Financial Aid

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

financial aid office limited hours and office closed

The Financial Aid Office will have limited hours on December 17-19, 2014. The office will only be open from 8:00-4:30 on December 17 & 18 and open from 8:00-3:00 on December 19.
The Financial Aid Office will be closed from December 22, 2014 through January 1, 2015.The office will re-open on a limited basis on January 2 from 8:00-3:00.
The Financial Aid Office will return to our regular hours starting on January 5, 2015.

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.

Important news/changes for the 2014-2015 school year

Online Acceptance of Terms of Agreement
Reminder to all students: Please read and accept the updated Terms of Agreement for the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD). Acceptance only needs to be done once for either San Diego City College, Mesa College or Miramar College. To accept the Terms of Agreement, click this link, Terms of Agreement, go to View your Financial Aid for the 2014-2015 school year, select "City College" and select "Click here to accept the Financial Aid Terms of Agreement".  You cannot submit a paper acceptance.

If you do not accept the Terms of Agreement, you will still be packaged for financial aid but your financial aid disbursements will be delayed until completed.

Financial Aid Appeals for Fall 2014 
If you are Disqualified for Fall 2014, you may submit your financial aid appeal if you are enrolled for the Fall 2014 semester. The deadline to submit Fall 2014 appeals is December 19, 2014.

If you have a comprehensive Educational Plan completed by a counselor, you do not need to submit one with your appeal. If you do not have a comprehensive Educational Plan, you will need to meet with a counselor to have at least an abbreviated Educational Plan completed which will need to be submitted with your appeal.

Appeal forms can be downloaded and printed from our website. Click the Forms/Documents link on the right side of this page to go to the 2014-2015 Forms/Documents page.

Financial Aid Appeals for Spring 2015 
If you are Disqualified for Spring 2015 or you had to appeal for Fall 2014, you must submit another financial aid appeal after the Fall 2014 grades are posted starting January 5, 2015 as long as you are enrolled for the Spring 2015 semester. 

If you are Disqualified for Spring 2015 but you are not enrolled for Fall 2014, you may submit your financial aid appeal after you are enrolled for the Spring 2015 semester.

If you have a comprehensive Educational Plan completed by a counselor, you do not need to submit one with your appeal. If you do not have a comprehensive Educational Plan, you will need to meet with a counselor to have at least an abbreviated Educational Plan completed which will need to be submitted with your appeal.

Important Reminder: January/February is one of our peak periods, therefore, appeal reviews may take longer than normal for a decision. We thank you in advance for your patience.

Appeal forms can be downloaded and printed from our website. Click the Forms/Documents link on the right side of this page to go to the 2014-2015 Forms/Documents page.

Financial Aid Priority Deadline (July 1, 2014)
If you are in Good Standing and you submit all of your required documents and completed your financial aid file by July 1, 2014, you will receive priority in reviewing your file and determining your award eligibility. If you complete your financial aid file after July 1, 2014, your file will still be reviewed and your award eligibility determined but there is no guaranty that it will be completed before the start of the Fall 2014 semester. 

If you must file an appeal, your eligibility will be determined only after your appeal is approved. However, there is no guaranty that it will be reviewed before the start of the Fall 2014 semester.

Interest Rates for Direct Loans (July 1, 2014)
The Interest rate for Direct Loans will increase from 3.86% to 4.66% on July 1, 2014 for loans disbursed from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. 

Origination fees for Direct Loans (effective October 1, 2014)
The origination fees for Direct Loans will increase to 1.073% for loans with first disbursements on or after October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015.

Loans disbursed before October 1, 2014 will have an origination fee of 1.072%. 

Subsidized Direct Loan Lifetime Eligibility (Effective July 1, 2013 for New Borrowers only)
As part of the agreement to keep interest rates at 3.4% for 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 eligible for federal financial aid. Students that feel their status is incorrect, must come into the Financial Aid Office and provide appropriate documentation to show proof of residing in California.

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.

Fafsa application for fall 2014/spring 2015

You can apply online at to complete the FAFSA application for the Fall 2014/Spring 2015 school year. You and/or your parents should complete your 2013 federal tax returns before completing the FAFSA. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2015 or your last day of attendance whichever comes first. You must complete a new FAFSA every school year.

California Dream Act Application

Students who qualify as AB540 students can complete the CA Dream Act application to be considered for state aid such as Cal Grant and the BOG Fee Waiver. Students can apply at

Net Price Calculator

The Net Price Calculator is now available to provide you with an estimate of how much it costs to attend San Diego City College and to give you an estimate of how much financial aid you may qualify for. To get started, just click on the Net Price Calculator webpage on the right side of this page.

Gainful Employment

Certificate Programs (Gainful Employment) Federal regulations require institutions to provide students with Gainful Employment information for specific certificate programs offered at our college.

Please click on the this link, Certificate Programs, to view the information for each program at San Diego City College. California State License Information AB2086 requires participating Cal Grant institutions to provide links to the California State agencies that disclose the passage rate for students required to be licensed in order to work. The following programs offered at our school require a state license:

License Vocational Nurse (LVN)

Registered Nurse (RN)


View your current Financial Aid information and status on Reg-e.

Do you want to know what documents you need to submit for financial aid?
Do you want to see what type of financial aid you have been awarded?

You can view your current financial aid status on Reg-e.
Log on at and enter your PIN.
Select "Financial Aid Services" followed by "View Your Financial Aid".
Verify that your personal information is correct and continue. Choose the semester you want to view.
Click the button "View Your Financial Aid" and then click the "City" button.
Save time and get your status immediately. Don’t wait in line, go online today! 


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 December 1, 2014.