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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.
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Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Please note: Physical office hours may vary on any given day based on COVID conditions.
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:
Front Desk Virtual Zoom Hours
Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., excluding holidays.
California SFRF Emergency Aid now available!
Foothill College Federal HEERF (CARES Grant) funds have now been exhausted and will not continue for 2022-2023. However, for students experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, support may be available through the second round of California State Emergency Relief Funds (CA SFRF Emergency Aid).
*Please note the following: a) Funding for the CA SFRF Emergency Aid grants is limited; and b) If you submitted an emergency relief fund request form in September or October 2022, you do not need to submit a new request form.
To qualify for CA SFRF Emergency Aid, you must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
- Complete an Emergency Relief Fund Request form through which you demonstrate an emergency financial need.
- Have not already received an emergency relief fund award for the current school year from either Foothill or De Anza.
- CA resident
- U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (for example, permanent resident, refugee, asylee, T visa holder)
- Currently enrolled in 6+ units or at least two non-credit classes at Foothill *NOTE: If you want your De Anza units combined with your Foothill units for the term for which you are applying, you must fill out a Revision Request Form. Email completed forms to Kerry Bahadur at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Qualify for a CA College Promise Grant (enrollment fee waiver)
Once you submit your request, it will be determined if you meet the qualifications to receive a CA SFRF Emergency Aid grant. If you do and funds are available, your award will be processed within 1 to 2 weeks.
These will be one-time awards of up to $1,000.
- 12+ units or 3+ non-credit classes = $1,000 grant
- 6-11.9 units or 2 non-credit classes = $500 grant
- Less than 6 units or 1 non-credit class = No grant
To learn how to apply for the CA College Promise Grant and other financial aid programs, visit the following web pages:
- CA College Promise Grant - Click HERE.
- Other government financial aid programs - Click HERE.
- Scholarships - Click HERE.
Click HERE to learn about other resources available to help meet your basic needs.
If you do not meet the requirements listed above for CA SFRF Emergency Aid, you should still submit an emergency relief fund request form in the event we secure additional funding for which you are eligible. We cannot, however, promise that we will be able to process your request.
Questions? Please get in touch with the Financial Aid Office: email@example.com.
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.
Pell Grant Book Charging Program
If you’ve been awarded a Pell Grant at Foothill, you are eligible to use it as a payment type to buy your books at the Foothill College Bookstore website for each quarter.
Students may charge up to 50% of their available Pell (1st payment amount only).
Your student ID number will be required to make a financial aid purchase on the website during the final checkout.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you receive textbook and/or course material coverage through other campus programs, such as EOPS, Puente, Umoja, VRC or DRC, make sure to use those "vouchers" first so that you can get the maximum amount of Pell Grant money refunded directly to you each quarter.
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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.
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.
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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