Financial Aid Programs
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is designed to provide financial assistance to eligible undergraduate students based on need.
- Grants range from $598 to $5,815 at Foothill College.
- The enrollment status of the student (i.e., full time, three-quarters time, half time, or less-than-half time) will have a proportional effect on the amount of money a student will receive.
- The Federal Pell Grant is money that a student does not need to repay.
In December 2011, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74). This law has significantly impacted the Pell Grant Program.
Beginning in Summer 2012, students are now limited to six full years (18 quarters / 12 semesters / 600%) of Pell Grant eligibility during their lifetime. This change affects all students regardless of when or where they received their first Pell Grant.
How is the percentage used calculated?
The percentages are based off the annual award at fulltime enrollment status. For students with an annual award for 2016-2017 academic year, at the maximum award, $5,815 and attended 12 or more credits in three quarters (Fall, Winter & Spring for example), the percentage used for the 2016-2017 academic year is 100%. If you only attended 9 credits for three quarters, your percentage used for the academic year is 75%.
Can I see my lifetime Pell Grant used?
You may view your Pell Grant used by logging into NSLDS.ed.gov.
I have questions about this, who do I call?
Foothill College Financial Aid Staff is available to discuss the change in the lifetime Pell Grant eligibility with you. Please call us at 650. 949.7245 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The Federal SEOG is designed for undergraduate students of exceptional financial need who without the grant would be unable to continue their education.
- Students with Pell Grants and zero Expected Family Contribution (EFC) are eligible.
- Due to the proportion of grant aid to cost of attendance, those students who have an 'At Home' COA and have been awarded a Cal Grant will forfeit their SEOG so that a more needy, less awarded student may benefit.
- At Foothill College, the SEOG award amount is up to $600 per academic year.
- The Federal SEOG is also a program that does not need to be repaid.
To qualify for Cal Grants, a student must
- Be a California resident
- Meet the basic requirements for federal aid, financial need and and minimum GPA requirements
- Submit a FAFSA and verified Cal Grant GPA by March 2.
In addition, the passage of the California Dream Act allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid including the Cal Grant.
- You must be enrolled at least half-time and the grants are pro-rated for part time enrollment
- Due to the proportion of grant aid to cost of attendance, those students who have an 'At Home' COA and have been awarded a Cal Grant will forfeit their SEOG, if awarded, so that a more needy, less awarded student may benefit.
Three Different Cal Grants
- Cal Grant A pays for tuition and fees at a four-year institution. Students may place the award on reserve for up to two years while attending community college.
- Cal Grant B: A student awarded Cal Grant B may receive the living allowance ($1,670) at community college; upon transfer to a four-year institution, they continue to receive the living allowance plus the tuition award in the same amount as the Cal Grant A.
- Cal Grant C: recipients must be enrolled in a vocational or technical program and receive $576 per year for a maximum of two years.
This federal program offers college and vocational school financial aid to youth who are aging out of foster care programs. It is administered by the California Student Aid Commission.
For up to $5,000, the student must demonstrate financial need, meet basic eligibility requirements, and complete the FAFSA and the Chafee Grant Application at www.csac.ca.gov
Full-Time Student Success Grant (FTSSG)
The Full-Time Student Success Grant (FTSSG) is a new CA State program beginning with Fall 2015.
- It is designed for students who were granted a Cal Grant B for the 2016-17 year and are getting disbursements at the Full-Time amount.
- This new grant, FTSSG, is $200 each quarter for the fall, winter, and spring terms, assuming FT enrollment. Beginning with Fall 2016, recipients of a Cal Grant C award for the 16-17 academic year will also be eligible for the FTSSG if they are Full-Time students.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Financial Aid Office.