Financial Aid Zoom workshops occur every Tuesday from 4-6PM throughout the semester. Most students (and parents) complete the application with assistance in less than 30 minutes. Our goal is to help you finish the application in just one session! We take you step-by-step on how to get the money you need for tuition, textbooks and living expenses.
The Golden State Education and Training Grant Program (GSETGP) supports Californians who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic with a one-time grant of $2,500 to reskill, up-skill, and access education or training programs to get back into the workforce.
• Were displaced from employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic
• Were not enrolled in a training program or institution of higher education at the time they were displaced from employment
• Have been unable to obtain employment that provides an average monthly wage that is equal to or greater than the average monthly wage received from their employment prior to the COVID-19 pandemic
• Meet the income and asset criteria to be eligible for a Cal Grant A award (pursuant to subdivision (k) of California Education Code Section 69432.7)
• Are enrolled in a qualified education or training program, including at any California community college, California State University, or University of California.
No! We strongly encourage you to apply today! If you need help, we're available virtually and in person to assist.
Federal School Code: 007115
Additional financial aid is available to eligible students. Fill out the FAFSAfor any additional assistance. Many students find out that they have more financial assistance when they fill out the FAFSA on time! Students may receive federal financial aid from only one school during any given semester.
PAY FOR COLLEGE
The Board of Governors of the California Community College system offers a fee waiver program for low-income residents of California that are attending a community college. The California College Promise Grant (CCPG) will waive all per-unit enrollment fees ($46 per unit) for an eligible student. If you need money to help with books, supplies, transportation and other costs, please complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Application (for eligible AB 540 students). It's OK to file both a CCPG and a FAFSA. We will let you know if you qualify for an automatic FEE WAIVER. If you do NOT qualify using the simple online application method, you should file a FAFSA. Many, many students do not qualify under Methods A or B, but still qualify for a Method C fee waiver and additional financial aid by filing the FAFSA.
To qualify for the California College Promise Grant [CCPG] Program, you must:
Be classified as a resident of California or be a non-California resident eligible for tuition exemption AB 540, or AB 1899 student by Admissions and Records, and for California resident homeless youth as determined by the Financial Aid Office.
If you have not had your California residency or eligibility status determined by the Admissions or the Registrar or homeless status determined by the Financial Aid Office, see one of those offices to obtain the determination. California College Promise Grant eligibility cannot be determined until your status has been verified.
Meet income criteria by:
o Providing proof that you are receiving monthly cash assistance from TANF/CalWORKs, SSI/SSP or General Assistance (or, if a dependent student, your parent(s) receive this assistance) or
o Establishing that your income (or your parent's income, if you are a dependent student) was within set income standards for the CCPG or
o Completing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and have remaining financial need or
o Being a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient (or dependent); being a dependent of a victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack; having certification from the California Department of Veteran Affairs or the National Guard Adjutant General; or being a dependent of a deceased law enforcement/fire suppression personnel killed in the line of duty that you are eligible for this waiver.
Having documentation from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation that you've been exonerated of a crime by writ of habeas corpus or pardon.
Having documentation of record that you're a dependent/spouse/Registered Domestic Partner of a deceased physician, nurse, or first responder who died of COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic state of emergency in California.
California College Promise Grant Program Part B
These standards are based upon the federal poverty guidelines as published each year by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Under Title 5 of the California code of Regulations, the income standards for the program equal 150% of the federal poverty guidelines for the base year.
These standards are to be used to determine Fee Waiver B eligibility.
What is the Moorpark College Promise?
First two years free at Moorpark College!
You can qualify, even if you're not eligible for federal financial aid!
Moorpark College Promise awards will be posted on your student portal after you have obtained full time enrollment and provided a financial aid application. You will receive an email notification to your my.vcccd.edu email account. You may inquire to the financial aid office if you do not see the award about your eligibility. Awards for future terms may not occur until close to term start and dependent on funding from state legislation
Monitor your VCCCD portal weekly to be aware of any changes in your status
One application can lead to many scholarship opportunities.
