Student Eligibility

Eligibility criteria to qualify for Federal Student Aid Programs

Students applying for federal financial aid programs must meet the following general requirements:

An eligible non-citizen is a U.S. permanent resident who has documentation from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) verifying permanent residency in the United States. Acceptable documentation for U.S. Citizen includes:

  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Birth Abroad (Form FS-454, DS-1350, or FS-240)
  • U.S. Passport

Acceptable documentation for eligible non-citizenship includes:

  • Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551)
  • Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-151)
  • Foreign passport (Must be stamped; Processed for I-551 with an expiration date)
  • I-94 (Must be stamped; Processed for I-551 with an expiration date, or Temporary Form I-551 with appropriate information filled in), Arrival-Departure Record Form I-94 (Must be stamped as a Refugee, Asylum Status, Conditional Entrant before April 1, 1980, Parolee, Cuban-Haitian Entrant)

  • LACC must be the student's home school within the Los Angeles Community College District
  • Student must be enrolled in an eligible Certificate, Associates, or Transfer Program at LACC.

Contact your academic counselor to determine if LACC is your home school and if you have a valid academic program on record.

Students must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be a high school graduate from either a US or foreign high school;
  • Have passed the General Education Development (GED) test or a state approved high school proficiency examination;
  • Have completed a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law;

  • Have been enrolled in college or career school prior to July 1, 2012, and completed six credit hours or equivalent course work toward a degree or certificate*

  • Have passed an approved ability-to-benefit test*

* Consult with the financial aid office to determine if you meet these criteria.

Students must make satisfactory academic progress in a course of study leading to an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree, Certificate, or transfer to a baccalaureate degree program.

Students must not currently be in default on any student loans such as Federal Perkins loan, Federal Stafford loan, or Federal Direct loan at any previously attended colleges or universities.

Students must demonstrate financial need, which is determined by the applicant's Cost of Attendance minus the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on the financial aid application.

Students must not owe a refund or repayment on a Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), or Cal Grant programs.

Students must have a valid social security number.

Verification is the process of making sure the information reported on the student's FAFSA is accurate and complete. Students may be randomly selected for verification, or may have to resolve conflicting information that has been flagged on the application.  If an application is selected for verification, the applicant will be required to provide additional documentation within specific deadlines. Failure to meet these deadlines may result in the denial of financial aid.

Students can check their financial aid status from the LACCD Portal and complete the verification process or download and upload the appropriate forms at the Financial Aid Portal (

The Financial Aid Office may request additional documentation based on the information submitted on your financial aid application such as:

  • Federal tax forms or IRS transcripts, wages and income transcripts or W2 forms, and/or proof of non-filing
  • Verification of untaxed income and benefits
  • Verification Worksheet
  • Other documents as needed to verify your application or situation
  • Deadline to submit verification documents is 120 days after last date of enrollment or September 1st 2023 for 2022-2023 aid year

Verification requirements apply to all federal aid programs and the state Cal Grant program.