Financial Aid Office

Financial Aid Office

We Can Help You Pay for College

Get money for college that you don’t have to pay back!

We want to help you follow your dreams of having a college education. And, we don’t want paying for college to keep you from succeeding! We can help you take advantage of all the financial aid opportunities available to you through federal, state, and local grants, fee waivers, federal work-study, and loans. Most of these are funds you don’t have to pay back!

Your first step to finding out if you qualify is by submitting a financial aid application. Here’s how:

Complete one of these two applications:

  • Are you a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Eligible Non-citizen?

  Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Applying for FAFSA

  • Are you a DREAMER or eligible for AB540?

  Complete the California Dream Act Application (CADAA)

Applying for CADAA

  • Not sure which application to complete?

Take a Quick Quiz

  to find out which application is best for you

It is your responsibility to make sure you read and understand the information in these financial aid webpages before accepting any funds. Everything you need to know and do to stay in good academic status to get funding is here.

If you have any questions, join one of our workshops, email our office, or make an appointment.

  • If you are going to college between:

JULY 2019 – JUNE 2020 

These applications are NOW AVAILABLE for you to complete:

2019-2020 FAFSA    2019-2020 CADAA

  • If you plan to go to college between:

JULY 2020 – JUNE 2021 

These applications are NOW AVAILABLE for you to complete: 

2020-2021 FAFSA   2020-2021 CADAA

Federal & State Dates and Deadlines

  • The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the most important application to complete for students who are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or eligible non-citizen to know if they qualify for all types of federal aid and most state aid. Go to the FAFSA webpage for more information.
  • The CADAA (California Dream Act Application) is the most important application to complete for students who are DREAMERs or eligible for AB540 to know if they qualify for certain types of state aid, including a tuition fee waiver. Go to the CADAA webpage for more information.

September 2Deadline: Complete your FAFSA or CADAA by this date so you can determine if you qualify for the Competitive Cal Grant award that is only offered to students enrolled in California community colleges.

October 1 – The newest FAFSA application and CADAA application are made available for the next academic year. For example, for the Fall 2021 – Spring 2022 academic year, the 2021 – 2022 FAFSA and CADAA are released October 1, 2020. You must complete the FAFSA or CADAA each year you plan to attend college and want financial aid.

November 13Deadline: For students who are only attending Fall term, submit your final direct loan packet.

November 14Deadline: Submit your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeals / Comprehensive Student Education Plan (CSEP) forms for the current Fall term. You must attend an SAP Workshop in order to get these forms.

March 2Deadline: Make sure to submit your FAFSA or CADAA along with your GPA Form in order to meet the State’s deadline to determine if you qualify for the next academic year’s Cal Grant A, B, and/or C awards. For example, if you plan to attend college for the 2020-2021 school year and need financial aid, make sure to submit your application by March 2, 2020

May 8Deadline: For students who are only attending the Spring term, submit your final direct loan packet.

May 14Deadline: Submit your SAP Appeals / CSEP forms for the current Spring term. These forms are only available by attending an SAP Workshop.

June 30Deadline: Your online FAFSA or CADAA must be submitted online by this date each year to find out if you qualify for financial aid for the current academic year. For example, if you go to college during the Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 academic year, you have from October 1, 2018, until June 30, 2020, to submit your 2019-2020 FAFSA or CADAA.

Scholarship deadlines vary. Please check your student portal or scholarship webpages for scholarship due dates.

Questions? Please contact us or attend one of our Workshops!

Step 1: After you submit your FAFSA or CADAA, check the status of your application anytime through the Student Information System (SIS) using your Student ID and password. 

Step 2: It usually takes between 3 days to 3 weeks before LASC’s Financial Aid Office receives your results from the federal or state government.

Once LASC has your results, you may be asked to have your income tax information verified before an award may be given. 

Unless otherwise directed, you can upload your documents and any needed Financial Aid Forms by logging into lasc.verifymyfafsa.com with your cell phone, tablet, or computer. You and your parents or spouse can also e-sign documents here if needed.

Continue to check your Student Portal email account to determine if you need to submit additional information or if an Award Package letter has been sent. 

Step 3: If you are eligible for a financial aid award (congratulations!), you will be sent an Award Package letter that shows you the awards you are eligible to receive, such as the Pell Grant, Cal Grant, Fee Waivers, Loans, and more. 

Before accepting any funds, we recommend you review how much aid you will need, as you are only allowed to receive a Pell Grant for 12 semesters (about six years). If your goal is to get a bachelor’s degree while attending school part-time, you will want to make sure you have enough to reach your educational goals within that time. If your Pell Grant and other federal and state financial aid don’t cover your needs, consider researching scholarship opportunities and loans.

Check out LASC’s tuition and fees, and the Net Price Calculator to help you plan how much money you will need each year.

Step 4: Once you accept your award, your financial aid funds will be sent to a BankMobile account. Go to your Student Portal email account for an email with instructions on how to access your BankMobile account. 

Step 5: To continue getting financial aid award money, you will need to stay in good academic status, called Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Make sure you understand how this works! If you have any questions, attend a SAP Workshopto be sure you know what you need to do.

