Financial Aid Eligibility
To qualify for student financial aid programs, you must meet the following criteria and submit all related application documents:
- You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
- You must have a valid Social Security Number;
- You must demonstrate financial need.
- You must possess a high school diploma, General Education Development (GED)
Certificate, CA H.S. Proficiency exam, or a Home School Diploma. You must possess
one of these to be eligible for Title IV financial aid. If you were enrolled in a
program of study before July 1, 2012 (continuing students) please see the Financial
Aid Office to see how you might establish eligibility if you do not posse one of the
- You must enroll or be accepted for enrollment in an approved course of study for two or more academic quarters. Your course of study must lead to a Certificate of Completion, Associate in Arts Degree, Associate in Science Degree or university transfer for a bachelors degree;
- You must maintain satisfactory progress in your course of study; and
- You must register with the Selective Service, if required.
You may be denied financial aid for one or more of the following reasons:
- Failure to meet the High Diploma or equivalent requirement; or
- Your resources meet or exceed allowable expenses; or
- Ineligible immigration status; or
- You did not complete satisfactory progress requirements and failed probation; or
- Funding allotted to eligible aid program has been exhausted; or
- Financial need falls below minimum aid levels in available aid; or
- You have earned an associate degree or higher and have exhausted available aid; or
- Loan in default or other repayment required; and/or
- You have not provided sufficient documentation to determine eligibility.
Financial Need Determination & Distribution
At Foothill College, financial aid determination is generally based on serving students who demonstrate the most financial need. In most cases, the basis of determination is as follows:
- Students who demonstrate financial need based on low-income information;
- Returning students with continued financial need;
- Students who have been accepted into a Foothill technical/vocational training program and are unable to work;
- Students with expenses related to special training programs; and
- Students who have completed less than 120 quarter units.