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Frequently Asked Questions

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Early Application Period
bracket
January
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available for the upcoming award year.  Submit financial aid application online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. 
March 2nd
Cal Grant application deadline - Submit both FAFSA and GPA Verification
March - April
Respond to Missing Information Letter (MIL).  Submit all required documentation to the Financial Aid Office.
 
 
July
Financial Aid Office begins emailing of Award Notifications to students who applied and submitted documentation during the early application period.
 
 
September 2nd 
Cal Grant application deadline - Submit both FAFSA and GPA Verification
 
 
 
You MUST meet at least one of the following conditions if applying for the 2014-15 academic year:
  • You were born before January 1, 1991
  • You will be enrolled in a master's or doctorate program at the beginning of the school year
  • You are married as of the day you apply
  • You have children who receive more than half their support from you
  • You have dependents (other than your children or spouse) who live with you and who receive more than half their  support from you at the time you apply and through June 30, 2015
  • At any time since the age of 13,  were both of your parents deceased, were you in foster care, or were you a dependent or ward of the court
  • You are currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training
  • You are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • You are or were an emancipated minor as determined by a court in your state of legal residence
  • You are or were in legal guardianship as determined by a court in your state of legal residence
  • You were determined at any time on or after July 1, 2013 by your high school or school district homeless liaison to be an unaccompanied youth who was homeless 
  • You were determined at any time on or after July 1, 2013 by the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to be an unaccompanied youth who was homeless 
  • You were determined at any time on or after July 1, 2013 by the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program to be an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless.
 
 
Depending on when you file and how quickly you submit the required documents, it could take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months. Please check your financial aid status on your student eagle advisor account or follow up with our office to check the status of your file.
 
 
Yes. Many families mistakenly think they do not qualify for aid and prevent themselves from receiving financial aid by failing to apply for it. The FAFSA form is free. Apply, you may qualify.
 
 
There is In-State tuition available: AB 540
 
Requirements:  
  • Attend a California high school for 3 or more years
  • Graduate from a California high school or receive the equivalent general education diploma (GED)
  • Register or be currently enrolled in a California Community College, California State University, or a University of California
  • Sign a statement with the college or university (NOT with DHS) stating that he/she will apply for legal residency as soon  as he/she is eligible to do so
California Dream Application
The passage of AB131 authorized state funded financial aid to AB540 eligible students.  If you are an undocumented AB540 student, complete the CA Dream Appliaton at www.dream.csac.ca.gov.
 
Scholarship Listings for Undocumented Students: 
     MALDEF
 
The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the number used to determine your federal student aid eligibility.  Based on your application, it determines what you and your family should be able to contribute towards your educational expenses. 
 
 
In order to sign your application electronically you must apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov. Once you fill out a short online application, the Federal government will issue you a four digit number. The number may be used to submit your electronic signature and to access information from your FAFSA on the web.
You may also sign the application by printing out the signature page and mailing it to the central processor.
 
 
You may apply prior to submitting your admissions application.  However, you must be admitted and enrolled to receive the aid you qualify for.  Visit the Enrollment Services web site for more information.
 
 
Verification is a process in which files are selected at random to check certain data elements on the FAFSA. If your file is selected for verification, the school is required to verify the information reported. Your SAR will tell you if you are selected for verification.
 
 
 
Mt. San Jacinto College Financial Aid Office considers between 6 and 8.5 units as half-time and 12 or more units as full-time for the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
 
 
The Federal School code is 001246.  See School Code list to search for another institutions school code.
 
 
Federal Financial Aid guidelines require that the Mt. San Jacinto College Financial Aid Office insure that each student who receives financial aid maintains SAP. In order to do so, the Mt. San Jacinto College Financial Aid Office has established and monitors the following components, known collectively as SAP standards; a student’s cumulative GPA and cumulative completion rate. Visit the SAP section of the Mt. San Jacinto College Financial Aid Office website for more information.