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Conditions and Requirements for Accepting Award Funds

Award funds offered in your award letter are tentative.   Certain funds require additional processing steps before disbursement.  It is your responsibility to complete the process to ensure funds can be confirmed and disbursed to you.

  • All awards - Your academic transcripts from all prior colleges/universities, in the U.S. and/or foreign countries, must be submitted to the Admissions' office.  Notify Santa Ana College's financial aid office upon submitting your transcripts to the Admissions office so the financial aid office can request Admissions' office to evaluate your transcripts. Your Satisfactory Academic Progress will be recalculated after the transcript evaluation, and you award may be modified according to the evaluation result. 
  • New Cal Grant Entitlement – You must confirm your high school diploma status with the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) if you haven't already done so.  You can do this online at https://my or at  CSAC will notify us of your confirmation.
  • Federal work-study – You must go to the Student Placement Office, room U-222 to schedule an appointment for a job interview.  The Student Placement Office staff will begin scheduling appointments on August 17th, 2015 and continue through September 17th, 2015. Bring a copy of this award letter when you visit the Student Placement Office.  If you do not contact the Student Placement Office by September 17th, 2015, we will assume that you have changed your mind and the FWS award will be cancelled and presented to another student. You must maintain at least half-time (6 approved units) financial aid status to be eligible for the Federal Work-Study program.
  • Direct Loans – To apply for a Federal Direct Student Loan, you must complete the loan request form and submit it to our office as soon as possible.  You must complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN) and the Student Loan Entrance Counseling on-line at before you submit the loan request form.  Student Loan Exit Counseling is also required and must be completed after your last loan disbursement and before the academic year ends. Exit Counseling can be done online at  The deadline to submit a loan request form and all required documents for loan processing for fall 2015 is 11/23/2015, and for spring 2016 is 5/17/2016.  If you have turned in a loan request but have not turned in all required documents for loan processing by the deadlines, we will assume that you have changed your mind and your Direct Loan Request will be cancelled. You must maintain at least half-time (6 approved units) enrollment and meet all federal aid requirements to be eligible for the Direct Loan program.

    If your award does not include a Pell Grant, you may either:
  • Have a high EFC that does not qualify you for a Pell Grant award
  • Have a Bachelor's degree that does not qualify you for a Pell Grant award
  • Have exceeded the 600 percent lifetime used of Pell Grant according to the new Federal Law
  • RSCCD is required by federal regulations to establish a Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
  • Students who do not meet the minimum SAP standards will lose their eligibility for financial aid. The complete SAP policy can be found on the financial aid page at Deadline to appeal for fall 2015 is November 20th, 2015, and for spring 2016 is May 13th, 2016.
  • Students, who went through the SAP Appeal process and was approved for an academic program, must adhere to the Educational Plan developed for that program.  The financial aid award may be modified to reflect only the units required for that program.

    Federal regulations require that a student must pay back part or all of his/her financial aid disbursement if a student withdraws from all or part of his/her classes.  Please make an appointment with a financial aid advisor if you consider dropping your classes.


    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) provide students certain rights regarding their educational records, including information on the student's financial aid application. As a rule, the RSCCD Financial Aid Offices cannot release information to anyone other than the student. If you want RSCCD to release information to someone else, please visit our Financial Aid Office and reque​st a Student Authorization Release Form. You must present your Student ID, current California ID, or California Driver's License to make this request.
    If you have any questions, please contact the Santa Ana College Financial Aid Office at (714) 564-6242.
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