Financial and Scholarships

Types of Aid

There are a variety of different types of aid available for you at Cabrillo including fee waivers, grants, loans, work study, and scholarships!

Understanding Your Offer Letter

  • Awards Statuses
  • Enrollment Status

Fee Waivers

  • California College Promise Grant (CCPG)
  • Cabrillo Promise Program


  • PELL Grant
  • FSEOG Grant
  • Cal Grant
  • Cal Grant for Students with Dependent Children (SWD)
  • Student Success Completion Grant
  • Chafee Grant
  • Cabrillo College Higher Education Emergency Relief Grant


William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans

  • Subsidized Loans
  • Unsubsidized Loans


  • Cabrillo General Scholarship
  • Cabrillo High School Scholarship
  • Cabrillo Division/Department Scholarships
  • Cabrillo Nursing Scholarship
  • Community and Private Organization Scholarships
  • Other Scholarship Opportunities (web searches, etc.)


Understanding Your Offer Letter

An offer letter notification will be emailed to you after we have reviewed your academic progress and your file. To view your offer letter, go to Financial Aid Self-Service and select the current school year under 'Select An Award Year'. 

Award Statuses

  • Awarded (A): funds have been awarded and disbursed
  • Denied (D): award has been denied
  • Estimated(E): the award is estimated, but is pending verification
  • Hold (H): action is needed before the award can be disbursed
  • Pending (P): the award is pending
  • Rejected (R): the award is rejected due to not meeting the criteria

AWARDS ARE BASED ON FULL-TIME ENROLLMENT. The actual amount disbursed will differ depending on your enrollment status (see chart below).

Enrollment Status

Award Amount

Full-time= 12+ units


3/4 time= 9-11.99 units


1/2 time= 6-8.99 units


Less than 1/2 time= <6 units


Fee Waivers

Students may apply for the CCPG by completing either the CCPG application or by filling out a Financial Aid application, FAFSA, or Dream Act Application

  • Students must apply for CCPG each academic year.
  • The CCPG does NOT cover mandatory or other optional fees.
  • The CCPG is not a cash award and does not cover other educational expenses.
  • CCPG recipients pay $20 per semester for a parking permit.
  • Students may apply for the CCPG by completing either the CCPG application or by filling out a Financial Aid application, FAFSA, or Dream Act Application
  • By filing a FAFSA or Dream Application, students are considered for the CCPG as well as other forms of aid.

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California College Promise Grant (CCPG) Academic Requirements

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Complete at least 50% of all units attempted

You will lose your California College Promise Grant if you are on academic or progress probation for two consecutive semesters. 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. Please visit the Admissions and Records Page.

In order to ensure equal access to education for all students, Cabrillo College is providing the first two years of tuition to any first-time college student. The Cabrillo Promise Program eliminates financial barriers to higher education, making a college degree a reality. 

For more information on this program and determine eligibility please click HERE.


Pell Grants are based on financial need and enrollment status. Eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and verified by the Financial Aid Office.

  • Annual Award: $0 - $6,495
  • Students may apply for the grant by completing the FAFSA

This federal program provides limited grant funding on a first-come, first-serve basis. Recipients must be eligible for a Pell Grant, enrolled in 6 or more units, and demonstrate exceptional financial need.

  • Average Annual Award: $400.

Students must meet the March 2nd priority filing deadline.

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. Cabrillo College ONLY disburses Cal grant B and C. Cal Grant A is only disbursed to four-year schools with the exception of Students with Dependent Children (SWD).

  • Students must meet the March 2nd priority filing deadline.
  • There is an additional deadline of September 2nd for Community College students.
  • Payment will be based on the units you are enrolled in as of the census date.
  • Cal Grant awards are DISBURSED after the fourth week of each semester.
  • Must have an unmet need

For more information on Cal Grant Programs General Eligibility Requirements:

Cal Grant for Students with Dependent Children (SWD)

Governor Newsom and the Legislature approved new funding to increase the Cal Grant award beginning in the 2019-20 academic year for students attending a University of CA (UC), California State University (CSU), or California Community College (CCC) who have dependent children that are under 18 years of age, and for whom they provide more than half of their financial support for during the academic year.

The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) will send you an email asking you to certify if you have a dependent child.

  • Create a WebGrants 4 Students (WG4S) account and sign in at 
  • Once signed in, you should see a popup notification asking you to certify your eligibility if you have been selected for the award.
  • If you make an error during this certification process, you must contact your financial aid office at your institution to submit a correction.

The SSCG has been developed for eligible Cal Grant B and C recipients. You will automatically be packaged for SSCG but will need to meet the requirements to receive the funds. The purpose of this grant is to provide the student with additional financial aid to help offset the total cost of community college attendance and to encourage full-time attendance and successful on-time completion.

In order to receive this grant you must:
  • Meet all Cal Grant B and C eligibility requirements each semester.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment(link to eligibility) status each semester.
  • Maintain federal Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • Payment will be based on the units you are enrolled in as of the census date.
  • Annual Award:
    • If enrolled in 12-14.99 units- $649 per semester with a maximum of up to $1,298.
    • If enrolled in 15 or more units- $2,000 per semester with a maximum of up to $4,000.
  • SSCG awards are DISBURSED after the fourth week of the Fall and Spring semester. Summer awards are disbursed mid-semester only to students who have not received the maximum award of $4,000.
  • Must have an unmet need

If you are or were in foster care for at least one day, between the ages of 16 and 18 as a dependent or ward of the court and have financial need, and have not reached your 26th birthday as of July 1 of the award year, you may qualify for the Chafee Grant Qualifying students could have been in foster care in another state and now live in California.

  • Maximum Annual Award: $5000.
  • Must have an unmet need
  • To be considered for this award students must complete the FAFSA or CA Dream Act, be eligible for financial aid, and complete the Chafee Grant Program Application.

The following forms must be submitted to be considered for this award:

The Higher Educational Emergency Relief Fund provides one-time grants for students to help address the immediate and urgent impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are limited funds for these grants from the Federal government. If you meet federal criteria for eligibility, you can request aid by filling out the following Google form: Cabrillo College Higher Education Emergency Relief Grant.


The William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans are low-interest loans for students to help pay for educational related expenses.

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.

Loans must be repaid!

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


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. 

Federal Work Study (FWS)

Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for students with financial need, both on and off-campus. There are several departments on campus that have positions to fill each semester on a first-come, first-served basis. Funds are limited, so not all qualifying students will receive an award.

For more information about Federal Work-Study and to add yourself to the waitlist, please see the Federal Work Study page.

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