Financial Aid Student Eligibility
Financial aid administered or approved by MSJC under Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work Study (FWS), or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is based on the student meeting the following conditions:
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
- Have a valid Social Security Number
- Registered with the Selective Service System (if required; see www.sss.gov for more information.)
- Be working toward a degree or certificate
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress
- Not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on a federal educational loan
- Have "financial need" as determined in part by submitting the FAFSA
To be eligible for California grants, you must:
- Be a resident of California or eligible AB540 student
- Have "financial need" based on the criteria for the Board of Governor's Enrollment Fee Waiver or Cal Grant Program
- You must have a high school diploma; OR
- Possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate or a California High School Certificate of Proficiency (If you don’t, you may still be eligible for federal student aid if you were enrolled in college or career school prior to July 1, 2012. Go to http://studentaid.ed.gov/eligibility/basic-criteria for additional information.
Course of Study:
- Enroll in a program of study leading to an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree
- Enroll in a two year program that is acceptable for credit toward a Bachelor's Degree (transfer course of study) at a 4-year college or university
- Enroll in a career education certificate program
Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards:
- Maintain a minimum 2.00 Grade Point Average (GPA)
- Maintain the required completion rate according to the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid eligibility
- Complete a program of study within 150% of the published length of the program (programs are listed in the college catalogue or on worksheets available from the Counseling Office).
LOSS OF ELIGIBILITY
Academic progress for financial aid will be reviewed at the end of each semester. Students who do not meet the Standards of Academic Progress for financial aid after one semester will be placed on warning for a semester or denied a semester. You will continue to receive financial aid during a semester on warning. Successful completion of the semester may clear the denied status. Unsuccessful completion of the semester will result in a termination of financial aid. Eligibility will not be reinstated until the Standards of Academic Progress are met. Students may appeal a termination of aid if the circumstance that caused the termination was the result of extreme/unusual circumstances and documentation can be provided to support the cause. Appeals will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. See the SAP Policy section of this web site.