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A student does not need to be a California Resident to be eligible to apply for Financial Aid. However, residency (as determined by the Admissions Office) does affect how Financial Aid is awarded for those eligible. The Financial Aid office encourages Non-Resident students planning to apply for Financial Aid to:
1. fill in and submit the FAFSA at least 2-3 months prior to enrolling. Once a FAFSA is successfully submitted it will take a minimum of 2-3 weeks to arrive at the school electronically and can take several weeks up to month(s) to process. Each student's case is individual and has its own time frame to resolve.
2. be aware that you may need to cover your fees prior to the determination of aid eligibility. If your tuition and fees are not paid by the due date indicated on Reg-E when you enroll, you will be dropped for non-payment.
3 . be aware that students who are grant aid eligible, once determined, it will apply to non-resident tuition & fees first.
a. Nonresident Tuition will be assessed for those who are not a resident of California as determined by Admissions, in the amount of $193 per unit plus $46 per unit Enrollment Fee .
Example for 12 units: 12 x $193 =2,316.00
12 x $46 = 552.00
Total nonresident fees for 12 units = $2,868.00
b . as any grant aid you may be eligible for is meant to cover tuition and fees first, Non-Resident tuition generally use up all or most of your grant aid eligibility and you will not have left over funds for a bookstore account .
4. please be aware that If you are determined eligible for PELL GRANT prior to your enrollment, AND do not enroll in all of your desired courses for the semester at the same time, you may have a balance due each time you attempt to add a class, depending on your eligibility level. This may seem confusing, so please feel free to contact the Financial Aid office before your enrollment date to find out more information about using your Pell Grant as a non-resident.
5. please note that the SUMMER SESSIONS generally act differently in terms of Financial Aid. As a non-resident student you are encouraged to check-in with the Financial Aid office before you enroll, if you are planning to enroll in summer classes.
6. know that If you have applied for a Student Loan and are planning to use it to cover your tuition and fees, It will not be disbursed to you in time to pay your tuition and fees. You will need to pay your fees first. Please see the Disbursement Schedule for more information.