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Financial Aid
Payment/Disbursement Dates

Important dates

Please Note:  In order for San Diego Mesa College to process your Financial Aid Application [FAFSA], your official goal must be to complete an approved academic goal at Mesa AND be enrolled in required coursework for that academic goal. 

Last Day to change your Campus of Record (COR) for the 2020-2021 Academic Year:  07/17/2020
a.  only students on a mismatch situation can have a change in COR.
b.  After Federal aid has been awarded no student can change COR for the reminder of the academic year.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

c.  During the 20-21 academic year, all financial aid, after fees are paid, will be refunded by paper check to the mailing address you have on file or by Direct Deposit [click here to Sign Up for Direct Deposit]. It is important that you verify your mailing address in MySDCCD or sign up for Direct Deposit no later than 3 weeks prior to any posted date shown below. For the first grant dates shown, please verify or update your mailing address or Direct Deposit by August 20, 2020 by 5:00pm first Fall 2020 semester disbursement. If your mailing address or Direct Deposit information is correct, no further action is required. (for loans; deadline to enroll in Direct Deposit – 07/31/2020). However, when a refund by direct deposit fails (wrong routing number, wrong bank, account, account has been closed, etc…) the request for Direct Deposit will be cancelled by the school Student Financials team, the student will be notified and the process to attempt the refund will be moved to the following week via paper check to the address displayed on the student’s “mySDCCD account”.

d.  As files are packaged, new awards are disbursed on a weekly basis. The last disbursement for Fall will be on 12/06/2020 and the processes will resume on 01/03/2020.

 e.  If you had elected to pick up your financial aid check on campus, please submit a signed and dated written request for the removal of the indicator to the Financial Aid office no later than August 20th, by close of business for the Fall 2020 semester.  Please be aware that your check will not be in the Financial Aid Office if you do not make the changes to receive your refund checks by mail or by direct deposit.  

ANTICIPATED DISBURSEMENT DATES SCHEDULE 2020-2021 - FULL GENERAL SESSION

During this period of closure due to concerns about the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19, your aid checks will be delayed as check printing and mailing will take place on a limited basis only.  We apologize for the inconvenience however the circumstances are beyond our control.  Direct Deposit is now available for Financial Aid payments.  Click Here For detailed instructions on How to Sign Up for Direct Deposit.

Terminology for students or parent PLUS borrowers:

  • Disbursement – When a student meets all eligibility requirements for the release of funds and the aid amounts and program information is forwarded to Student Accounting.
  • Refund Determination – When the Student Accounting Office determines that the total amount of aid received by a student exceeds the applicable charges, overdue fees or overpayments and forwards to Accounts Payable the information on funds that must be given to the student or parent PLUS borrower.  The final amount to be 'refunded' to either [or both] the student and/or the parent PLUS borrower is the balance [if any] after all applicable charges and overdue fees or late payments are deducted.
  • Tell Date – The Financial Aid Office best estimate on when the refund check or Direct Deposit will be available to the student or parent borrower.

NOTE: Students enrolled only in late starting short term classes will not receive aid disbursements until classes have started. 

 updated September 2020~sd
FALL
2020

spring 
2021
 
SUMMER
2021

ENROLLMENT

STATUS DATE

No class(es) added (or switched)
after this date will count toward
your disbursed amount.
September 02, 2020 TBD TBD 

PELL GRANT BOOKSTORE
ACCOUNTS*  & BUS PASSES* 

* CA Residents only * Bookstore Accounts * 
[Pell Grant only] Up to $985 
(intersession max $TBD).  

Non CA residents will not
have a Pell Grant Bookstore account. 
please click here for more information.  

August 3rd  – August 29th 

Intersession: 
TBD

[Closed during the Holiday Break]

& General Session:
TBD

 Bookstore Account
TBD 

PELL GRANT 1ST
DISBURSEMENT

[50% of eligible award amount,  adjusted to enrollment level as of  Status Date listed above, minus
Bookstore Account/Bus Pass
funds used for CA Residents
OR minus Tuition Paid
for Non-CA Residents]

 

May receive by:
September 16, 2020 **

 
**Anticipated disbursement will be verified by Student Accounting.  
Please allow for up to 2 weeks to verify any balance due, calculate,
print and mail or direct deposit refunds. 
 
Click Here For detailed instructions on How to Sign Up for Direct Deposit.
May receive by:
TBD**
On or After
TBD**

PELL GRANT 2ND DISBURSEMENT

[50% of eligible award amount,
adjusted to enrollment level as of 
Status Date listed above, 
minus 
Bookstore Account/Bus Pass
funds used for CA Residents 
OR minus Tuition Paid 
for Non-CA Residents]
May receive by:
10/30/2020**


TBD**

**Anticipated disbursement will be verified by Student Accounting.  
Please allow for up to 2 weeks to verify any balance due, calculate,
print and mail or direct deposit refunds.

Click Here For detailed instructions on How to Sign Up for Direct Deposit.

N/A 
Cal Grant B & C & FSEOG

 

May receive by: 
September 16, 2020
**
May receive by:
TBD**
N/A 
 

 **Anticipated disbursement will be verified by Student Accounting.  
Please allow for up to 2 weeks to verify any balance due, calculate, 

print and mail or direct Deposit refunds. 

Click Here For detailed instructions on How to Sign Up for Direct Deposit.

  TBD 

LOANS

Federal Direct, PLUS &
Alternative Loans.  

NOTE: Alternative Loan providers
may disclose dates other than those listed here.

by or after 
September 2, 2020**

by or after
February 11, 2021 **

by or after 
June 11, 2021 **

FIRST-TIME BORROWER

by or after
September 25, 2020**

by or after
March 12, 2021 **

by or after 
July 16, 2021 **

ONE SEMESTER ONLY BORROWER

Will disburse in two payments in
one semester only
(NOTE: must be eligible for full year)

by  or after 
August 14, 2020
**
 

October 30, 2020**

by or after
February 11, 2021 **

April 30, 2021 **


by or after 
June 18, 2021 **

July 23, 2021 **

FEDERAL WORK STUDY [FWS] 

10th day of each month following a month worked
[PLEASE NOTE: If the 10th falls on a weekend or holiday,
payday becomes the working weekday prior to 10th]
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED FEDERAL WORK STUDY INFORMATION 

 updated - September 2020  ~SD