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How many units do I have to enroll in to get Financial Aid?
You don't have to be a full-time student to receive financial aid:
Your enrollment (the number of units you are enrolled in) is checked by our automated system each time a disbursement is made. Your disbursement will be adjusted as you drop or add units.
What is a FAFSA?
It is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), it is completed by students annually for each academic year they want to be considered for financial aid. Applications are available every January for the upcoming academic year.
Many colleges use this application to award:
The state uses the information to award state grants such as Cal Grants.
I submitted my FAFSA but forgot to list SJDC, how can I get my FAFSA information sent to SJDC?
You need to call Central Processing Center,
1-800-433-3243. Tell them you would like to add San Joaquin Delta College and that our code number is 001280. They will ask you for your DRN number listed on the top left hand corner of your , so have it ready when you call.
When we receive your FAFSA we will send you an e-mail to your Delta College E-mail account letting you know what you need to do next to complete your file and be awarded financial aid.
You can also log in to Delta's Online Financial Aid System to check your status. You will need your Delta ID number and Delta assigned PIN (usually your date of birth). If you cannot log into the system then it means that we have not yet received your FAFSA.
I've already submitted all the required documents. How do I find out who is working on my file in the Financial aid office?
If you listed SJDC on your financial aid application (FAFSA) and you have received your Student Aid Report you can check your application status online. Follow these steps:
I thought I could afford community college. Now the fees are going up, the cost of books is unbelievable, even the price of gas is more than I can handle. I need help!!! Is there aid for working students?
You don't have to come from a low income family to qualify for financial aid. You just have to show that you need help with the costs of college attendance. Most middle income families need every dollar just to support the household. They don't have any extra money to pay for fees, books or school transportation. More than likely such families will qualify for financial assistance. Assume you are eligible. Apply now
I've thought about financial aid before, but I don't want to have a big debt hanging over my head when I leave college. Can I get financial aid now that I don't have to pay back later?
Most financial aid at SJDC or any other public college is money that doesn't have to be repaid. Grants, part-time employment and scholarships make up 90% of the approximately $20 million in annual aid received by students at Delta College. Only a small percentage of students take out student loans. If you apply early, chances are that all or most of your financial need can be met with aid that doesn't have to be repaid.
I've seen the application and instructions for student aid. It looks like an encyclopedia. I'd like to apply but I can't figure out the system. How can I get money when I can't even understand the form?
It is confusing. That's why there are professional staff available just to help you fill out the application and answer your questions about the process. These options are available to assist you:
If you live in Stockton, CA, you can go to the one
I have questions about financial aid. who do I e-mail?
You can send an e-mail to the Financial Aid Office to ask a general question. Or, if you know who your Financial Aid Specialist is you can contact him/her.
Lots of students need financial help. How can I be sure that I'll get any money?
It's true, many students apply for financial aid. To make sure your application receives best consideration, apply early . For Cal Grants, you must apply by March 2nd. For other Delta College aid, you must *complete an application file by April 2nd, in order to be guaranteed the best possible funding and to make sure you have a disbursement the first week of school when you need it most.
*A completed application file includes:
If you are a high school graduate you must provide one of the following documents that indicate your high school completion status:
Submit the Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver (BOGW) Online!!! the quickest and preferred method of having your enrollment fees waived.
I'm still confused!
You're not alone. Just remember this: There is financial aid available for enrollment fees and other college costs. Apply now. Help is available for the asking. Contact the Financial Aid & Veterans Services office, DeRicco Student Services Building FINANCIAL AID WINDOWS (Main Entrance Foyer), (209)954-5115, or contact us for answers to your questions.
I need to buy my books!!! Will I receive my financial aid disbursement before the semester begins?
Most students purchase their books and supplies on their own, others wait until the second week of the semester after they receive their first disbursement.
If you are just now submitting your documents to complete your file then financial aid will not be able to assist you in time.
Financial Aid processing may take up to 4 weeks from the time you complete your file (submit documents). Here are some suggestions to assist you with text books:
The whole process from applying (completing/submitting the FAFSA), to completing your file to disbursement generally takes 4-6 weeks if you are prompt in submitting any missing documents.
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