To ensure your application receives full consideration, complete the application by answering as many questions as possible. The more information you provide, the more opportunities you have to be matched to various scholarships. Scholarship matches are based on the answers you provide on the questionnaire. Also, on the essay that will require a personal statement, information on community service, leadership, work experience, and financial need. You will need to provide an unofficial transcript, a letter of recommendation from a faculty member, counselor, administrator, employer, or co-worker. Scholarship Webpage
How do I receive a Direct Loan at Moorpark College?
Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online atwww.FAFSA.govfor the school year you intend to enroll.
Complete and/or submit all requested financial aid requirements as listed on your my.vcccd.eduportal.
Receive an award notification email indicating that your financial aid file review is complete.
Continue to meet the minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards to ensure eligibility.
Enroll in 6 or more degree-applicable units for an eligible Moorpark College program of study during the desired loan application period.
Eligibility is not guaranteed. Applicants must meet all federal aid eligibility requirements. MC reserves the right to refuse to certify a loan under conditions established by 34.CFR 685.301. Borrowing the low-interest, Federal Direct Loan is a privilege. Some conditions for refusing to certify a loan to high risk borrowers include but are not limited to:
The student is not making progress or enrolled in an eligible degree, certificate or transfer program at Moorpark College. This decision is made independently from the (SAP) Appeal process.
The student has already borrowed the maximum loan amount appropriate for community college programs.
The student appears to be or has been in default or delinquent on federal financial aid obligations.
Notification of previously discharged federal student loans due to disability or bankruptcy.
Instances of inconsistent, fraudulent FAFSA, or admissions application information.
The student has a drastic change in requested borrowing amount from previous year(s).
The student has valid and applicable education for employment and is choosing to pursue another educational endeavor. This decision is made independently from the SAP Appeal process.
FEDERAL DIRECT LOAN INFORMATION
Moorpark College participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. The U.S. Department of Education is the lender for the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program.
CURRENT DRAFT COHORT DEFAULT RATE: 2.8, PRIOR 6.5
Loans must be repaid with interest so it is important to understand your rights and responsibilities as a borrower.
Base Annual Amount: $3,500
Additional Unsubsidized: $2,000
Total Annual: $5,500
Undergraduate Aggregate Loan Limit $31,000 (no more than $23,000 may be Subsidized)
Base Annual Amount: $4,500
Additional Unsubsidized: $2,000
Total Annual: $6,500
Base Annual Amount: $3,500
Additional Unsubsidized: $6,000
Total Annual: $9,500
Undergraduate Aggregate Loan Limit $57,500 (no more than $23,000 may be Subsidized)
Base Annual Amount: $4,500
Additional Unsubsidized: $5,000
Total Annual: $10,500
Undergraduate Aggregate Loan Limit $57,500 (no more than $23,000 may be Subsidized)
Annual Interest Rates
Annual Interest Rates are set each July 1st.
Loans are processed once you have completed online loan entrance test, and Master Promissory Note, MPN athttps://studentaid.gov/mpn/. Once you've completed these steps expect an email from our office to confirm the amount you'd like to borrow or feel free to call us to discuss.
Maximum annual award for PLUS is the student's Cost of Attendance minus any resources the student has been awarded. Plus Eligibility is contingent on approved credit which is only valid for 90 days. Do not apply prior to July 1st. Interest is charged on Direct PLUS Loans during all periods, beginning on the date of your loan's first disbursement. There is an origination fee.
**Please notify FA office if you are applying for Plus Loan.**
Dependent students whose parents have applied for but were unable to get a PLUS Loan may be eligible to receive additional Direct Unsubsidized Loan funds.
Students must provide a copy of the PLUS credit denial to the Financial Aid Office.
Right to Cancel: Before your loan money is disbursed, you may cancel all or part of your loan by notifying your school. After your loan money is disbursed, the student may notify the school in writing that they want to cancel all or part of the loan within 14 days after the date the school notifies you of your right to cancel all or part of the loan, or by the first day of your school’s payment period, whichever is later (your school can tell you the first day of the payment period). If you ask your school to cancel all or part of your loan outside the timeframes described above, your school may process your cancellation request, but it is not required to do so. Within 120 days of the date your school disbursed your loan money (by crediting the loan money to your account at the school, by paying it directly to you, or both), you may return all or part of your loan. Contact your servicer for guidance on how and where to return your loan money.
