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FINANCIAL AID

Financial Aid

Welcome to the Los Angeles City College

The Financial Aid Office at Los Angeles City College is committed to help students and their families with a diversity of financial aid resources designed to expand college access. We believe that every student deserves a chance to learn and grow, regardless of their financial background. Our mission is to make sure everyone has a fair opportunity to pursue and achieve their academic dreams.

Yours in success,
LACC Financial Aid Office


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Financial Aid info
Location: First Floor of the Student Services Building

Office Hours:
Mon -Thu: 8 am - 6 pm*
Friday: 8am - 2pm
Weekends: Closed
*Thursdays, from 2pm to 4 pm is open for general questions only.

Email us:
@email

Call us:
(323) 953-4000 ext. 2010

Chat with us
Cranium Cafe Lobby

Federal School Code: 001223
State School Code: 00122300

How to Apply for Financial Aid

A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows students to be considered for federal aid, state aid, institutional aid, and loans. The California Dream Act Application (CADAA) allows students to be considered for state aid and some institutional aid.

2024-2025 FAFSA

The FAFSA Simplification Act was passed by Congress to streamline the financial aid process for students and families. Among other key changes, the legislation significantly reduced the total number of questions students see when completing the 2024-2025 FAFSA.  We have highlighted some notable differences from prior years.

Apply online at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

  • The student must apply for an FSA ID to gain access to the U.S. Department of Education’s online systems, including the FAFSA. The FSA ID also serves as their legal signature when completing electronic documents.
  • When applicable, the student must invite their “contributors” (e.g., parents or spouse) to obtain their own FSA ID and complete their contributor's section of the FAFSA.
  • To invite contributors, students must know:
    • Their email address
    • The name used on their tax return (if they filed one)
    • Their Social Security number (SSN) (if they have one)
  • All contributors must have a FSA ID.
  • Mixed family status (e.g., contributors without SSNs) can now submit a FAFSA.
  • All contributors must give approval and consent (including non-filers) to pull IRS tax return information; without the consent from the student and the contributors the FAFSA becomes invalid, and the student will not be eligible for federal aid.
  • All contributors must complete their section of the FAFSA before it can be submitted.
  • Students can now make corrections to their FAFSA Submission Summary.

You can see further changes and follow future updates online at our FAFSA Simplification Act page.

Contact the financial aid office for help filling out your FAFSA or click here to see the Federal Student Aid list of contact centers.

Feel free to reach out to the Financial Aid Office if you have questions.  To ensure student privacy, please be prepared to provide your student ID number to the Financial Aid representative.

2024-2025 CADAA

The California Dream Act allows undocumented and nonresident documented students who meet certain provisions to apply for and receive private scholarships funded through public universities, state-administered financial aid, university grants, community college fee waivers, and Cal Grants.

The CA Dream Act Application (CADAA), also known as Dream Application, is used by undocumented students who meet the eligibility requirements of AB 540. The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) processes the application and any aid received can only be used at eligible California public or private institutions.

Go to https://dream.csac.ca.gov/ to submit the California Dream Act Application if:

  • You meet the eligibility for AB540 and you are not eligible to file the FAFSA,
  • You plan to enroll in an accredited and qualifying California college or university, and
  • If applicable, complete(d) an affidavit to legalize immigration status as soon as you are eligible,
  • Do not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (F, J, H, L, A, B, C, D, E, etc.)

Note:  If you have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), you should file the California Dream Act Application,
even if you have a Social Security number for Work Authorization.

Contact the financial aid office for help filling out your CADAA or call the California Student Aid Commission’s Student Support Center at 1-888-224-7268.

Feel free to reach out to the Financial Aid Office if you have questions.  To ensure student privacy, please be prepared to provide your student ID number to the Financial Aid representative.

Announcements

Virtual Financial Aid Student Technology (FAST) Lab

If you need assistance completing your application for financial aid, navigating the Financial Aid Portals, submitting appeals, request a student loan, or any other process related to your financial aid at LACC, please visit our virtual Financial Aid Student Technology Lab (FAST Lab). The virtual lab is available Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Fridays from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Virtual FAST Lab

2024-2025 California College Promise Grant (Enrollment Fees Waiver)

Millions of dollars of financial aid go unused every year because students don’t think they will qualify, which in many cases isn’t true. The California College Promise Grant (CCPG) waives community college enrollment fees if you’re eligible.

You should apply if:
  • You’ve lived in California for at least one year, or
  • You’ve been determined a California resident homeless youth by the Financial Aid Office, or
  • You’re eligible for non-resident tuition as an AB 540 or AB 1899 student, or with a “T” or “U” visa.
What you will need:
  • Your or your parent’s/guardian’s 2022 tax information (we’ll walk you through which one you’ll need)
Three ways to apply:
  • Fill out the FAFSA or the California Dream Act application. In addition to the fee waiver, by completing these, you may qualify for additional financial aid resources (Pell Grant, Cal Grant, Work Study, etc.) to help with other costs (books, food, rent, etc.).
  • Complete the CCPG Form online through the Financial Aid Portal
  • Complete the CCPG Application form and submit it in person at the Financial Aid Office or via email at @email

Scholarships

Scholarships are gifts awarded to students offered through community groups, individual donors, and foundations, such as the LACC Foundation. Scholarships are generally awarded on the basis of academic merit, leadership, talent, and/or community service. However, eligibility criteria, application procedures and deadlines vary by program.

There are millions of scholarships and millions of dollars out there. Chances are you can find at least one that aligns with your strengths and interests. Using multiple search engines– and diligently exploring the many awards out there– can improve your chances of winning a scholarship award. Keep in mind that even if you do not win a scholarship one year, many accept applications on an annual or rolling basis, so reapplication may be both simple and worthwhile.

Below is a small list of search engines and scholarships:

Los Angeles City College Foundation provides scholarships and opportunities to LACC students so that they continue to excel in their educational careers. All scholarships and opportunities are provided by the generosity of independent donors, LACC alumni and the campus community.

Apply at http://www.laccfoundation.org/students/apply-for-scholarships/

Scholarship Search Engines are tools you can use to locate scholarship opportunities. Generally, you will be asked to create a a profile, and the search engine will alert you about scholarship opportunities that match your specific criteria.  Here are some of the most common:

As you begin your search for scholarships to help you pay for school, here are some key tips that can make it possible for you to maximize your chances of success:

  • Apply for as many scholarships as you can: The more scholarships you apply for, the greater your chances of earning them get. Don’t dismiss small awards, either. Several small scholarships can add up.
  • Get second opinions on your essays: Ask a parent or school counselor to review your essays and give feedback before you submit them.
  • Stay organized: Make sure you meet deadlines and keep track of the scholarships you have already applied for so you don’t miss opportunities. If you’re applying for many scholarships, keep a spreadsheet to track the scholarship names, deadlines and application statuses.
  • Start early and keep looking: Start long before you need to make your first payment for school. Many scholarships become available once you’re in ninth grade. Once you’re out of high school, don’t stop searching for scholarships. Keep looking for opportunities while you’re in school.
  • Use all available resources: To find scholarships that apply to you, use any resources you have available. Use multiple scholarship search engines, and check with your school’s financial aid office to see if any institutional or departmental scholarships are available. If you’re still in high school, ask your school counselor for help.

Don’t be afraid to ask for more tips from resources around you. Local universities and community colleges may offer scholarship workshops where you can learn more tips or have someone look over your essays.