GCCPromiseThe GCCPromise supports first-time, full-time non-CCPG eligible students who are California residents in their first year of college by paying the fees associated with the first 24 units of study during their fall and spring terms in the current academic year. The GCCPromise identifies first-time college students from the GCC applicant pool and awarded them based on full-time enrollment in a degree or certificate program. Learn more about GCCPromise.
Grants and Waiver Programs
Each year, the deadline for applying for a new Entitlement or Competitive Cal Grant is March 2 (round one). AB 540 students must meet the March 2 deadline. Students who will be attending a community college have another opportunity to try for a new Competitive Cal Grant award by meeting the September 2 deadline (round two).
Entitlement Cal Grants are available to all graduating high school seniors or last year’s graduates who meet the GPA and family income and asset requirements and file their FAFSA or CADAA and verified high school GPA or test scores (or their high school submits their GPA information electronically) by the March 2nd deadline. Students who file a FAFSA and a GPA Verification form (or their school submits their GPA information electronically) by the March 2 deadline will be considered in the first round of the Competitive Cal Grant awarding process.
Students who file a FAFSA and GPA Verification form by the March 2 and/or September 2 deadline and are enrolled in a community college for the Fall semester will be considered in the second round of the Competitive Cal Grant awarding process. GPAs for GCC students who have completed at least 16 degree applicable units at GCC will be sent electronically to the California Student Aid Commission. All other students may need to have a GPA Verification form completed by their Academic Counselor and submitted by the deadline.
The three types of grants available are:
Cal Grant A (Entitlement Award)
Every graduating high school senior who has at least a 3.0 GPA, meets the family income and asset requirements, and applies before March 2nd may receive a Cal Grant A Entitlement award. Note: to be considered for an Entitlement award, the CA Student Aid Commission must receive your GPA Verification from your high school.
Cal Grant A (Competitive Award)
Other students who have at least a 3.0 high school GPA or 2.4 college GPA will be considered for a Cal Grant A Competitive award. Selection is based on a composite score that considers your family's income, parents' educational level, GPA, time out of high school, and other factors, such as whether you come from a single-parent household or are a former foster youth. Awards are for assistance with tuition and fees at a UC, CSU, or private college, and can be used for up to 8 full-time semesters or the equivalent. Important: A Cal Grant A cannot be used while attending a community college, but will be held on reserve until you transfer to a university.
Cal Grant B (Entitlement Award)
Every graduating high school senior or last year’s graduate who meets the March 2 deadline, has at least a 2.0 GPA, and meets the family income and asset requirements, will receive a Cal Grant B Entitlement award. Important: For California Dream Act student eligibility, see below 'Financial Aid for AB540 Students'
Cal Grant B (Competitive Award)
Other students who have at least a 2.0 GPA will be considered for a Cal Grant B Competitive award. Selection is based on a composite score that considers your family's income, parents' educational level, GPA, time out of high school, and other factors, such as whether you come from a single-parent household or are a former foster youth. In addition to providing assistance with tuition and fees at a UC, CSU, or private college, this award consists of a subsistence payment for books and supplies that you can receive while attending a community college. The current maximum award available for community college students is $1,672 per award year. A Cal Grant B can be used for up to 8 full-time semesters or the equivalent depending on college grade level.
Cal Grant C
To qualify for a Cal Grant C, you must be enrolled in an eligible occupational or technical degree or certificate program. Potential Cal Grant C applicants must complete a Cal Grant C Supplement form for further consideration. All students who are not awarded either a Cal Grant A or B and indicate on their FAFSA or CADAA that they will be enrolled in an occupational or technical program will be sent this form. Eligible applicants receive a subsistence award for books and supplies. The current maximum Cal Grant C award for community college students is $1094 per award year. A Cal Grant C can be used for up to 4 full-time semesters or the equivalent. Important: Funding for this award is contingent on the California State budget constraints
To be eligible for payment in the fall or winter/spring semester, you must meet all of the criteria detailed below in each semester you expect payment:
- You must receive a full-time Cal Grant B or C payment. Students Choosing to take a Leave of Absence for their Cal Grant will not be eligible to receive payment for the SSCG
- To receive $649 in the fall or winter/spring semester, you must be enrolled in 12-14.99 units per semester
- To receive $2,000 in the fall or winter/spring semester, you must be enrolled in 15+ units per semester
- If you are on Financial Aid Contract, only units from the courses listed on your contract will count toward your eligibility
- You must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards
- Have unmet need
Summer SSCG are awarded on a funds-available basis. Student who have received the maximum SSCG amount for fall and winter/spring ($4,000) are not eligible for summer SSCG. Students enrolling for the summer term will be considered for a summer SSCG payment based on their unit total for the year (completed fall and winter/spring units plus enrolled summer units). Students whose summer enrollment brings their annual unit total to 24-29 will receive a summer payment amount that brings their SSCG annual award amount to $1,298. Students whose summer enrollment brings their annual unit total to 30+ units will receive a summer payment amount that brings their SSCG annual award amount to $4,000.
