WCC offers many types of financial aid programs to help meet our students’ educationally-related financial needs.
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- California College Promise Grant (CCPG) formerly known as Board of Governors’ Fee Waiver (BOGFW)
- Cal Grant B and C
- Full-Time Student Success Grant (FTSSG)
- Community College COmpletion Grant (CCCG)
- Child Development Grant
- Federal Work Study
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
- Pell Grant
- Student Loans
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Upon completion of their service, AmeriCorps members may earn an AmeriCorps Education Award to help finance their education.
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California College Promise Grant (CCPG) – formerly known as Board of Governors’ Fee Waiver (BOGW)
Beginning the 2018/2019 aid year, the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW) will be called the California College Promise Grant.
The California College Promise Grant is a state sponsored program which waives enrollment fees for qualifying students. The California College Promise Grant is available specifically for students at California community colleges. The California College Promise Grant will waive your per-unit enrollment fee (currently $46) at any community college throughout the state. To determine eligibility, students must complete a CC Promise Grant Application or must have applied for financial aid through the FAFSA or CADAA.
Cal Grant B and C
Cal Grants are one of the smartest ways to get cash for college. For starters, it’s money you don’t have to pay back. If you are a graduating high school senior or recent graduate who meets academic and financial eligibility requirements, submit FAFSA and GPA Verification Form by March 2 or September 2 to be able to receive a Cal Grant.
Students who have already completed 24 degree applicable or 24 transferable college units at YCCD will have their GPA automatically submitted to the California Student Aid Commission.
How to Apply. Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and submit GPA Verification Form for the March 2 or September 2 deadline. If you meet the income, eligibility, and GPA requirements, the cash is yours.
Cal Grant B Entitlement awards provide first-year, low-income students with an allowance of up to $1,670 for educational-related books and living expenses plus up to an additional $600 for students attending full-time at a community college. If you transfer to a four-year college or university, Cal Grant B also helps pay tuition and fees in the same amount as a Cal Grant A, in addition to the approximately $1,670 living allowance. For a Cal Grant B, your coursework must be for at least one academic year.
Cal Grant C awards help pay for tuition and training costs for occupational, technical, or vocational programs. This $547 award is for books, tools and equipment. You may also receive up to an additional $2,462 for tuition at a school other than a California community college. To qualify, you must enroll in a vocational program that is at least four months long at a California community college, private college, or a career technical school. Funding is available for up to two years, depending on the length of your program.
Full-Time Student Success Grant (FTSSG)
The Full-Time Student Success Grant is intended to support student persistence, retention and success by providing students additional assistance to attend full-time and complete their programs. Students must be enrolled full-time (minimum of 12 units), be a recipient of a full-time Cal Grant B award, maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, demonstrate financial need, and maintain all other Cal Grant B eligibility requirements. Semester payments are $300 per fall and/or spring semester, not to exceed $600 per academic year.
Community College Completion Grant (CCCG)
The Community College Completion Grant (CCCG) is a financial aid award designed to encourage faster completion of the student’s degree or certificate. The CCCG is paid to students attending in least 15 units at a rate of $750 per semester. The student must be receiving a Full-time Student Success Grant (FTSSG) award for the same (primary) term. The student must attend 15 units per term or be taking enough units to receive the FTSSG and complete their education program in the timeframe set up in their Student Educational Plan. A cumulative 2.0 GPA is required. No payment is authorized in the program until the student receives a comprehensive Student Educational Plan (SEP) that maps out the path to receiving the student’s degree or certificate. Students should contact their counseling department to set an appointment with a counselor and receive a comprehensive Student Education Plan. Eligibility is maintained for as long as the student continues to receive the FTSSG and remains on pace to completing their degree or certificate within the timeframe described in the SEP. Eligibility is lost when the student is no longer FTSSG eligible, receives the degree or certificate mapped out in the SEP, or falls off pace to complete on-time. Changing majors may make it impossible for the student to stay on the completion pace established in their initial SEP. Receiving a new SEP does not change the requirement to stay on pace established in the original SEP. Student should talk to their counselor if they are considering changing majors. The new SEP for that major may take into account the coursework you completed under the prior SEP. Once Cal Grant eligibility runs out, or if the student becomes ineligible for Cal Grant, the student cannot receive the FTSSG and this makes them ineligible for the CCCG.
