In addition to VA Education benefits, Veterans and/or dependents may be eligible to receive Federal aid, State aid, and Scholarships.
The CALIFORNIA COLLEGE PROMISE GRANT, FORMERLY THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS (BOG) FEE WAIVER
For eligible California residents, the Grant waives the $46/unit fees. This does not cover assistance for remaining fees such as health fees, parking, purchase of books, and supplies. For Post 9/11 students, the VA can pay for the school mandatory fees. The form is available in the the Financial Aid Office. Each academic year, the application is effective beginning Summer through Spring.
If ineligible based on the basic application, students may still qualify through the FAFSA application. Ask the Financial Aid Office which year is applicable for the term you are applying for the Waiver. The FAFSA has a higher income ceiling since it is based on need. Please don't get discouraged if you don't qualify through the simple BOG Waiver Method. Apply through the FAFSA, many can qualify through this method.
THE CALVET DEPENDENT COLLEGE FEE WAIVER
FREE APPLICATION for FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA)
Santa Ana College’s School Code, if SAC is your Home school:
The following programs are administered by Santa Ana College:
(The following amounts are based on the 2023-2024 award year)
Federal Pell Grant|
The Pell Grant is the foundation of financial aid for undergraduates who demonstrate need. The amount of Pell received depends on the Expected Family Contribution and the number of applicable units enrolled.
|up to $7,395|
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
FSEOG is for students who are Pell Grant eligible, enrolled at least half-time (6 units), and demonstrate exceptional financial need. Awarded based on the availability of funds. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 units to be considered.
FWS allows students to earn money while attending college. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 units), be Pell-eligible and demonstrate exceptional need. Awarded based on the availability of funds. Must contact the Financial Aid Office for the current filing deadline for consideration of this award.
|up to $4,200|
California College Promise Grant (formerly the BOG Waiver)
The CCPG waives the enrollment fees if the student is a California resident and meets one of the following conditions:
- Method A: Student (Parent/s if the student is dependent) is receiving TANF/ Cal WORKS benefits, SSI, or General Assistance, Current proof of benefits is required.
- Method B: Student income (Parent/s' income, if the student is dependent) Meets the household size and income bracket determined by California Student Aid Commission.
- Method C: Determined to have need through the FAFSA application.
(no cash award)
CalGrant B (GPA verification required)|
Cal Grant B may be used at community colleges and universities. The grant is offered to qualifying students who are residents of California. The award is based on criteria set by the California Student Aid Commission. Students must have submitted the FAFSA and CPA Verification by deadlines.
|up to $1,648|
+ $649 to $4,000 for Full Timers under the Student Success Completion Grant
FEDERAL LOAN PROGRAMS|
Federal Subsidized Loans|
Students must be enrolled in at least 6 units to be considered. U.S. Department of Education pays the interest while the borrower is in school at least half time; student must have financial need.
|$500 to $4,500|
Federal Unsubsidized Loans
Students must be enrolled in at least 6 units to be considered. Borrower is responsible for all interest while attending school. financial need not required.
|$500 to $6,000|
Please be advised that the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy for financial aid is different from the VA's SAP Policy which adheres to the RSCCD catalog. Please check with the Financial Aid Office at
on their SAP policy and for other specific questions about financial aid.
SAC FINANCIAL AID SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO STAY ENROLLED?
New Federal Regulations Regarding Dropping All Classes May Cost You!
New regulations may require students to repay federal financial aid funds if they drop or withdraw from all classes or are dropped from all classes by the instructor due to excessive absence. Based on the date of the complete withdrawal or drop, the Financial Aid Office is required to determine the amount, if any, of 'unearned' federal financial aid received by the student. The calculation will begin by calculating the percentage of the enrollment period completed by the student as follows:
Number of days completed
Total number of days in the semester
The result will equal the percentage of the enrollment period completed. If more than 60% of the semester has been completed, students are considered to have 'earned" all federal aid funds received and no repayment is required (Loan funds will be subject to regular repayment schedules). However, students who have completed 60% or less of the semester based on the withdrawal date may be subject to repayment of funds. Students should plan their enrollment carefully to avoid repayment of federal student aid funds.
Please contact the Scholarships Office for more information: