Financial aid - grants

There are 5 grants and waivers available to students:

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1. Board of Governor's Waiver

This is a California state program that waives enrollment fees. This waiver does not have to be repaid.

Eligibility: Students must be residents of California, and they must receive state assistance or meet minimum income standards or demonstrate financial need as determined by the federal financial aid application (FAFSA).

How to apply: Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form available in the Financial Aid Office and send to the Department of Education or fill out the online application at FAFSA online. You can also complete a Board of Governor's Waiver (BOGW) application online. The fee waiver is also available in Spanish. The BOGW form must be submitted for processing before the last day of instruction of the academic year applying for.

WE RECOMMEND THAT ALL STUDENTS COMPLETE THE FAFSA APPLICATION - YOU COULD BE ENTITLED TO MORE MONEY!!!


2. Federal PELL Grant

This federal grant will vary depending on the student's EFC and the number of units in which they are enrolled. This grant does not have to be repaid.

Eligibility: Students must demonstrate financial need as determined by the federal financial aid application (FAFSA) and comply with the college's financial aid satisfactory academic progress policy.

How to apply: Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available in the Financial Aid Office or at FAFSA online.

Notification: Eligible students are emailed an award letter in their DVC InSite Portal email account.


3. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

These funds are limited. This grant does not have to be repaid.

Eligibility: Students must be eligible for a PELL grant and demonstrate a need for additional money to meet the cost of their education. Students must comply with the college's financial aid satisfactory academic progress policy.

How to apply: Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available in the Financial Aid Office or at FAFSA online. Meeting the priority deadline of March 2nd means that students will have priority for receiving the grant. However, applications are accepted as long as funds are available.

Notification: Eligible students are mailed an award letter.


4. Cal Grant

There are three main types of Cal Grant: A, B and C; these are either Entitlement or Competitive in nature. Cal Grant A can be used for fees and tuition at public and private colleges (not Community Colleges). Cal Grant B provides low-income students with a living allowance and assistance with tuition and fees. The maximum a Community College student can receive in one year through Cal Grant B is $1,473. There is also a Cal Grant B Transfer Entitlement Award. High school seniors who graduate after June 30, 2000, attend a California Community College and then transfer to a baccalaureate-degree granting institution may be eligible. Please note: the Cal Grant B Transfer Entitlement Award cannot be used at Diablo Valley College; it can only be used when transferring into a four-year institution. If you are awarded the Cal Grant B Transfer Entitlement award and fail to transfer, you may lose your eligibility for that grant. Cal Grant C helps pay for tuition and training costs for vocational courses, to a maximum of $547 per year.

Entitlement Cal Grants (A and B) are guaranteed for every high school senior who has at least a 2.0 GPA, meets the requirement and applies on time - by March 2 of his or her senior year or the year following graduation. The guarantee extends to high school seniors who attend a California Community College first and meet the requirements when they transfer to a four-year college. Please note: Students who self certify that they are high school graduates and are awarded an Entitlement Cal Grant may have their awards withdrawn if they do not have a GED or a high school diploma. Certificates of Proficiency, Ability to Benefit tests, and failure to pass the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) will disqualify you from receiving the Entitlement Cal Grant.

Competitive Cal Grants are similar to Cal grant Entitlement awards except that they aren't guaranteed. Students who may be Cal Grant-eligible students but who aren't high school seniors or recent graduates may compete for these awards. There is a limited number of these awards available. The deadline of March 2 does apply. A second deadline for California Community College students of September 2 is also available.

Eligibility: Students must be residents of California, demonstrate financial need, must be enrolled at least half time (6.0 units), and maintain certain academic standards.

How to apply: Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available in the Financial Aid Office or at FAFSA online and submit a certified GPA verification form, available in the Financial Aid Office, to the California Student Aid Commission. Interested students must apply by March 2nd. For those students who plan on attending a Community College and haven't applied by March 2nd or were denied a Cal Grant award, an additional deadline date of September 2nd may apply if funds are still available. Additional information about the Cal Grant can be obtained at the California Student Aid Commission website.

Notification: Eligible students are mailed an award letter from the California Student Aid Commission and the college.


5. Chafee Grant Program

The California Chafee Grant Program gives money to current or former foster youth to use for career and technical training or college courses. You don't have to pay this money back and you can use it for things like child care, transportation, and rent. This is a federally funded program and is subject to the availability of federal funds each year.

Eligibility: To qualify you must be eligible or have been eligible for foster care between your 16th and 18th birthday and not have reached your 22nd birthday as of July 1, of the award year. You must be enrolled in an eligible career or technical school or college in at least a one year long course of study at least half time and maintain satisfactory academic progress.

How to apply: Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available in the Financial Aid Office or at FAFSA online and submit a California Chafee Grant Program Application which can be found online at the California Student Aid Commission Website. For more information on the Chafee Grant Program, click here!

Notification: Eligible students are mailed an award letter from the California Student Aid Commission and the college.

 

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