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||Thursday, August 20||Pell Grant|
|2||Friday, September 4||Pell Grant|
|3||Wednesday, September 23||All (includes Pell Grant, Cal Grant, SSCG & Direct Loans)|
|4||Thursday, October 8||All|
|5||Wednesday, October 28||All|
|6||Friday, November 13||All, including second-half of Pell Grant, Direct Loans, and first disbursement of FSEOG|
|7||Wednesday, November 25||All|
|8||Wednesday, December 16||All|
Pell Grant disbursements are divided into two (2) payments each term. Direct Loans, Cal Grants and Student Success Completion Grants (SSCG),are disbursed after census typically on the 3rd disbursement. FSEOG are disbursed with the 2nd Pell Grant disbursement in November.
Fall Students on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Warning, Probation or Monitor Status
These funds will not be paid until the 3rd disbursement at the earliest, due to the time needed for Summer 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. Scholarship Checks for current students will be mailed at the end of July. Make sure to update your mailing address on MySite or with Admissions & Records. You will be notified by email when your check is mailed.
If you are awarded an Osher Scholarship, your scholarship will be issued in two payments, one in Fall 2020 and the other one in the Spring 2021 semester. Your check will be available by September 18, 2020, as we have to verify enrolled units. 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.Any classes starting after the first week of the semester will be paid after they start which may be on the second Pell Grant disbursement in November if the students have already been paid once for the semester. Additionally, any enrolled units added after August 5, 2020 may not be paid until the second Pell Grant disbursement in November. Be sure to register early (by 8/5/20 for timely disbursement of your financial aid award).
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 before 10/29/20 may owe federal aid funds back to the U.S. Department of Education. Additionally, students dropping below half-time on or before 11/6/20 may owe a federal Pell Grant overpayment. 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 November 6, 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 September 8, 2020 for the Fall semester in order to receive maximum funding.
Loans are disbursed once each semester, with the disbursement taking place 30 days into each term, typically on the third disbursement.
For more details, please contact the Financial Aid Office.