The Community College Completion Grant (CCCG) is a financial aid award designed to encourage faster completion of a student’s degree or certificate. The CCCG is currently an additional $750 per semester, or maximum $1,500 per award year. A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA is required. To qualify for a Fall semester payment, a student must:
Be receiving BOTH a Cal Grant and Full Time Student Success Grant (FTSSG) payment for the Fall semester.
Be enrolled in at least 15 units for the Fall semester only, OR
Be enrolled in at least 12 units for the Fall semester combined with enough additional units during the adjacent Winter intersession to equal at least 15 units.
For a Spring semester payment, a student must:
Be receiving BOTH a Cal Grant and Full Time Student Success Grant (FTSSG) payment for the Spring semester.
Be enrolled in at least 15 units for the Spring semester only, OR
Be enrolled in at least 15 units for the Winter intersession combined with the adjacent Spring semester (the Winter units must not already have been used to qualify for Fall payment), OR
Be enrolled in at least 12 units for the combined Winter intersession and Spring semester PLUS enough additional units during the adjacent Summer session to equal at least 15 units (again, the Winter units must not already have been used to qualify for Fall payment), OR
Be enrolled in at least 12 units for the Spring semester combined with enough additional units during the adjacent Summer session to equal at least 15 units.
Important: Students may in some cases qualify for payment based upon enrollment in at least 12 units during a primary semester (Fall or Winter/Spring) if the length of their program is less than 30 units, or if they have less than 30 units remaining and will finish their program within that academic year.
A student meeting the above standard must meet with their academic counselor for completion of a CCCG Program Application and comprehensive Student Educational Plan (SEP). This SEP will establish the time-frame required for completion of their goal. A student MUST maintain progress toward completing their goal within this specified time-frame: therefore, receiving an ‘F’, ‘NP’, or ‘W’ can jeopardize their future CCCG eligibility. Making up units in a subsequent term within the same academic year is allowed as long as a cumulative 2.0 GPA is maintained.
A change of goal may make finishing within the time-frame established by the original SEP impossible. Please contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions regarding changing your academic goal and the CCCG. To apply for Cal Grant, FTSSG, and the CCCG, a student must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the March 2 or September 2 deadline, OR the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by the March 2 deadline.
Important: KinGAP youth, adopted youth, guardian placement, and voluntary placement may not be eligible for the Chafee Grant, unless court dependency was established at any time between the ages of 16 and 19. The California Department of Social Services will verify your foster youth eligibility status.
CCPG A is awarded when the student or the student's parent receives TANF/CalWORKs or SSI or when the student receives General Relief benefits. You must provide a copy of a current benefit check or notification of eligibility. Students who qualify for CCPG A also are eligible for a discount on campus parking and their Health fee.
CCPG B is based on state mandated income ceilings.
CCPG C is available to students who do not meet the criteria for CCPG A or CCPG B. All students who demonstrate at least $1104 of financial need after filing the FAFSA form can be awarded a CCPG C. You must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for CCPG C consideration.
Financial Aid for AB540 Students
Students who graduated from a California high school but were not considered state residents because they were undocumented or had moved out of the state may be eligible to be classified as 'AB540' students and qualify for in-state tuition. This determination is made by the Admissions and Records Office. Under the recently passed California Dream Act, these students may also apply for the California College Promise Grant (CCPG) (formerly the BOG Fee Waiver) and Cal Grants.
AB540 students are eligible to apply for a CCPG. Students who have a Social Security number and file the federal FAFSA form are automatically considered for a CCPG. Students who do not have a Social Security number may file either the special AB540 California College Promise Grant Application available from the Financial Aid Office, or the California Dream Act Application at this website:
Cal Grant Program
AB540 students who graduated from a California high school after June 2013 may apply for an Entitlement Cal Grant for by completing the California Dream Act Application form at this website:
Visit the California Aid Commission's California Dream Act website at the links above for additional information including deadlines. The deadline to submit a California Dream Act application for Cal Grant eligibility is typically March 2 of each year.
