Office of Financial Aid

You can afford to attend Fullerton College!

No matter what your financial situation looks like, Fullerton College has a financial aid program to help you achieve your educational goals.

COVID-19

The Financial Aid Office remains ready to assist students during this unprecedented and challenging time. Financial aid offers information and assistance on the Financial Aid website, over the phone on QLess, text messaging, email, Financial Aid Counseling Zoom appointments, and Financial Aid Technician Zoom appointments. A list of Financial Aid Technicians can be found below  For further information about remote services during COVID-19, please visit Online Student Services.

Additional services and resources are available to you because of the coronavirus pandemic. These include additional remote help from the Financial Aid office and additional funding from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

More information about HEERF is available here.

You can apply for financial aid in 5 easy steps!

How to check your financial aid status

To check on the status of your financial aid and to see what documents are required, login to myGateway. Under the Student tab, go to Financial Aid and click on My Overall Status of Financial Aid.

How to get your award information

To find your award information, please login to myGateway. Under the Student tab, go to Financial Aid and click on My Award Information.

How to get your disbursement

All financial aid disbursements will be made electronically using BankMobileHow Financial Aid Gets To You 20/21 provides information on disbursement dates for this academic year.

Financial Aid TV

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How can I pay for college?

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A Minute to Learn It - Federal Aid Eligibility

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A Minute to Learn It - Applying for Financial Aid

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What is the Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) for Pell Grants?

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What is a Federal Direct Student Loan?

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Can I use financial aid to pay for courses I repeat?

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What is the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?

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What does SAP stand for?

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The Importance of Understanding SAP

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My family's financial situation is different than reported on my FAFSA. What can I do?

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What if my Expenses Exceed my Income?

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Types of aid you can get

Several types of financial aid are available to you at Fullerton College. Remember, all requirements must be completed before any funds are disbursed. To check your financial aid status, login to myGateway, select Financial Aid, select My Overall Status and then select the correct aid year.

California College Promise Grant (CCPG)

The CCPG allows California residents and Dream Act students to waive the $46 per unit fee and a portion of the parking permit fee. There is no minimum number of units required and it is based on income. A student may complete the FAFSA/CADAA or complete the CCPG Application online via myGateway under the Financial Aid link. If a student pays for their fees upfront and is eligible for the CCPG, they will be reimbursed via check sent to the address on file from the Bursar’s Office on campus.

Cal Grant

Cal Grant is offered by the State of California and is open to California residents attending a college or university in California. The grant has an annual application deadline of March 2 for the following academic year, and is based on need, income and GPA. For California Community College students only, a second deadline of September 2nd has been established. Students must file a FAFSA or Dream Act application and a GPA Verification prior to the deadline, in order to be considered. The Cal Grant is based on residency, proof of need, income, GPA, and other ‘point’ based criteria. Income and asset ceilings, determined by California Student Aid Commission (CSAC), will be checked annually for all new and continuing students.

The Student Success Completion Grant (SSCG)

The Student Success Completion Grant (SSCG) is a new grant which began in Fall 2018 for Cal Grant B and C recipients attending a California Community College full-time (12 units or more). Students will be automatically reviewed for eligibility if they meet the eligibility requirements below. The SSCG provides students with an additional $1298 – $4000 annually depending on the number of units they enroll in. A student must complete a FAFSA or a Dream act application.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a campus-based program. A student must be enrolled in a least 6 units and it is based on financial need. A student must complete the FAFSA and their financial aid file by May 31st to be considered. Funds are limited so it is available on a first come, first served basis.

Federal Work-Study

The Federal Work-Study program allows students to earn a paycheck by working a part-time job on or off campus and gain valuable experience. Money received from federal work-study does not count as income on the FAFSA. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 units (half-time) to be considered and it is awarded based on financial need. A student must complete the FAFSA, indicate they are interested in federal work-study, and complete their financial aid file by May 29th. Eligible students will be notified via myGateway.

Pell Grant

The Pell Grant is a federal grant to use towards educational expenses. There is no minimum number of units required although award is based on the number of units enrolled. For example, if a student is enrolled in 6 units (half-time), the student will only receive half of the Pell Grant they are eligible for. The Pell Grant is awarded based on financial need. A student must complete the FAFSA to be considered.

Student Loans

Student Loans are available to students in the form of subsidized (the student does NOT accrue interest while in school) and unsubsidized (the student does accrue interest while in school). A student must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units (half-time). A student must complete the FAFSA to be considered.

