Pell Grants, FSEOG Grants, Cal Grants and Chafee Grants
Pell Grants are awarded based upon demonstrated financial need, as determined by the Department of Education, to eligible undergraduate student who have not already earned a bachelor's degree. Pell Grants do not need to be repaid. Students are automatically considered for a Pell Grant when they submit their FAFSA application online. For the 2015-2016 school year, Pell Grants for full-time students will range from $588 to $5,775. The amount of each student's Pell Grant will depend upon financial need, college costs and enrollment status. Students can receive only one Pell Grant per year, and Pell Grant funds may not be received from more than one college at a time. It is a students responsibility to come into the Financial Aid Office and deny their Federal Pell Grant at SBVC if they have already received or plan on receiving the Federal Pell Grant at another institution during the 2015-2016 award year.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) - San Bernardino Valley College participates in the FSEOG program. The maximum grant at SBVC is $750 per year. Students must have exceptional financial need to qualify, with priority given to Pell Grant recipients. Unlike Pell Grants, there is no guarantee that every eligible student will receive a FSEOG award since funds are limited. These grants do not need to be paid back and recipients are determined by the criteria set by the Financial Aid Office.
Cal Grants – The Cal Grants are offered by the state of California, for California resident students, and determined by the California Student Aid Commission (www.csac.ca.gov). There are two types of Cal Grants available at SBVC:
- Cal Grant B -- This grant provides a living allowance for very low-income students. Cal Grant B awards at SBVC are currently $1,648 per school year for full-time students. The Cal Grant B is renewable for up to four years of full-time enrollment. Selection for the Cal Grant B is based upon having a minimum 2.00 grade point average and a composite score that takes into consideration family income, parents' educational level, single-parent household status and time out of high school. In order to apply for the Cal Grant, both a FAFSA and a GPA Verification form are required. SBVC automatically reports grade point average information for students who have completed at least 16.0 degree applicable units with a 2.00 or greater. The Cal Grant deadline for community college students is March 2 or September 2 of each academic year.
- Cal Grant C -- Cal Grant C awards assist students in occupational or vocational programs with school expenses related to the program of study. The full-time, full-year Cal Grant C award is $547. Funding is available for up to two years of full-time study in a vocational program. Verification of enrollment in a vocational program will be required to receive funds. To apply, file a FAFSA indicating the intent to pursue a vocational program of study and complete the Cal Grant C Supplement application that will be sent directly from the California Student Aid Commission. The Cal Grant deadline for community college students is March 2 or September 2 of each academic year.
Chafee Grant - If you were in Foster Care until your 18th birthday you may be able to apply for the California Chafee Grant and receive up to $5000 per academic year. Go to the California Chafee Web page and apply - www.chafee.csac.ca.gov. Recipients are determined by the California Student Aid Commission.