Work and Loan Programs
Awards are based on unmet financial need. The actual amount earned depends on the number of hours worked and your wage rate. Federal Work Study awards will show as Offered until the Financial Aid Office receives confirmation from Job Placement that the student has been hired in an FWS program.
Financial aid process at Glendale Community College
Student eligibility requirements
Borrower rights and responsibilities
Delivery of loan funds to the student
Future borrowing and managing your debt
Obligations of loan repayment
Consequences of loan delinquency or default
Continuing borrowers who have borrowed loans at GCC or another institution are not required to attend an Entrance Loan workshop. They may pick up a loan packet by stopping by the Financial Aid Office. For an up-to-date schedule of Entrance workshops, visit the Financial Aid Office Calendar.
Criteria: Loan eligibility is based on enrollment in an eligible degree program (this includes most of the programs offered at GCC), unmet need (for subsidized loans), and a complete financial aid file. Also, students must be enrolled in 6 or more units (half-time status) at the time of disbursement. If you are on a Financial Aid Contract, only units from the courses on your contract will count toward your eligibility.
Eligible loan amounts: Limits for student borrowing are based on grade level and unmet need for financial aid. Subsidized loans for first-year students are limited to $3,500 per academic year; second-year students are limited to $4,500 per academic year. Independent students may have additional unsubsidized loan eligibility up to $6000, depending upon grade level. Grade level determination is based upon your current academic record and Student Educational Plan.
Required application materials: The Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (to be completed online) and the Loan Request form must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office to complete the loan application process.
Last day to submit loan applications for the academic year for Fall semester only is November 22; or for the Spring semester is May 18.
The last day to accept loan applications for the Summer semester is July 20. Summer student loans are based on a Summer only Cost of Attendance and is considered a 'trailer' for each award year. Therefore, if you have used up all of your loan eligibility for that aid year, you will not be eligible for a student loan for that Summer.
150% Direct Subsidized Loan Limit: First-time borrowers are not eligible for Direct Subsidized Loans after 150% of the published length of the borrower's current educational program. This does not affect Unsubsidized Loans or PLUS loan eligibility.
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Limit: As part of our agreement with the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the Federal Student Loan Program, some students will not be able to borrow a Direct Unsubsidized Loan during grade level one (freshman; 0-29 units completed).
Federal Direct PLUS (Parent) Loans
Glendale Community College participates in the Federal Direct Loan Program. This includes Federal PLUS loans. These are loans that parents of dependent students may take in order to assist in paying for college costs.
Criteria: Loan eligibility is based on students being enrolled in an eligible degree program (this includes most of the programs offered at GCC), unmet need (for subsidized loan), and a complete financial aid file. Also, students must be enrolled in 6 or more units (half-time status) at the time of disbursement. If you are on a Financial Aid Contract, only units from the courses on your contract will count toward your eligibility.
Eligible loan amounts: Limits for parent, PLUS Loan, borrowing are limited to the student’s Cost of Attendance as calculated by the Financial Aid Office.
Required application materials: The Federal Direct PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note, PLUS Entrance counseling and the PLUS Loan Request Form must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office.
For a complete explanation of our loan program and your rights and responsibilities as a borrower, please visit our financial aid consumer information page on student loans.
Other Things You Need to Know
If you withdraw from all of your classes before you have completed 60% of the semester, you will be required to repay some or all of the financial aid you have received for that semester. Please see our calendar for important dates.
You must reapply for financial aid each year.
Grants are generally disbursed to you by check. Work-study funds must be earned and are paid according to your hourly rate of pay and the number of hours you work. All CCPG awards are waivers of your enrollment and, in the case of CCPG A, half of your health fees. CCPGs are only disbursed as cash if you have already paid these fees and are eligible for a refund from the College. More information on disbursement of financial aid is included on the “What Happens Next” page.
Carefully read GCC’s Satisfactory Academic Progress policy. You may lose eligibility if you do not successfully complete all of your courses, exceed the total number of units allowed for your degree/certificate/transfer program, or your cumulative GPA falls below 2.0.
If your family's financial circumstances change during the year, contact the Financial Aid Office. In some cases we can adjust your application information and you may be eligible for additional funds.