Step 6: If you plan to go to college next year, make sure to complete your FAFSA or CADAA starting October 1st of the year before you plan to attend so you can get the most funds you are eligible to have. 

When You Apply for Financial Aid, You Have These Responsibilities:

  • Reviewing and being familiar with all information on the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) academic program(s) you choose to study before enrolling.
  • Completing all the application forms ACCURATELY and COMPLETELY, and submitting them to the right place on time. Failure to do so will result in the delay of processing your financial aid file:
    • Errors must be corrected before any financial aid can be received. Intentional misreporting of information on application forms for federal financial aid is a violation of the law and is considered a criminal offense subject to penalties under the U.S. Criminal Code, and it will reject your application. Additionally, regulations require that all cases of suspected fraud that originated from misrepresentation be reported to the Office of the Inspector General.
  • Quickly providing all additional documentation, verification, corrections, and/or new information requested by either LASC’s Financial Aid Office or the agency or agencies to which an application was submitted.
  • Reading and understanding all forms you are asked to sign.
  • If you have a loan, you must notify the lender of any changes to your name, address, or school status.
  • Performing the work that is agreed upon in accepting a college work-study award.
  • Knowing and complying with the deadlines for application or reapplication for aid.
  • Knowing and complying with the LACCD’s Refund/Repayment Policy.
  • Repaying financial aid funds if it is determined that you were ineligible to receive the funds.

You’ve found out via email or mail that you are eligible for a financial aid award (congratulations!). Your award funds are first sent to a BankMobile account. To access your BankMobile account, go to your student portal email accountfor an email with instructions. If you can’t find this email, contact BankMobile any day of the week between 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. EST at 1-877-327-9515.

Once you have your BankMobile Personal Code from your email, go to your BankMobile Account to set it up. 

myLACCDcard by BankMobile

Getting your financial aid payments, called disbursements, is easy through the myLACCDcard by BankMobile! After you set up your BankMobile Account, a Refund Selection Kit will be emailed to your Student Portal email account. If you already have a myLACCDcard, you can use that to access future financial aid disbursements.

With your myLACCDcard, there are two ways you can choose one to receive your financial aid money:

    • Electronic Deposit to a BankMobile Vibe Account – If you open a BankMobile Vibe account (upon identity verification), money is deposited the same day BankMobile receives the funds from LASC.

Note: Review the Disbursement dates listed in your SIS account. If you choose this method, it will take approximately two (2) days for your money to be deposited to your BankMobile Vibe account from the Disbursement date listed. 

-OR-

    • Electronic Deposit to Another Bank Account – With this option, you choose the bank you want your money to be transferred to. The money is transferred to your chosen bank account on the same business day BankMobile receives the funds from LASC. It then typically takes 1-2 business days for your bank to put the money into your account. 

Note: Review the Disbursement dates listed in your SIS account. If you choose this method, it will take approximately three to five (3-5) days for the money to be deposited into your personal bank account from the Disbursement date listed. 

Visit bankmobilevibe.com for more information about a BankMobile Vibe account.

Disbursements (payments):

As noted above:

    • If you have a BankMobile Vibe account, it will take approximately two (2) days for your money to be deposited to your BankMobile Vibe account from the Disbursement date listed in your SIS account.

If you opt to have the funds transferred to your chosen bank account, it will take approximately three to five (3-5) days for the money to be deposited into your personal bank account from the Disbursement date listed in your SIS account.

Check out one of these great workshops to get the information you need on how to complete the FAFSA, how to get a loan, and what you need to do to keep getting financial aid:

    • FAFSA / FSA ID Workshops

Go over how to complete the FAFSA section by section, as well as how to get an FSA ID.

Find out what you need to do academically to keep your financial aid funds in the green.

    • Loans Workshops

We know financial aid applications and terms can leave you with questions. We’re happy to help you through the process so you can get the most financial aid that’s available to you! 

There are four (4) ways to get answers to your financial aid questions:

    1. Check your Student Information System Portal often for updated information.
    2. Attend one of our Workshops on FAFSA, Loans, and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
    3. Make a Financial Aid Appointment through our QLESS app.
    4. Send us an email to: lascfinaid@lasc.edu with any general questions. We’ll respond to your email within 48 hours. Note: we cannot give any information that is considered confidential or personal via email. 
    • You must make an appointment to visit the Financial Aid Office. 
      We do not offer walk-in appointments.
    • If you visit us, make sure to bring either your government-issued I.D. or your LASC Student I.D. that includes a photo of you. We will need this identification in order to help you.
    • Learn more about our QLESS app that allows you to schedule an appointment through your phone and text you when we’re ready to meet with you.

Dropping off documents?

  • You can easily drop off your reinstatement appeals, loan documents or professional judgment forms during our DropBox hours 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays only with no appointment.

  • Other documents must be upload online by logging into lasc.verifymyfafsa.com with your cell phone, tablet, or computer, unless otherwise directed. Documents can be e-signed online by you and your parent or spouse.