Loan Exit Counseling
Federal regulations require that all student borrowers who graduate, withdraw, or drop below half time enrollment complete Loan Exit Counseling. Always notify your servicer of your current address, phone number and contact information in a timely manner. The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) website has the most current contact information for the Holder/Servicer of your loan(s).
Thank You for your service!
In addition to the Veteran Educational Benefit programs, the Federal Student Aid programs such as the Federal Pell Grant or low-interest student loans are also available. Veterans benefits are not used to determine need so all veterans are encouraged to apply for the variety of Moorpark College federal and state financial aid programs. It’s free to complete the Free Application forFederal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov
If you are a spouse, child or registered domestic partner of a veteran
You may qualify for fee waiver benefits. If you meet the criteria listed below, complete the California Department of Veterans Affairs college fee waiver program for veterans dependents application at:www.calvet.ca.gov
• Served during the "qualifying war period" and
• Has a service-connected disability, or
• Died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition
* Please note dependents of a member of the California National Guard who was killed or permanently disabled while in service to the state may be eligible for similar benefits.
GI Bill Eligibility/Benefits
Active Military Service & Education Loan Deferments
The borrower of an education loan, may be eligible to postpone repayment of that loan for up to three ( 3 ) years if serving on active duty during—
• A war or other military operation,
• A national emergency, or
• If performing qualifying National Guard duty under the same circumstances.
Note:For PLUS Loans, only principal is deferred – interest continues to accrue.
To see if your service qualifies you for a deferment of your loan payments, contact—
Here are some additional agencies to help you with the transition process.
FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES
Alphabetical caseload with last names begins with letters J, K, L and Ma
Financial Aid Specialist, Athletes liaison, Foster youth, former foster youth, homeless youth, Nursing and RadTech student liaison. Make an appointment or call (805) 553-4701 or email email@example.com
Alphabetical caseload with last name beginning with Q, Sb-Sz, T, U, V
Financial Aid Specialist, Dreamer student liaison and Bilingual Spanish speaking assistance.
Make an appointmentor call (805) 553-4705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alphabetical caseload with last names begins with letters B and C
Financial Aid Specialist, Veterans and EATM student liaison.
Make an appointment or call (805) 553-4704 or email email@example.com
Alphabetical caseload with last names begins with Pb-Pz, R, Sa, X, Y, Z.
High School students and parents, High School at Moorpark College,
Financial Aid Specialist, dual enrollment liaison.
Make an appointment or call (805) 553-4708 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
alphabetical caseload with last name begins with letters D, E, F, Ga.
Financial Aid Specialist, Honors and PACE liaison.
Make an appointment or call (805) 553-4710 or email email@example.com
Alphabetical caseload with last name begins with letters Mb-Mz, N, O, Pa, W.
Financial Aid Specialist, Multilingual speaking assistance in Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu.
Make an appointmentor call (805) 553-4691 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alphabetical caseload with last name begins with letters A, Gb-Gz, H, I.
Financial Aid Specialist, ACCESS and Stem Impacto liaison.
Make an appointment or call (805) 553-4706 or email email@example.com
Make sure you know what you owe. Review your financial aid history and loan details on StudentAid.gov.
Watch out for increased scam attempts to take advantage of borrowers. Remember that you never have to pay to apply for or receive relief efforts from Federal Student Aid.
Additional Help with Student Loan Repayment
Moorpark College has partnered with Student Connections to make sure every borrower who is eligible for loan forgiveness receives it, and help any borrower with a remaining balance to navigate and prepare for payments to resume January 2023. This service is completely free to you.
Student Connections Borrower Advocates can help answer any questions you have and determine what steps you need to take.
While you are in student loan repayment, Student Connections may contact you through emails, text messages and phone calls to:
Help you understand your loan obligations and responsibilities.
Discuss available options for an affordable repayment plan.
Ensure you are aware of repayment options during financial hardships.
Promote your long-term repayment success.
These advocates are available to answer questions about your outstanding loans and, when appropriate, work with you and your loan servicer. Visit www.repaymyloans.orgor talk to a borrower advocate for free at (866) 311-9450.
