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. Our team offers information and assistance on the financial aid website, over the phone on QLess (714-888-7588), email, text messaging, 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 and Return to the Hive.

Additional services and resources are available to you because of COVID-19. 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 BankMobile Disbursements*. How Financial Aid Gets To You 2022/2023 provides information on disbursement dates for this academic year.

* Our school delivers your refund with BankMobile Disbursements, a technology solution, powered by BMTX, Inc.  Visit BankMobile Disbursements or view our third-party servicer contract for refund management.

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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 2021/22
Applications are open October 1, 2020 – June 30, 2022

FAFSA/CADAA for 2022/23
Applications are open October 1, 2021 – June 30, 2023

FAFSA/CADAA/Cal Grant Priority
Deadline of March 2 is extended to April 1, 2022 for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

Award Priority for 2022/23
May 31, 2022

Competitive Cal Grant for 2022/23
September 2, 2022

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.

Contact us

Phone

714-888-7588

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Get in line with QLess!

Fax: 714-992-9948

Location

Notice: Due to COVID-19, the office has limited in-person service hours. Please check our office hours prior to visiting us for in-person services. 

321 East Chapman Avenue
Building 100, Room 115
Fullerton, CA 92832

Financial Aid Office Hours

The Financial Aid Office is available to serve you via phone, email, text message, and in-person during the hours listed below. Please check back for the most updated office hours as they are subject to change without prior notice.

  Summer 2022 Hours:

  REMOTE SERVICES IN-PERSON SERVICES
Monday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Closed 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Closed 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Closed 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Closed 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Friday Closed Closed

 

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

  • Independence Day 7/4/22
  • Labor Day 9/5/22
  • Veteran’s Day 11/11/22
  • Thanksgiving Holiday 11/24/22-11/25-22
  • Winter Holiday 12/23/22-1/2/23
  • MLK Day 1/16/23
  • Lincoln’s Birthday 2/17/23
  • President’s Day 2/20/23
  • Memorial Day 5/29/23

 

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 your VerifyMyFAFSA account.

Staff Title Email Phone/Text Message
Greg Ryan Director of Financial Aid gryan@fullcoll.edu (714) 930-1833
Fatima Baltazar Financial Aid Coordinator – Systems fbaltazar@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
Sabrina Jenkins Counselor sjenkins@fullcoll.edu
Lorena Villarreal Counselor lvillarreal@fullcoll.edu
Angel Torres Counselor atorres@fullcoll.edu
Jacquelyn Johnston Counselor jjohnston@fullcoll.edu
Rachael Tucker Clerical Assistant rtucker@fullcoll.edu (714) 455-1711
Lanicesha Dodson Clerical Assistant ldodson@fullcoll.edu (714) 492-1844

Josue Abarca

Financial Aid Technician

Alpha section: A – BE

jabarca@fullcoll.edu

 

(714) 455-1695

 

Jose Alcaraz

Financial Aid Technician

Alpha section: BH – CO

jalcaraz@fullcoll.edu

 

(714) 455-1752

 

Felipe Rodriguez

Financial Aid Technician

Alpha section: CR – E

frodriguez@fullcoll.edu

 

(714) 874-9895

 

Tony Alvatorre

Financial Aid Technician

Alpha section: F – G

talvatorre@fullcoll.edu

 

(714) 455-1737

 

Krystal Correa

Financial Aid Technician

Alpha section: H – LA

kcorrea@fullcoll.edu

 

(714) 455-1673

 

Magaly Renteria

Financial Aid Technician

Alpha section: LE – M 

mrenteria@fullcoll.edu

 

(714) 455-1772

 

Carmen Zapata

Financial Aid Technician

Alpha section: N – PA

czapata@fullcoll.edu

 

(714) 364-0586

 

Wendy Ascencio

Financial Aid Technician

Alpha section: PE – R

wascencio@fullcoll.edu

 

(714) 955-4811

 

Marvin Perez

Financial Aid Technician

Alpha section: S – TORRES

mperez3@fullcoll.edu

 

(714) 872-9814

 

Josh Sanchez

Financial Aid Technician

Alpha section: TR – Z

jsanchez@fullcoll.edu

(714) 844-7632

 

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 – BE Josue Abarca
BH – CO  Jose Alcaraz
CR – E Felipe Rodriguez
F – G Tony Alvatorre
H – LA Krystal Correa
LE – M  Magaly Renteria
N – PA  Carmen Zapata
PE – R Wendy Ascencio
S – TORRES Marvin Perez
TR – Z Josh Sanchez
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