Financial and Scholarships

Types of Aid

There are a variety of different types of aid available for you at Cabrillo!

Financial Aid Available

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

*According to federal guidelines, 12 units constitute full-time enrollment. Please note that scholarships and Cabrillo Promise Program (CPP) do not fall under federal guidelines and may qualify for reduced course load through Accessibility Support Center Student (ASC).

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

Enrollment Status

Fall/Spring

Summer

Full Time

12+ units

6+ units

3/4 Time

9-11.99 units

4.5-5.99 units

1/2 Time

6-8.99 units

3-4.49 units

Less than 1/2 time

<6 units

1-2.99 units

Fee Waivers and Campus Based Aid

  • California College Promise Grant (CCPG)

    • To apply, students must complete a CCPG paper application, a FAFSA, or a CADAA application. Please note: The CCPG paper applications have stricter eligibility requirements.

    • CCPG is not a cash award and does not cover mandatory school fees, books, materials costs, or other educational expenses.

    • CCPG recipients receive a discount on parking permits.

    • For more information on the CCPG fee waiver visit the website of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.

    CCPG Academic Requirements

    • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0

    • Complete at least 50% of all units attempted

    You will lose your CCPG 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 for more information.


The Cabrillo Promise Program (CPP) covers full-time (12+ units) tuition fees for two years for first-time college students attending Cabrillo College. Books, material fees, supplies, living expenses, and study abroad programs are not included. Students may be awarded the Cabrillo Promise Program for only one year if they attended another CA Community College or received the California College Promise Grant (CCPG) for their first year of college. Funds are limited and will be awarded on a first come first serve basis.

Students are required to apply for federal and state aid through the FAFSA or CADAA. Federal or state financial aid is awarded first, and if you are not eligible you are considered for the Cabrillo Promise Program. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

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. The requirements of the program are as follows:

  • Be a first-time college student

  • Be a California resident or be determined AB540 eligible

  • Submit a FAFSA or a CADAA each year*

  • Enroll in 12+ units each semester at Cabrillo College **

  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) ***

    *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. For help in navigating through this process, click here for a guide to help navigate your MyVerify account.

    **Accessibility Support Center Student (ASC) students may qualify for a reduced course load.

    ***It is your responsibility to understand the terms and conditions of the SAP policy as it applies to you. To view SAP status, log into your Financial Aid Self Service account.

Grants

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 - $6,895

  • Students may apply for the grant by completing the FAFSA

    To receive federal financial aid such as the Federal Pell Grant you must:

    • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen

    • Have a valid Social Security Number (SSN)

    • Have financial need which is determined at the time that the FAFSA is completed

    • Have a high school diploma, a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or complete a high school education in a home school setting that is treated as such under state law

    • Declare an eligible program

    • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) throughout your enrollment

    • Certify that you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant

This federal program provides limited grant funding on a first-come, first-serve basis. The average annual award is $400.

Students must meet the March 2nd priority filing deadline.

Recipients must be:

  • Eligible for a Pell Grant

  • Enrolled in 6 or more units

  • Able demonstrate exceptional financial need.

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

  • Be enrolled in at least 6units

For more information on Cal Grant Programs General Eligibility Requirements

Cal Grant GPA Submission FAQ's

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

  • 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 (SAP).

  • 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- $1298 per semester with a maximum of up to $2596 per year

  • If enrolled in 15 or more units- $4,000 per semester with a maximum of up to $8,000 per year

  • 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 $8,000.

  • 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. The Maximum Annual Award: $5000.

Students must:

Loans

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

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.