Financial Aid FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no clear-cut income limit. The financial aid application considers all variables including income to determine financial aid eligibility. The only way to truly know if you are eligible for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Students should apply for financial aid as soon as possible, but no earlier than January 1st of each year.  Should you be a California resident, there is a state grant called “Cal Grant” which has a deadline of March 2nd each year.  FAFSA’s are accepted throughout the year and are processed on a first-come; first-serve basis.

The FAFSA is good for the upcoming Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.  You only have to renew your FAFSA once each year which is after January 1st.

You can get assistance by visiting with the Financial Aid Office.  We have staff that can assist you with specific areas of the application during our open lab times. Come prepared with the application completed as much as possible. We will be happy to help you complete your application.

Financial aid is a generic term used to describe different types of money designated to economically assist students to achieve their educational goals.  Some types of monies are classified in terms of grants, work-study, student loans, scholarships and Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver. Some have Federal or State restrictions.

 Important Announcements 

There is a new 600% (6 FT Years) lifetime limit to Pell grant. Watch for notifications from the Department of Ed or check to see what percent you have reached. Plan ahead, so you can save 300% for when you transfer.

Beginning Summer Term 2012 Hartnell Community College will no longer participate in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program. Hartnell will continue to make a variety of federal, state, and private grants, scholarships, and work programs available to students.

Hartnell's student loan default rate has risen drastically in the last two years. This is the result of some Hartnell students not repaying their student loans. The Department of Education has determined that schools with high default rates may not be allowed to participate in other financial aid programs, like Pell Grant. In order to protect Hartnell's ability to provide other financial aid to students, Hartnell has made the decision to no longer offer Direct Student Loans.

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday - 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Fridays - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
*Hours are subject to change and will be posted at the entrance.

Financial Aid Lab for FAFSA & CA Dream Act Application Assistance
Student Services Building B room 121

Hartnell College Federal School Code: 001209

PHONE: (831) 755-6806

FAX: (831) 759-6014



Who to contact

Phone: 831-755-6806
B - Student Services
Office: Financial Aid Department
Building: B - Student Services