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Financial Aid Programs


Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is designed to provide financial assistance to eligible undergraduate students based on need.

  • Grants range from $650 to $6,495 at Foothill College.
  • The enrollment status of the student (i.e., full-time, three-quarters-time, half-time, or less-than-half-time) will have a proportional effect on the amount of money a student will receive.
  • The Federal Pell Grant is money that a student does not need to repay.

In December 2011, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74). This law has significantly impacted the Pell Grant Program.

Beginning in Summer 2012, students are now limited to six full years (18 quarters / 12 semesters / 600%) of Pell Grant eligibility during their lifetime. This change affects all students regardless of when or where they received their first Pell Grant.

How is the percentage used calculated?
The percentages are based off the annual award at full-time enrollment status. For students who take 12 or more credits each quarter for three quarters (Fall, Winter & Spring, for example) and, in turn, receive the maximum amount of their Pell Grant award for the academic year, the percentage used is 100%. If you only take 9 credits during each of those three quarters, though, which is considered three-quarters-time enrollment status, your percentage used for the academic year is 75%.

Can I receive more than 100% Pell Grant during the academic year? 
Yes. Due to the reinstatement of year-round Pell by the federal Department of Education, eligible students can receive up to 133% of their scheduled Pell Grant award for the academic year at Foothill if they attend all four quarters (Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring). 

Can I see my lifetime Pell Grant used?
You may view your Pell Grant used by logging into studentaid.gov.

I have questions about this, who do I call?
Foothill College Financial Aid Staff is available to discuss the change in the lifetime Pell Grant eligibility with you. Please call us at 650. 949.7245 or e-mail fhfinancialaidoffice@foothill.edu.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Federal SEOG is designed for undergraduate students of exceptional financial need who without the grant would be unable to continue their education.

  • Students with Pell Grants and zero Expected Family Contribution (EFC) are eligible.
  • Due to the proportion of grant aid to cost of attendance, those students who have an 'At Home' COA and have been awarded a Cal Grant will forfeit their SEOG so that a more needy, less awarded student may benefit.
  • At Foothill College, the SEOG award amount is up to $600 per academic year.
  • The Federal SEOG is also a program that does not need to be repaid.

Cal Grants

To qualify for Cal Grants, a student must
  • Be a California resident
  • Meet the basic requirements for federal aid, financial need and and minimum GPA requirements
  • Submit a FAFSA and verified Cal Grant GPA by March 2.

In addition, the passage of the California Dream Act allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid including the Cal Grant.

  • You must be enrolled at least half-time and the grants are pro-rated for part time enrollment
  • Due to the proportion of grant aid to cost of attendance, those students who have an 'At Home' COA and have been awarded a Cal Grant will forfeit their SEOG, if awarded, so that a more needy, less awarded student may benefit.
Three Different Cal Grants
  • Cal Grant A pays for tuition and fees at a four-year institution. Students may place the award on reserve for up to two years while attending community college.
  • Cal Grant B: A student awarded Cal Grant B may receive the living allowance (up to $1,656 per year; or, for students with dependent children, $6,008 per year) at community college; upon transfer to a four-year institution, they continue to receive the living allowance plus the tuition award in the same amount as the Cal Grant A.
  • Cal Grant C: Recipients enrolled in approved vocational or technical programs may receive up to $1,094 per year or, for students with dependent children, up to $4,000 per year for a maximum of two years.

Cal Grant B Eligibility Expansion for Foster Youth

On July 1, 2018 California adopted new, expanded eligibility requirements for the State’s largest financial aid program, the Cal Grant, to make the program more accessible to foster youth.

  • Application Window Extension: Foster Youth now have extended time to apply for an entitlement Cal Grant. Instead of having to apply within a year after high school graduation, foster youth are able to apply for an entitlement Cal Grant if they meet other eligibility Criteria and have not reached their 26th birthday as of July 1 of the award year.
  • Time Limit Extension: The maximum length of time a foster youth is eligible for a Cal Grant has been extended from the equivalent of 4 years to 8 years of full-time statusenrollment in an undergraduate program, provided that minimum financial need continues to exist. Please note: You do not need to be enrolled full time to receive Cal Grant funds. If you are enrolled half-time or 3/4-time status, your award will be prorated.
  • Application Deadline Extension: The deadline for the Cal Grant entitlement application has been extended from March 2nd to September 2nd for foster youth attending community college.

Chafee Grant

This federal program offers college and vocational school financial aid to youth who are aging out of foster care programs. It is administered by the California Student Aid Commission.

To receive up to $5,000, the student must demonstrate financial need, meet basic eligibility requirements, and complete the FAFSA and the Chafee Grant Application at www.csac.ca.gov

For more information on financial aid options for Foster Youth, download our Foster Youth Financial Aid Options brochure

Full-Time Student Success Completion Grant

The Full-Time Student Success Completion Grant is a CA State program that started Fall 2015.

  • It is designed for students who are granted a Cal Grant B or C and are getting disbursements at the full-time amount.
  • This new grant is $432 per quarter (Fall, Winter and/or Spring), assuming full-time enrollment (12+ units). 
  • Students enrolled in 15+ units (Fall, Winter and/or Spring) will receive an additional Student Success Completion Grant Bonus of $900 per quarter.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Financial Aid Office.

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