Cabrillo Financial Aid & Scholarships

Frequently Asked Questions

Applying

The 2021-2022 FAFSA and Dream Act applications start Fall of 2021, and end as soon as Summer 2022 is over. After the Summer 2022 session, the 2021-2022 FAFSA application is no longer used for any type of aid at Cabrillo College. If you will be enrolled in any of the following terms: Fall 2022, Spring 2023, or Summer 2023 - then you will need to complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA or Dream Act application (available beginning October 1, 2021).

The deadline for the 2021-2022 FAFSA application is June 30th 2022.

Cabrillo's school code is 001124

Your status depends on whether you meet the federal criteria for being an independent student. This has less to do with your individual financial circumstances and more to do with the federal guidelines. For example, students age 24 and over are considered independent, as are married students or those with children they take care of. Veterans and those on active duty with the armed forces are considered independent. But these are just a few examples of the most common criteria. See this reference on Studentaid.gov for a more detailed list of criteria.

Your dependency status determines whether financial information from your parents needs to be included in your application and whether their finances will be considered in determining your aid eligibility.

If you need help filing your FAFSA or Dream Act application you may contact our office or attend a workshop. Visit our workshops calendar located on our home page for dates and times. You can also contact us at financial.aid@cabrillo.edu or (831) 479-6548 and we would be happy to assist you.

You may be required to submit additional form(s) or documents to complete your file. You will receive an email from the Financial Aid Office with a link to log into your MyVerify account. After clicking the link, you will log in using your Cabrillo student ID and your Financial Aid Self Service password.

Yes, in some situations.

General

The entire financial aid process can take up to 4-6 weeks

New financial aid applications are released every October 1st. The priority deadline is March 2nd and the applications closes June 30th. We recommend that students submit their applications as soon as possible in order to not delay their aid. 

Just apply! Many students are eligible for some type of aid. Leave eligibility up to the Department of Education and the Financial Aid Office to determine. The only way to determine what aid you may be eligible for is to apply by completing a FAFSA or CA Dream Act application. 

For your entire college career, there is a maximum lifetime limit for the Federal Pell Grant of 12 full-time semesters or 600% Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) for your entire academic career. You can log on to studentaid.gov and view your LEU.

Unfortunately, there is no way to "transfer" your aid from college to college. You can easily transfer your FAFSA by going to www.fafsa.gov and adding the school code of the college you will be transferring to. Aside from the FAFSA, you will always need to complete the process for receiving aid at each college separately, submitting paperwork again (forms vary college to college) and following the new school's processing timelines. Tip: If you submitted taxes, documentation for a dependency change, or change of income circumstances and did not keep a copy, you may want to request a copy of them before you leave and have them with you in case you need to submit them again. 

Once you have submitted all of your required documents, in your MyVerify account you will see the message "Your file has been sent to the Financial Aid Office for review. No further action is required at this time." Once "Final Review is done" you will receive an email with further notification from our office.

Go to Financial Aid Self Service, and then select the current school year under 'Select an Award Year' .

You will now be able to select 'Review Your Financial Aid Award Letter'. For step by step instructions please check out this Financial Aid Self Service Cheatsheet and video.

Top reasons your financial aid could be delayed:

  • Cabrillo College is not listed on your FAFSA.

  • The name on your FAFSA does not match the name on your Social Security Card.

  • You did not sign your FAFSA or send in the signature page from FAFSA on the Web.

  • You made corrections to parental information FAFSA but the parent signature is missing.

  • You made corrections on your FAFSA but your signature is missing.

  • You received an email from our office but forgot to read it. (Read everything you get very carefully.)

  • Your documents weren't turned into our office in a timely manner.

  • Your documents were incomplete.

  • When you filed your FAFSA, you used estimated income and tax information, and when you filed your tax return, the information was different but you didn't correct your FAFSA.

  • You didn't make Satisfactory Academic Progress the prior semester.

  • Your FAFSA was filed after March 2nd.

California College Promise Grant (CCPG)

The California College Promise Grant is a fee waiver for eligible California residents to help pay for tuition. Eligibility is determined based on income. The grant is an electronic transaction which will waive the enrollment cost per unit and a portion of your parking permit for Fall and Spring semesters (you pay $20 ). The California College Promise Grant does not have to be paid back. You may be eligible for a fee waiver even if you are not eligible for other types of aid. For more information on the California College Promise Grant, please see our page on Types of Aid.

Generally, if you submit an application, and it is accepted, your California College Promise Grant award is entered within 24-48 hours. You can check any awards you have from your Financial Aid Self Service. Log in and then select the current school year under 'Select an Award Year' .You will now be able to select 'Review Your Financial Aid Award Letter'. For step by step instructions please check out this Financial Aid Self Service Cheatsheet. If you have been awarded the California College Promise Grant waiver it will be listed here. It's loaded into accounts every Monday.

