Financial Aid & Scholarship Services
We are here to help you find ways to pay for college tuition and related expenses. There are many types of Financial Aid available. Depending on your income and other factors, you may qualify for federal or state grants, tuition waivers, work-study jobs, or educational loans and scholarships. First time students can apply for the Gavilan Promise.
Begin with step 1 below to get started.
- Final Deadline for FAFSA for 2019/20 school year - June 30
- Live Help is available every weekday via our Online Student Services
- Summer 2020 Semester Begins - June 15
- Deadline to add a course - June 16
Apply for federal and state financial aid:
Financial Aid Process
or permanent residents
California Dream Act
For the best chances, do this step by March 2nd to be considered for CalGrant and other state aid the following Fall Semester.
The Student Aid Report will be sent to you once your FAFSA or Dream Act is processed. Log into myGav to check the status of your FAFSA. It will include:
- Whether you need to send any additional documents.
- What aid you are eligible for.
If more documents are required, return all required forms to the Financial Aid office in a timely manner. Your file will be reviewed, any discrepancies will be resolved, and your eligibility will be determined.
If you are eligible for Financial Aid, you will receive an award letter. Grant checks will be sent shortly after award letters.
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of Financial Aid are available to me?
Gavilan College participates in several types of financial aid programs which are funded through federal, state and local agencies. Our office administers the following financial aid programs:
- Tuition Waivers: These awards pay your tuition and certain fees. The California Promise is available to California residents, AB 540 students, and AB 1899 students who meet financial criteria, and demonstrate financial need. The Gavilan Promise is available to full time, new-to-college students who have graduated from a California high school.
- Grants: These awards are based on financial need and do not require repayment.
- Work Study: This type of award is based on financial need and provides the student with an opportunity to earn money for school through employment. Awards through the Federal Work Study Program are limited so apply early.
- Scholarships: Various community groups and organizations offer these awards based on academic achievement and/or financial need.
- Loans: Must be repaid after the student leaves school or drops below half-time enrollment
What are the important dates for Financial Aid?
FAFSA and Dream Act applications are available each October 1, with priority filing deadline of March 2nd to be considered for Cal Grant. Applications are accepted after March 2nd and through June 30th of each award year. For application assistance, visit the Welcome Center.
We will communicate with students via email on receipt of application and to communicate any document requirements. You may submit tax information and other verification forms via Verify My FAFSA and will be provided instructions on the process for document submission. Delays in application and/or document submission will be considered for late disbursement.
Do I need good grades to get Financial Aid?
Yes. To stay eligible for California College Promise, you need to:
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (Academic Standard)
- Successfully complete more than 50% of all units attempted (Progress Standard)
For other types of awards, please see the Satisfactory Academic Progress page.
If you are placed on academic and/or progress probation for two consecutive primary terms (fall or spring semester), you will lose CCPG eligibility and priority enrollment. For more information on this regulation and the conditions by which you may appeal, please contact Financial Aid at 408-848-4727. Students are encouraged to utilize the numerous support services on campus to help them regain good academic standing.
I have another question.
That's great! We've assembled a long list of questions and answers on the Frequently Asked Questions page. Please check there.
If you still have more questions, feel free to call our office at (408) 848 - 4727.
Help Filing Your Application is Available!
Visit the Welcome Center for assistance from Gavilan student mentors for help filing CCC Apply, FAFSA, Dream Application, register for classes, find classrooms, and more! No appointment is required.