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Take More Classes. Get More Money. Financial Aid
The Student Success Completion Grant offers up to $4,000 more in financial aid to students who enroll full-time.
Starting in fall 2018, the new Student Success Completion Grant will replace the Full-Time Student Success Grant and the California Completion Grant, offering more financial aid to help community college students reach their academic goals faster.
With this new grant, the more units a student takes, the more financial aid they will be eligible to receive. In addition to receiving financial aid through the Cal Grant B or Cal Grant C, new and returning students can get an additional $1,298 – that’s $649 a semester – if a student enrolls in at least 12 units. Students enrolled in 15 units or more are eligible for up to $4,000 – that’s $2,000 a semester. This is free money can be used to help pay for the cost of books, supplies, transportation, and living expenses; so students can work less and focus more on their education.
All students, regardless of immigration status, can apply for the Student Success Completion Grant, and need to earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA) to maintain eligibility. To apply, students need to:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by March 1; and,
- Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and submit a verification form to the California Student Aid Commission.
The Student Success Completion Grant is a game changer to help students increase their earning potential by offering more financial aid to help them graduate faster. This is important because the longer a student stays in college, the more money it costs in education related expenses. The Student Success Completion Grant helps make college more affordable so students can worry less about costs, and focus more on graduating and landing their dream job to start earning money as soon as possible.
Students can visit icanaffordcollege.com for helpful information on completing the FASFA and the California Dream Act Application.
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