Do you need help with applying for Financial Aid? 

We are here to help! The Financial Aid Office hosts  FAFSA and DREAM Act Submission Labs to assist you in submitting your financial aid application.  See below for details.

Salinas Main Campus: Every Monday (except holidays) August 15 through December 12 from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM in Building B-110

Alisal Campus: August 8, September 5, October 10, November 7, December 5 at 3:30 - 5:00 PM in Room C205

Soledad Education Center: August 9 & 23, September 13 & 27, October 11 & 25, November 8 & 15, December 6 from 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM, Room 110

King City Education Center: September 7, and October 7 from 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM in Room 109



CARES Act Emergency Grants Available Apply Today! 

Available Apply Today! see below for details


Students enrolled in the Fall 2022 term who are experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic can submit an CARES Act Grant Application. Students must be currently enrolled in a minimum of 3 units during the Fall 2022 semester. Funds are limited and priority is given to first time recipients. Awarded students will receive an award notification via their Hartnell email. 

In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Financial Aid Office has transitioned to online services. Financial Aid staff are working remotely and are available to serve you through various methods.


Financial Aid Office Services



Virtual Front Desk

Click the Virtual Help Desk for Immediate Assistance!

Monday - Thursday: 10am - 4pm

Fridays: 9am - 1pm

*Hours are subject to change

The Hartnell College Financial Aid Office offers a variety of student support services that are designed to help you with the educational related expenses involved in reaching your educational goals. Please choose one of the two ways to contact the Financial Aid Office. Be sure that you are logged into your account and have your ID number. If you don’t have an ID number, complete a Hartnell College Student Application. Students should also complete all the Steps for Registration.

When you access the virtual front counter on ZOOM during the available hours, you will be placed in a waiting room until the host lets you in, and then you will be greeted by an ambassador. 

Before meeting with a Financial Aid staff member, please have your Photo ID ready. 


Virtual Front Desk

Virtual Front Counter

Virtual Front Desk

Need Financial Aid assistance? Enrollment Services Specialists are available via Zoom to provide live support with these services:

  • General Questions
  • File Status
  • Application Assistance*

*Students needing assistance with the financial aid application must come prepared  income documentation and complete the application's demographic section.

Virtual Front Desk Hours:

Monday - Thursday 10am - 4pm and Friday 9am - 1pm


Email Financial Aid

Send email to:


You may send questions and obtain file status via email communication to the financial aid office; please include the following in your email communication.  

  • Your first and last name
  • Your Hartnell student ID # 

If you are not a current Hartnell College student or email us from a personal email account, due to FERPA we will only be able to answer general questions.  

Please allow 3-5 business days for a response. 


Other Options


General questions may also be answered through the options below.  

  • Hartnell Chatbot, available 24/7
  • Calling 831-755-6806 during office hours

Due to FERPA, only general questions will be answered through the methods.



Need more help with your financial aid application?

  • Contact FAFSA at 1-800-433-3243 
  • Contact the California Student Aid Commission for CA Dream Act assistance at 1-888-224-7268
  • View the PowerPoint slides for our Financial Aid Webinar! Click here to view English and Spanish slides.



Which application should I complete?

Pell Grant recipients may be eligible for discounted Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program! Click the image below for more information.

discounted broadband

Ayuda Financiera (En Español)

Financial Aid Office Hours

Monday-Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Fridays: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

*Hours are subject to change. 

Who To Contact

  • Financial Aid Office 
    Phone: (831) 755-6806
    Building: Hartnell College Main Campus
    B - Student Services


  • B - Student Services

    B - Student Services