Who is Student Connections?
Student Connections is passionate about helping students. They partner with schools to provide support for borrowers throughout the student loan repayment process. With more than 60 years of experience in counseling student loan borrowers, their primary goal is to help establish the best repayment plan for you.
Application for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(Free Application for Federal Student Aid) PH: 800-433-3243
FAFSA/CalFresh/Dream Act WORKSHOP HOURSonline by appointment
TO APPLY FOR CALFRESH
STUDENTS' MUST MEET ONE OF THE REQUIREMENTS
Working and getting paid for an average of 20 hours per week OR a total of 80 hours a month on average.
Approved (or awarded or accepted) for federal or state work study, anticipates working, and has not refused a work assignment (can still be eligible even if a work study job has not begun or is not currently available).
Students attending CSU or UC, receiving Cal Grant A OR B, and falling within the following qualifications : un-married; AND 25 years of age or younger; AND household income less than $50,000.
Enrolled in a state funded program that increases employability (EOP, EOPS, WIOA, DSPS, CARE, UC McNair, Puente Project, or MESA)***
Enrolled in a program that increases employability for current and former foster youth (Guardian Scholars, FYSI, CAFYES, ETV or Extended Foster Care)***
Exerting parental control over a dependent household member under the age of 6 OR between the age of 6 and 12 with no adequate childcare (as determined by the county on a case-by-case basis).
Single parent of a dependent household member under the age of 12 and enrolled in at least 6 units
Participating in the CalFresh Employment and Training Program (CFET) or Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS), or be a recipient of CalWORKs or Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC).
The FAFSA and CalFresh (Free Application Federal Student Aid) workshop is designed to assist Moorpark College Students in filling out and submitting their FAFSA and CalFresh Application.
The California College Promise Grant program determines if you qualify to have your enrollment fees waived. This fee waiver is for California residents only. *Note if you have completed a FAFSA you have already applied and don’t need to do a separate application for Enrollment Fee Waiver.
This application is used to determine the eligibility of AB 540 [undocumented] students for California student financial aid for the school year. The California Student Aid Commission will process this application. Any aid offered can only be used at eligible California institutions. The information on this form will be used by the California Student Aid Commission to determine eligibility in the state Cal Grant program and Promise formerly known as BOG Fee waiver.
To be considered for a Cal Grant award, you must have completed both of these application requirements by the March 2, or September 2, deadline:
Submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a California Dream Act Application.
Ensured that a certified Grade Point Average (GPA) was submitted to the California Student Aid Commission (Commission).
The Commission will not process any GPAs that may have been submitted in prior years. In order for a student to be considered for a Cal Grant award, a new GPA form must be received by the Commission by the stated deadline.
The California Chafee Grant Program gives free money to current or former foster youth to use for vocational school training or college courses. To qualify, you must be a current or former foster youth, must have established court dependency at any time between the ages of 16 and 18, and must not have reached your 22nd birthday as of July 1st of the award year.
As you embark on your college journey, it’s important to understand how money really ‘works.’ Now is a great time to learn about making money, managing money, saving money – and how to make informed decisions about money. CashCourse is your real-life guide to taking charge of your money. It provides you with the online personal finance tools to help you build real-life-ready financial skills. In addition, you can learn about financial aid basics and research scholarships.
Online financial aid counseling provides you ways to complete workshops online. You can complete Financial Aid Introduction, Applying for Financial Aid, Student Loan Basics, Private Loan Counseling, Education Tax Benefits, Financial Wellness topics such as Credit Cards, Credit Scoring, Education Tax Benefits, Money Basics, Important Financial Terms, Saving Money, Understanding the Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) and its Effects, Information on the 150% Loan Limit Rule, Veterans Post 9/11 GI Bill, Satisfactory Academic Progress [SAP] counseling sessions. Please visit the link above to learn more. .
Moorpark College is committed to helping you achieve your academic success. We have developed our orientation program to provide you with an introduction and the necessary tools to get you started. This orientation is considered a student’s first counseling contact. Please allow at least one hour to effectively complete this orientation.
As students and their families make important decisions about investing their time and money in pursuing a college education, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office is making available for the first time comparative information about the earnings of recent graduates who received an award in a specific program area at California community colleges.
