Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Financial Aid Office
Financial Aid

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Will I Still Get My Second Disbursement On Schedule During The COVID-19 Pandemic?

Spring 2020 disbursements will be made per the schedule posted on the department’s website.

Do I still need to attend classes to receive financial aid?

Yes — all instructions are being conducted through Canvas. Please check your IVC email account for updates and check in with your professors and instructors regarding your specific class. Also read up on COVID-19 updates as provided by the College for additional information or updates on instruction and/or campus closures.

Title IV funds are awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded.

The transition from in-person classes to online instruction, does not exclude the need for students to be continuously enrolled. Dropping units, withdrawing from all classes or ceasing to attend classes can result in funds being returned and create possible student overpayments, which will suspend any future financial aid disbursements. Before dropping units, please check with the Financial Aid Office to determine any impact on your eligibility.

How Can I Get Financial Aid Help During Campus Closure?

The Financial Aid Office will be accessible by phone, chat, email, and Zoom conference calls per request during the campus closure during our regularly scheduled hours. Please check the website for the most recent updates.

Regular office hours are 9 am – 6 pm Monday – Thursday, and 9 am – 12 pm Fridays.

The Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions are being updated so you can help yourself if outside of regular hours.

How will the campus closure affect my financial aid processing?

Despite the campus closure, the Financial Aid Office will continue processing FAFSA, CCPG, and California Dream Act applications, as well as reviewing files and appeals.

How can I get help completing the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application?

Students can call, chat or email the Financial Aid Office to set up an appointment for one-on-one assistance via Zoom with completing their FAFSA, California Dream Act Application or other financial aid requirements.

How do I submit documents to the Financial Aid Office during campus closure?

Students can submit most information through the Student Forms portal to complete their file online. For assistance, please contact the Financial Aid Office via phone, chat or email.

I am scheduled to work as part of the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program but am not allowed to work during campus closure. What should I do? Will I still get paid?

Yes, students will continue to be paid for their regularly scheduled working hours during the closure.

How does the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act affect students receiving financial aid?

The Financial Aid Office is still waiting for guidance from the U.S. Department of Education on how the CARES Act will be interpreted and implemented. You can read the latest updates on student financial aid directly from the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Student Aid FAQ regarding the development of COVID-19 and the effect of the CARES Act.

I plan to withdraw with an ‘EW’ from my classes due to COVID-19. How will that affect my financial aid?

For the purposes of financial aid, an ‘EW’ is the same as a ‘W’ which brings down the completion percentage of your Satisfactory Academic Progress. If you withdraw with an ‘EW’ due to COVID-19 or any other extenuating circumstances, the withdrawal date may be backdated to an earlier date (i.e. March 20 or so), and that means that you may have to pay some or part of your Pell Grant back.

This may or may not remain true with the CARES Act having recently been signed. The Financial Aid Office is still awaiting guidance from the U.S. Department of Education as to what extent Pell Overpayment and Return to Title IV Funds or other regulations pertaining to financial aid will be affected.

Can I still receive my financial aid disbursement if I were to drop with an ‘EW’?

It depends on the date of withdrawal – before or after April 10. If you withdraw with an ‘EW’ due to COVID-19 or any other extenuating circumstances, the withdrawal date may be backdated to an earlier date (i.e. March 20 or so), and that means that you may have to pay some or part of your Pell Grant back.

This may or may not remain true with the CARES Act having recently been signed. The Financial Aid Office is still awaiting guidance from the U.S. Department of Education as to what extent Pell Overpayment and Return to Title IV Funds or other regulations pertaining to financial aid will be affected.

Do I have to pay back the financial aid award back if I were to drop with an ‘EW’?

If you withdraw with an ‘EW’ due to COVID-19 or any other extenuating circumstances, the withdrawal date may be backdated to an earlier date (i.e. March 20 or so), and that means that you may have to pay some or part of your Pell Grant back.

This may or may not remain true with the CARES Act having recently been signed. The Financial Aid Office is still awaiting guidance from the U.S. Department of Education as to what extent Pell Overpayment and Return to Title IV Funds or other regulations pertaining to financial aid will be affected.

Does an ‘EW’ affect my Satisfactory Academic Progress?

Yes, for the purposes of financial aid, an ‘EW’ is the same as a ‘W’ which brings down the completion percentage of your Satisfactory Academic Progress.

This may or may not remain true with the CARES Act having recently been signed. The Financial Aid Office is still awaiting guidance from the U.S. Department of Education as to what extent Pell Overpayment and Return to Title IV Funds or other regulations pertaining to financial aid will be affected.