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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 2021-2022 Academic Year:  07/16/2021
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 21-22 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, 2021 by 5:00pm first Fall 2021 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 – 07/30/2021). 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 12/07/2021 and the processes will resume on 01/03/2022.

 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 2021 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.  Please reach out to the Student Accounting office for cehck pick-up days/times.

ANTICIPATED DISBURSEMENT DATES SCHEDULE 2021-2022 - FULL GENERAL SESSION

  Direct Deposit is now available for Financial Aid payments.  Click Here For detailed instructions on How to Sign Up for Direct Deposit or  How to Change or Cancel Direct Deposit or you can contact the Student Accounting department for help.  

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. 


 

 complete list coming soon!  2021-22 Academic Year Disbursement/Refund dates. 
updated JULY 2021~sd
FALL
2021

SPRING 
2022
 
SUMMER
2022

2021-22 ENROLLMENT

STATUS DATEs

No class(es) added (or switched)
after this date will count toward
your disbursed amount.
September 8, 2021
TBD TBD 

2021-22 PELL GRANT BOOKSTORE
ACCOUNTS*  & BUS PASSES* 

* CA Residents only * Bookstore Accounts * 
[Pell Grant only] Up to $563
(intersession max $TBD).  

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

August 9, 2021  – 
September 4, 2021
TBD  TBD 

2021-22 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]

Anticipated for the week of 9/20/2021 **
Direct Deposit: 9/16/21
TBD 

    TBD

2021-22 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]
Anticipated for the week of 11/05/2021 **
[Check back for updates]
TBD  N/A 

2021-22 Cal Grant B & C & FSEOG

Anticipated for the week of 9/20/2021
Direct Deposit: 9/16/21
  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.

   

2021-22

LOANS

Federal Direct, PLUS &
Alternative Loans.  

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


Anticipated by or after the weekend of 9/03/2021 **
[Check back for updates]

by or after
TBD 

by or after 
TBD 

2021-22 

FIRST-TIME BORROWER


Anticipated by or after the weekend of 10/01/2021 **
[Check back for updates]

by or after
TBD 

by or after 
TBD 

2021-22 

ONE SEMESTER ONLY BORROWER

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


1st Disbursement: Anticipated by or after the weekend of 9/3/2021 **

2nd Disbursement:Anticipated by or after the weekend of 10/29/2021 **
[Check back for updates]

by or after
TBD


by or after 
TBD 

2020-21 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 - AUGUST 2021  ~SD