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



FAFSA City College school code is #001273

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

We are located at: A-270

At this time, we are 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 semester. 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 Mentor Lab (A-313) for assistance.


CHANGES FOR 2018-2019

Important Change: For the Fall 2018 semester only, the option to have financial aid payments paid by direct deposit will not be available. Beginning with the Spring 2019 semester, all students interested in being paid by direct deposit will need to re-submit their information in Campus Solutions for the Spring 2019 semester.


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.



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.



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



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 A-366 and the phone number is 619-388-3540.


Students can view the documents to be submitted by viewing Reg-e. If you will only enroll for the Spring semester, you have until the last day of the semester to submit any required documents.


We strongly encourage all students to submit their documents as soon as possible. Students who complete their financial aid files and are in Good Standing based on the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards will be reviewed first.


Eligible students can receive Pell Grant payments during the Summer 18 term. Normally, students who have received their full Pell Grant award (100%) for Fall and Spring are not eligible for any more payments for the school year. However, starting this school year, students can receive up to 150% of a regular Pell Grant award if they enroll in at least 6 units for the Summer term.




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



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



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:








North Dakota

South Carolina


Washington D.C.


American Samoa


Marshall Islands

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.



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.



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 https://studentweb.sdccd.edu/reg-e/ 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.



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


  1. 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 https://applyonline.communitycollege.net/studentappview.cfm 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.