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The Financial Aid Office is committed to assisting students who might otherwise be unable to continue their education because of financial disadvantage.

New office location

The Financial Aid Office is located in A-270.

2019-2020 FAFSA applications

You can now complete and submit your 2019-2020 FAFSA application for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. We plan to send notices to students starting in April 2019.

2018-2019 FAFSA application processing

For the 2018-2019 school year, Financial Aid is using a new system called PeopleSoft Campus Solutions. FAFSA applications are loaded into Campus Solutions. Emails are sent to students to let them know which documents need to be submitted to be awarded aid for the 2018-2019 school year. Please make sure your email address is up to date so you receive all of our emails.

We are still working to catch up with our file processing and appeal reviews. We don't have a definite time frame when we expect to be caught up. However, we ask for your cooperation and patience. In the meantime, you may need to plan on purchasing your books and supplies yourself and being reimbursed by your financial aid at a later date.

While the FAFSA is being processed in Campus Solutions, all other programs and activities are still being processed through ISIS/Reg-e for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters. This includes admissions, enrollment, academic advising and student accounting.

If you need assistance completing the FAFSA or CA Dream Act application, you can go to the Peer Advocates in A-313 for assistance.

changes for 2018-2019

Important Update: For the Fall 2018 and the Spring 2019 semesters, the option to have financial aid payments paid by direct deposit will not be available. All students interested in being paid by direct deposit will need to re-submit their information in Campus Solutions at a later date. All students will be notified when this is available.

The BOG Fee Waiver is being changed to the California College Promise Grant (CCPG). Even though the name is changing, the CCPG will keep the same program qualifications for eligibility. 

2018-2019 ca dream act application processing

AB540 Dreamer students can still complete and submit the 2018-2019 CA Dream Act application to be considered for other State aid.  Dream Act applications will be downloaded into our new system soon. Once downloaded, we will contact you to let you know what other information may be needed to complete your file and be awarded. We apologize for any inconvenience.

8 steps to completing the FAFSA

Do you need help getting started with the FAFSA? Read the blog "8 Steps to Completing the FAFSA" by clicking this link, 8 Steps.

Satisfactory academic progress for fall 2018 and Appeal workshops

Starting the week of July 9th, we will begin sending emails to students that have not met the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards for Fall 2018 eligibility. Disqualified students have the option of submitting a Financial Aid Appeal to be reconsidered for eligibility.

If you plan to submit a Financial Aid Appeal and you need an Educational Plan, you should attend one of the Financial Aid Appeal workshops. Please contact the Counseling Office to sign up for one of the workshops.The Counseling Office is located in Building E-2 and the phone number is 619-388-3540.

IRS Data Retrieval 

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) is available for the 2018-2019 school year. In most situations, ssing the IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students and/or parents to bypass the need to submit IRS Tax transcript information.

If you need to request an IRS Tax Transcript, see below.

There are three ways to request an IRS Tax Transcript:

  • Order it online by going to  You will be able to view and print your Tax Transcript immediately. Be sure to select the Tax Return Transcript and not the Tax Account Transcript.
  • Call 1-800-908-9946 and under the options select IRS Tax Transcript. Do not select IRS Account Summary.
  • Complete the form 4506-T (IRS Request for Transcript of Tax Return) and submit it to the IRS. It takes about 10 days to receive the transcript from IRS.

12 common fafsa mistakes

Click this link, FAFSA mistakes to learn more about the common mistakes students and parents make when completing the FAFSA application.

 important internet browser information

To access any U.S. Department of Education websites such as, you must use Internet Explorer 11, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Older versions of Internet Explorer do not work with their websites.

Information for students of Closed schools

Students of closed schools, click this link, Closed Schools for information and assistance.

other important information

Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID replaces FSA PIN

You must create a new FSA ID (Username and Password) to access the Federal Student Aid websites. Click this link, FSA ID, for more information and instructions on how to create your FSA ID.

Important: Only you, the student, should create your FSA ID. No one else should have access or know your FSA ID information.

