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Financial Aid Student Guide

This student guide is designed to help you understand what financial aid may be available to you and what you can do so that you may receive that financial aid. If this information does not answer your questions, our staff is available to assist you. Please call us at (619) 660-4201 or visit the Financial Aid Office in the One-Stop Student Services Center (Building A300) near the corner of Fury Lane and Rancho San Diego Parkway.



How to Apply for Financial Aid                  



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.               (Refer to page 2 for a review of the financial aid process)financial aid 101

For the 2016/2017 Year:

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.
  • Do not date or submit your FAFSA before 1/1/2016.
  • Accuracy is very important so read the instructions carefully.

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    You can apply for financial aid on the web using FAFSA on the Web at Federal Student Aid or you may go to the link on the Cuyamaca College Financial Aid website.

STEP 3:  Complete and submit all required documentation to the Financial Aid Office.  To determine if you need to submit required documentation log on to WebAdvisor and select “Cuyamaca Financial Aid,” then “Application Status and Awards.”  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 WebAdvisor 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 form by March 2, 2016.  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, 2016 to apply for a Cal Grant  B Competitive award.

All information submitted to apply for financial aid is confidential.  The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 prohibit the Financial Aid Office from disclosing any information without written authorization.

- 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 2016 and/or spring 2017 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) or FAFSA correction for 2016-2017 to the federal processor is June 30, 2017.  The deadline to complete your financial aid file at Cuyamaca College is July 10, 2017, or 5 business days after your last day of enrollment, whichever comes first.

Disbursement Options through Money Networks new dibursement option notice money network

Starting with the 2016-2017 academic year all Grossmont and Cuyamaca College students now have two ways of getting financial aid disbursements and college refunds faster than a check. Select how you would like to receive your funds:

  • Direct deposit to a checking or savings account.  Funds generally post to your account 1-5 business days.
  • The GCCCD Cash Card, which you can use like a debit card or ATM card.  Funds are delivered the same day.

Register NOW for an electronic option so you can receive any funds you are eligible for faster and safer!  If you do not choose an electronic option, any aid or refunds you are eligible for will be disbursed to you via paper check.  Checks will be mailed and may take 7-10 days for you to receive.  Why wait?  Sign up for an electronic option now!
Find out more information and how to register at Financial Aid's  GCCCD CASH CARD!


Last Updated: 02/21/2018
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