Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant program is for undergraduate students who have not yet completed a first baccalaureate or professional degree. Awards are based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and enrollment status. Grants range from $500 to $5,920 per academic year (for the 2017-2018 academic year).
Unlike other federal financial aid programs, the receipt of a Pell Grant does not depend upon the availability of funds at a particular school. Also, if a student applies, demonstrates financial need and meets all eligibility criteria, he or she can be eligible to receive a Pell Grant at any eligible school. Students, though, are limited to receiving Pell Grant from only one school at a time, even if they are attending two schools during the same period of enrollment.
Pell Grants are designed to help the neediest students. A student who is not eligible for a Pell Grant may be eligible for other financial aid. The total amount of aid a student receives, including a Pell Grant, cannot exceed the student's cost of attendance. As with all other federal aid programs, student must reapply for a Federal Pell Grant every academic year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The FSEOG program is a campus-based federal financial aid program. This means that each college participating in the program receives a set amount of money to distribute to students. The regulations governing FSEOG require that funds be awarded first to the "neediest" financial aid students or those with the lowest income. In addition, priority is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients. Because the amount of funding in FSEOG is limited, awards will be given to the earliest applicants with the highest amount of financial need. The annual award at Los Angeles Mission College is $500 per student.
Federal Work Study (FWS)
The FWS program is a federal program which enables students the opportunity to earn part or all of their financial need by working on-campus while attending school to help pay for college costs. This type of part-time work can add to a student's educational experience and can be a valuable asset when seeking employment after college graduation. The FWS award reflects the amount of money that a student is eligible to earn as wages.
The placement in a job depends upon skills, availability of jobs and the hours available for work. Because program funding is limited, awards will be given, based on first-come first-serve, to students responding to the FWS Interest List. Students are invited to join the Interest List during the summer, based upon having completed their FAFSA and financial aid file.
Federal Perkins Loan
The Federal Perkins Loan program is a low interest (5%) loan designed to help students with exceptional need. Since program funding is limited, priority is given to students with a zero EFC and with an earlier priority date.
Federal Direct Loan Program
The William D. Ford Direct Loan program, provided through the U.S. Department of Education, includes both Direct Stafford (student) loans and Direct PLUS (parent) loans. There are two types of Direct Stafford loans- subsidized and unsubsidized. The Subsidized Stafford loan is a loan for which the federal government will make the interest payments on the loan while you are in school and during other approved periods of deferment.
The Unsubsidized Stafford loan is a loan for which you are responsible for the interest from the time the loan is disbursed until it’s paid in full. You can choose to pay the interest or allow it to accrue (accumulate) and be capitalized (i.e., added to the principal amount of your loan). Capitalizing the interest will increase the amount you repay.
For the student loans, the interest rate (4.45% for both subsidized and unsubsidized loans for the 2017-2018 academic year) is a fixed rate. Parent loans have a fixed interest rate of 7.00% (for the 2017-2018 academic year). These loan programs are for students who are attending college at least half-time (6 units or more) and who are eligible to receive financial aid.
Los Angeles Mission College does not automatically package federal loans. Students who are interested in loans should contact the Financial Aid Office at 818-364-7648 or visit the Student Loan Process page.
Cal Grant Program
Cal Grant awards are state grants that are awarded and administered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). To apply for a Cal Grant, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have your Grade Point Average information sent to CSAC by March 2 for the following academic school year you are applying for.
Los Angeles Mission College participates in the Cal Grant B and Cal Grant C programs. The Cal Grant B program is intended to help students from disadvantaged/low income families. Awards are up to $1672 (for the 2017-2018 academic year) per academic year and may be renewed up to four years. The Cal Grant C program assists students enrolled in vocational programs. To find out more on the various Cal Grant Programs, visit the California Student Aid Commission's website at www.calgrants.org.
The Chafee Grant is a federal grant administered by the California Student Aid Commission and provides financial assistance to current and former foster youth to use for college and vocational training. Eligible students may receive up to $5,000 per academic year. To learn more about this program, visit the Chafee Grant webpage at www.chafee.csac.ca.gov.
Child Development Grant Program
The Child Development Grant Program is a need-based grant designed to encourage students to enter the field of child care and development in a licensed children's center. Students who plan to enroll at least half-time in coursework leading to a Child Development Permit as teacher, master teacher, site supervisor or program director, are eligible to apply through the institution they plan to attend.
To be eligible, an applicant must meet each requirement:
- be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen
- be a California resident,
- meet federal Selective Service filing requirements (if male),
- submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid,
- enroll in approved courses leading to a Permit,
- be nominated by an eligible postsecondary institution or nominated by the employing agency,
- maintain at least half-time enrollment in approved courses leading to a Permit,
- maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the postsecondary educational institution,
- commit to full-time employment in a licensed children's center in California for a period of one year for each year of benefits received.
Selected grant recipients attending a two-year postsecondary institution are eligible to receive up to $1,000 per academic year. Grants may be renewed for one additional year, with a two year maximum, pending budget approval. To learn more about this program, visit the California Student Aid Commission website at www.csac.ca.gov.
Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver Program
The Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver Program is offered by the California Community Colleges. Under this program, enrollment fees are waived for eligible students. Applicants do not have to be enrolled in a specific number of units or courses to receive the waiver and no repayment of funds is required. You are eligible to apply for a waiver if you are a California resident and you are enrolled in at least 1 unit. Please Note: The BOG Fee Waiver program only waives your enrollment fees. If you need more help to cover some of your educational expenses, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To learn more about the Fee Waiver Program, click here.