Types of Aid
Grants are awarded based on demonstrated financial need. Typically, grants do not require repayment. However, partial or full repayment may be required if you do not complete the credits you registered for. Click on the titles below to get more information about each grant/waiver, text that are the color blue are links that provide additional information and resources for the grant/waiver you are reading about. Note: For a better web experience when using smaller mobile devices please use your device in landscape (horizontal Orientation).
This California state funded fee waiver program was established to assist low to middle income California residents with the enrollment fees. Eligible students do not receive a check from this program, but enrollment fees are waived. The California College Promise Grant (CCP) does not waive student health fees, student technology fees, student activity fees, course material fees, audit fees, or books. Make sure you check your account statement and pay all applicable fees to ensure your registration and prevent future holds on your account.
There are no unit (minimum or maximum) requirements to receive the CCP fee waiver.
How do I apply?
Students completing the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a California Dream Act Application will have their CCP fee waiver eligibility automatically determined. It is recommended (but not required) to complete the application prior to registering for classes. If you have questions or concerns regarding your residency status, please contact the Admissions and Records Office at (707) 476-4200.
Can I lose the California College Promise Grant fee waiver?
Community colleges are required to place students on academic probation who, after attempting at least 12 semester units, either have a grade point average below 2.0 or receive a "withdrawal," "incomplete," or "no pass" mark on 50 percent or more of total attempted units. This is not the same as financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards.Students who are placed on probation for two consecutive semesters lose their priority registration status. Beginning Fall 2016, students will also lose their fee waiver if they have been on college probation for two consecutive semesters. Those students who lose their fee waiver have the option to file a Loss of CCP Appeal to see if they can regain their eligibility, or they can regain eligibility when they are no longer on academic probation.
As a result of the passing of Assembly Bill 19 (AB 19) CR implemented the CR College Access (CRCA) Program. This program waives enrollment fees for eligible first-time students enrolled in 12* or more units in the Fall and Spring semesters (it does not include the summer term). Eligible students do not receive a check or refund from this program, but enrollment fees are waived. The CRCA award is now available for students to continue on for a second year with their enrollment fees waived!
The CRCA award does not pay for books, student health fees, student technology fees, student activity fees, course material fees, audit fees, or parking fees. Make sure you check your account statement and pay all applicable fees to ensure your registration and prevent future holds on your account.
To qualify for the College Access Program, students must:
- Complete the online application to CR
- Fill out the FAFSA or Dream Act application
- Maintain enrollment in 12* or more units (full-time)
- Be a California resident or AB540
- Currently not receiving the California College Promise Grant
- Be a first-time college student, or a high school graduate who took CR classes while in high school.
- NEW: Second-year students are now also eligible if they were also eligible during their first year (consecutive) and continue to meet the eligibility criteria as outlined above.
*AB 2, Statues of 2019 amended the qualifications for the fee waiver and provided consideration of “full-time” status to individuals with disabilities enrolled in fewer than 12 units. Students will need to connect with our DSPS office and be evaluated for the 12 unit full time exception
How do I apply?
Students completing the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a California Dream Act Application will be reviewed for the additional eligibility criteria.
If you have questions or concerns regarding your residency status, please contact the Admissions and Records Office at (707) 476-4200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I lose the College Access Program award?
You can lose the award if you are not enrolled in 12* or more units during each term or if you are determined to have attended college previously. If you drop below 12* units after receiving the grant you may be billed enrollment fees for that term. Additionally, if financial aid information is received that makes you eligible for the California College Promise Grant (formerly known as BOG), you would be awarded the California College Promise Grant as there are additional benefits to this award that are not part of the College Access Program.
What is covered/waived?
What is not covered/waived?
Health Services fee - $21 Fall/Spring, $18 Summer ($8 @ DN and KT campus)
Activity fee - $12 per semester
Technology fee - $10 per semester
Various Course Material Fees & Books
This Pell Grant is a federally funded grant program which provides awards to undergraduate students. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) as the starting point to determine eligibility. This application must be completed EACH academic year.
Award amounts are based on family contribution (as determined through the FAFSA) and unit enrollment. Awards range from $650 - $6,495 per year. Students enrolled in less than full-time receive pro-rate amounts according to their unit enrollment. Students in 9-11.5 units receive approximately 75% of the maximum amount; students in 6-8.5 units receive approximately 50% of the maximum. Students in less than half-time receive a significantly lower amount as room and board is not allowed to be considered in the cost-of-attendance.
SUMMER PELL GRANT AWARDS : For each academic year, if a student was enrolled and received Pell at a full time level (12 or more units) for both Fall and Spring, they will need to be enrolled in at least 6 units to be eligible for a Summer Pell disbursement. Other students may be able to receive a Summer Pell disbursement at less than 6 units of enrollment.
