How to Apply for Financial Aid


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If you wish to apply for financial aid, you must complete the following steps.  You must reapply for financial aid each year.  Awards are not automatically renewable.   


Financial Aid 101


STEP 1:   Apply for admission to Cuyamaca College.


STEP 2:   Complete and file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is used to apply for most financial aid programs. The FAFSA provides information needed to calculate your and/or your parents’ ability to help pay your college costs.

  • Cuyamaca College’s federal school code is 014435.
  • Be sure to list all colleges you plan to attend.
  • Accuracy is very important so read the instructions carefully.





You can apply for financial aid online by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Online Application or contact our office for more assistance.


STEP 3:  Complete and submit all required documentation to the Financial Aid Office.  To determine if you need to submit required documentation log in to Self-Service and select “Cuyamaca Financial Aid,” then “Application Status and Awards” to check your financial aid status.  Under “Document and Tracking Information” any required documents will say “Not Rec‘d.”  Incomplete or conflicting information may delay your financial aid process.  Make sure your address, e-mail, and phone number are current in Self-Service so that we can contact you.


STEP 4:  If you have attended other colleges, it is your responsibility to have official academic transcripts mailed to the Admissions and Records Office to be properly evaluated for graduation/transfer purposes.          


STEP 5 (if applicable): For Cal Grant applicants, complete the FAFSA online and submit the GPA verification by March 2 every year.  Cuyamaca College will automatically send GPA information for you if you have completed 16 or more college-level units.  If you have not completed 16 or more college-level units then you will need to send a GPA verification form to the California Student Aid Commission.  The GPA Verification form is available from the Financial Aid Office, from your local high school counselor, or online with the California Student Aid Commission.  Community College Students have until September 2 to apply for a Cal Grant  B Competitive award.


What Happens Next?

When all required documents have been received by the Financial Aid Office, your financial aid file is considered complete and your application will be reviewed on a “first-completed, first-considered” basis.  A Financial Aid Advisor may request further information to determine your financial aid eligibility.  Your financial aid award will be calculated based on your financial need and the federal and state funds available.


If you are eligible for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Award and Acceptance Letter that is an offer of aid.  If you are not eligible, you will receive a letter stating why you are not eligible.  Your Financial Aid Award and Acceptance Letter will outline the terms and conditions of the financial aid award and it will provide actual and/or projected disbursement dates as to when funds will be sent to you.  If you did not pass the appropriate number of units, or your GPA is below a 2.0 for the fall and/or spring semesters you may not be eligible for a retroactive award or a summer award.


The deadline to submit a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is June 30th or the last day of attendance, whichever is sooner.  



Cuyamaca College Student Services is committed to protecting and maintaining the confidentiality of student personal information and records as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  FERPA requires that student personal information such as social security numbers, birth dates, and financial and academic records may not be disclosed to anyone other than the student without the student’s expressed written permission. 




Your Financial Aid Refund


Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges deliver your refund with BankMobile Disbursements, a technology solution, powered by BMTX, Inc. Visit this link for more information: 


Watch the video "How to Receive Your Refund" from BankMobile Disbursements that explains the process.

For more information, visit the BankMobile Disbursements website. 


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