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Financial Aid

Apply for Financial Aid

Applying for financial aid is easy and convenient.

Foothill College Promise

Most first-time, full-time students are eligible to have the cost of tuition, basic student fees, and required textbooks paid for their first TWO years!

Review requirements to receive  Foothill College Promise.

Follow Steps 1-4


Complete the Application that Applies to You

Students are encouraged to apply by March 2nd in order to be considered for most types of financial aid. Students can apply Oct 1st through June 30th  for the following academic year. 

Foothill Federal School Code

You must add Foothill school code 001199 in order for your application to be received by the Financial Aid Office. 

(FAFSA) Free Application for Federal Student Aid

If you are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or eligible non-citizen, complete the FAFSA Application to be reviewed for federal and state aid.

View a video tutorial on how to complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA Application. 

You can now complete the FAFSA form using the myStudentAid app. Select your device to download the app:

(CADAA) California Dream Act Application

 If you are a undocumented student and meet the qualifications of AB 540 (Assembly Bill 540)  complete the California Dream Act Application to be reviewed for state based aid.

 View a video tutorial on how to complete the 2019-2020 CADAA Application. 

Monitor Your Application Status

It can take up to a week for the Financial Aid Office to receive and review your application.

Make a note to check your MyPortal a week after you apply to see if you need to provide any further documention. 

  • Log in to myportal.fhda.edu with your 8-digit CWID
  • SELECT Apps from menu
  • Under students, select the Financial Aid App 
  • Click on your Financial Aid Requirements 
  • Choose the current year you are attending

Additional actions will be listed if needed, please be sure to carefully read what each action is requesting and complete the task. You should check your requirements section weekly until your financial aid is awarded. 

 Not all students may be required to complete additional actions. 

Check your Award Status

After all documentation has been submitted and determined complete. It can take up to 2 weeks for the Financial Aid Office to determine your eligibility for financial aid. 

You may check your award status within the Financial Aid App, located in your MyPortal account. 

  • Log in to myportal.fhda.edu with your 8-digit CWID
  • Select  Apps from menu
  • Under students, select the Financial Aid App 
  • Click on Awards, then Awards for Aid year
  • Select the aid year you are attending 
  • Using the navigation tabs to click on Award Overview 

Your award overview will show what programs you were determined eligible for and how much of that award you are eligible to recieve each quarter. Please be advised offered amounts are based on what you can recieve as a full time student (12 Units). 

In addition there are certain programs that may require you to accept your awards (such as student loans) through the Accept Award Offer tab. 

You may review the disbursement dates which advises on when you can expect to receive your financial aid awards. 

We encourage you to make an appointment with the financial aid office should you have questions. 

Maintaing your Eligibility

Students are encouraged to familarize themselves with the terms & conditions  required to maintain thier eligbilty for Financial Aid. This includes reviewing the policy surrounding maintaining (SAP) Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Students are encouraged to contact the financial aid office in advance if they anticipate: 

  • Dropping classes after the start date of the quarter 
  • If you do not pass more than 67% of your attempted units or maintain a 2.0 GPA  for more than two quarters in a row. 

Any of these actions can effect the amount of financial aid a you are eligible to recieve or effect your eligibility to recieve financial aid for future quarters. 

Cal Grant Competitive Award Deadline: Sept. 2, 2019

Community College Students Only

2,875 competitive awards are offered to students who are enrolled at a California Community College for the fall term and have a GPA reported by the September 2 filing deadline.

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Financial Aid Office



Building 8100, Room 8101

Financial Aid Office Hours

Office Closed Nov. 14-15

The office will be closed Thursday–Friday, Nov. 14–15, for all staff training. 

Regular Hours
  • Mon. & Tues. 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Wed. & Thurs. 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Fri. 8 a.m.–3 p.m

Contact a Team Member

See our Financial Aid Staff Directory