All students need to do is ensure that they have applied for the California College Promise Grant before the end of the school semester and they will be refunded their tuition cost per unit and a portion of their parking permit cost. Please remember: the only way to get a refund for a term is to ensure your California College Promise Grant was processed before the end of that term. For further general refund questions or information about your refund status, please contact Student Accounts in the Welcome Center.

Each California College Promise Grant is applied to one school year. The school year begins in the Fall and ends with Summer. You don't need to apply each semester, but you do need to reapply every Fall.

Cabrillo Promise Program (CPP)

California College Promise Grant (CCPG) is a fee waiver through FAFSA or the CA Dream Act Application. The Cabrillo Promise Program is designed for first time college students. The Cabrillo Promise Program is a scholarship through Cabrillo College that provides the first two years of tuition to any first-time college student. Both CCPG and Cabrillo Promise Program cover the cost of tuition. However, the main difference is that CCPG is financial aid through FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application. For Cabrillo Promise Program, federal or state financial aid is awarded first, and if you are not eligible you are considered for the program.

For first-time college students attending Cabrillo College full-time (12+ units*), the Cabrillo Promise Program covers the tuition fee of $46 per unit. The program does not cover the mandatory school fees associated with Cabrillo College or book/material fees. To assist students with the other expenses that are not covered under the Cabrillo Promise Program, the college sponsors a large scholarship program, and students are encouraged to apply for these additional scholarships to assist with the other costs.

* If an Accessibility Support Center (ASC) student, you may qualify for a reduced course load.

A student must have a FAFSA or CA Dream Act Financial Aid Application on file to determine eligibility for the Cabrillo Promise Program. If we do not have a FAFSA or CA Dream Act application on file your award will not be processed. We are unable to process awards for previous academic years.

The Cabrillo Promise Program works through a verification process. Students who meet ALL requirements of the program will be automatically awarded after the second week of the semester. Until then, please do not pay your registration balance. Once we apply any eligible Cabrillo Promise Program award to your account you can pay the remaining fees at that time. You will not be dropped for nonpayment.

Please Note: Awards will be based on a students current enrollment status at the time of awarding.

Students who meet ALL requirements of the program will be automatically awarded after the second week of the semester. Until then, please do not pay your registration balance. Once we apply any eligible Cabrillo Promise Program award to your account you can pay the remaining fees at that time. You will not be dropped for nonpayment.

Please Note: Awards will be based on a students current enrollment status at the time of awarding.

Full-time enrollment means you are taking at least 12 units *a semester at Cabrillo College.

If an Accessibility Support Center (ASC) student, please reach out directly to financial.aid@cabrillo.edu as you may qualify for a reduced course load.

Yes, we can accept students who attended a previous year at another CA Community College. However, these students are only eligible to receive one year of the Cabrillo Promise Program.

The Cabrillo Promise Program is designed for first-time college students attending Cabrillo College full-time. Unfortunately, when a student attends a four-year university this makes them ineligible for the Cabrillo Promise Program.

If you attended a CA Community College prior to attending Cabrillo College please see the question above.

The Cabrillo Promise Program is only available to students who are California residents or determined AB540 by Admissions & Records after completing the AB540 exemption request.

All students are eligible for the Cabrillo Promise Program regardless of their citizenship status, including citizens, eligible non-citizens, and undocumented students are eligible. Please note, students on a student F1 visa are not eligible for the Cabrillo Promise Program.

Beginning in 2022-2023, there will be no application needed to be enrolled in the Cabrillo Promise Program. Students who fill out a FAFSA or CADAA and 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.

We can pause for a semester, but cannot extend. The program is only for two years and cannot go past that time frame. We have had a select few students who have had to be absent for a semester due to extenuating circumstances. In these cases, we ask for a student statement explaining their situation, which can be sent to financial.aid@cabrillo.edu along with their full name, student ID number and term in which they will be absent. The student will lose out on the semester they are gone.

Awards will be based on a student's current enrollment status at the time of awarding. If a student drops units before being accepted into the program, the dropped units fees will not be covered. It is very important to complete your FAFSA or CA Dream Act Financial Aid Application as soon as possible to avoid a delay in processing awards.

Yes! To be eligible for summer, a student must enroll in 12 units.

Please note: Students are not required to take summer courses to maintain Cabrillo Promise Program eligibility.

Yes! In this case, students would receive one year of the Cabrillo Promise Program.

Dream Act

Under the California Dream Act, undocumented students who qualify under AB540 can receive some forms of financial aid. Instead of applying with the FAFSA, eligible students should fill out the CA Dream Act application. Visit our how to apply page for information on how the process works and what kind of aid you may be eligible for. Much of our advice for the FAFSA on our site will also apply to the Dream Act.

Visit this link for more information on whether you're eligible to apply through the Dream Act.

No, students do not need a social security number to fill out the application.

Academic Requirements, Dropping Classes, SAP Status

Students who have not met "Minimum Standard Requirements" will be placed on Financial Aid Warning. Note: You are still eligible to receive financial aid while on Financial Aid Warning.