The Salary Surfer uses the aggregated earnings of graduates from a five year period to provide an estimate on the potential wages to be earned two years and five years after receiving a certificate or degree in certain disciplines. This tool also provides information on which colleges offer programs in those specific disciplines. The Salary Surfer does not contain information about wages earned by community college students who transfer to a four-year institution.
While it is useful to know the potential earnings after receiving a certificate or degree, other important considerations, such as personal interest and skill, should be used in selecting an educational program.
Financial Wellness Cash Course
Your Real-Life Money Guide
When you’re a student, it can feel like money is always tight. You’ve got bills, rent, and tuition to pay, and you want to have enough money for fun, too. So how can you get on the right path to a great financial future, while making your money count today?
CashCourse real-life guide: Take charge of YOUR money
Our online personal finance tools help you build real-life-ready financial skills. Please visit Cash Courseto find out more about getting your finances in order and learn about financial aid basics and options.
Step 1: Sign in to your my.vcccd portal
Step 2: Go to the "Registration" Tab on the left side of the screen
Step 3: Select "Register/Add/Drop"
Step 4: Go to "Registration Planner"
Step 5: Select "Edit/Drop Class"
Step 6: Select "Registration Status" for the class you'd like to drop
Step 7: Select "Drop with Refund" from the drop down menu
Step 8: Select "save" to drop the course
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use my financial aid to purchase a computer/laptop?
Yes. Your financial aid can be used to purchase a computer to help you with your educational needs. Did you know you can borrow a laptop thru the lending program administered through the library?
I do not have a laptop for online courses, what can I do? or I need a hotspot?
Moorpark College has a laptop lending program administered through the library.
I just completed my financial aid requirements; will I receive financial aid?
It is extremely important that once all requirements are completed, you monitor your portal weekly for updates on your status.
If eligible, an award notification email will be sent to your my.vcccd.edu account once the file review process is complete.
Is it too late to apply for financial aid?
No. We strongly encourage you to apply today! Please visit our website for more information on how to apply.
What happens if I am unable to continue attending school?
We strongly recommend you talk with your instructor(s) before you withdraw from your class(es). We also ask you contact the Financial Aid Office so we can discuss how this will affect your current and/or future financial aid eligibility. Lastly, we recommend you speak to your academic counselor and the Admissions and Records Office to discuss any other alternatives that may be available.
Will I have to repay my financial aid if I stop attending, completely withdraw or fail all of my classes this semester?
If you stop attending, completely withdraw or fail all of your courses you may not be eligible for the full amount of financial aid funds that you were originally scheduled to receive. The Financial Aid Office will determine the amount of aid you have “earned” and/or the amount you may owe. See Return of Title IV Funds (R2T4) for more information.
We recommend you regularly check your MyVCCCD student portal for updates or changes to your financial aid.
We offer programs and services to help meet some of your educational costs. Financial aid applications are accepted throughout the academic year but we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
The Financial Aid Office is comprised of dedicated financial aid professionals committed to serving students and provide them information to secure the necessary financial resources to meet their educational objectives. Financial aid awards are subject to availability of funds, eligibility for funds, enrollment status and financial need.
Provide student centered service, information, and identify financing options to students seeking financial assistance
Maintain efforts to minimize the student loan default rate
Identify, outreach to, and increase both financial aid participation and student access to locally defined un-served, under-served, and DI student populations
Increase awareness on campus and at local high schools of financial aid
Students learning outcomes:
Students who attend an application assistance session will learn how to complete & submit applications, and meet deadlines.
Students who complete online SAP counseling session will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Satisfactory Academic Progress "SAP" standards for maintaining financial aid eligibility and apply that knowledge to their academic situation and/or circumstances.
Students who take out a loan will gain understanding of the requirements, rights and responsibilities, and repayment obligations associated with acquiring a federal student loan.
Moorpark College Mission
Grounded in equity, social justice, and a students first philosophy, Moorpark College values diverse communities. We empower learners from local, national, and global backgrounds to complete their degree, certificate, transfer, and career education goals. Through innovation and customized student support, our programs are designed to achieve equitable outcomes