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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)
  • Be working toward a degree or certificate
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP)
  • 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 CA College Promise Grant or Cal Grant Program
  • Submit GPA for verification by March 2nd or September 2nd

Educational Preparation:

  • 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. Review Federal Student Aid eligibility 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 certificate program

Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards (SAP):

  • Maintain a minimum 2.00 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Maintain the required completion rate of 67% 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).


Academic progress for financial aid will be evaluated 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. You will continue to receive financial aid during a semester on "warning". Successful completion of the semester may clear the warning or denied status. Unsuccessful completion of the semester will result in a denied status, (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. Review the MSJC SAP Policy for more information. ​​​​