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Welcome to the Financial Aid Office. We're here to assist you with the process!

What is Financial Aid?

Financial aid is money made available by federal, state, institutional and private sources in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and wages. This aid makes it possible for you to continue your education beyond high school, even if you and your family cannot meet the full costs of the college/university you choose to attend. All programs are based on the premise that parents have the primary responsibility of assisting their dependents in meeting educational costs. Financial aid is available only to fill the gap between a family's contribution and your annual educational expenses.

Who Can Apply for Financial Aid?

To be considered for financial aid, you must meet all the following minimum requirements:

  1. Be a U.S. Citizen or an eligible Non-Citizen.

    An eligible Non-Citizen is a U.S. permanent resident who has a document such as an I-151, I-94, I-688 or I-551 (Alien Registration Receipt) from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service) verifying that your stay in the U.S. is for other than a temporary purpose.

    If you are in the United States on an F-1 or F-2 student Visa only, or on a J-1 or J-2 Exchange Visitor Visa only, you cannot receive federal student aid. Also, persons with G Series Visas (pertaining to international organizations) are not eligible for federal student aid.

  2. You must have a high school diploma or GED.

  3. Enrolled in an eligible program of: (1) at least 1 academic year in duration that leads to a Certificate of Achievement (18+ units) and prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation; or (2) an academic program which leads to an associate degree or a 2-year transfer program.

  4. You must be enrolled in 6 units or more to qualify for the Direct Loan or Work-Study programs.

  5. Show satisfactory progress in a course of study. See Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

  6. You are not in default status on a Federal Direct Student Loan, Federal Perkins Loan or FFELP Loan.

  7. You do not owe a repayment to the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program.

  8. You are registered with the Selective Service if required to do so.

When to Apply for Financial Aid?

Every year the FAFSA is made available beginning October 1 for the upcoming Fall and Spring semesters and the Summer term.

Cal Grant Program Deadline: March 2 (Entitlement) September 2 (Competitive)

You must have the FAFSA by March 2 for entitlement consideration and by September 2 for competitive consideration. GPA verifications are transmitted to the California Student Aid Commission by Ohlone College for all students who have completed a minimum of 24 units.

Financial Aid Priority Deadline: March 2, 2020

You must have a completed financial aid file by March 2, 2020 for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters and the Summer 2021 term.

Every attempt is made to process received applications in a timely manner. Please keep in mind that it may take 2 to 3 weeks from the time you apply for aid to the time your award is completely processed. It all depends on your ability to submit the necessary paperwork to complete your file as well as the time it takes to submit corrections to the Department of Education and have those corrections returned.

If you have missed the priority deadline date…

After the priority deadline, financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible since any surplus funds that become available will be awarded. In addition, you can continue to apply for the Federal Direct Loan program until mid-March of each year. Check Important Dates for the current academic year deadline.

If you have any questions, email your Ohlone Financial Aid case manager, call or come to the Financial Aid Office.

Female and male student hanging out in Palm Bosque on Ohlone's Fremont campus.

How to Apply for Financial Aid?

Find out the Ohlone College's requirements for enrollment, placement testing, fee waivers, financial aid, etc. Read the catalog and class schedule. Make an appointment to see a counselor. Pay attention to eligibility requirements and deadlines.

You can also visit How to Enroll on the Ohlone College Admissions and Records website.

In California, you may apply for aid from several sources by completing a single application - the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You will need to include the following information on the FAFSA:

  • Ohlone College Title IV Code: 004481
  • Ohlone College Address: 43600 Mission Boulevard, Fremont, California 94539

Be sure to get an FSA ID  for yourself (and a parent if you are a dependent). Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to import your/ your parent(s) filed income tax return information. This reduces errors on the Income Information sections of the FAFSA.

After completing the FAFSA online, your Student Aid Report (SAR) will be available for you to view and print. Verify that all the information on the SAR is correct. If the information on the SAR is not correct, make the correction online at If you used the IRS DRT, do not make any changes to the income information.

