Program

Financial Aid

Eligibility

Students interested in financial aid are required to complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The online application is available at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. To be eligible, you must be enrolled in at least 6 units a term and you must be a citizen or eligible non-citizen (permanent resident) of the United States. Students in this program are not eligible for State University Grants (SUGs).

The financial aid options for our online programs include these options:

  • Stafford Loans - subsidized and unsubsidized long-term, low interest loans through the federal government
  • Pell Grants - Federal grant for students who demonstrate need. It is a federally funded program for U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens. Maximum award: $5,550 per year
  • Cal Grants – Cal Grants are administered by the CA Student Aid Commission. Students may be considered for the Cal Grant A or B program by completing the Free Application Federal Student Aid by March 2 each year and completing all other application requirements as outlined by the CA Student Aid Commission. Further details regarding the Cal Grant programs can be found at the CA Student Aid Commission website http://www.csac.ca.gov/

Your eligibility is based upon a review of your data as submitted on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and on other supporting documents, if required. Your enrollment status must be at least half-time, (the equivalent of 6 units), and you must be a citizen or eligible non-citizen (permanent resident) of the United States.

For answers to your specific financial aid questions, please email the financial advisor Jill Brower in the Financial Aid office for more information.

Are you military?

If you are active military or a veteran, your education benefits can be used for yourself or dependents. Financial Resources for Veterans http://www.fullerton.edu/vacertification/

Stafford Loans

The Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program enables students to obtain long-term, low interest loans through the federal government.

Subsidized

  • Based on financial need
  • Federal government pays interest on your behalf until 6 months after you graduate or drop below half-time
  • Repayment begins at the end of the 6 months grace period

Unsubsidized

  • No need based
  • Maximums based on grade level and dependency status
  • Federal government does not pay interest
  • Interest is variable
  • No obligation to make payments while enrolled at least half-time

Fees
1% origination - 0.5% rebate = 0.5%

For complete information regarding these low-interest loans, download the Financial Aid details.

Pell Grants

  • Federal Pell Grants are direct grants awarded through participating institutions to students with financial need who have not received their first bachelor's degree.
  • Unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid
  • Currently the maximum Pell grant is $5,550 per year
  • The amount awarded depends on your financial need, costs to attend school, status as a full-time or part-time student, and plans to attend school for a full academic year or less

Cal Grants (A or B)

  • Cal Grants are grants administered by the CA Student Aid Commission. Students must be CA residents, demonstrate financial need through completion of the FAFSA and must meet application requirements and deadlines established by the CA Student Aid Commission. Eligible students must not have received their first bachelor's degree.
  • Unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid
  • The amount awarded depends on your financial need, costs to attend school, status as a full-time or part-time student, and plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.