How to Apply for Financial Aid

Here you can find step-by-step instructions on how to complete: the FAFSA, the California Dream Act, and the BOG Fee Waiver application. We highly recommend that all students submit a FAFSA or California Dream Act application to be considered for all available funds; if you don't, you may miss out of funding that you are eligible for. Click on the links below to go straight to the instructions for a specific program.


Federal and State Financial Aid

Using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 

  1. Every student should fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible after January 1st of each year they are in school. This may be done online at FAFSA on the web. You will need the items listed below to complete the form. If you have questions, or want to know more about completing the FAFSA, visit the 8 Steps to Filling out the FAFSA guide.
    1. Most recent tax returns and W-2 forms (yours and your parents' if you are under 24)
    2. Your driver's license number
    3. Your social security number
    4. Your alien registration number (if applicable)
    5. A Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID (one for you and one for your parents if you are a dependent student)
    6. Mt. SAC School Code: 001245
  2. Within 2 weeks, you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR). If you submitted your email address, your SAR will come via email. It will list the information that you provided on the FAFSA, as well as an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Mt. SAC also receives the report electronically, and once we do, we will request additional forms to complete your file. Check your SAR for accuracy. For corrections, return to the FAFSA website and make the changes immediately. Please allow at least five days for Mt. SAC to receive your corrected information. If no changes are needed, save the form for your records.
  3. Once you receive the SAR, view your application status to find the additional forms you may need to complete your file. Log in to your My Mt. SAC Portal, then choose the Financial Aid tab. Additional forms are listed under "Financial Aid Forms" in the box on the left-hand side of the screen.
  4. If your mailing address changes at any point during your time as an applicant or recipient of Financial Aid, log in to your My Mt. SAC Portal and update your mailing address.  

Apply Now for the FAFSA

Note: For additional information on applying for the FAFSA, please click on the videos below:

   

 

California Dream Act Application Instructions

  1. Fill out the California Dream Act Application. 
    1. Most recent tax returns and W-2 forms (yours and your parents' if you are under 24)
    2. Your driver's license number (if applicable)
    3. Mt. SAC School Code: 001245
  2. Within 3 weeks, you will receive your CA Student Aid Report (SAR). If you submitted your email address, your CA-SAR will come via email. It will list the information that you provided on the California Dream Act Application, as well as an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Mt. SAC also receives the report electronically, and once we do, we will request additional forms to complete your file. Check your CA-SAR for accuracy. For corrections, return to the California Dream Act website and make the changes immediately. Please allow at least five days for Mt. SAC to receive your corrected information. If no changes are needed, save the form for your records.
  3. Once you receive the CA-SAR, view your application status to find the additional forms you may need to complete your file. Log in to your My Mt. SAC Portal, then choose the Financial Aid tab. Additional forms are listed under "Financial Aid Forms" in the box on the left-hand side of the screen.
  4. If your mailing address changes at any point during your time as an applicant or recipient of Financial Aid, log in to your My Mt. SAC Portal and update your mailing address.

Apply Now for the DREAM Act

Note: For additional information on applying for the California Dream Act, please click on the videos below:

                                  

California College Promise Grant (formerly known as BOG Fee Waiver) Application

We encourage all of our students who are California residents to apply for the California College Promise Grant (formerly known as BOG Fee Waiver), which waives enrollment fees and reduces the cost for health and parking fees. Eligible students who complete and submit the FAFSA or the CA Dream Act application will automatically be considered for the CCPG grant, in addition to other aid.  Learn more about the California College Promise Grant (formerly known as BOG Fee Waiver).

Before you apply for the California College Promise Grant (formerly known as BOG Fee Waiver)

  • You must be a continuing student at Mt. SAC or have already submitted your application to Mt. SAC.
  • You must be a California resident
  • If you completed and submitted the FAFSA or CA Dream Act application, you will automatically be considered for the California College Promise Grant (this is the RECOMMENDED method for consideration).

How to apply for California College Promise Grant (CCPG - formerly known as BOG Fee Waiver)

  • Option One (RECOMMENDED OPTION) – Complete the FAFSA or the CA Dream Act application and eligible students are automatically considered for the CCPG grant, in addition to other aid.
  • Option Two – Submit a paper CCPG application to the designated Mt. SAC Financial Aid staff member with the following REQUIRED documentation:
    • If you (the student ONLY) are receiving monthly cash assistance for yourself or any dependents from TANF/CalWORKs, SSI/SSP (Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Program), and/or General Assistance – you must provide proof (i.e., copy of CA-7 with current or last month’s date, agency verification, etc.).
    • If you are a dependent student whose parent(s)/RDP are receiving monthly cash assistance from TANF/CalWORKs or SSI/SSP as a primary source of income – you must provide proof (i.e., copy of CA-7 with current or last month’s date, agency verification, etc.).
    • If you are eligible for a dependent's fee waiver, submit certification by the California Department of Veterans Affairs or the National Guard Adjutant General.
    • If you are eligible as a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor or as a child of a recipient, submit documentation from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    • If you are eligible as a dependent of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, submit documentation from the CA Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board.
    • If you are eligible as a dependent of a deceased law enforcement/fire suppression personnel killed in the line of duty, submit documentation from the public agency employer of record.
    • If you are eligible based on established income standards, submit proof of income (federal tax return(s), W2s, or other income verification).  If you qualify for independent status based on not being claimed on parent’s taxes, you must also provide a copy of parent tax returns showing you were not claimed as a dependent.

Note: It is recommended that students apply for the CCPG prior to enrolling. You must reapply each year, beginning with the summer term.  The CCPG will not be applied to courses dropped prior to Financial Aid receiving the application. If a student retroactively demonstrates eligibility for a fee waiver at any time during the academic year, the College may reimburse the student for the fees paid, even if one or more terms have been completed. Reimbursements may be paid to students only within the current academic year. There shall be no reimbursements after June 30 of the academic year. If a student becomes ineligible after receiving the CCPG, the college has the option of pursuing recovery of the ineligible fees.