Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

Applying for financial is FREE and has become even more convenient. Follow the steps below to see if you are eligible for financial aid at DVC.

STEP 1:

Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov.

If this is the first time you are filling out the FAFSA, you (and a parent if you are dependent) will need to apply for a PIN first by clicking on the PIN Site button on the FAFSA webpage. Complete the FAFSA by answering the questions on the application. Make sure to include DVC's school code (001191) so the Financial Aid Office will receive your information from the Department of Education.

The priority application deadline for the FAFSA is March 2 of every year. We strongly encourage all students to apply before the March 2 deadline date to be considered for all the available federal funds, including grants with limited funding. However, if you are not able to submit your FAFSA before the priority deadline, the Financial Aid Office will continue to process student applications until May of each year. You may submit an application for financial aid until the last day of school to see if you are eligible to receive funding for that academic school year. 

STEP 2:

Check your InSite Portal student email account for further instructions.

Approximately 2-3 weeks after you submit the FAFSA and Department of Education has determined that you are eligible, DVC’s financial aid office will send a follow up email to your InSite Portal student email account with further instructions and a list of requirements that you have to complete in order to continue with the application process.

 All financial Aid students are required to check their DVC EMAIL ACCOUNT on a regular basis in order to receive instructions, letters, file status updates, announcements, and notifications from the Financial Aid Office. 

 STEP 3:

Print, collect, and make copies of all required documents as listed on your Missing Information Letter.

Please note that all students are required to submit OFFICIAL transcripts to DVC’s Admissions and Records Office from all colleges attended prior to DVC. Financial Aid cannot be awarded until all college transcripts are on file with A&R. If you attended a college but did not complete any units, please provide a statement from your previous college’s Admissions and Records Office stating that you did not complete any units (NOTE: we DO NOT need transcripts from high schools, DVC, LMC and CCC).

All first time DVC Financial Aid applicants are required to complete the Financial Aid Orientation. Returning DVC financial aid students may watch the orientation videos to learn about financial aid polices but are not required to complete it for the second time.

STEP 4:

Meet with a Financial Aid Coordinator for a drop-in appointment to submit your documents.

Drop-in appointments are reserved for students who have completed all financial aid requirements as listed on the InSite Portal’s Missing Information Letter. All Financial Aid documents must be submitted during a drop-in appointment with a Financial Aid Coordinator (note: financial aid documents cannot be submitted at the front counter). Our drop-in hours are as follows: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tuesdays 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Financial Aid Office is closed Fridays for processing.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive each year, we highly encourage our students to complete and submit all required documents as soon as possible in order to avoid delaying the awarding process.

STEP 5:

Check your InSite Portal for your updated Award Letter and wait for the next check disbursement date.

You will know that your file is complete upon receipt of an Award Letter via your DVC InSite Portal email account (approximately 4-6 weeks after your meeting with the coordinator). The Award Letter is a notification regarding the type and amount of financial aid that has been awarded to you. Financial aid grant award amounts are based on full-time (12 units or more) enrollment for the semester.

Once awarded, a financial aid check will be sent to the address on file with Admissions and Records on the next scheduled disbursement date.

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