Your Guide To Pay For College!
Financial Aid Eligibility
Citizenship: Federal programs require applicants to be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, and some state programs permit application from undocumented students.
HS Completion: Students without high school diplomas or a recognized equivalent are generally ineligible for federal aid and most state aid; fee waivers may still be available depending on other eligibility requirements. Note: students concurrently enrolled in high school are not eligible to receive financial aid at Solano Community College.
Program eligibility: To receive federal aid, students must be enrolled in a Title IV eligible program. All associates and bachelor degree level programs are eligible for Title IV aid. Note that some certificate programs offered at Solano are ineligible for financial aid (e.g. Fire Technology, EMT, Special Manicuring, and Esthetics).
Enrollment status: Many programs have minimum unit requirements. If a student’s enrollment status drops below the status for which they were awarded, they may have their awards reduced and be required to pay them back. For example, a full-time (12+ units) may be eligible for $3000 in a term. If that student drops classes and becomes a less-than-half-time student (0.5 – 5 units), they may only be eligible for $300 and have to return the difference ($2700) to the college.
Family Income: While some financial programs are intended to support low-income students, almost every student is eligible for some form of financial aid, regardless of income.
Satisfactory Academic Progress: Students must maintain good grades and completion rates while receiving financial aid. Students not meeting these standards will lose their eligibility until they return to good standing (or file a successful appeal).