Federal and State Assistance

Fill out your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online, and add the Columbia College Federal School Code (007707).

Federal Pell Grant: designed to assist students with financial need to continue their education their education beyond high school and attempts to provide students with a foundation of financial assistance to help defray their educational costs. Award amounts range up to $5,645

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): intended to assist students who demonstrate exceptional financial need (0 EFC). Supplemental grants at Columbia College range from $250-$500 per year and are coupled with the Pell grant. Each institution is allotted a certain amount of FSEOG funds to distribute, therefore it is awarded on a first come first served basis. This means that those eligible students who have their financial aid file completed first will be awarded these limited funds. This usually occurs in June prior to the award year. At the end of each spring term these funds are re-evaluated to see if the award offer was not accepted. Those unaccepted funds will be re-distributed to other students who are in good standing with financial aid standards and who have the earliest financial aid file complete dates.

Federal Student Loans: low interest education loans that must be repaid. The Columbia College and YCCD district do not participate in the student loan program; therefore you cannot access any federal student loans while attending our institution.

Board of Governor's Fee Waiver (BOGFW): a state program that assists in paying the enrollment fee for eligible students who are California residents. There is no limitation on the number of units a student must take.

Cal Grant A: awarded on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. The award which is for tuition only, ranges from $1,428-$9,708 and may be held on reserve while the student is enrolled in a community college.

Cal Grant B: for entering students and those who have completed no more than 16 semester units, who come from low income families and are not able to gain access to college without financial support. No minimum level of grades or test scores is required for acceptance to this program; however preference is given to high potential students. Awards range up to $1,473 for each academic year at a community college. Cal Grant B is also available to students transferring to four-year institutions from community colleges.

Competitive Cal Grant B: for community college students who demonstrate a financial need and have earned 24 or more units with a 2.0 or above GPA. Further information for all the Cal Grants is available at all California high school counseling offices and college financial aid offices or at the California Student Aid Commission web site. Deadline for applying for a Cal Grant is March 2nd for the following school year. Community college students have the opportunity for a September 2nd deadline as well for the competitive Cal Grant B.

Federal Work Study: provides part-time jobs on campus for students who have financial need and must earn a portion of their educational expenses. Students must be enrolled at least half time and may work 5-20 hours per week for $8.00/hr. Job assignments are arranged by the Financial Aid Office.