The Financial Aid Office offers a variety of programs to assist students with meeting the costs of higher education. Some awards consist of two or three types of aid put together as a financial aid package. You must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on the web to apply for any of these programs. Students who complete a California Dream Act Application should visit our Dreamer page for more information.
When completing the FAFSA, or the CA Dream Act Application, students should use the Federal School Code identifier for Hartnell College (001209). If you are not sure which college you will be attending, list all colleges that you are considering.
Financial Aid priority deadlines are on March 2nd. Apply early for the best results. The applications become available October 1st of every year. To ensure fairness to ALL students, financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis with priority given to students who complete their application by March 2nd of each year. You must submit all required forms and be registered in classes before you financial aid package will be processed. Hartnell College will notify you if any forms required after we have received your FAFSA information. Be sure to check your Hartnell College e-mail for notifications.
Need based financial aid programs are based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and your financial need. Your EFC is determined by a federal formula using the information you reported on your FAFSA. Your financial need is the cost of attending Hartnell minus your EFC. You can get as estimate these numbers by completing the Net Price Calculation.
Are you NEW to Hartnell? Click on the Award Letter Guide to learn about processing timelines, types of awards, disbursements and eligibility requirements.
Need help figuring out your Award Letter? Click here
Many types of Federal Aid are grants, which is free money that generally does not need to be repaid unless you fail to meet conditions of awards. (See Withdrawal from Classes - Return 2 Title IV agreement).
Federal Pell Grant
This grant provides federal money for students with financial need. The federal government uses the family information from your FAFSA to determine who is eligible and how much each student is eligible to receive.
IMPORTANT : The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you may receive over your lifetime is limited by federal law to be the equivalent of six years. Click here for more information
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
This federal program is designed to assist students with exceptional need by supplementing other financial aid sources. You must be enrolled in at least 6 units and have an Expected Family Contribution of 0 to qualify for SEOG. Award amounts will range from $100 to $200 per year for qualified students.
Federal Work-Study (FWS)
This program, based on financial need, provides part-time employment at the College so that students can earn money while gaining work experience for employment after graduation. A FWS award is not a guarantee of employment. For further information see FWS on campus jobs. Students cannot exceed 20 hours per week.
Starting with the 2019-2020 academic year, Hartnell College will begin to offer Federal Student Direct Loans to our student population. The U.S. Department of Education's federal student loan program is the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program. Under this program, the U.S. Department of Education is your lender. Hartnell College offers two types of direct loans:
- Direct Subsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need to help cover the costs of higher education.
- Direct Unsubsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate students, but eligibility is not based on need.
Please visit the following website for more information: studentloans.gov
State of California - (State-Sponsored Grants for residents of California)
California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the BOG waiver)
For eligible California residents, the California Community Colleges Promise Grant permits enrollment fees to be waived. (Assistance for the purchase of books and supplies must be applied for separately. It also reduces the cost of College parking permits, and the College's Student Services Activities Fee. Applications and information are available in the Financial Aid Office, as well as other Student Services offices. Students are encouraged to also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) because many are eligible for other types of aid.
The State of California, through the Student Aid Commission, offers several grant programs for undergraduate students. These include Cal Grant A, B, and C. A student can receive only one type of Cal Grant. Cal Grant A is to be used at a four-year university.
Cal Grant B - Cal Grant B provides students a living allowance and tuition and fee assistance for low-income students. Awards for most first-year students are limited to an allowance for books and living expenses.
- Full-Time Student Success Grant (FTSSG): The FTSSG is a new financial aid program for Cal Grant B recipients attending a California Community College full-time. Only offered to full-time Cal Grant B recipients.
Community College Completion Grant: This grant is designed to encourage students to a faster completion of their degree or certificate. This grant is paid to students who are already receiving a Full time Success Grant. This $750 award is granted to students who are enrolled in at least 15 units and have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.
Cal Grant C - Cal Grant C awards assist with tuition and training costs at occupational or vocational programs. The award can include an amount for books, tools and equipment.
A variety of scholarships are offered for new, continuing and transfer students. Scholarships are available for students who show academic interest, financial need, scholastic achievement, a desire to succeed and community or campus involvement.
Most scholarships are funded through generous contributions by community groups, businesses, foundations and individuals who value education and want to make a difference in the lives of our students.
The Hartnell College Scholarship Application places students in consideration for many scholarships
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