Subsidized Direct Loan Lifetime Eligibility (Effective July 1, 2013 for New Borrowers only)

In 2012-2013, Congress approved a new lifetime limit on receiving Subsidized Direct Loans. This new limit applies to first time borrowers only. A first time borrower is defined as a student with a zero ($0) loan balance as of July 1, 2013 or later.

For first time borrowers with loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2013, these students will be limited to 150% of Subsidized loan eligibility based on the length of their program. For example, a student is enrolled in a 2 year program at San Diego City College. The student will only have 3 years of Subsidized loan eligibility and after the third year the student will no longer be eligible for a Subsidized loan at our school.

If a student previously borrowed a Subsidized loan from any college and paid his loan balance down to $0 and borrows a new loan after July 1, 2013, he would be considered a first time borrower again and would be subject to the 150% Subsidized loan limit.

Students Enrolled in Online Classes and Residing Out of State

Students with a legal or mailing address that is located outside of California and that are enrolled in online (web) classes only, will not be allowed to enroll and will be dropped and as a result will not eligible for federal financial aid. Students that reside in the following U.S. States or Territories are not allowed to enroll:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • North Dakota
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • Washington D.C.
  • Wyoming
  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • N. Mariana Islands
  • Puerto Rico

Students Enrolled in Online Classes Must Verify Their Identity Prior to Disbursement

Students enrolled in substantially all online classes will be required to provide proof of identity in person at the Financial Aid Office in order to clear their first Grant or Loan disbursement. Students that reside outside of San Diego County may provide proof of identity with an original notarized form and signatures which must be delivered to the Financial Aid Office. Failure to provide proof of identity will result in a hold on all financial aid disbursements.

Financial aid scams

Cal Grant Scam: There have been reports to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) that students are being contacted by individuals claiming to be from CSAC and asking for money in order to receive or reserve their Cal Grant award.

This is a scam. CSAC will never ask for money or credit card information. Do not provide any information if contacted.

If you have been a victim or target of this scam, please contact the proper authorities such as College Police or the California Attorney General's Office at 800-952-5225.

IRS Scam: IRS impersonators are calling people and demanding a "Federal Student Tax". They use threats to intimidate and bully people into paying a tax bill. They may even threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the driver’s license of their victim if they don’t get the money.

The IRS Will Never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
For more consumer information on IRS Tax Scams, click this link, Tax Scams.


If you have completed and submitted your FAFSA and you have not received any letter or email from our office, we probably are unable to process and download your FAFSA. This may be because:

1.      you have not yet filed an admissions application with the San Diego Community College District or

2.      you have an admissions application on file but you did not use your Social Security Number and were assigned a number beginning with the letter ‘D’ instead.

To file an admissions application, please log on to  and follow the application instructions.

  • Complete the Admissions Application using your personal information as it appears on your Social Security Card. You must provide your Social Security Number in the Admissions Application or our office will not be able to process your FAFSA application.

To update your current admissions application from a 'D' number, please go to the Admissions Office and complete a “Request for Change of Social Security Number, Name, Address” form. You must provide proof of your Social Security Number in order for the Admissions Office to change your ‘D’ Number to your Social Security Number.

Once you have submitted your admissions application, or updated your current admissions application, your FAFSA will be compared to your admissions application. If your Social Security Number matches, your FAFSA will be downloaded  and we can begin processing your FAFSA.

The download of your FAFSA may take up to two weeks depending on when you completed or updated your admissions application.

If you have any questions, please contact your campus Financial Aid Office.


Financial Aid funds are administered in accordance with a nationally established policy of financial assistance for education. The basis of this policy is the belief that students and their parents have the primary responsibility for meeting educational costs. The amount of the contribution expected from students and their parents is determined by careful analysis of family financial strength taking into consideration net income, number of dependents, allowable expenses, indebtedness, and assets. The U.S. Department of Education, in cooperation with educational agencies, has established procedures which are used in making an evaluation of the amount families can be expected to contribute.

This page was last updated on January 2, 2019.