93 FINANCIAL AID FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION The Financial Aid Office provides fee waivers, grants, scholarships, student loans, and work-study to eligible students. All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid and scholarships. Nearly 50% of our students are eligible for some kind of financial assistance. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.gov The FAFSA allows students to apply for federal and state financial aid including fee waivers, grants, student loans, and work-study. All students are strongly encouraged to complete and submit the FAFSA online. Those who qualify automatically are granted a California Promise Grant Fee Waiver. Please use the Las Positas College Federal School Code 030357. California Dream Act Application (CADAA) https://dream.csac.ca.gov/ The CADAA allows undocumented students who meet AB540 eligibility criteria to apply for state-based financial aid including fee waivers and Cal grants, and the CADAA allows qualified students to participate in the EOPS Program. Students must submit additional documentation to the Admissions & Records Office to establish AB540 eligibility. California College Promise Grant (formerly BOG Fee Waiver) Application https://bog.opencccapply.net/gateway/bog?cccMisCode=481 The California College Promise Grant application allows students to apply for an enrollment fee waiver which waives the $46 per unit enrollment fee. Students must meet income criteria established as well as academic and progress standards each term. It’s best to file the FAFSA or CADAA so that you are considered for all possible sources of financial aid, as this application will only provide a fee waiver. SCHOLARSHIPS http://www.laspositascollege.edu/financialaid/scholarships.php Las Positas College is proud to offer scholarships to eligible students. Scholarship criteria varies greatly and may include qualifying criteria such as scholastic achievement, athletic ability, academic major, career goal, artistic ability, academic or financial hardships, unmet financial need, and intent to transfer to a four-year college. Las Positas College’s official scholarship program is offered in early Spring each year. Outside scholarship opportunities and searches are provided year-round as resources on the Financial Aid Office website. FINANCIAL AID GENERAL INFORMATION File Completion and Award Notification Students who submit a FAFSA or CADAA Application are notified by email to submit all required documentation or forms to complete their financial aid file. Award notices are sent to students via the college’s Zonemail email address once all documentation has been received and reviewed by the Financial Aid Office. Award details are also available via CLASSWeb. Award Determination Financial aid awards are based on an assumption of full-time enrollment, and are determined by student’s unmet financial need and other specific criteria. Students enrolled less than full-time will actually receive less funding than what has been awarded, as student’s actual payment (refund) amount is based on units of enrollment. Students are considered full-time if enrolled in 12 or more units, ¾ time if enrolled between 9 and 11.5 units, ½ time if enrolled between 6 and 8.5 units, and less than half time if enrolled in less than 6 units. Financial Aid Disbursements Las Positas College has contracted with BankMobile for the disbursement of financial aid to students. BankMobile offers twomethods for students to receive their financial aid. Students may choose to have their financial aid transferred electronically to an existing bank account or students may elect to open a BankMobile Vibe debit card account. Students who have applied for financial aid in a previous year and have not received or have lost their debit card should contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance to establish a refund delivery method. Late Start Classes Financial aid disbursement for late start classes will occur the week when the late start class begins. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) each term in order to continue to be eligible for financial aid. For federal and state student aid, which includes grants, loans and work-study, students must maintain a 2.0 term and cumulative grade point average (GPA), must maintain a minimum 67% cumulative completion rate (all units earned divided by all units attempted), and student’s attempted units, including units earned at previous colleges, must not exceed 150% of the units required to complete their declared academic degree/program which is the student’s maximum timeframe allowed to receive aid. For California College Promise Grant Fee Waiver program, students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA andmust maintain completion of at least 50% of the cumulative units attempted. Students are subject to lose their fee waiver eligibility if they do not meet both of these academic and/or progress standards after two consecutive terms. Fraud and Abuse The Financial Aid Office is responsible for awarding and ensuring that financial aid funds are disbursed to eligible students. In the event there are concerns about the accuracy or truthfulness about information or documents provided, the Financial Aid Office will not award or disburse financial aid unless the student provides documentation of the information being questioned, including identity. If it is determined that a student has attempted or received financial aid by providing false or misleading information, failure to formally withdraw when no longer attending classes, or otherwise manipulating eligibility criteria in an attempt to receive financial aid, all funds received must be repaid, and the student will be referred to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General, for possible investigation and prosecution for fraud. Contact Information For additional information, please contact the Financial Aid Office by calling (925) 424-1580, by e-mailing [email protected] laspositascollege.edu, or by visiting the Student Services and Administration Building, Room 1650 (second floor). Information is available online by visiting www.laspositascollege.edu/ financialaid.