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Financial Aid

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What Is Financial Aid?

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

Winter Quarter Office Hours: 

Virtual Office:

  • Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. - 12noon

Physical Office:

Please note: Physical office hours may vary on any given day based on COVID conditions.  

  • Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday: Closed

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. -  3 p.m., excluding holidays.




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

ENTER MEETING ID: 950 9399 0790


Spotlight on $20,000 Scholarship to attend UC Santa Cruz! ! !

The Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Scholarship provides up to $20,000 distributed over two years, holistic advising support, and assistance in finding paid or volunteer summer work experience.

For requirements, eligibility criteria, & application guidelines, please click HERE.

Application deadline: Sunday, February 6, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Click here to APPLY!


COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funds

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. If you do meet the qualifications and funds are available, your award will be processed within 1 to 2 weeks.

Current qualifications to receive emergency relief funds at Foothill:

  • All students can apply, including undocumented and international students
  • Be enrolled at least half-time status (6+ units) at Foothill during the 2021-2022 school year
    • Please note: Foothill will not be honoring any consortium contracts for the Federal COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funds.
  • Have one or more of the following:
    1.  Housing needs due to the impact of COVID-19
    2. Food needs due to the impact of COVID-19
    3. Require assistance to cover tuition and/or student fees due to the impact of COVID-19
    4. Require assistance to cover textbooks due to the impact of COVID-19


  • Students who complete a 2021-2022 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and are eligible for a federal Pell Grant may qualify for larger amounts of housing and food assistance.
  • The number of units in which you enroll will determine how much of your emergency relief fund grant you receive each quarter.

*12+ units = 100% of the grant 

*6-11.9 units = 50% of the grant

*Less than 6 units = 0% of the grant

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 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 the Foothill College Promise. (*Note: starting fall 2021, free textbooks will ONLY be available to students participating in eligible learning communities.)

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.

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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!

#Friday #Appeal YourFriday—Learn about the different appeal options available at the Financial Aid Office!

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

See what's happening on our Instagram this month

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

About the Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.


Who is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?

A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
  • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
When Can I Sign Up for the Benefit?

As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visiting https://getemergencybroadband.org.

Check out the Broadband Benefit Consumer FAQ for more information about the benefit.


Which Broadband Providers Are Participating in the Emergency Broadband Benefit?

Various broadband providers, including those offering landline and wireless broadband, are participating in the Emergency Broadband Benefit. Find broadband service providers offering the Emergency Broadband Benefit in your state or territory. 

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

Foothill Financial Aid will be providing all services virtually through at least Fall 2021.

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 Fall 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.

Choose Your Device

Watch a video that covers the steps a student must go through to complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through the Department of Education's myStudentAid mobile app: Completing the FAFSA via Mobile App- A How to Guide

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 Updates

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