OCC features exceptional facilities and the latest in technology and offers more than 135 academic and career programs, including one of the nation’s largest and most acclaimed public nautical programs.
OCC is the #1 community college in Orange County for combined UC and CSU transfers as well as transfers to prestigious private universities. Students have access to exclusive guaranteed transfer agreements and priority consideration with several colleges and universities. The sooner you complete your classes, the faster you can transfer.
…a student who takes four years to earn an associate degree can spend as much as $15,200 more on fees and other expenses, and will earn $33,500 less than someone who graduated in two years.
Students can receive an increase in financial aid by moving from 9 units to 12 and from 12 units to 15 provides eligible students* the opportunity to access to more financial support through the Full-Time Student Success Grant (FTSSG) and/or the Community College Completion Grant (CCCG). The extra support can help students get on their way to transferring or starting their career.
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The Full-Time Student Success Grant (FTSSG) is a financial aid award intended to support student persistence, retention and success by increasing the grant aid to community college students to reduce an unmet need gap.
You must be enrolled full-time (12 or more units) and linked to either the initial or final Cal Grant B term award payment.
The Community College Completion Grant (CCCG) is a financial aid award designed to encourage faster completion of a degree or certificate.
The CCCG is paid to students attending in least 15 units at a rate of $750 per semester.
You must be receiving a Full-time Student Success Grant Cal Grant (FTSSG) award for the same term. You must attend 15 units per term or be taking enough units to receive the FTSSG and complete their education program in the timeframe set up in your Student Educational Plan. A cumulative 2.0 GPA is required.
Yes. No payment is authorized in the program until you receive a comprehensive Student Educational Plan (SEP) that maps out your path to receiving a degree or certificate.
Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application by March 2 deadline. There are limited Cal Grant awards so you are encouraged to apply by the deadline.
As long as you continue to receive the FTSSG and remain on pace to completing your degree or certificate within the timeframe described in the SEP. Eligibility is lost when you are no longer FTSSG eligible, do not receive the degree or certificate mapped out in the SEP, or if you fall off pace to complete a degree or certificate on time.
You should talk to your counselor if you are considering changing majors. The new SEP for that major may take into account the coursework you completed under the prior SEP. Changing majors may make it impossible for you to stay on the completion pace established in your initial SEP. Receiving a new SEP does not change the requirement to stay on pace established in the original SEP.
Once Cal Grant eligibility runs out, or if you become ineligible for Cal Grant, you cannot receive the FTSSG and this makes you ineligible for the CCCG.