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Federal School Code: 001162

Financial Aid Office
25555 Hesperian Blvd, Bldg 700, First Floor
Hayward CA 94545

Email: Email
Fax: 510-723-7103
Phone: 510-723-6748

 

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What is Financial Aid?

  • Financial aid is money available to assist students with the costs of attending college.
  • Financial aid comes from the federal government, state government, the College, and from private sources in the form of scholarships. Grants and scholarships are assistance you don't have to pay back. Federal Work-Study allows you to work and earn money to help pay for school. Loans are borrowed money that you must repay with interest.
  • The Federal Student Guide provides greater detail on Federal Student Aid.

Who can receive financial aid?

  • Federal financial aid is available to anyone who meets the following criteria:
  1. Have a financial need as determined by your financial aid application (FAFSA), and reviewed or certified by Chabot Financial Aid Office.
  2. Have a high-school diploma, a GED certificate, or pass an approved ability-to-benefit test given by Chabot College.
  3. Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible certificate, associate or transfer degree program.
  4. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (i.e. permanent resident, refugee, asylum, parolee).
  5. Have a valid Social Security Number.
  6. Meet standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
  7. Not be in default on an educational loan nor owe a refund to any financial aid office. To track your federal student loans and grants, visit the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) Student Access Web Site.
  8. Certify that all information you provide on Financial Aid application form is accurate and true, and that federal aid received will be used only for educational purposes.
  9. Be registered, or formerly registered, with the Selective Service System, if you are a U.S. citizen or immigrant alien male aged 18 through 26. If you have not yet registered, you can do so at http://www.sss.gov.

How will I know what types of aid I will be receiving?

  • You will receive an Award Letter electronically  via the Zone Mail from the Financial Aid Office. This will detail all aid for which you are eligible, for the entire school year.
  • You may not receive aid in excess of your cost of attendance.
  • The information found on your Award Letter is also available at Chabot's CLASS-Web site. Use your Chabot W# and your PIN to access it, you may also log into CLASS Web via the Zone

How do I accept my award?

  • You do not have to return the Award Letter to the Financial Aid Office.
  • If you do not want to accept a certain award, you must contact the Financial Aid Office.
  • You must decline your offered aid if you do not plan to attend Chabot College, especially if you do intend to receive aid at another college.

What if my financial situation has changed since I filed my FAFSA?

  • You may request a Review of Unusual Circumstances with the Financial Aid Office that will allow us to reevaluate your financial aid eligibility due to unemployment, loss of benefits, divorce or other special circumstances.
  • Verification of your file will first be required to ensure we have accurate information. Then, an Unusual Circumstances form and documents will be required prior to adjusting any data.

How can I be sure to be considered for maximum types and amounts of financial aid?

  • Apply early - Meet the March 2nd annual priority filing date.
  • Return all requested verification and follow-up documentation within two weeks, fully completed and signed.
  • Keep your grades up - Meet minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress.

What kinds of aid can I expect to see on my Award Letter?

  • The kind of financial aid you receive is based upon your level of need and your application's completion date.
  • You will receive an aid package that may be a combination of federal and state grants and/or Federal Work-Study. Grant dollars are limited, so apply early.

What is Federal Work Study (FWS)?

  • FWS is a federally funded student employment program established to assist students in meeting their educational costs through part-time on campus positions or in off-campus positions, some of which are contracted community service positions.

What is the cost of attendance?

  • Average annual costs (tuition, books, fees, room and board, transportation, etc.) determined to be necessary to attend Chabot College.
  • These figures are subject to change.

How is my expected family contribution (EFC) determined?

  • Your (and your spouse's if married, parent's if dependent) income, assets, number in household, number in college, and your state of legal residence are used in determining the expected family contribution.
  • The formula applied to your information is determined by the federal government.

Do I need to notify the Financial Aid Office if I change my housing arrangements?

  • Yes, your financial aid eligibility may change.

Where can I find general information on the federal and state financial aid programs on the web?

  • The U.S. Department of Education's web site for federal financial aid programs is: http://www.ed.gov/studentaid/student.html
  • The State of California's web site for state financial aid is CSAC (http://www.csac.ca.gov/).

What Pin do I use?

  • The Chabot Pin is used to access information on CLASS-Web only.
  • The federal pin is issued to you by the US Department of Education. You can access the web site at http://www.pin.ed.gov. This Federal Pin number is used to file your FAFSA or make a correction to your FAFSA application.