Student With Dependent Children Grant

Students attending a UC, CSU or CCC who have dependent children, receiving more than half of their support from you and who are under the age of 18, might be eligible to receive the Student With Dependent Children Grant, an access award of up to $6,000 for eligible Cal Grant B or up to $4,000 for eligible Cal Grant C recipients. The award amounts will be prorated to be consistent with the students’ enrollment status: full-time, three-quarter-time, half-time.

California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth

California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth is free money for people raised in foster care to use toward education or career training.

Other Sources of Financial Assistance

Do not overlook other campus-based programs that may be available to you! Learn about other sources of financial assistance.

Important deadlines

FAFSA/CADAA for 2020/21
October 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021

FAFSA/CADAA for 2021/22
October 1, 2020 – June 30, 2022

FAFSA/CADAA/Cal Grant Priority
March 2, 2021

Award Priority for 2021/22
May 29, 2021

Competitive Cal Grant for 2021/22
September 2, 2021

Common questions

You have questions? We have answers. See our frequently asked questions page, and you’ll probably get the information you’re looking for.

Publications

View forms and publications from the Financial Aid Office

Financial Aid TV

Financial Aid questions? View video answers here!

Contact us

Phone

714-888-7588

QLess
Get in line with QLess!

Fax: 714-992-9948

Location

Notice: Campus is closed until further notice due to COVID-19

321 East Chapman Avenue
Building 100, Room 117
Fullerton, CA 92832

Financial Aid Office Hours

Notice: The campus is closed until further notice due to COVID-19, but the Financial Aid Office can serve you via phone, email and text message during the following hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday:  8 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m.-noon

The Financial Aid Office will have modified hours on the following dates:

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The Financial Aid Office will be closed on the following dates:

  • May 31, 2021 – Memorial Day

 

Staff

Due to COVID-19, our office is closed for in-person assistance. You may reach your assigned Financial Aid Technician for assistance through (1) email, (2) text message, or (3) phone.  Please know we will only be able to disclose general information without your FERPA security answers. To access your security questions and answers, please log into www.fullcoll.verifymyfafsa.com.

Staff Title Email Phone/Text Message
Greg Ryan Director of Financial Aid gryan@fullcoll.edu (714) 930-1833
Fatima Villegas Financial Aid Coordinator – Systems fvillegas@fullcoll.edu (714) 874-9111
Mark Bounpraseuth-Hao Financial Aid Coordinator – Front Office mbounpraseuthhao@fullcoll.edu (714) 360-0869
Sherry Duarte Accounting Specialist sduarte@fullcoll.edu (714) 455-1693
Susanna Abadzhyan Counselor sabadzhyan@fullcoll.edu (714) 992-7000 ext. 28788
Sabrina Jenkins Counselor sjenkins@fullcoll.edu (714) 732-5379
Lorena Villarreal Counselor lvillarreal@fullcoll.edu (714) 992-7000 ext. 28279
Angel Torres Counselor atorres@fullcoll.edu (714) 992-7000 ext. 28788
John Abelon Financial Aid Technician jabelon@fullcoll.edu (714) 874-3673
Felipe Rodriguez Financial Aid Technician frodriguez@fullcoll.edu (714) 874-9895
Josue Abarca Financial Aid Technician jabarca@fullcoll.edu (714) 455-1695
Jose Alcaraz Financial Aid Technician jalcaraz@fullcoll.edu (714) 455-1752
Ray Bustos Financial Aid Technician rbustos@fullcoll.edu (714) 455-1637
Tony Alvatorre Financial Aid Technician talvatorre@fullcoll.edu (714) 455-1737
Krystal Correa Financial Aid Technician kcorrea@fullcoll.edu (714) 455-1673
Magaly Renteria Financial Aid Technician mrenteria@fullcoll.edu (714) 455-1772
Carmen Zapata Financial Aid Technician czapata@fullcoll.edu (714) 364-0586

 

Find your technician

Once your financial aid file is complete, you can contact your assigned financial aid technician with any questions. Find out who your technician is below:

If your last name starts with: Your financial aid technician is:
A – B Jose Alcaraz
C – D Ray Bustos
E – G Tony Alvatorre
H – K Josue Abarca
L – M Carmen Zapata
N – O Magaly Renteria
P – R Krystal Correa
S John Abelon
T – Z Felipe Rodriguez
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