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What Is Financial Aid?

Financial aid is money that is given, paid or loaned to you to help pay for your college education or vocational training.

Don't Miss Out- $20,000 Scholarship to attend UC Santa Cruz!

 The 2020-21 Karl S. Pister Scholarship application is now available! This is a $20,000 scholarship to attend UC Santa Cruz and one recipient will be selected from Foothill!  

The Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program enables outstanding UC-qualified junior-level community college students to complete their undergraduate studies at UC Santa Cruz. The program provides a scholarship of up to $20,000 distributed over two years, mentoring and academic support, and assistance finding paid or volunteer summer work experience.  
To view the scholarship criteria and apply, cick the red button:

apply to the  Karl S. Pister Scholarship

If prompted to sign in, you may do so by entering your Student ID number and the password associated with that ID.   

Deadline to apply is February 5,2021  

Foothill College Promise - Get Two Years College Free!

First-time, full-time students are eligible to have the cost of tuition, fees and textbooks waived for their first TWO years through Foothill College Promise.

To get started, apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application.

Then learn more about other types of financial aid available for Foothill College students!

Note: Foothill Promise is offered for the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters only. It is not applicable for Summer quarter classes.

GREAT NEWS STARTING FALL 2020! - If you drop below full-time status, you will not lose Foothill Promise eligibility for the following quarters you are eligible.

  • If you lost first-year eligibility during the 2019-2020 school year, you can now be considered for year two of the Foothill Promise Program during the 2020-2021 school year as long as you meet the basic eligibility requirements.

Need Assistance? 

Welcome to our New Virtual Financial Aid Front Desk  

The Foothill Financial Aid Office is now open with Virtual Front Desk services. Now you can connect with financial aid staff and have your general financial aid questions answered instantly without the wait of an email response. 

To ZOOM into the Financial Aid Virtual Front Desk, simply click on the button below during the following times: 

Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. -  4 p.m. , excluding holidays



CALL:  +1 669 900 6833 (US TOLL) OR +1 408 638 0968   (US TOLL) 

ENTER MEETING ID: 951 8322 9727



  • Monday, January 18: Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

  • Friday, February 12: Closed in observance of Lincoln's Birthday  

  • Monday, February 15: Closed in observance of Washington’s Birthday

Winter Quarter Phone Center Hours:


  •  Monday & Wednesday 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Please note: Wednesday, January 27th, phone line hours will be 12:00-2:00pm. 

Winter Quarter Virtual Office Hours: 

  • Monday- Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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What can you find on our IG profile?

  • Monday Themes - You can learn more about financial aid programs, important dates and deadlines, and much more.
  • Q&A Thursday (10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) - Ask us anything about financial aid. Answers are given in REAL TIME!
  • #KnowYourFATeam on Fridays - Get to know our amazing staff who are here to help you on your academic journey.

In addition, we organize financial aid games for PRIZES and stay in contact with students through direct messaging.

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Check back here often for announcements, news and workshops dates. We look forward to helping you!

Important updates regarding COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funds

If you are a current Foothill student and have expenses related to COVID-19, you can submit an Emergency Relief Fund Request.

Once you submit your request, it will be determined if you meet the qualifications to receive an emergency relief fund award from one or more of the available funding sources (Foothill Emergency Relief, Federal CARES Act or Foothill CARES). If you do meet the qualifications, your award(s) will be processed as quickly as possible. Starting the week of September 28th, all students who qualify for an emergency relief fund award should have their awards processed within 1-2 weeks.


Qualifications to receive funds to purchase a WiFi hotspot through Foothill Emergency Relief sources:

  • Be enrolled for Fall 2020 at Foothill
  • Require WiFi to be able to complete coursework remotely


Qualifications to receive emergency relief funds through the Federal CARES Act:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen**
  • Have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19
  • Be enrolled for Fall 2020 at Foothill
  • Not have been a fully online student at Foothill during Winter 2020


** Generally, you are an eligible non-citizen if you are one of the following:

-U.S. permanent resident, with a Permanent Resident Card (formerly known as an Alien Registration Receipt Card or "Green Card”)

-Conditional permanent resident (I-551C)

-Other eligible noncitizen with an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security showing any one of the following designations: “Refugee,” “Asylum Granted,” “Indefinite Parole,” “Humanitarian Parole,” or “Cuban-Haitian Entrant”

-A citizen of the Republic of Palau (PW), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (MH), or the Federated States of Micronesia (FM).


Qualifications to receive emergency relief funds through Foothill CARES:

  • Have expenses specifically related to COVID-19
  • Be enrolled for Fall 2020 at Foothill
  • Not have been a fully online student at Foothill during Winter 2020
  • Open to all students, regardless of citizenship/immigration status


NOTE: If you qualify for a Federal CARES Act Grant or Foothill CARES Grant, you will be notified by email within 24 hours of your award being disbursed.

If you have any questions, email the Foothill Financial Aid Office at fhfinancialaidoffice@fhda.edu. Please be aware that we do not have access to students’ Emergency Relief Fund Request Forms so will not be able to tell you the status of your form unless an award has been posted for you.

Foothill Financial Aid will be providing all services virtually through at least June 25th.

While Foothill College attempts to continue operations in a more virtual setting due to the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order, many campus offices will be physically closed from Monday, March 16, 2020 through at least Friday, June 25, 2021.

Though the Financial Aid Office may be physically closed, we will continue to provide the same services and support to students through phone, email and video conferencing. 

Here's how you can reach us:

We will do our best to get back to you within 3-5 business days.

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility as we navigate this difficult and uncertain time and work to keep our community safe with minimal interruptions of service.

New! Download myStudentAid Mobile App

Completing your FAFSA form just got easier. You can now complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the myStudentAid app.

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Cash for College Workshops (Off Campus)

Need assistance completing your financial aid application? Make an appointment with the Financial Aid Office or check out a Cash for College Workshop near you!

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Black Lives Student Services Services Statement

In Student Services, we acknowledge our role in not serving our Black students adequately. Please read full statement of our commitment to alter our course of action with a quaretly updated public plan. 

Black Lives Matter Action Plan 12/15/2020 Update

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Learn about financial aid through a series of FATV short videos.

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