Financial Aid Town Hall

The town hall is to answer general questions regarding the financial aid process during this pandemic.

Topic: Financial Aid Front Counter!

When: Every Tuesday from 2:00PM-3:00PM


When: Wednesday  July, 29, 2020 from 1:00PM-2:00PM


When: Every Thursday from 10:00 AM-11:00AM




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

Important Information

Due to COVID-19, City College is currently closed to all students, staff, and faculty.

We are excited to inform you submitting documents/forms just got easier. Students can now submit required forms/documents to financial aidclick here to proceed with submitting forms.

Faxing is still an options for submitting documents pertaining to financial aid to (619) 388-3241. If you have any questions please email us at  

  • When sending a fax or email, include your college id number, first and last name as the subject line. [ Example;  CSID 0123456789 - Jane Doe]  Make sure to include your financial aid password at the end of your message.

Additionally, financial aid checks will be delayed as check printing and mailing services are currently available on a limited basis only - there is no Direct Deposit option at this time.  We appreciate your understanding  as the circumstances are beyond our control. 

To help ensure there are no additional delays in receiving your financial aid refund, if eligible, please update your mailing and home address. Changes can be made via your mySDCCD portal.

Recent Changes

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

Student Financials (Student Accounting) now processes all financial aid refunds after deducting any applicable charges including financial aid amounts used at the bookstore. The balance is refunded to students in the weekly disbursement process. Questions about the amount refunded should be addressed to the Student Accounting Office.


Password Form


We are able to assist students with specific questions over email and via telephone if they provide our office with a Financial Aid Password. For you convinience the password form is located below.  Simply print and fill out the fomr and return it to the Financial Aid Office. Form can be emailed to along with a valid id. 

Download Password Form (.PDF)

2019-2020 Payment/Refund Dates

As a result of campus clousures due to COVID-19, financial aid checks will be delayed as check printing and mailing services are currently available on a limited basis only -there is no Direct Deposit option at this time. The second refund/disbursement is schedule on or after May 6, 2020. We appreciate your understanding  as the circumstances are beyond our control.  

California Residents: All financial aid will be divided into two payments each semester. The first payment will be the balance after all fees; i.e. enrollment fees, health fee, etc. are paid. Student refund checks will be mailed to your address on file with Admissions. It is important that you verify your mailing address in your MySDCCD portal to validate that your refund check will be mailed to the correct address. If your mailing address is correct, no further action is required.  Please account for some delay during holiday breaks.

Non-Resident students will have their financial aid applied to their tuition fees up to their maximum eligibility based on award amount and enrollment.  If there is any excess after all fees have been paid, a student refund check will be sent by mail.  Bookstore accounts are not available to non-resident students in order cover mandatory tuition fees.

For more information on anticipated payment dates, please click 2019-2020 Payment Dates (.PDF)

2019-2020 FAFSA Processing

FAFSA City College school code is #001273

2019-2020 FAFSA applications are loaded and processed in the PeopleSoft Campus Solutions system. We are reviewing files for the Fall 2019 semester. Please make sure your email address is up to date so you receive all of our emails and be sure to submit any documentation requested as soon as possible.

Students who meet the standards of the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy will be reviewed first.

2020-2021 FAFSA Application

As of October 1, 2019, students can apply for the 202-2021 FAFSA application. This application is for the Fall 2020 semester through the Summer 2021 semester. Email notices requesting additional information will be sent to students in Spring 2020.

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. 

2020-2021 CA Dream Act Application Processing

AB540 students can complete and submit the 2020-2021 CA Dream Act application to be considered for other State aid.  Once downloaded, we will contact you to let you know what other information may be needed to complete your file and be awarded. 

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and Appeal Workshops

Students that have not met the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards for 2019-2020 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 Academic 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.

Download Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy (.PDF)

The deadline to submit an appeal for the Fall 2019 semester is November 22, 2019.

The deadline to submit an appeal for the Spring 2020 semester is May 15, 2020.

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.

Experimental Sites Initiative

Effective with the 2012-2013 school year, San Diego City College (along with San Diego Mesa College and San Diego Miramar College) were approved by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in an experimental initiative regarding "Overborrowing" that allows our college to reduce or limit Unsubsidized Loan eligibility and borrowing for certain groups or categories of students.

Based on this experiment, the following groups or categories of students will not be eligible to borrow Unsubsidized Loans:

  • 1st Year students
  • Students approved on Financial Aid appeal

Download Experimental Sites Initiative Information (.PDF)

Student Learning Outcomes

Unsubsidized loans overborrowing. Students will understand the Experiment San Diego City College and the U.S. Department of Education are participating in that attempts to reduce or eliminate unnecessary overborrowing for specific groups of students. These groups are First year students and students not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

Cohort Default Rate. Students will understand their responsibility in repaying Federal Direct student loans and using a Third Party Servicer will understand their options to avoid going into default when they are delinquent in their loan payments.

Consumer Information

Schools are required to provide specific Consumer Information to all students. Click the following link, Consumer Information, to view the Consumer Information page.

Net Price Calculator (NPC)

The Net Price Calculator provides an estimate of the cost of attending San Diego City College. The NPC is based on data from the 2017-2018 school year. To use the NPC, click this link, Net Price Calculator. The NPC works better using Google Chrome.

Students Enrolled in Online Classes & 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
  • Mariana Islands
  • Puerto Rico

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.

View Your Current Financial Aid
Information on The Student Portal

  • 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 the mySDCCD portal. For more information and instructions on how to access the mySDCCD portal, click the following link, mySDCCD info.

FAFSA Application Mismatch

A FAFSA mismatch occurs when your FAFSA and your Admissions Campus of Record (COR) are not the same.

If your COR is City College but your FAFSA is Mesa or Miramar you need to update your FAFSA to include City College.

If your FAFSA is City College but your COR is Mesa or Miramar you need to let our office know that you want to receive your financial aid from City College. We will submit a service ticket to have your COR changed to City College.

Financial Aid Policy

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 06/10/2020.