Financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need, except for some student loan programs.  When you apply for federal student aid, the information you report is calculated using a formula established by Congress.  The formula determines your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), an amount you and your family are expected to contribute toward your education (although this amount may not exactly match the amount you and your family end up contributing).  If your EFC is below a certain amount, you may be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, assuming you meet all other eligibility requirements. There is not a maximum EFC that defines eligibility for the other financial aid programs.  Instead, your EFC is used in the following equation to determine your financial need:

   Cost of Attendance (COA)
- Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
= Financial Need

We calculate your cost of attendance and subtract the amount you and your family are expected to contribute toward that cost.  If there is anything left over, you are considered to have financial need. A financial aid package is put together for you that comes as close as possible to meeting your financial need.  However, because funding is limited, the amount awarded to you may fall short of the amount of which you are eligible.  Also, in determining your need for aid we must first consider other educational resources you are expected to receive during the school year.

Ventura County Community College District

2019-2020 Student College Budget (9 months)


Budget Components

With Parents,

Without Dependents

Off Campus

Out of State

Room & Board




Personal Miscellaneous




Enrollment Fees (Full-Time)




Out of State Tuition



Books & Supplies




Travel Expenses








* California Residents pay the following fees:

  • Enrollment Fee $46 per unit
  • Health Fee $20.00 fall/spring and $17.00 summer
  • Student Representation Fee $1 per term
  • Student Center Fee Up to $1 per unit (maximum of $10 per fiscal year)

Above enrollment fees are based on a 14 units average per semester.

Out-of-State residents pay tuition fee of $240 per unit.

ADDITIONAL EXPENSES - Specialized programs may incur additional expenses.
Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information or refer to the current catalog