If you are or were in foster care and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training for college. You don’t have to pay this money back. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for child care, transportation and living expenses while you’re in school. You can use your Chafee Grant at any eligible California college or university, career or technical school, as well as schools in other states.
To qualify, you must be a current or former foster youth and not have reached your 22nd birthday as of July 1 of the award year. The California Department of Social Services will determine your foster youth eligibility status.
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Federal Work Study
Under the FWS Program, you can work part-time to earn money for your education.
The FWS Program:
- provides part-time employment while you are enrolled in school
- helps pay your educational expenses
- is available to undergraduate and graduate students
- is administered by schools participating in the FWS Program
- encourages community service work and work related to your course of study, whenever possible
- Must complete FAFSA.
- FSEOGs are awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need- those with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by Department of Education.
- Federal Pell Grant recipients receive priority for FSEOG awards.
- FSEOG awards range from $100 to $4,000 a year. The amount of the award is determined by your school’s financial aid office.
Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree. (In some cases, however, a student enrolled in a postbaccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Federal Pell Grant.) You are not eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant if you are incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution or are subject to an involuntary civil commitment upon completion of a period of incarceration for a forcible or nonforcible sexual offense.
A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid, except under certain circumstances. Find out why you might have to repay all or part of a federal grant.
How to Apply: You should start by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. You will have to fill out the FAFSA form every year you’re in school in order to stay eligible for federal student aid.
Award amounts can change yearly. For the 2017–18 award year (July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018), the maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $5,920. The amount you get, though, will depend on
- your financial need,
- your cost of attendance,
- your status as a full-time or part-time student, and
- your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.
In certain situations, an eligible student can receive up to 150 percent of his or her scheduled Pell Grant award for an award year. For details, contact the Financial Aid Office.
You may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time.
Please note that you can receive the Federal Pell Grant for no more than 12 semesters or the equivalent (roughly six years). You’ll receive a notice if you’re getting close to your limit. If you have any questions, contact your financial aid office.
What should I do to maintain the grant?
In general, you must maintain enrollment in an undergraduate course of study at a nonforeign school to receive a Federal Pell Grant. Additionally, you will have to fill out the FAFSA form every year you’re in school in order to stay eligible for federal student aid.
Once you have earned a baccalaureate degree or your first professional degree, or have used up all 12 semesters of your eligibility, you are no longer eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant.
Scholarships are forms of aid that help students pay for their education. Unlike student loans, scholarships for college are financial gifts and therefore do not need to be paid back. The best source of scholarship information is contained on the internet through a variety of scholarship directory sites.
The YCCD and the WCC Foundation’s scholarships are provided by the college, alumni, and private donors, and are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and promise of future achievement. Financial need is a factor for some awards, but not for all. Additionally, students who have acquired particular skills may be awarded for their talents.
WCC student loan processing is suspended as of the 2013-2014 award year. New student loans will not be certified for students attending WCC as of the 2013-2014 award year, until further notice.
UPDATE TO FINANCIAL AID LOAN PROGRAM (July 9, 2013)
Effective in the fall of 2013, the Yuba Community College District including Yuba College and Woodland Community College, will suspend the Federal Student Loan Program. The U.S. Department of Education’s policy would be to revoke a college’s ability to participate in any Federal Financial Aid program, including Pell Grants, FSEOG and Federal Work Study, because of excessive default rates. The decision by the College and its Board of Trustees to suspend the Federal Student Loan Program was made in an effort to protect the availability of future Federal Financial Aid. The Board of Trustees has formed a Committee to assess its decision through data analysis for future years.
The Board’s action to suspend Federal Student Loans will protect all Federal student aid, including Pell Grant, meaning that eligible students will still be able to receive all Federal Grants as well as State Cal Grants.