A special word for students who were or are in foster care, under the care of the court system or have been living on your own without parents: Pay close attention to the Student Dependency questions on the FAFSA. If you do not have parents or parent financial information, please contact us to help you answer these questions.

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You must obtain a CA Promise Grant before registering for classes.

Completing the FAFSA is sufficient to apply for the CA Promise Grant. This is a much simpler process than completing the California Promise Grant Application, which will require copies of your family's federal income taxes and verification of other non-taxed income.

Those students who are awarded a CA Promise Grant will pay a reduced cost for the semester parking permit.

Ohlone College receives your FAFSA approximately one to two weeks after you submit it to the Department of Education. You will then be emailed a Missing Document request from the Financial Aid Office. This email will list the forms and other documents you will need to submit to complete your file by logging into Student Forms to complete all documents online.

The following documents may be requested:

  1. Your and/or your parents' Federal Tax transcript, including photocopies of all W-2s for the prior calendar year. Go to to print the transcript.
  2. Agency Certification of Untaxed Income form completed by the Social Services Agency (TANF, CalWORKs, General Assistance); Social Security Office (SSI, SSDI, SA, etc.); Veteran Benefits, etc.
  3. Unofficial college transcripts from each college or university you have attended other than Ohlone College. If requested, proof of having a Bachelor's degree.
  4. Additional data and forms. Requesting additional information may be necessary if further clarification is needed.

Your aid cannot be processed until all documents are in and your file is completed.  A delay in getting your documents submitted will cause a delay in a financial aid decision.

After all documents are submitted, your financial aid file will be reviewed for awarding purposes. Once awarding is complete, an award letter will be posted on your FA Self-Service account. If a student is ineligible for Federal financial aid, a letter will be emailed. (Please make sure to activate your Ohlone student email account.) There are two (2) major disbursement dates scheduled for each semester.

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Every academic year students must renew their financial aid application (FAFSA) to continue receiving aid for the next academic year. Continuing financial aid students will receive a renewal reminder via email from the FAFSA processing center by the end of January instructing you to go to to renew your application.

How is a Student's Financial Need Determined?

Need and Budget

Most financial aid awards are based on demonstrated financial need, which is the difference between the cost of attendance and the EFC (Expected Family Contribution) (e.g., Cost of Attendance - EFC = Need). The EFC is determined from the information reported on the FAFSA. All awards are subject to availability of funds.

Ex. Cost of Attendance (COA) =         $15,000

       Expected Family Contribution =   $10,000

       Remaining Need =                         $  5,000     

Note: Cost of Attendance for a school is not a bill that you or your parent(s) will need to pay for school. This is simply a school generated budget based on what we determine it would cost for a potential student to support themselves, while going to school, for a 9-months Academic year period. The only costs that you are directly responsible for paying for school would be what we consider "Institutional Costs" (Tuition, Books & Fees). All other budget items in the cost of Attendance will vary based on your specific circumstances.

How are Student Budgets Established?

In order to treat all students equally, standardized budgets have been established and are applied to all applicants. This means that all students with similar circumstances will receive the same allowance for registration fees, books, supplies, rent, food, transportation, and personal expenses, . Exceptions may be made to the budget in cases where special need can be shown and documented.

2020-2021 Nine-Month Student Budgets
(based on 12 units/semester)
Standard Student Budget Allowance Dependent and Independent (without dependents) At Home Independent Away From Home
Total $18,659 $29,588
Tuition & Fees* $ 1,104 $ 1,104
Health / Other Fees $96 $96
Meals and Housing $11,696 $22,066
Books and Supplies $1,080 $1,080
Personal / Miscellaneous Expenses $3,225 $3,784
Transportation $1,458 $1,458

*Resident & Non-Resident Tuition

Resident Tuition is $46 per unit.

Non-Resident Tuition is $265.00 per unit, plus $46 per unit enrollment fee. Tuition for non-residents of the State of California are higher. See Fees / Tuition information for the current semester on the Admissions and Records website.

Additional Mandatory Fees

May be added to Student Budget if required for student's course of study upon submission of appropriate written documentation to the Financial Aid Office.

