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Title IV Federal School Code: 001292

Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA)

Specific federal and state financial aid programs available at Solano Community College include the following:

Federal Pell Grants The major federal grant program available is the Pell Grant. Students get considered for this program by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by going online to The Department of Education determines the eligibility of a student based on a formula and according to units carried by a student per term.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) This federal program is directed toward assisting exceptionally needy students. On-time applicants with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC) receive consideration for this fund. Because funds are limited, it is important for students to meet the application deadline line.

Federal Work-Study (FWS) The Federal Work Study program is a federally funded campus-based program that provides jobs for undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need according to the Department of Education formula. FWS allows students to earn money to help pay educational expenses.

How does it work?
  • FWS is awarded on a first come first serve basis.
  • To receive FWS, a student must do the following:
    1. File a FAFSA at by the March 2nd priority deadline and answer “Yes” to interest in Federal Work Study.
    2. Have sufficient unmet need based upon FAFSA.
    3. Be enrolled in an eligible program of study and maintain 6.00 units. Dropping below 6.00 units will immediately terminate a student from FWS employment.
      • Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) each term and cumulatively.
      • FWS follows the academic aid year; July 1-June 30th.
      • Due to extremely limited funds, once the academic aid year funds are exhausted for placed students, no further FWS positions will be filled, and the students still interested will remain on a waiting list.

U.S. Department of Education Direct Loan Program

Solano Community College participates in the following loans under the U.S. Department of Education Direct Loan Program:
  • Direct Subsidized Loans - are loans for students with financial need, as determined by federal regulations. For Direct Student Loans with disbursements made on or after July 1, 2012 and before July 1, 2014 interest will immediately begin to accrue as soon as the student is no longer enrolled in at least half-time status (6 or more units). The federal government will not pay the interest during the six month grace period. Beginning July 1, 2012 the interest will be the responsibility of the student.

  • Direct Unsubsidized Loans - are non-need based loans for students as determined by federal regulations. Because this loan is not subsidized by the government, you are responsible for all interest which accrues during in-school, grace, and deferment periods.

Start Planning Early! Did you know you can get estimates of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and Federal Pell Grant eligibility using FAFSA4caster? Any student, regardless of age or year in school may use FAFSA4caster before officially applying using the FAFSA.

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