Financial Aid/Scholarship

The San Diego Community College District provides millions in aid every year!

Aid is available and we encourage you to apply if you need assistance in meeting part of your educational costs. Financial aid in the form of grants, work-study and low interest loans is available to those who qualify.

SDCCD is made up of three distinct colleges – San Diego City, Mesa and Miramar, and students may attend classes at any of the three colleges through one application for admission. However, for government financial aid requirements, please note that students need to be enrolled in classes at the college where they are applying for financial aid.

Our goal is to assist you with your financial obligations so that you may maximize your educational opportunities. The Financial Aid Offices recognize that your situation is unique and your application is carefully analyzed with complete confidentiality regarding your personal financial information. All students are encouraged to visit our colleges and to speak with our financial aid staff.



Thank you for your interest in attending San Diego City, Mesa or Miramar College.  

mySDCCD is LIVE!  Financial aid students who submitted a financial aid application for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 aid year can now check their financial aid status on mySDCCD.  Note: If you recently submitted a financial aid application, it will take 5-7 business days for your mySDCCD invite email to be sent to you.

After submitting a FAFSA application, you should have receive an email from the college financial aid office indicating the status of your financial aid application, including steps you may need to take in order to finish processing your financial aid file.

Our goal is to assist you with your financial obligations so that you may maximize your educational opportunities.  The Financial Aid Offices recognize that your situation is unique and your application is carefully analyzed with complete confidentiality regarding your personal financial information.  All students are encouraged to visit our college and speak with a financial aid staff to answer any questions or address any concerns.

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Financial Aid Bulletin

The SDCCD Financial Aid Bulletin is a general information brochure to help you learn about your options for Financial Aid. The Bulletin includes the following information:

  • Deadlines for Filing
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • How to Apply
  • Programs Available
  • How to Receive Your Funds
  • Repayment Calculation
  • Rules, Regulations, Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards for financial aid recipients
  • Additional information

Download the Financial Aid Bulletin or stop by your College Financial Aid Office to pick up a copy.

Visit the Financial Aid section of your college website for more information and online resources.


Financial Aid Offices

College Contact Information Financial Aid Office Website
CITY COLLEGE 619-388-3501
619-388-3241 Fax
Office A-270 Financial Aid Website
MESA COLLEGE 619-388-2817
619-388-2824 Fax
Office I4-107 Financial Aid Website
MIRAMAR COLLEGE 619-388-7864
619-388-7910 Fax
Office K-312 Financial Aid Website


Regular Office Hours

Days Hours
Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - Noon

Office hours are subject to change. Contact the Financial Aid Office for the most up to date office hours.


Financial Aid Programs Available

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Federal Work Study (FWS)
  • Cal Grant A (San Diego Mesa College only)
  • Cal Grant B
  • Cal Grant C
  • California Community College Completion Grant (new)
  • Full-Time Student Success Grant (FTSSG)
  • Chafee Grant Program (for former foster youth)
  • Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS)
  • Federal Direct Loan Program
  • Federal PLUS Loan
  • California College Promise Grant (CCPG)
  • Scholarships
  • OSHER Scholarships

For more information about the financial aid programs available, review the Financial Aid Bulletin or visit your College Financial Aid Office.



The first step in applying for student aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is an all-purpose application that covers many of the programs available.

Apply Online


California College promise grant - CCPG

The California state funded California College Promise Grant (CCPG) provides funds to help low income students pay the enrollment fee. Students may apply for the CCPG in one of two ways:

The CCPG is for California residents only, as determined by your College Admissions Office. To determine if you qualify for the CCPG Waiver, review the Financial Aid Bulletin or contact your College Financial Aid Office.

The CCPG only applies to enrollment fees. It does not pay the Health Fee or any other educational costs. If you need money to help with books, supplies, food, rent, transportation and other costs, please complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a California Dream Act application.

Note: Under the provisions of AB 131, students who are exempt from paying nonresident tuition under Education Code Section 68130.5 (AB 540) will become eligible to participate in the California College Promise Grant program as of January 1, 2013.


