Types of Aid
There is not just one form of financial aid!
Below is listed the various types. Please takes some time research all that is available to you:
Promise Grant (formerly the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver)
California College Promise Grant
For eligible California residents, the Promise Grant assists students with mandatory enrollment fees for the entire academic year (Summer, fall, and spring semesters) and does not waive any optional fees like the student union fee. There is no limit to the number of units that are covered by the Promise Grant. (Assistance for the purchase of books and supplies must be applied for separately at www.fafsa.gov and with the EOPS Office). If you have applied for and are eligible to receive the Promise Grant after you have paid your enrollment fees, you will receive a refund of those enrollment fees.
AB 540 Students
Please Note: If the Admissions and Records Office determines you have AB540 status, this status does not grant residency, it simply exempts you from paying non-resident fees. This exemption will not allow you eligibility for a Promise Grant. For more information regarding AB540, click the following link: AB540
AB 540 and the California Dream Act
To find out about the California Dream act please visit the CA Dream Act web page.
The Title IV program consists of grants and loans. Federal grants do not have to be repaid.
Return to Title IV (R2T4)
Title IV funds are awarded to a student under the assumption that they will attend school for the entire period for which the financial aid is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of Title IV funds that the student was originally scheduled to receive.
If a recipient of Title IV grant or loan funds withdraws from a school after beginning attendance, the amount of Title IV grant or loan assistance earned by the student must be determined. If the amount disbursed to you is greater than the amount you earned, unearned funds must be returned to the school. If the amount disbursed to you is less than the amount you earned and for which you are otherwise eligible, you are eligible to receive a post-withdrawal disbursement of the earned aid that was not received. The Office of Financial Aid will contact you if you meet one of the R2T4 situations above.
Cal Grant awards are state funded monetary grants given to students to help pay for college expenses. The awards do not have to be repaid. If you are a California graduating high school senior or recent graduate, or just got your GED, and meet academic, financial and eligibility requirements and submit two forms by the Cal Grant deadline then you may qualify for a Cal Grant for college or career or technical school.
To find out more about the Cal Grant Programs, please click on the link below: CalGrant.org - How To Apply - Information & Forms
Important: Cal Grant funding is limited to 4 academic years. In order to graduate in 4 years, you must complete 15 units or more per semester or the equivalent quarter units. Create a plan with your academic counselor to ensure you will graduate in four years.
Student Success Completion Grant
The Student Success Completion Grant is a new grant that is available for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Q1: What is the Student Success Completion Grant?
The grant provide students with additional financial aid to help offset the total cost of community college attendance, and to encourage full time attendance and successful on-time completion.
Q2: How much is the award?
- A maximum of $1,298 annually at six hundred forty-nine dollars ($649) per semester for eligible students who enroll and attend 12 -14.99 units per term.
- A maximum of $4,000 annually at two thousand dollars ($2,000) per semester for eligible students who enroll and attend 15 units per term.
Q3: How does the student qualify for the SSCG award?
- The student must be receiving a Cal Grant B or C award.
- The student must maintain federal satisfactory academic progress at the college.
Q4: How does the student maintain eligibility for the SSCG?
To qualify for the SSCG:
- Be eligible for a Cal Grant B or C award
- Meet federal satisfactory academic progress (SAP)
- Have unmet need to receive the SSCG
- Maintain full time attendance
The Pell Grant program is an entitlement award and the largest federal grant program available for college students. Awards are based upon students need as determined by the Department of Education. Students may receive up to $6095 per academic year. Students may only receive a Pell grant from one institution per term.
Students who attend the Summer 2019 semester at Los Medanos College (LMC) may qualify for assistance to help pay for educational expenses. To be considered for a Summer 2019 Federal Pell Grant, students must have applied for the 2018 - 2019 academic year and complete the following steps:
- Be enrolled in summer 2019 classes at LMC.
- Have on file or submit the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by June 30, 2019 and have been deemed eligible to receive a Pell Grant.
- Submit all documents to complete your financial aid file by July 18, 2019.
- Be Pell grant eligible and have Pell grant eligibility remaining.
- Students who are on suspension or excess units must have appeals approved prior to review of eligibility.
*NOTE: Students who have remaining eligibility and are enrolled less than half time will only be paid the award amount of the remaining eligibility.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG):
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is awarded to students who receive a Pell grant and demonstrate the highest need. Due to limited funding from the Department of Education, priority is given to full-time students who meet the March 2nd deadline. Awards range from $600 - $1,000 per academic year.
