Do I get all of the money on my award letter?
For Grants: the amount listed for a Pell Grant, an SEOG Grant, or a Cal Grant is usually based on full-time attendance.
- If you are enrolled full-time (12 or more units) on the Financial Aid Census Date: you will receive 100% of the grant.
- If you are enrolled 3/4 time (9 to 11.5 units) on the Financial Aid Census Date: you will receive 75% of the grant
- If you are enrolled 1/2 time (6 to 8.5 units) on the Financial Aid Census Date: you will receive 50% of the grant.
Pell Grant Payment Note:
- Students with EFCs of 4801, or higher, are not eligible for a Pell Grant unless they are enrolled full time.
- Students with EFCs of 4401, or higher, are not Pell eligible unless they are enrolled at the 3/4 time.
- Students with EFCs of 3301, or higher, are not Pell eligible unless they are enrolled or 1/2 time level.
- Winter Grants are available for students who are enrolled in the winter session and were paid less than "full time" in the fall term. SMC adds winter units the spring units for Pell payment purposes. If your enrollment level goes from "3/4 time to full time," 1/2 time to 3/4 time or full time," or from "less than 1/2 time" to "half time," you will receive additional federal grant payments.
- If you are enrolled in less than 6 units, you will not qualify for an SEOG Grant or a Cal Grant. You might qualify, though, for a "less than half time Pell Grant."
- Non-resident students, who have outstanding tuition and fee charges, will have Pell and SEOG checks applied directly to the their accounts.
For Work Study: the amount listed for Federal Work Study or Cal Works Work Study is an allocation. You have to work in order to earn the money. Also, the Work Study Allocation is based on the availability of funds.
For BOG Waivers: the amount listed is an averaged amount of enrollment and health fees that are “waived.” You will not be paid this amount.
PLEASE NOTE: Enrolling At Two Or More Colleges Within The Same Academic Year
Students cannot receive Federal Financial Aid at two schools--at the same time.
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