Can I lose the Pell Grant?
Students must be enrolled in an eligible AA, AS, Transfer or certificate program and meet all other federal eligibility requirements, including maintaining satisfactory academic progress standards (SAP). More information on the SAP standards is available on the Satisfactory Academic Progress link.
The maximum lifetime eligibility to receive a Pell Grant is 6 full years. This is retroactive to the first time a student received a Pell Grant. The limit is the equivalent of 6 years of receiving full-time Pell Grant funds.
This is a Federal grant program. CR has limited funding in this program, so students should apply early. SEOG is awarded on a first come first serve basis to eligible students with the highest need. Eligibility is automatically determined through the FAFSA.
Awards range from $100 - $2,000 per year.
Can I lose the SEOG?
Students must be enrolled in an eligible AA,AS,Transfer or certificate program and meet all other federal eligibility requirements, including maintaining satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standards. More information on the SAP standards is available on the Satisfactory Academic Progress link.
These grants are awarded by the California Student Aid Commission; only California residents are eligible. The Cal Grant B and Cal Grant C programs are available to students enrolled at CR (Cal Grant A is available only at four-year colleges and universities).
Students must complete the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application to apply. GPA verification is also required for this program. If you have been enrolled only at CR and meet the unit requirements, your GPA will be electronically submitted to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). If you are new to CR and have recently graduated from a CA high school, your high school will submit your GPA to CSAC. The initial processing deadline for the Cal Grant program is March 2. There is a September 2 supplemental processing deadline for California Community College students only.
Awards range from $300 - $1,670 per year.
Students should create an account on the Webgrants For Students website to view updates or make changes to their Cal Grant information with the California Student Aid Commission.
Can I lose the Cal Grant?
Students must be enrolled in an eligible program and meet all other eligibility requirements, including maintaining satisfactory academic progress standards (SAP). More information on the SAP standards is available on the Satisfactory Academic Progress link.
The California Student Aid Commission can also withdraw a student's Cal Grant for various reasons. For more information, contact the California Student Aid Commission at (888) 224-7268.
The Student Success Completion Grant (SSCG) is a California State Aid program that provides additional funding for students who are enrolled full time (12+ units) per term and are awarded the Cal Grant B or C. Eligibility for the SSCG is evaluated at the time of disbursement of the Cal Grant B or Cal Grant C award. *This award replaced the prior Full Time Student Success and the Community College Completion Grant.
Am I Eligible?
To be eligible for the SSCG a student must be enrolled in at least 12 units or more, applied for financial aid through the submission of a FAFSA or Dream Act prior to the CSAC deadline for Cal Grants (March 2nd), awarded a Cal Grant B or C by CSAC, and maintains Satisfactory Academic Progress.
How Much Can I Receive?
For students enrolled in 12-14.99 units at the time of disbursement of a Cal Grant B or Cal Grant C, the award is a maximum of $649 per term. For students enrolled in 15+ units at the time of disbursement of a Cal Grant B or Cal Grant C, the award is a maximum of $2,000 per term.
Scholarships are a form of gift aid that doesn't require repayment. They're generally awarded on such factors as academic achievement, talent, athletic ability, or field of study. Click the "Scholarships" link above or click HERE to visit our Scholarships Office website and learn more about their resources.
Loans must be repaid. Typically, repayment begins 6 months after you
are no longer enrolled at a minimum of 6 credits. Students must first
have their eligibility for other types of aid determined and then may
start applying for loans by following the loan application process. Use
the "Direct Loans" link above or
Click HERE to learn more about the types of loans we process and how to apply online.
Employment - Federal Work-Study
This program provides on-campus jobs to students. Eligibility is determined through the FAFSA and students must also meet District student worker requirements.
- Interested students should complete the FAFSA and all follow-up paperwork requested from the Financial Aid Office. You must have a Federal Work-Study Offer on your award letter before applying for a work-study position. Available jobs are posted in the Student Career Center Student Jobs Board. Use the menu options at the top of the job board to filter the list to show the Federal Work Study positions. Once they have an offer on their award letter, students should contact the department in which they are interested in working to begin the process.
- Awards range from $500 - $4,000 per year (initial offers will have a placeholder amount of $2 on the award letter). The hourly wage rate depends on the position.
- Additional information regarding career opportunities and resources that may be used to help cover education related expenses can be found be visiting CR's Career Center Resources.
Depending on a students eligibility, they may qualify for additional aid and assistance through a number of special programs. Each program has its own application and eligibility criteria, please use the links below to explore the different available programs. Please contact the individual departments if you have questions.