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Financial and Scholarships

Types of Aid

Cabrillo offers a variety of aid types for eligible students!

Financial Aid Available

Students with Bachelor's Degree

  • If you already have a Bachelor's degree you are not eligible for Federal or State grants such as the Pell Grant or Cal Grant.

  • Based on your financial aid application, you will be considered for the California College Promise Grant fee waiver as a California Community College student.

  • If you are eligible to complete a FAFSA you could also qualify for student loans or Federal Work Study (FWS). For more info on requesting loans as a BA student go here and for more info on FWS go here.

  • You can still apply for most scholarships, including the Cabrillo General Scholarship.

Understanding Your Offer Letter

Once a student's financial aid file has been completed and reviewed, the financial aid department will send them an email notifying them that their offer letter is available to be viewed online. To view your offer letter, go to Financial Aid Self-Service and select the current school year under 'Select An Award Year'. THE AWARDS ON THE OFFER LETTER 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



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

Grant Eligibility:

Method A: Be a recipient or a dependent of a recipient of:

• TANF/CalWORKS, SSI/SSP, or General Assistance, or

• Dependent’s fee waiver from the Veteran’s Affairs Dept., or

• Dependent’s fee waiver from the national Guard Adjutant, or

• Congressional Medal of Honor, or 9-11 Dependent, or

• Dependent of a deceased law enforcement/fire suppression personnel killed in the line of duty.

**Verification of services must be submitted with application and it must be dated no later than 60day from the date that the application is being submitted.

Method B: Meet the 2021 income guidelines listed below.

Household Size: Base Year Income:

Household of 1: $20,385

Household of 2: $27,465

Household of 3: $34,545

Household of 4: $41,625

Household of 5: $48,705

Household of 6: $55,785

Household of 7: $62,865

Household of 8: $69,945

Each Additional +$7,080

Family Member

5CCR § 58620: Student (dependent or independent) household income in the prior year equal to or less than 150% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines for a family of that size.5CCR § 58620(b)(1)(F): For purposes of this subdivision, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines used each year shall be the most recently published guidelines immediately preceding the academic year for which a fee waiver is requested.

Federal poverty guidelines available here

The California College Promise Grant(CCPG) is subject to the State of California regulations and eligibility determined by the Cabrillo Admissions and Records Office. For more information, please visit the Admissions & Records Academic Standing website here.

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 maybe awarded CPP 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 will be considered for the CPP.

Students who meet the CPP eligibility requirements will receive an email titled "2023-2024 Cabrillo Promise Program (CPP) Acknowledgement" around four weeks after their FAFSA or CADAA application is received.

Students who meet all requirements of the program and have received their acknowledgement email will be awarded after the third week of the semester. If a student's FAFSA or CADAA is received after the third week of the semester, they will be awarded at the end of the month in which their FAFSA or CADAA has been received by the Financial Aid Office. Awards will be based on a student's current enrollment status at the time of awarding.

To qualify for this program, you must:

  • Be a first-time college student

  • Be a California resident or be determined AB540 eligible

  • Submit a FAFSA or CADAA (for both of the years you would like to be considered for the program)*

  • Enrolled in 12 units each semester at Cabrillo College**

  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)***

    * You may be randomly selected for verification by the Federal Processor 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. For assistance on how to login to Self Service please refer to these instructions.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.


Pell Grant is based on the student's 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 - $7,395

  • 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, for 2023-2024.

Students must meet the May 2nd priority filing deadline, for 2024-2025.

Recipients must be:

  • Eligible for a Pell Grant

  • Enrolled in 6 or more units

  • Able demonstrate exceptional financial need.

  • Has attempted less than 60 units

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, for 2023-2024

  • For 2024-2025, May 2nd priority deadline will be the priority 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 a dependent child that is 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

  • Units from late starting or short-term classes will not be counted until you start attending the class.

  • 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 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:


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.