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Who is Eligible for Federal Student Aid?

Basic Requirements
While each aid program has special requirements, you are generally eligible for financial assistance if you meet all of the following requirements. You must:

  1. Have a financial need (except for some loan programs and many scholarship programs). Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid by the priority deadlines;
  2. Students must have a high school diploma; completed secondary level homeschooling in accordance with State laws or a General Education Development (GED) certificate.
  3. Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program, only the courses required for that program will be included in aid eligibility;
  4. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-U.S. citizen;
  5. Have a valid Social Security Number;
  6. Be registered with the Selective Service, (if required);
  7. Meet satisfactory academic progress (continuing students only);
  8. Use the federal student aid only for educational purposes;
  9. Certify that you are not in default on a federal student loan and that you do not owe money on a federal student grant.
  10. Must have resolved any drug conviction issue.

GUEST STUDENTS cannot receive financial aid for enrollment in classes at WCCCD unless the student’s home school enters into a consortium agreement with WCCCD.  Contact your home school for more information.

Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility

The amount of Federal Pell grant funds a student may receive over his or her lifetime is limited to be the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding.  Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding a student can receive each year is equal to 100%, the six-year equivalent is 600%.

Log on to the U.S. Department of Education website for more detailed information regarding Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) here.

Repeat Course Policy for Financial Aid

Due to changes in federal regulations, the Financial Aid Office is required to monitor and adjust a student’s enrollment level for Title IV aid if, or when, they repeat course work for credit that they have already earned. Students can retake and receive federal aid if they previously failed a course, but can only receive financial aid twice for a course that has been passed. A passing grade is defined as D or better. Please note that the repeat course policy for financial aid is separate from institutional academic policies regarding repeat courses.

The policy allows a student to receive financial aid under the following situations:

  • To repeat any failed course until a passing grade is received.
  • To repeat one time any course in which a passing grade was previously received.

Please Note: Regardless of the outcome, courses are not eligible to be covered by financial aid after a 2nd attempt has been made in a course that has, at any time, previously earned a passing grade.

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