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Aid Workshops and Orientation

We realize that financial aid can be confusing, and we encourage you to attend an online financial aid orientation. The Orientations will help you and your parents and/or spouse understand the financial aid process and avoid delays in the awarding and disbursement of funds.

Orientations are open to current, prospective students, and parents. Financial Aid Orientations are online at:

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Workshops are online at:

The workshops are designed to help you have a greater understanding of Orange Coast College satisfactory academic progress standards for financial aid eligibility.

FAFSA, BOGFW, Dream Act, and Higher One Card setup Workshops

Workshops are also available if you need assistance in completing the FAFSA, BOGFW Application, Dream Act Application, and Higher One card creation. The workshops will be held on the 2nd floor of Watson Hall, room 240.

Mon 2pm-3pm
Tues 11am-12pm
Thurs 11am-12pm

Students are served on a first-come, first-served basis.

To assist with the FAFSA, BOGW application, or the Dream Act application- you will need to bring your and your parents' 2012 tax information to complete the application accurately to avoid delay in processing your application.    

If you are coming in for help with the Dream Act application, please note the following from the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC):

Due to scheduled site maintenance, the on-line Dream Act Application will be unavailable every Tuesday and Sunday from 11:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. (PST). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Quick Tips to complete the FAFSA!

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students and parents to access the IRS tax return information needed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and transfer the data directly into their FAFSA from the IRS Web site.

If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, we highly recommend using the tool for several reasons:
  1. It’s the easiest way to provide your tax data.
  2. It’s the best way of ensuring that your FAFSA has accurate tax information.
  3. You won’t need to provide a copy of your or your parents’ tax returns to your college.
Students or parents who are married and filed as Married Filing Separately, are married and filed as Head of Household, filed an amended tax return, or filed a Puerto Rican or foreign tax return are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, and will need to enter their tax return information manually.
Additionally, students or parents who filed their tax returns electronically within the last three weeks, or through the mail within the last eight weeks, might need to either enter their tax return information manually or return at a later date to transfer their tax return information into the FAFSA, as their tax return information might not be available for transfer from the IRS.
If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, then click Link To IRS to transfer your tax return information from the IRS Web site into your FAFSA. (Note: If you previously transferred your tax return information from the IRS, or you indicate that you filed your tax return electronically within the last three weeks or through the mail within the last eight weeks, then the Link To IRS button displays once you click the “View option to link to the IRS” hyperlink.)
If you are ineligible or otherwise choose not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to retrieve tax information, your college may require a copy of your IRS Tax Return Transcript (or your parents’ IRS Tax Return Transcript, if you are a dependent student).