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Receiving Your Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office does not start disbursing funds to eligible students before week 4 of the semester. Disbursement of aid continues on a weekly basis for new students that complete their files and whose award eligibility has been determined.   

Exception: Students who apply for loans (Federal and/or private) receive their funds by the end of the 1st week of classes, if all enrollment and disbursement eligibility requirements are met.

Students choose how they want to receive their funds: via a check mailed to the address on record with the Admission’s Office, or via Direct Deposit. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that at all times the school has accurate information for either process.  The correct student address must be on the system at the time checks are printed for accurate delivery. There is no immediate re-issuing of a check if the student does not receive their funds. A “stop payment” process must be completed no sooner than 10 business days after the check was issued and was not received by the student. An investigation will follow prior to reissuing the funds. In the case of a failed Direct Deposit, the District’s  Business Office must have a notification from the bank reporting that the transmission failed otherwise the funds are considered delivered as requested by the student.

California Residents eligible for the Board of Governor’s Waiver do not have their Federal and/or State aid applied towards any charges or class fees. 

Any California Resident (as determined by the Residency Office) who has enough Pell Grant eligibility and who is enrolled at least  half-time, has a portion of the Pell Grant award designated for use at any of the SDCCD Bookstores. This process is only available starting the week prior to the first day of classes until the semester’s last day to add/drop classes for a total of three weeks. Once the add/drop period for the semester ends, the bookstore account closes and will not reopen until the following semester, if the student continues to be enrolled. The maximum amount available changes from year to year. For the 2015-2016 academic year the maximum amount is $882.00 and the amount used will be deducted from the first disbursement.

To view the current status of your application, log unto Reg –E, “View My Financial Aid”

For more information, visit our  website at:

If you have additional questions or concerns, you can visit the Financial Aid Office located on the 1st floor of the Student Services Building for direct assistance.