State Aid Programs - Financial Aid Office

State Programs

The State of California, through the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) and  the Chancellor Office, sponsors several grant programs for undergraduate students. These include California College Promise Grant, AB19 California College Promise Free Tuition and Book Grant Program, Cal Grants, California Chafee Grant, and Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents scholarships.

California College Student Emergency Support Fund

During these challenging times, it is more important than ever to help the most vulnerable students stay in school, earn their degrees, and build a better future for themselves and our communities.

The California College Student Emergency Support Fund has launched to give one-time $500 hardship grants to students. Administered by Mission Asset Fund (MAF), the Fund is a statewide philanthropic response to address emergency needs for the state’s low-income college students, including undocumented immigrants, foster youth, and those who are housing insecure.

As colleges and universities respond to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, students find themselves facing a wide variety of challenges and costs. The Fund was created to cover unplanned financial expenses such as housing, technology, and more to support educational continuity, persistence, and degree completion for California’s college students through this crisis.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for the California College Student Emergency Support Fund, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled full-time (12+ units) as an undergraduate at a California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus

  • Have earned at least 24 semester units or 36 quarter units (i.e., one academic year of coursework)

  • Be low-income, with a maximum Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,576 (equivalent to eligibility for Pell Grant) or eligible for a California College Promise Grant Fee Waiver (formerly known as the BOG fee waiver)

After approval, students can expect to receive the money via electronic transfer within 72 hours.

How Can I Apply?

Students can apply for a grant online at bit.ly/covid-student-grant.

Applications and grant payments to students will be processed by MAF. MAF is a well-established non-profit organization that carried out a similar emergency fund effort in 2017 to pay for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients’ renewal fees.

We encourage interested students to apply as quickly as possible as these funds will go fast.

It will help to have the following items at the ready: your transcript, financial aid eligibility (any financial aid statement or award letter that shows EFC or California College Promise Grant Fee Waiver), and electronic banking login information (not required).

Major Donors to The California College Student Emergency Support Fund Include:

College Futures Foundation - Ballmer Group - Stuart Foundation

Tipping Point Community - Weingart Foundation

California College Promise Grant (CCPG)

The California Community Colleges offer a California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the Board of Governors Waiver (BOGW)) to help eligible students cover the cost of classes - Enrollment Fees - for the academic year. This is a non-monetary award available to California residents/AB540 eligible students only.

How to apply for CCPG:

Students should fill out the FAFSA application/CA Dream Act Application to be considered for the CCPG and additional grants.

Students who want to apply for the Promise Grant ONLY need to submit the California College Promise Grant Application and must meet all of the following requirements:

1. Must be a California residents or meet AB540 requirements; and

2. Meet one of the followings:

  • Receiving monthly cash assistance from TANF/CalWORKs/SSI/SSP or General Assistance (or if as a dependent student, your parent(s) receive this assistance) as their only source of income.
    Or
  • Congressional Medal of Honor recipients (or a dependent), dependents of a victim of the September 11, 2001, or have certification from the California Department of Veteran Affairs/ National Guard Adjutant General or are dependents of a deceased law enforcement/fire suppression personnel killed in the line of duty.
    Or
  • Meet the income standards listed in the Total Family Income table below. Students should be prepared to show previous federal tax return(s), W2s, or other income verification. These amounts are estimated at the time of publication and are subject to change.

2019-2020 California College Promise Grant Program Income Standards

2019-2020 California College Promise Grant Application (Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020)

2020-2021 California College Promise Grant Application (Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021)

Note:

  • It is recommended that students apply for the CCPG prior to enrolling.
  • The CCPG will not be applied to courses dropped prior to Financial Aid processing the application.
  • BOG/CCPG will be applied only within the current academic year. No retroactive awarding to previous academic years.
  • Application must be submitted by the last business day of June for each academic year.
  • If a student is found to be ineligible after receiving a Promise Grant, the college has the option of pursuing recovery of the ineligible enrollment fees.

Loss of CCPG:

Effective Fall 2016, California Community College students receiving the CCPG must meet minimum academic and progress standards to remain eligible for the CCPG:

  • Academic - Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Progress - Successfully complete at least 50% of all attempted units.

If a student does not meet these standards and/or a combination of these standards for two consecutive terms the student will lose eligibility for the CCPG. Students who lose CCPG can regain eligibility by meeting one of the following criteria: meeting academic and progress standard, sitting out for two consecutive primary semesters (Fall and Spring), or successfully appeal the loss regarding extenuating circumstances such as verified illness, accident or circumstances beyond your control, or documented changes in your economic situation (Supporting documentation are doctor's notes, accident report, loss of job, etc.) . To appeal the loss, students must

1. File the Appeal for Loss of Enrollment Priority and/or California College Promise Grant - CCPG with a detailed statement of your situation .
2. Gather supporting documents regarding extenuating circumstances.
3. Meet with a counselor for the comprehensive Student Education Plan.
4. Submit the form and supporting documents to the Admissions and Records.

