WHAT'S NEW IN FINANCIAL AID FOR 2020-2021? | Financial Aid Office
Financial Aid


Each year, changes are made to federal, state and institutional financial aid. These changes impact both students and institutions. In order to help you prepare for these coming changes, the Financial Aid Office is providing you with the following updates.

California College Promise Grant

Beginning Summer 2021, California residents must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the California Dream Act Application (for AB540 students only) to apply for the California College Promise Grant (CCPG) — formerly known as the Board of Governors Fee Waiver or BOGFW. For Spring 2021, the California College Promise Grant application is still available online, click here to apply.

Financial Aid Workshops

Financial Aid Workshops will be offered to students for Spring 2021 through a virtual platform called Cranium Café. These workshops are intended to help students complete their FAFSA or Dream application and any other financial aid related documents such as verification or appeals. View the Workshops & Events details and meeting information available on the Financial Aid Office home page. Please RSVP.

Ocelot Chatbot

Have questions about financial aid, admissions, or other student services departments? Simply start a chat or ask a question to launch a conversation – Ask an IVC Lasers, virtually!

IVC is ready to launch the Ocelot Chatbot at the start of the Fall 2020 semester. Ocelot Chatbot is powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) to be available around the clock and allows students to serve themselves at their convenience. Students will be able to search through thousands of questions related to financial aid alone, with the answers updated from time to time to reflect the most current information.

Connecting with the Financial Aid Office

The Financial Aid Office has just launched Cranium Café in addition to email and phone to help students contact staff during business hours. Students can contact the department using this technology to video chat, send messages, and schedule an appointment. This is the same technology that students are encouraged to use when contacting the Counseling Center and Admissions and Records.

EW and NP Grades and SAP

Students requesting an EW or NP grade due to COVID-19 will not have their financial aid academic progress adversely affected. This includes students on Warning, Probation or Monitor status.

EW Grades and R2T4

Students who withdraw from all of their Spring 2020 classes due to COVID-19 between 3/13/20 and 6/8/20, and were required to return federal funds, will no longer owe the school or federal government. Grades must be listed as EW due to COVID-19.

Emergency Grants (HEERF Grant)

As of December 14, 2020, 4,308 IVC students have received a HEERF Grant for the Spring 2020, Summer 2020, or Fall 2020 semester, for a total of $2,153,905. More information will be emailed to students in early January with instructions on how to apply for the emergency grants for Spring 2021. Until then, more info is located on the Emergency Grants or Emergency Fund and HEERF FAQ pages.