Financial Aid Programs
MSJC offers a number of financial aid programs to assist students with paying for college and each financial aid program comes with its own set of eligibility requirements. Grants are awarded based on financial need and come from either the federal government, State of California or California Student Aid Commission. Please read the information provided below and contact the Financial Aid office with general questions about available programs.
Federal Financial Aid Programs
Federal Pell Grant
Federal Pell Grants are available to students who have not yet earned a baccalaureate or professional degree and who demonstrate financial need. Your exact award amount will vary based on your needs, the cost of attendance and if you are a full or part-time student. Your specific award will be prorated if you are enrolled in less than 12 units per semester.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are open to students who demonstrate exceptional need. Funds for this grant are extremely limited and are provided until all available funds are depleted. To receive this grant award, you will need to apply early and be enrolled in at least 6 units each semester.
Federal Work Study
Federal Work Study (FWS) provides you with the opportunity to earn up to the amount of funding offered on your financial aid award letter. FWS funds are limited and you will need to be enrolled in at least 6 units to be eligible. It’s recommended that you file your FAFSA early and answer “yes” to the question about your interest in work-study to maximize your chances of receiving this award.
Federal Direct Student Loans
These loans are available to eligible students whose financial needs cannot by met by other sources. A student must be enrolled in at least 6 units and completed the financial aid application process to show eligibility for the loans. Students are not advised to take out these loans except as the last resort and are encouraged to apply for scholarships, work-study or other sources that do not require repayment. Excessive borrowing can cause hardship for students and may prevent them from completing their education goals. Please review our Student Loan Guide for more information.
State Financial Aid Programs
California College Promise Grant (CCPG)
The California College Promise Grant (CCPG) is an enrollment fee waiver for California residents or those eligible for AB540 who meet income criteria. Unlike other aid programs, CCPG is not a cash award and you must apply for the CCPG before registering for the Fall or Spring semester. Your application is good for an academic year, including the fall, spring and summer terms.
Your CCPG eligibility is tied to your academic standing. If you are placed on academic/progress probation/dismissal for two consecutive terms you will be deemed ineligible for a CCPG waiver the following term.
CCPG “C” award winners applying for EOPS or CALWORKS programs at MSJC, may wish to complete the CCPG application in addition to your FAFSA if you or your parents are receiving cash assistance from TANF/CalWorks, SSI/SSP, or General Assistance.
If you received a CCPG based on your initial FAFSA or CA Dream Act application, but are later determined ineligible, you will need to pay any incurred registration fees.
Cal Grants are awarded by the California Student Aid Commission for California residents. In order to be eligible, you will need to apply by the deadline and be enrolled in at least 6 units. Your award will be prorated if you are enrolled in less than 12 units each semester.
If you are awarded or renewing a Cal Grant B award, your award will most likely be limited to four academic semesters. If you would like to receive your Cal Grant B award for your entire program, including after you transfer to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree, it is recommended you complete 15 units per semester or 30 semester units per academic year.
Students who have filed their most recent FAFSA or California Dream Application can go online and check the status of their Cal Grant application by logging onto the WebGrants for Students and creating an account. The site allows you to not only check on your Cal Grant application but see the status of your Chafee application, update your address, view payment history, or inform MSJC of your intent to change schools.
The California Chafee Grant Program provides need-based grants to Foster Youth and former Foster Youth to use for vocational training or college courses. Also known as the Educational and Training Voucher (ETV), the Chafee Grant is a federally and state funded program and subject to the availability of funds each year. To be eligible you must have been a Foster Youth between age 16 and 18, not have reached their 26th birthday as of July 1 of the award year, and have been eligible to receive services from the Department of Social Services Independent Living Program (ILP). Chafee Grant applications can be submitted online.
Student Success Completion Grant (SSCG)
Student Success Completion Grants provide students with supplemental financial aid to help offset the total cost of community college attendance and encourage full-time enrollment and successful on-time program completion. If you take 15 units, you can receive up to a maximum award of $4,000. To qualify, you will need to be eligible for a Cal Grant B or C award, meet federal satisfactory academic progress (SAP), have an unmet financial need and maintain full-time attendance.
The MSJC Foundation, off-campus agencies and donors all award scholarships to students. Each available scholarship requires you to fill out a separate application, in addition to your FAFSA, and eligibility and enrollment requirements will vary by donor. Visit the MSJC Scholarship site for more information.