AB19/AB2: California College Promise Free Tuition and Book Grant Program

The California College Promise Free Tuition and Book Grant Program is available for first-time, full-time students for the first two academic years of their academic program (AB19-First Academic Year/AB2-Second Academic Year). The Program covers the enrollment fees and mandatory fees for the fall and spring semesters for up to 30 credits per academic year; and $375 /semester for Book Grant funding (Currently $250 /semester for 19-20) Students who are eligible for the Promise Grant through FAFSA are not eligible for the Tuition Grant portion of the program. Applications are due prior to the start of the Semester you are requesting funding. (No Exceptions)

General Requirements for Tuition Grant:

  • Student must complete a FAFSA or California Dream Act Application.
  • Student must be a high school graduate.*
  • Student must be a California resident or AB540 eligible.
  • Student must attend full time (12 units or more) as a first-time college student at the start of the semester (this includes students who entered with advanced standing/college credits earned before graduating from high school). To be eligible for second year, the student must have completed 12 units or more in primary terms in 2018-2019 for the 2019-2020 academic year (2019-2020 for the 2020-2021 academic year).
  • Student must have an identified degree or certificate major.
  • Student must remain enrolled in 12 units or more.

General Requirements for Book Grant: Beginning Fall 2020

  • Student must complete a FAFSA or California Dream Act Application.
  • Student must be a College Freshman
  • Student must be a California resident or AB540 eligible.
  • Student must attend full time (12 units or more) as a first-time college student at the start of the semester (this includes students who entered with advanced standing/college credits earned before graduating from high school). To be eligible for second year, the student must have completed 12 units or more in primary terms in 2018-2019 for the 2019-2020 academic year (2019-2020 for the 2020-2021 academic year).
  • Student must have an identified degree or certificate major.
  • Student must remain enrolled in 12 units or more.
  • Expected Family Contribution number greater than 5711

*Transfer students who have attended another college as a first time college student after high school in 2018-2019 (2019-2020 beginning Fall 2020), must provide unofficial transcript before AB2 eligibility can be determined.

Once Eligibility is lost is cannot be regained.

Steps to Apply:

1. Fill out 2019-2020 FAFSA Application or CA Dream Act Application. Be sure to add Ohlone School Code: 004481, to your application.
2. Contact the Financial Aid Office to inquire about the Promise Grant eligibility after one week of application submission. Go on to step 3 if you are not eligible for the Promise Grant through FAFSA/Dream Act.
3. Fill out the California College Promise Free Tuition and Book Grant Program Application and submit to the Financial Aid Office. 

Application for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 or Application for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

Cal Grant Program

Cal Grants are state funded programs. The awards do not have to be paid back.

How to apply for a Cal Grant:

  • AB540 eligible students must complete the FAFSA/CA Dream Act Application by March 2 deadline to be considered for Cal Grant A/B High School Entitlement (senior high school students and students who graduated within the past two years), Cal Grant B Transfer Entitlement (College students who plan to transfer to four-year school), and Cal Grant C.

*Missed the March 2 deadline? There is a secondary deadline, specifically for California Community College students, September 2. Submit the required forms before the September 2 deadline to be considered for this specific Cal Grant. There is a limited number available.

GPA Submission:

Ohlone College submits GPA electrically if you meet all of these requirements:

1. You have provided a valid Social Security Numbers to Admissions and Records prior to the date the school submit the GPA verification (not required for AB540 students); and
2. You have completed at least 24 degree applicable/transferable credits at Ohlone College (considered for Entitlement and Competitive Cal Grants) or 16 degree applicable/transferable credits at Ohlone College but less than 24 credits (considered for Competitive Cal Grant B only); and
3. You have completed at least one semester at Ohlone College within the past 5 years.

If you do not have enough credits at Ohlone College, but have previously attended other college(s), you must confirm whether your prior school will file your GPA for you, or obtain a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form, get it certified by a school official at your prior college, and mail it yourself.

Submitting all the required items does not mean you are guaranteed to receive a Cal grant. Your eligibility will be determined by the California Student Aid Commission after the required items have received. Please visit California Student Aid Commission web page to learn more about the process and requirements at http://www.calgrants.org/

Cal Grant A, B, and C

Two types of Cal Grants are offered at Ohlone College, which are Cal Grant B (up to $1672 for students enroll in Associate and Transfer Programs) and Cal Grant C (up to $1094 for students enroll in Occupational/Technical Program). Cal Grant A is not available at Community College. The awards are held in CCC Reserve status, and are automatically renewed for up to two years enrollment if continued at the community college.

You must enroll in 6 credits and meet all Cal Grant B or C eligibility requirements to receive the award.

