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…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.
– The Campaign for College Opportunity



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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.

Note: Amounts are based off a typical financial aid benefits package for California Community College Student. Assumes typical maximum eligibility for a very low income student.


Keep these steps in mind before you take more classes:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Dream Act Application.
    1. Be sure to submit the application by the priority deadline: March 2
    2. Check your award letter for Cal Grant and FTSSG
  2. Meet with a counselor to complete a Comprehensive Student Educational Plan (SEP)
  3. Register for classes
    1. Consider taking 12 or more units
  4. Seek out campus resources to keep you on-track to completion

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Financial Aid F.A.Q.s:


WHAT IS THE FULL-TIME STUDENT SUCCESS GRANT?

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.

HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE FTSSG AWARD?

You must be enrolled full-time (12 or more units) and linked to either the initial or final Cal Grant B term award payment.

WHAT IS THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE COMPLETION GRANT?

The Community College Completion Grant (CCCG) is a financial aid award designed to encourage faster completion of a degree or certificate.

HOW MUCH IS THE AWARD?

The CCCG is paid to students attending in least 15 units at a rate of $750 per semester.

HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE CCCG AWARD?

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.

DO I NEED A COMPREHENSIVE STUDENT EDUCATIONAL PLAN TO RECEIVE THE AWARD?

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.

HOW DOES THE STUDENT APPLY FOR THE CCCG?

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.

HOW DO I REMAIN ELIGIBLE FOR THE AWARD?

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.

WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MAJOR?

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.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CAL GRANT ELIGIBILITY RUNS OUT?

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.