Financial Aid Programs
The Financial Aid Office offers a variety of programs to assist students with meeting the costs of higher education. Students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act (CADAA) to apply.
Financial aid awards are contingent upon your eligibility at the time of disbursement.
To receive financial aid, you will need to comply with the conditions of awards. If you have questions, please contact the Gavilan College Financial Aid Office.
Federal Pell Grant
A federal aid program for undergraduates and credential students based on financial need. Eligibility is determined by federal government guidelines and information reported on your FAFSA.
IMPORTANT: The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you may receive over your lifetime is limited by federal law to be the equivalent of six years. Click here for more information.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
This federal program is designed to assist students with exceptional need by supplementing other financial aid sources. You must be enrolled in at least 6 units and have an Expected Family Contribution of 0 to qualify for SEOG. Award amounts will range from $100 to $200 per year for qualified students depending on the availability of funds.
Federal Work-Study (FWS)
This federal aid program is based on financial need and provides part-time employment at the college so that students can earn money while gaining work experience for employment after graduation. A FWS award is not a guarantee of employment. To be considered for Federal Work-Study, students must complete the FAFSA and a Federal Work-Study Employment Packet. This award is contingent upon the availability of funds.
Federal Direct Loan Program
The U.S. Department of Education's federal student loan program is the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program. Under this program, the U.S. Department of Education is your lender.
Please visit the following website for more information: studentloans.gov
California College Promise Grant (CCPG)
For eligible California residents, the California Community College system offers a fee waiver program known as the California College Promise Grant (formerly known as Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver or BOGW). The program may waive the enrollment fees for an eligible student. To apply students should file a FAFSA or CADAA.
The State of California, through the Student Aid Commission, offers several grant programs for undergraduate students. These include Cal Grant A, B, and C. A student can receive only one type of Cal Grant.
Cal Grant B
The Cal Grant B program is for undergraduates and credential students based on financial needs determined through the criteria listed below and income/asset ceilings. Some grants are awarded through entitlement, and others are awarded competitively. Students must complete the FAFSA or CADAA and Cal Grant GPA Verification Form by the March 2nd deadline to be considered for the Cal Grant B.
- Student Success Completion Grant (SSCG) This state grant supports student persistence, retention, and success by providing additional assistance to Cal Grant B recipients who are enrolled in a minimum of 15 units per term and have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.
Cal Grant C
A state aid program for undergraduates and credential students pursuing a vocational degree program is based on financial need determined through criteria listed below and income/asset ceilings. To be considered for the Cal Grant C, students must complete the FAFSA or CADAA and a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form by the March 2nd deadline.
Chafee GrantA federal aid program for undergraduates who are current or former foster youth. The Chafee Grant is used for career, technical training, or college courses. Funding is subject to the availability of federal funds each year. To be considered for the Chafee Grant, students must complete the FAFSA or CADAA application and Chafee Grant application. For additional information, visit the Chafee website at: www.chafee.csac.ca.gov.
California Dream Act Service Incentive Grant Program
The California Dream Act Service Incentive Grant Program (DSIG) grant will be available to the student students with a Cal Grant B award who perform community or volunteer service for up to 8 semesters or up to 12 quarters while they have an active Cal Grant B award. Students must also meet Satisfactory Academic Progress and complete any necessary verification for their Cal Grant B award. For more information and to apply, visit https://www.csac.ca.gov/dsig.
Golden State Education and Training Grant (GSETG) Program
The Golden State Education and Training Grant (GSETG) Program supports Californians who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic with a one-time grant for re-skilling, up-skilling, and accessing educational programs to get back into the workforce. For additional information and to apply, visit https://gsetg.csac.ca.gov/.
A variety of scholarships are offered for new, continuing, and transfer students. Gavilan College offers numerous need and merit-based scholarships for part-time and full-time students in most academic majors. Visit our Scholarship page for more information.