Students who do not meet Minimum Standard Requirements at the end of their Financial Aid Warning semester will be Disqualified for the next term. For more information visit our Academic Requirements page.

Students who have not met "Minimum Standard Requirements" are placed on Financial Aid Warning. There is a GPA requirement and a unit completion requirement, requiring students to complete 67 percent of their attempted units during their entire time at Cabrillo. Often, students have a high GPA but did not meet the unit completion requirement, since grades of "W" count as units attempted even though they don't affect GPA. You can check your GPA and units completed in Financial Aid Self Service through 'Satisfactory Academic Progress'. If any of that information seems incorrect, contact your instructor and Admissions and Records. Notify us once the grade is corrected.

If your cumulative pace falls below 67%, you must successfully complete ALL units attempted each term. If your cumulative pace is over 67% you must continue to successfully complete 67% of all units attempted each term.

Note: You are still eligible to receive financial aid while on Financial Aid Warning. We advise taking a manageable course load to avoid disqualification.

Yes. All students who apply for Financial Aid will have their academics reviewed regularly to verify that they are making "SAP" or Satisfactory Academic Progress. Maintaining this academic progress means that students complete the classes they attempt with a passing or credit grade on their academic transcripts. Students must also keep their GPA above 2.0 and cannot exceed 150% of their total program units to complete an A.A., A.S., Vocational Certificate or Transfer program. Please read our Academic Requirements page for more information.

  • You can still receive the California Promise Grant enrollment fee waiver
  • You may request Reinstatement for the following term IF you meet the Reinstatement requirements
  • If you were Disqualified because of extenuating circumstances beyond your control (federal regulations specify these as one time events such as ‘student illness or injury, or death of a relative') AND your situation has changed to allow you to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress, you may submit a Minimum Standard Requirements Appeal form. Keep in mind students are only allowed one appeal on file. Official supporting documentation explaining the extenuating circumstances is required or your appeal will not be considered.

Fall 2022: November 18, 2022

Spring 2023: April 28, 2022

Summer 2022: July 29, 2022

If you are on a Maximum Timeframe extension and do not meet Minimum Standard Requirements and/or you have reached the end of the extended time period, your status will become Ineligible. Once you become Ineligible, there are no further appeals and you will not be eligible for Reinstatement. Please see our Enrollment Changes Financial Aid page.

Dropping a class can result in SAP problems and/or Overpayment issues. Depending on your current SAP status you may be placed on Financial Aid Warning, Disqualification, or become Ineligible. See our Academic Requirements page for complete information on SAP policy and statuses. Depending on when you drop, you may also owe money. Please see our Enrollment Changes Financial Aid page.

Students become Ineligible if they were granted an extension after reaching Maximum Timeframe and then exceeded that extension. Students would need to provide proof of extenuating circumstances that prevented them from meeting that timeline to become eligible for aid again.

Students become Not Eligible if their appeal was approved, they were on Probation, and then failed to meet requirements while on Probation. Only one SAP Appeal is allowed, so Not Eligible students can no longer receive state and federal grants, or loans, at Cabrillo College.

Awards and Disbursements

If financial aid awards aren't used to pay for tuition, they may be disbursed as cash awards directly to students, through BankMobile. You'll have a chance to select a refund preference through BankMobile—if you don't, a check will be mailed to the address on file for you.

Your Financial Aid offer letter amounts are based on full-time enrollment. If you are enrolled in less than full-time units, the amount you receive will be based on the number of units of enrollment.

Enrollment Status and Award Amount 

Full Time (12+) = 100%

3/4 Time (9-11.99) = 75%

1/2 Time (6-8.99) = 50%

Less than half time (<6) = 25%

Please note: Classes that you were not registered in during the first week of the term, including classes that do not start the first week of the term/semester (late start classes or special studies), are not paid after the class starts.

Students awarded before the midpoint of the semester are awarded in two disbursements.

Second disbursements dates are:

  • Fall 2022 - October 20th

  • Spring 2023- March 23rd

Students awarded after the midpoint of the semester are awarded in one disbursement.

Federal Direct Student Loans

We offer Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans. For more information, visit our Student Loans page.

Once you've finished your FAFSA for the school year, and have developed a Comprehensive Educational Plan with an academic counselor, follow our step-by-step process to request a loan on our Student Loans page. 

Exit counseling provides important information that you need as you prepare to repay your federal student. Exit Counseling is required when you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment. Exit Counseling requirements are on our Student Loans page under the Loan Application Process. To complete Loan Exit Counseling go here

Parents

The student must provide consent for the school to disclose information to the parents, by submitting an Authorization to Release Information form to our office. This form can be found by the student through eforms.

If a student is attending a postsecondary institution - at any age - the rights under FERPA apply (even if they are under 18). The student must provide consent for the school to disclose the information to the parents, by submitting an Authorization to Release Information form to our office.

You can find the forms on MyVerify. You will be able to review the forms and using your e-sign pin, you will be able to electronically sign the forms. Parents can access their accounts via this URL: cabrillo.studentforms.com