Financial Aid and Scholarships

Processing and Disbursement Timelines

Processing Your Financial Aid


Filing the FAFSA is just the first step. You may be randomly selected by the Federal Processor for verification and be required to submit additional forms to the Financial Aid office through MyVerify to complete your file. Once you are notified by email that Cabrillo has received your FAFSA, visit MyVerify to view required forms.

Example of documents that may be required:

  • Federal Tax Return Transcript

  • W2s

  • Copy of Selective Service Confirmation

  • Copy of High School Diploma or equivalent

  • Verification of Non-Tax Filer

  • Verification of household size

If there are differences between your FAFSA information and your financial documents, our office will make corrections electronically to your FAFSA. Only submit documents if requested. For assistance on MyVerify please go to our MyVerify page.

This process can take up to 4-6 weeks. Making unnecessary corrections to your FAFSA and/or submitting incorrect/incomplete forms will cause delays! If you do not submit requested documents, your financial aid will not be processed. Keep your email, phone number and mailing address current with the college.

Processing Timeline

  • Step One
    File Your Financial Aid Application

    Fill out FAFSA or CA Dream Act for the appropriate school year. You will be using tax information from the prior-prior year (2 years back)

  • Step Two

    If selected for verification, you will create your MyVerify account at: At this time, the CCPG fee waiver is awarded to those who qualify

  • Step Three

    Using your MyVerify account, complete the tasks listed, and submit documentation.

  • Step Four
    Parent MyVerify Account

    Parents will be able to create their own account to provide electronic signatures, if required. Parents can log in at:

  • Step Five
    Tasks Completion

    Processing time is 4-6 weeks. If additional documents are needed, your financial aid advisor will reach out to you. Make sure your contact information is up to date with the college. 

  • Step Six
    Processing Time

    Once all tasks are submitted and your file is "Finishe", you will be moved to the processing stage.

  • Step Seven
    Filing Completed

    Final review is complete and if eligible, you are ready to be PAID!!

  • Step Eight
    Select Your Refund Preference with BankMobile Disbursements

    Our school delivers your refund with BankMobile Disbursements, a technology solution, powered by BMTX, Inc. Visit this link for more information.

Disbursement Timelines

Award Notification

An email will be sent to you after your file has been reviewed. Award amounts are typically based on full-time (12+ units). The actual amount received will differ if your enrolment status changes and/or if you owe student charges. Students do not have to enroll full-time to receive financial aid. Pell awards will not be increased for special studies, short-term, or weekend classes added after the second week of the term. You can view your offer letter through Financial Aid Self Service.

Note: Offer letters will not include estimates for the Pell Grant until after your file has been reviewed and eligibility has been determined. Initial offer letters will only indicate eligibility for the California College Promise Grant (CCPG).

Federal regulations require that all types of financial aid be coordinated. You must inform the Financial Aid Office if you receive any aid not listed on your Offer Letter such as scholarships, stipends, and vocational rehabilitation. You can only receive aid at one school per term. A revision to your financial aid may be necessary.

Disbursement Timeline

Disbursement dates depend on when your completed file is reviewed. Students awarded before the midpoint of the semester will be awarded in two disbursements. Students awarded after the midpoint of the term will be awarded in one disbursement.

  • The first half of the semester amount of Pell Grants are disbursed no earlier than ten days prior to the start of each term.

  • Cal Grants are disbursed after the add/drop period, around the fourth week of each semester.

  • SEOG and the second half of the semester amount of Pell Grants are disbursed approximately mid-way through the semester.

If you have been awarded a scholarship, it will be disbursed the week before the start of the term unless enrollment verification is required. Scholarships requiring enrollment verification will be disbursed within two weeks of the receipt of your enrollment verification. For more information visit our scholarships page. For Summer term, students are awarded once enrolled; however, disbursements are made towards the end of the summer session to ensure correct enrollment status and award amounts. No adjustments are made once you have been awarded.

For the Cabrillo Promise Program, students who meet all requirements of the program will be automatically awarded after the second week of the semester. Awards will be based on a students current enrollment status at the time of awarding. For more information regarding the eligibility requirements of program please visit the Types of Aid and Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

Disbursements Through BankMobile

Cabrillo College delivers your refund with BankMobile Disbursements, a technology solution, powered by BMTX, Inc. The most common type of money BankMobile disburses to students are Federal Work Study earnings, funds left over from Financial Aid awards, and loans or grants after tuition has been paid. BankMobile also disburses money for students who have a credit balance. Visit this link for more information. 

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