Dependent/Child Care Expenses

May be added to Student Budget upon submission of appropriate written documentation to the Financial Aid Office.

Disabled Student Expenses

May be added to Student Budget for services and equipment not covered by assisting agencies upon submission of appropriate written documentation to the Financial Aid Office.

How is Financial Aid Packaged?

Once your financial need and eligibility is established, a "package" of aid is provided which may be a combination of different aid programs. This package could consist of a combination of federal and state grants, work-study, and loan monies.

Ohlone College most often meets a student's need with a combination of grant and self-help aid. Self-help aid consists of Federal Work-Study or a Federal Direct Loan (if requested).

Important Announcements


We’ll Help You Fill out the FAFSA!

FAFSA Workshop bannerJoin us LIVE on Zoom with Ohlone’s Financial Aid Supervisor, Shawn Domingo

Tuesdays & Wednesdays 
October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28
3 pm – 4 pm

Apply for Up to $6,500 in free Grant Aid

DON'T THINK YOU QUALIFY??? EVERYONE Qualifies for some type of aid.
State and other Institutional aid also require a FAFSA application to be completed.
Funding will be awarded during the Fall 2021, Spring 2022 & Summer 2022 semester. All funding is awarded in two equal disbursements.
This money is free, and doesn’t need to be paid back!

Please Have The Following Available for the Workshop:

  • 2019 Federal Tax Return for students who filed taxes in 2019 and/or parent(s), if student is under 24.
  • 2019 W2’s for students who worked in 2019 and/or parent(s), if student is under 24.
  • Already Created FSA ID for both student and at least 1 parent.

For More Info: 
Visit: "How to Apply for Financial Aid" tab below for step by step instructions.
Phone: (510) 659-6150

  • Need help filling out FAFSA/CA Dream Act Application?
  • Contact your case manager for appointment

What to bring?

  • 2020-2021 FAFSA: (Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021): 2018 income information

Dependent Student


(under age 24, not married, does not have dependent, still has contact with parent(s), and is an undergraduate)

  1. Create FAFSA IDS for yourself and one of your parent in advance at
    • Not required for CA Dream Act
  2. Bring:
    • Yours and/or your parents tax documents, including W-2s
    • Any source of income document received in that year
    • Parents demographic information: Name, Marital Status/Date, SSN, DOB
    • Assets (current bank statement, information regarding cash/saving/checking/stocks/CD, ect.)

(other than those listed under Dependent Student)

  1. Create FAFSA ID for yourself in advance at
    • Not required for CA Dream Act
  2. Bring:
    • Yours and your spouse ’s (if married) tax documents, including W-2s
    • Any source of income document received in that year
    • Assets (current bank statement, information regarding cash/saving/checking/stocks/CD,ect.)

Ohlone Cash for College Workshops for High School Students and Parents

Ohlone College is partnering with local high schools and the California Student Aid Commission to present Financial Aid Cash for College workshops. These workshops are open for High School Students and Parents to learn about completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and what financial aid resources are available.

These workshops are free!

Cash For College Cal Grant logo


  • Not Available

Apply for Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID): Before attending the workshop, students and parents should apply for an FSA ID. To apply: The FSA ID is used as the electronic signature and should be brought to the workshop to access and file the FAFSA.

For more information: Contact the Ohlone College Financial Aid Office at (510) 659-6150.

Fall 2020 - Canceled due to COVID-19

Spring 2021 - TBD




11:00 am- 1:00 pm
Ohlone Way, in front of the Bookstore

11:00 am- 1:00 pm
Quad Area-Courtyard

Financial Aid Awareness Day is here again! Helpful information! Prizes! Free food! (for the first 100 participants)

  • Find out how to apply for Financial Aid for the summer and upcoming academic year
  • Get your questions answered about financial aid
  • Prizes!!!
  • Free lunch to the first 100 students!!!

Get help with money management:

Counting Ahead - Financial Wellness Initiative - Brought to you by the California Community Colleges.

See Ohlone College's Student Success Scorecard by the California Community Colleges