Financial Aid & Scholarships Services
The Gavilan College Financial Aid & Scholarships department is 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. There are also many different scholarships, which are not usually dependent on financial need.
Apply today to find out what assistance is available for you!
Although the March 2nd deadline for Cal Grants has passed, we want to inform you that it’s not too late to apply for financial aid at Gavilan College!
We are still accepting applications for Spring 2018 semester, and if you attended in Fall 2017, depending on your eligibility, you can also receive late disbursement if you qualify!
File your 2017-18 FAFSA or Dream Application at websites listed below, reporting income for 2015.
If you will be returning or transferring in Fall 2018, renew your application for the 2018-19 school year as well. It’s not too late to file both the 17/18 and 18/19 applications!
Information about AB19 ‘The California College Promise’
There has been misinformation disseminated about this bill. Please read for a current accurate update.
AB19 was approved by the governor on October 13, 2017, but has not been funded. Unless and until it is actually funded by the California Dept of Finance it won’t be implemented.
You may read the full text of the bill here: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB19
If funded and implemented, AB19 would first take effect in the 2018-2019 school year. It is unclear at this time whether it would first be implemented for Summer 2018 or Fall 2018.
However, even if the bill IS funded, there is not a mandate that the college must use these funds to provide fee waivers to all first time full time students; the bill allows for each college to determine how to use the funds. A college may choose to use the funds in other ways that directly support our students while meeting the intent of the legislation. How our college will ultimately decide to utilize the funds, should they be approved, is an administrative decision that will be made 1) once the bill is actually funded and 2) once we are provided additional guidance from our State Chancellor’s Office. As yet there is no guidance and probably won’t be until the bill is actually funded.
Our best advice for our currently attending students is to be sure to file a 2017-2018 FAFSA application (www.fafsa.gov) if you have not done so already, because you may qualify for a fee waiver for the current school year, in addition to other sources of financial aid. If your FAFSA indicates you have sufficient unmet financial need and you are a California resident or you are undocumented with AB540 residency status, you will automatically be provided a fee waiver under the existing BOG fee waiver program!
Please note: AB540 undocumented students should file a CA Dream Application at http://www.caldreamact.org/ instead of a FAFSA.
Community College Completion Grant (CCCG) is HERE!
Financial Aid Office I.D. Policy
Students must present a picture I.D. when asking questions and submitting documentation to our office. Student must be present to submit documentation. Please be advised, we will not be able to accept documents delivered to the financial aid office on behalf of the student.
1) If you are a dependent student, you must accompany your parent when dropping off copies of their tax information to complete your FAFSA requirements.
2) We will not accept a BOG Fee Waiver Application dropped off by a sibling or friend on your behalf.
Acceptable forms of identification include: California driver’s license, California ID, Gavilan ASGC card, high school ID, passport, even a Costco card! As long as your ID has your picture on it, we will accept it.
To submit any financial aid documents, bring in person or mail to Gavilan College, Financial Aid Office, 5500 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy CA 95020.
If you have any questions, please contact the financial aid office at (408) 848-4727.
Financial Aid Process
Apply for federal and state financial aid:
- Complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application, beginning January 1 for upcoming Fall Term
- Complete GPA verification form if necessary
- File for Cal Grants by March 2
The Student Aid Report will be sent to you once your FAFSA is processed.
Gavilan College receives FAFSA data (only if school was listed) from the U.S. Department of Education. A Fee Waiver may be awarded, if you qualify.
Gavilan College will send a letter requesting any additional documents. If it appears you are not eligible for a PELL grant, you will be sent a denial letter.
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.
Browse the list of current Gavilan College scholarships and see if there are any you might be eligible for.
Complete the scholarship application(s) by the stated due date. Note: you can apply for several different scholarships with one Common Scholarship Application. Other scholarships may have their own separate application forms.
If you are selected as a Scholarship winner, you will generally receive instructions from the organization. Sometimes a check will be mailed to you. Other times, the scholarship funds may be paid directly to the college.
Come to the Welcome Center (located in the same Student Center building as Admissions & Records) to get personal assistance from Gavilan student mentors. They can help you apply for admission, complete your financial aid forms, register for classes, find classrooms, and more! No appointment is required.
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