After students are awarded their financial aid, they will receive an email notification from the Financial Aid Office directing them to create an account with Nelnet. Students must make a disbursement selection; otherwise, there will be delays in receiving their refunds. Please note, that the fastest means of receiving a refund is through the electronic transfer of funds to your personal checking or savings account.
|Disbursement # for Term||Disbursement Date||Funds Included|
|1||Friday, January 17||Pell Grant|
|2||Tuesday, February 4||Pell Grant|
|3||Wednesday, February 19||All|
|4||Wednesday, March 11||All|
|5||Monday, March 30||All|
|6||Friday, April 17||All, including second-half of Pell Grant, Direct Loans, and first disbursement of FSEOG|
|7||Friday, May 1||All|
|8||Friday, May 8||All|
|9||Friday, May 22||All|
Most funds are disbursed in halves for the award year. Additionally, Pell Grant disbursements are divided into two (2) payments each term. Cal Grants, Student Success Completion Grants (SSCG), and Direct Loans are first disbursed on February 19, 2020 while FSEOG funds are disbursed to students on April 16, 2020.
Spring Students on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Warning, Probation or Monitor Status
These funds not be paid until the 2nd disbursement at the earliest, due to the time needed for grades to be posted and academic standing calculated. Additionally, students need to maintain a 2.0 GPA and complete 67% of their enrolled coursework in order to continue to receive their financial aid. More information on the SAP policy is located on the Financial Aid Office website.
A thank you card to your donor(s) must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office before check(s) can be issued. The majority of the scholarship checks will be available for pickup in the Bursar's Office on the first day of classes during the fall semester and you will be notified by email when your check is ready. If you are awarded an Osher Scholarship, your check will be equally divided between the fall and spring semesters. Spring 2020 Osher Scholarship checks will not be available for pickup until the week of February 10. You must be enrolled at a minimum of 6 units and have the California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the BOG Fee Waiver).
ESL and Basic Skills Courses
Students will only be paid up to 30 units of enrolled coursework in ESL or Basic Skills courses. After 30 units, ESL or Basic Skills courses are not factored into the enrollment used to determine eligibility for financial aid disbursements.
Late Starting Classes
Students cannot be paid for classes until after they have started. Classes added after February 2, 2020 will be paid on the second Pell Grant disbursement scheduled for April 16. Be sure to register early.
As the District does not have a student accounts system, you will need to pay your enrollment fees from your financial aid. Failure to pay will result in a hold being placed on your student record preventing you from registering for future terms.
Drops and Withdrawals
Students withdrawing from all of their classes, or to less than half-time status may owe federal aid funds back to the school and/or the U.S. Department of Education. Always consult with the Financial Aid Office before dropping ANY classes or withdrawing for the term.
Pell Grant Recalculation Date
Pell Grants are not adjusted for enrollment for students (up or down) on or after April 9, 2020. Please plan accordingly and register early.
Cal Grants are disbursed once per semester on the 3rd disbursement which is after census. As Cal Grants are disbursed once per term, no adjustments are made after disbursement. Please be sure to enroll full-time by February 5, 2020 for the Spring semester in order to receive maximum funding.
Loans are disbursed twice each semester, with the first disbursement taking place 30 days into each term, typically on the third disbursement, and again at the time of the second Pell Grant disbursement.
For more details, please contact the Financial Aid Office.