A reminder that the DVC Financial Aid Office cannot take students for drop ins or appointments without a DVC Issued School ID or State Issued Identification.  If you do not have a DVC School ID card please take a valid state issued ID and a copy of your current schedule to the Student Union and you will be issued one.  No exceptions will be made.


Upcoming Workshops April 2013

Come to the Library and get assistance in completing your FAFSA or Dream Application.  Staff will be on hand to assist in completing your financial aid.  Please visit on the times and days scheduled below:

April 9th, Tuesday 2-4pm in Library Computer Lab 202

April 16th, Tuesday 2-4pm in Library Computer Lab 202

April 23rd, Tuesday 2-4pm in Library Computer Lab 202

April 30th, Tuesday 2-4pm in Library Computer Lab 202



02.22.23 Friday, FAFSA LAB, come get assistance to fill out your FAFSA for 13-14, the Financial Aid Office will have staff available at the Student Service Building Hi Tech Lab located on the 2nd floor to assist students with applications from 10am-1pm that day!


02.23.13  Cash 4 College event, DVC Financial Aid will provide a FAFSA overview as well as application assistance on that Saturday from 10am-3pm.  We will provide attendees with free lunch and students will be entered into a raffle for a 1000 dollar scholarship, to attend please click the link to sign up!


02.25.13 Dream Application Workshop, students eligible to apply for the dream application can get assistance in filling out the application for 13-14.  The workshop will be located in Library Lab 202 and will be held from 2-4pm on that Monday.  Please come join us!


January 28, 2013

2013-2014 Financial Aid Application Available

The 2013-2014 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is now available at Priority filing date in order to be considered for the Cal Grant Program and other forms of limited federal aid is March 2, 2013.  Students may continue to complete the FAFSA after March 2 but will not be considered for the Cal Grant. 

Cal Grant GPA Verification Deadline Approaching

Don’t forget to complete the GPA Verification form if you  are interested in applying for Cal Grant. The Cal Grant GPA Verification form must be completed for students that have transcripts from other colleges and/or universities. Forms are available at and are due March 2, 2013.  If you are enrolled for the spring 2013 term and have completed at least 24 units at DVC, the Admissions Office will submit your GPA electronically. There is no need to submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification form. For more information, you may click on the following link: Cal Grant Information 2013-2014

Need Online Assistance with Financial Aid? Special Financial Aid Lab Available

Students may now also ask general questions at the Financial Aid Lab located at the Welcome Center in the Student Services building.   Lab hours for the month of January are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Please check for updated hours starting the month of February.

Financial Aid will be providing FAFSA assistance and Loan Workshops for the 2013 Spring semester.  Please visit the Financial Aid website and review future email blasts for upcoming dates. 

Financial Aid for 2012-2013 Academic Year - It’s Not Too Late!

It’s not too late to apply for Financial Aid for the 2012-2013 academic year.  If you are eligible and meet all additional requirements, aid will be disbursed retroactively for the Fall 2012 semester as well as for the upcoming Spring 2013 semester.  Other forms of aid may be available on a limited basis.  Please apply at

Financial Aid Drop-In and Document Submission 

Students who wish to see a Financial Aid Coordinator for general inquiries about their file or to submit documents may do so through a Drop-In Visit as specific information regarding a student’s financial aid cannot be provided over the phone.  Drop-in hours: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and Tuesday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

The California Dream Act @ DVC

State financial aid is now available to AB 540 students attending college.  Students are eligible to apply for the following forms of aid and assistance after being determined as eligible for AB 540 by Admissions and Records.

Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver

Community College Transfer Entitlement Cal Grant & Cal Grant B Entitlement

Cal Grant C

Chafee Grant – Foster Youth Program

EOPS, CalWorks and CARE Assistance

Private Scholarships

Interested students should first visit the Admissions and Records Office to complete the “California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request - For Eligible California High School Graduates

Special Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver applications for AB 540 students interested in tuition assistance are available online by clicking on the link provided here.

All Dream Act applications can be found at “I Can Afford College” website by accessing the link here.

March 23, 2012

Cal Grant Update for 2012-2013

The State has reduced the Cal Grant maximum award amounts by 5% for new and renewal students. Cal Grant maximum awards for 2012-2013 are:

Cal Grant B - $1,473

Cal Grant C - $547

March 22, 2012 - Financial Aid Programs and Policy Changes

On December 23, 2011, the Consolidated Appropriations Act was signed into law which significantly impacts Federal student aid programs as follows:

Pell Lifetime Eligibility Limit
Effective July 1, 2012, all Pell Grant recipients are now subject to Lifetime Eligibility Limits. Students will only be eligible to receive 12 full time semesters (or the equivalent) of Pell Grant funds for their entire undergraduate college career. Once students have reached the Pell Lifetime Eligibility Limit, they will no longer be eligible for Federal Pell Grant.

High School Graduation Requirements
Effective July 1, 2012, students who do not have a high school diploma, GED, or do not meet the home school requirements, will not be eligible to receive Federal student aid. Students who received Federal student aid prior to July 1, 2012 are exempt from this new law.

Direct Loan Grace Period Interest Subsidy
Effective July 1, 2012, students with Direct Subsidized Loans originated/disbursed after July 1, 2012 and before July 1, 2014 will be responsible for payment of interest accrued during the six month grace period.

Course Repeat Policy
Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education required colleges to limit how many times students can repeat a course and still receive financial aid for that course as follows:
-The policy allows a student to receive financial aid under the following situations:
-To repeat any failed or withdrawn course until a passing grade is received.**
-To repeat one time any course in which you previously received a passing grade (D- or better).

**Please note that the repeat course policy for financial aid is separate from institutional academic policies regarding repeat courses. Please review this policy in your institutions catalog.** Contra Costa Community College District allows a student to enroll in the same class up to three times.


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