACA status.

Cabrillo College School Code: 001124

What aid does an AB 540 student qualify for?

AB 540 students are exempt from paying non-resident enrollment fees.

What you need to do?

  • Create a Web Grants for Students Account to monitor your Cal Grant Award

  • Login to eforms using your college ID and Financial Aid Self Service password. In the Forms section complete and submit the following form. AR - California Nonresident Tuition Exemption. If you have any questions about this form, please contact the Admissions and Records department.

  • Submit any requested financial aid forms to the Financial Aid Office through MyVerify

What happens after you apply?

  • Your CADAA application will be processed by the California Student Aid Commission and sent to each college you listed on your application (Processing occurs continuously for new applicants throughout the academic year)

  • The Financial Aid Office will download your application and determine if you are eligible for a CCPG, Cal Grant, or SSCG.

The FAFSA application is submitted to the Federal Processor. The Cabrillo Financial Aid office does not process your FAFSA application.

Cabrillo College School Code: 001124

  • Have all the necessary documents on hand when completing the FAFSA

  • Create an FSA ID so you can sign the FAFSA electronically

    • Dependent students will need to have a parent create an FSA ID

    • The FSA ID can also be used to make corrections to your FAFSA

    • Use a zero if the question does not apply to you

  • Remember to sign the FAFSA and obtain all other required signatures

  • If you will have a child born before or during the award year (Fall through Summer sessions) who will be your legal dependent, the child should be counted as a member of the household

  • If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device to submit your application, please reach out to the Financial Aid Office.