New State Regulations on CCPG Eligibility Requirements

New state regulations have changed eligibility requirements for the California College Promise Grant.  Starting Fall 2016, in addition to income and residency requirements, students must maintain academic and progress standards to maintain California College Promise Grant eligibility.


What This Means

Students must maintain good academic standing which is defined as holding a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above and completing at least 61% of all units attempted. Students who are disqualified will lose their registration priority and CCPG eligibility.


If You Lost Your Registration Priority

Students who lose their registration priority due to disqualification will be able to regain their status once they return to good academic standing.


If You Lost Your CCPG Eligibility

Students already enrolled in classes for the next semester will retain their CCPG eligibility/award for that semester only (e.g. student already registered for the Summer semester before they were disqualified in the Spring). Any subsequent semesters will not be eligible for the CCPG until you return to good academic standing. Alternatively, if you elect to sit out an academic year you will have your CCPG eligibility restored when you reapply.

For more information, please consult the online flyer on how to maintain your CCPG


Appeal Process for Loss of CCPG

For students who believe their recent academic performance is based on circumstances outside their control, or believe they have made substantial academic improvement, may appeal the loss of CCPG eligibility by submitting a Loss of CCPG/Enrollment Priority Petition to the Dean of Student Development.

Students must meet with a counselor in order to submit an appeal petition. Petitions will be reviewed in the order they are received; all decisions are final.



  1. If you are readmitted and wish to appeal, obtain the petition for Loss of CCPG/Enrollment Priority from Counseling.
  2. Fill out the petition, attach a one-page legible personal statement explaining the reasons for your appeal and attach any supporting documentation to the petition.  It is highly recommended that you have your petition completed prior to meeting with a counselor in step 3.
  3. Review your petition with a counselor, attach your student education plan and have the counselor sign your petition.
  4. Submit your petition to the Dean of Student Development Office by the last day to withdraw classes for the current semester.



The California Dream Act of 2011, authored by Assembly Member Gil Cedillo (Los Angeles), became law through the passage of two Assembly Bills, AB 130 and AB 131.

  • AB 130 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria (California Education Code 68130.5(a)) to apply for and receive non-state funded scholarships for public colleges and universities.
  • AB 131 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grant and Chafee Grant.

Eligibility for the California College Promise Grant (CCPG) at the California Community Colleges became effective in January 2013. Eligibility for the Cal Grant will become effective for the 2013-2014 school year.

Note: In 2012 SDCCD was approved by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in a program to reduce "over borrowing" by limiting the eligibility and borrowing under "unsubsidized loans" for certain categories of students. See the Financial Aid Bulletin for more details.

Students eligible under AB540 may complete the California DREAM Act Application at



San Diego City, Mesa and Miramar Colleges each have a variety of scholarships available to students. For a list of scholarships and availability, visit the Scholarship section of your college website or stop by the office on campus.


CITY COLLEGE Student Affairs Office
Room M-200
619-388-3498 City College Scholarships
MESA COLLEGE Student Affairs Office
Room I4-408
619-388-2699 Mesa College Scholarships
MIRAMAR COLLEGE Financial Aid & Scholarship Office
Room K-312
619-388-7864 Miramar College Scholarships



California has allocated funding to establish an emergency fund for Dreamer students who need additional financial help due to hardships and extenuating circumstances.  These limited, one-time funds are available on an as needed basis with the following requirements:

  • Student has submitted a California Dream Act Application
  • Student has demonstrated financial need 

If you need additional financial assistance and would like to apply for an emergency grant, please download and complete the request form and visit your DACA resource at your college’s counseling office.  Emergency grant requests will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis depending on need and availability of funds.




Contact Number


Cathi Lopez


(619) 388 - 3540


Lisa Naungayan
Adriana Rivas

EOPS I4-309
Counseling I4-303

(619) 388 - 2706
(619) 388 - 2672


Randy Claros


(619) 388 - 7040
(619) 388 - 7840



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