More information about Cal Grant programs, visit https://www.csac.ca.gov/post/what-cal-grant-award

Cal Grant Eligibility Requirements:

  • submit the FAFSA or CADAA application and your verified Cal Grant GPA by the deadline
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen or meet AB540 eligibility criteria
  • be a California resident for 1 year
  • attend a qualifying California college
  • not have a bachelor’s or professional degree
  • have financial need at the college of your choice
  • have family income and assets below the minimum levels
  • be enrolled or plan to enroll in a program leading to an undergraduate degree or certificate
  • be enrolled or plan to enroll at least half time
  • have registered with the U.S. Selective Service, if required to do so
  • not owe a refund on any state or federal grant or be in default on a student loan
  • not be incarcerated
  • maintain the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards as established by the school. Recipients who do not meet the standards are ineligible for Cal Grant payment and will not use eligibility during the terms they are ineligible for payment.

When will I know if I am qualified for a Cal Grant?

After you apply, you can track the status of your Cal Grant application online by using WebGrants for Students. Log on to set up your personal, confidential account.

If you met the Cal Grant application requirements and qualify for a Cal Grant, you’ll receive an award letter, also known as the California Aid Report, or CAR. If you qualify for a Cal Grant Entitlement award and your application was received on time and needs no corrections, you should receive a CAR by the end of March or early April. If you have not heard from the Commission by April 30, please call toll free 888.224.7268 or e-mail studentsupport@csac.ca.gov to check your application.

If you’re applying for a Cal Grant Competitive award (you aren’t a high school senior and you didn’t graduate from high school the previous year or you plan to attend a California Community College and missed the March 2 deadline), you should receive a CAR by the end of May. If you have not heard from the Commission by mid-June, please call toll free 888.224.7268 or e-mail studentsupport@csac.ca.gov to check on the status of your application.

If you’re applying to renew your Cal Grant, you should receive your notification for renewal by mid-July. If you are a renewal Cal Grant student and you have not heard from the Commission by August 1, please call toll free 888.224.7268 or e-mail studentsupport@csac.ca.gov.

Grant C award offers will be made by the end of June.

How will I receive my Cal Grant funds?

As soon as your FA file is complete, your Cal Grant eligibility will be determined. If you meet all requirements, the award will be posted on your FA award letter via WebAdvisor account. Unlike Pell Grant and Loan, Cal Grant fund will be disbursed once per semester based on school disbursement schedules through BankMobile Vibe. The award amount will be based on the enrollment status at the time of transmittal and prorated based on your enrollment status (FT, Three Quarter Time, or HT).

Change in enrollment status due to late start class: you may receive additional fund on the next make-up disbursement if your enrollment status has changed from part time to full time.

Student Success Completion Grant

A new grant created by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office for Cal Grant recipients attending full-time. Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress standards to maintain eligibility in subsequent semesters.

  • Students enrolled in 12 – 14.99 units – eligible for an additional $649 per semester
  • Students enrolled in 15 or more units – eligible for an additional $2,000 per semester.

California Chafee Grant Program

If you are or were in foster care and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for college or career and technical training. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for child care, transportation and rent while you're in school.

To be eligible, the student must:

  • be a current or former foster youth and not have reached your 26th birthday as of July 1 of the award year. The court must have established your dependency when you were between the ages of 16 and 18.
  • have financial need.
  • be enrolled in at least 6 units in an eligible program
  • make satisfactory academic progress
  • file the FAFSA and the California Chafee Grant Program applications.

Chafee Grant applications are available at the Financial Aid Office. The first step is to www.chafee.csac.ca.gov.

Cooperative Agencies and Resources for Education (CARE)

The CARE program is sponsored as an EOPS support service. Students who are single parents with children under the age of fourteen (14) and receive TANF benefits are eligible to apply.

The program offers monthly support groups, workshops, auto repair vouchers, and financial assistance toward child care and transportation costs. You must be an EOPS student to participate in the CARE program.

If you are interested in the EOPS/CARE program, contact the Ohlone College EOPS Office for information.

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)

This is a state-funded program designed primarily for the recruitment and retention of students affected by educational, language, social, and economic disadvantages.

EOPS provides comprehensive counseling, retention, and transfer services. Students who apply before the semester begins and participate in all services will receive book assistance.

If you are interested in the EOPS/CARE program, contact the Ohlone College EOPS Office for information.

Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Scholarships

This grant program provides educational benefits to the dependents of California police and other law enforcement officers (Chief of Police, Police Officer, Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff, Marshall, Deputy Marshall, etc.), who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. Grant awards match the amount of a Cal Grant award and range from $100 to $11,259 for up to four years

For information and an application, write directly to: California Student Aid Commission, P.O. Box 510845, Sacramento, CA 94245-0845.