Loans are funds that you must repay. The Federal Loan programs offer a secure, government-regulated and reasonably affordable way to invest in yourself and your goal of a higher education. Even though some loans are based on financial need, there are programs available to all federally eligible students regardless of income.
Federal Direct Loan Program (FDLP)
Federal Direct loans are funds you must repay; they are available to eligible students who experience exceptional financial need and hardship. There are two types of Federal Direct loans, Subsidized Federal Direct loans, funds for which the federal government pays the interest while you are attending school at least half-time at an accredited institution and Unsubsidized Federal Direct loans are loans which are very similar to the subsidized loan with the exception that the student pays both principal and interest.
Federal Stafford Loan Limits: Subsidized Unsubsidized Freshman $3,500 $6,000 (Independent students) Sophomore $4,500 $6,000 (Independent students)
Direct Loan Statutory Limit a first-time borrower's eligibility
Direct Subsidized Loans to a period not to exceed 150 percent of the length of the borrower’s educational program (“the 150% limit”). Under certain conditions, the provision also causes first-time borrowers who have exceeded the 150 percent limit to lose the interest subsidy on their Direct Subsidized Loans.
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.
Student Direct Loan Procedure
Steps to Apply for a Federal Direct Loan
Complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Complete your Financial Aid file by submitting all requested documents, as indicated on your Missing Information Checklist on Web Advisor.
New Loan Borrowers (students who have never borrowed loans at LMC or other college)
- Attend a Direct Loan Workshop
- SPRING 2019 LOAN WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
- Complete the online Entrance Counseling Exam AND the Master Promissory Note at www.studentloans.gov. Please be sure to read all information pertaining to the Federal Direct Loan Program carefully.
- Complete and submit the 2018-2019 Direct Loan Request Form to the Office of Financial Aid
Continuing Borrowers (students who have borrowed loans previously at LMC or other college)
- Attend a Direct Loan Workshop (this is optional)
- Complete and submit the Direct Loan Request Form to the Office of Financial Aid
You do not need to submit a copy of the entrance or promissory note to us. We will receive electronic notification that you have completed the entrance exam and Master promissory note from the Department of Education.
PLEASE NOTE: The Office of Financial Aid will originate your loan based upon the information from your Loan Request Form. The amount that you request may not be the amount we certify. However, we will make every effort to accommodate your needs as there are some factors which affect loan eligibility, such as financial need, year in school and the amount previously borrowed. If you have any questions, please visit the Office of Financial Aid.
Exit Counseling for Federal Education Loans
Federal law requires students who borrow from the Federal Stafford loan programs to undergo exit counseling when the student graduates, withdraws or drops below half-time enrollment. **Exit counseling is required even if the student plans to transfer to another college or university.
Online Exit counseling is available at: www.studentloans.gov
Non-Federal, Alternative, or Private Education Loans
Educational loans are available from a variety of non-federal, private, or alternative lenders. However, Los Medanos College does not maintain or promote any specific private education loan lenders. LMC recommends that students apply for Federal grants and other assistance under the Title IV HEA programs prior to considering private educational loans as the terms and conditions may be more favorable under these programs.
LMC does not provide information to student regarding borrowing funds from private lenders or have preferred lender arrangements with any private financial institutions. Some private educational loan lenders require school certification however, LMC does not certify private education loans. Upon request, Los Medanos College will provide the self-certification form for private education loans required under Sec. 128(e)(3) of the Truth in Lending Act (15 U.S.C. 1638(e)(3) and the information required to complete the form, to the extent that Los Medanos College possesses the information.
Scholarships variety of sources. Scholarships typically do not have to be repaid. Many scholarships are extremely competitive, so start researching early.
- Student Employment
LMC Employment Center
The Employment Center at LMC provides job placement assistance to all LMC students and alumni. We assist employers to obtain qualified employees and train students in competitive self-referral research of positions directly related to their areas of academic preparation. Visit the Employment Center website to learn more.
Federal Work-Study (FWS):
The Federal Work-Study program provides part-time employment on campus to eligible students. Priority is given to students who demonstrate the highest need as defined by the Department of Education and who meet the March 2nd deadline date. The advantage of a work-study job is the convenience of working on campus and the opportunity to become a part of the campus community. Awards are based on unmet need and availability of funds. An award ranges up to $2,500 per academic year. Interested students should contact the Federal Work-Study Coordinator in the Office of Financial Aid for further consideration.