Financial Aid Programs
The following financial aid programs are available at Foothill College. We understand and recognize the financial undertaking involved with your education and the importance of the right combination of resources to enable you to study at Foothill College. If you have any questions, please contact us or visit the Financial Aid Office to discuss or submit information about your financial aid needs with our friendly staff.
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is designed to provide financial assistance to
eligible undergraduate students based on need. Grants range from $555 to
$5,550 at Foothill College. The enrollment status of the student, i.e.
full time, three-quarter 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.
Changes to the Federal Pell Grant beginning 2012-2013 Award Year - What has happened?
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. Students
that are currently receiving the Pell Grant in the academic year 2011-2012 and have
already used 600% of their Pell Grant eligibility will no longer be eligible to receive
a Pell Grant starting summer 2012.
How is the percentage used calculated?
The percentages are based off the annual award at fulltime enrollment status. For
students with an annual award for 2011-2012 academic year, at the maximum award,
$5,550 and attended 12 or more credits in three quarters (Fall, Winter & Spring for
example), the percentage used for the 2011-2012 academic year is 100%. If you only
attended 9 credits for three quarters, your percentage used for the academic year is 75%.
Can I see my lifetime Pell Grant used?
You may view your Pell Grant used by logging into www.NSLDS.ed.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
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
This 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. 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.
To qualify for Cal Grants, a student must be a California resident, meet the basic requirements for federal aid,
financial need and minimum GPA requirements, and 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
for and receive state-funded financial aid including the Cal Grant.
There are three different Cal Grants: Cal Grant A, B and C. 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.
A student awarded Cal Grant B may receive the living allowance ($1473) 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 must be enrolled in a vocational or technical program and
receive $547 per year for a maximum of two years.
Students must be enrolled at least half-time and the grants are pro-rated for part time enrollment.
This federal program is administered by the California Student Aid Commission.
It offers college and vocational school financial aid to youth who are aging out of foster care programs. For 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
Federal Work Study
The Federal Work-Study Program provides jobs for students who have financial
need and want to earn a part of their educational expenses through employment. Students can work up to 25 hours per week while classes are in session and 40 hours during school vacation breaks. Students may earn $8 to $14 per hour. Community service work opportunities are also available through the Federal Work-Study Program. Students cannot work over the award amount allocated for a work-study assignment. When a work-study award is made, the student is responsible for arranging an interview with the Financial Aid Work-Study Placement assistant for job placement.
Federal Direct Loan
Students who demonstrate need for a portion or all of the annual limit
will receive a subsidized loan and the federal government will pay the
interest for the period of time in which the student is eligible for
an in-school deferment and for the duration of any grace period. Students
who do not demonstrate need for part or all of the annual borrowing limit
may still receive an unsubsidized loan and pay their own interest during
the time they are in-school. The annual limit for
a student in the first year of undergraduate study is $9,500, prorated
for the program length. The annual limit for a student in the second
year of study is $10,500. Repayment begins six months after the borrower
graduates, withdraws from college, or drops below half-time status.
Federal Direct Plus
The Federal Direct PLUS loan is available to parents of dependent students
wishing to borrow on behalf of their dependent in order to meet the
cost of attendance. The annual borrowing limit is the difference between
the cost of attendance and the estimated financial assistance.