What is Chabot College's school code?

  • 001162

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APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

How do I apply for financial aid at Chabot College?

  • Complete the FAFSA or the renewal FAFSA, preferably via FAFSA on the Web or mail it to the processor as soon as possible after January 1 for the coming academic year.
  • If you applied last year, you may receive a renewal FAFSA in the mail; complete that form (be sure to update any changes on the form) and then submit it electronically.
  • Paper FAFSAs are available from campus financial aid offices. Read the application instructions carefully. When in doubt, call or visit the Financial Aid Office.

Do I need to submit other documents to Chabot College?

  • Only if they are requested. See CLASS-Web for up-to-minute requirements.
  • Remember to include your name and social security number on all documentation submitted, including parent's documents.

Do I need to keep copies?

  • Yes! Keep copies of all forms completed and any materials used to prepare the forms, such as tax returns. It is a safety measure, should they be requested at a later time.

When do I apply for financial aid?

  • Students are encouraged to apply by the priority deadline which is March 2nd to determine eligibility for the maximum amount of aid. However, students may apply after the priority deadline.
  • Students must apply for financial aid every year by completing the FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov)

How will I know that Chabot College has received my application?

  • About 3-5 weeks after you mail the FAFSA or the renewal FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the U.S. Department of Education. Review the information listed for accuracy and be sure that Chabot College is listed in the college choice section. If you need to make changes or corrections to your Student Aid Report, you can bring them to our office and we will submit them electronically to the Federal Processor for you. If you do not receive a Student Aid Report within 5 weeks of filing, you must follow up with the processor by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).
  • If your application has been selected for a process called verification by the Department of Education or by the College, Chabot will notify you and request the additional documentation that is needed to complete your processing. You do not need to submit your SAR to our office if you have listed Chabot College on your FAFSA. If you did not originally list Chabot College, we will be able to request your record from the federal processor if you provide us with a duplicate/photo copy of your SAR. You also may call the Central Processor and request that Chabot College be added to your SAR. Our school code is 001162.

Why can't you tell my spouse, parents, or outside agencies what kind of aid I have been awarded?

  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (also known as the Buckley Amendment) limits access to educational records without expressed written consent.
  • If you wish to have someone else speak to us on your behalf, you will need to submit a notarized authorization form.

Do I have to reapply for financial aid each year?

  • Yes. However, once you have filed a FAFSA, you may be able to file a Renewal FAFSA the next year. It will not be nearly as complicated the second, third, or fourth time around.
  • The Renewal FAFSA will be sent to the home address you used last year with about 75% of the information on the form preprinted and the same as the information you filed the year before. Be sure to correct any information that has changed since the previous year on CLASS-Web, especially new address, income and financial data.

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PARENTS INFORMATION ON THE FAFSA

Am I required to use my parent's information on the FAFSA?

  • The instructions in the FAFSA will explain whether or not you must include parent information.  If the student is considered a "dependent" based on their responses FAFSA, he/she will need to provide parental information.  If the student is considered "independent", he/she will not need to provide parental information.
  • click here to view dependent/independent eligibility
  • If you think your special situation merits a review, you may meet with Chabot Financial Aid Staff to discuss your situation.

My parents refuse to give me the information I need to fill out my financial aid forms. They say it's nobody's business. Am I out of luck?

  • A parent's refusal to provide financial information is not a cause to change your status to independent. However, we may give you some tools to discuss more effectively with your parent.

My parents are separated or divorced. Whose information should be given on the FAFSA?

  • On the application, information should be given for the parent you lived with the most in the last 12 months. If you do not live with either parent or lived with both parents for an equal number of days, information should be given for the parent who provided the greater amount of support to you during the last calendar year.
  • FAFSA instructions have information that will be helpful if you have questions about providing information from separated or divorced parents.

I'm moving out of my parents' house and will support myself from now on. Do my parents still have to fill out the financial aid application?

  • Students under 24 years of age are considered dependent on their parents by federal law no matter where they live (there are limited exceptions--please note them in the FAFSA instructions).
  • If your parents do not provide their information on your application, you probably cannot be considered for aid.
  • If you have special circumstances which make it impossible for your parents to complete the application, contact the financial aid office and discuss it with one of our staff members.

What if my family's financial situation changes after we apply for aid?

  • Give the new information to the financial aid office. The office can determine if the change will affect your eligibility for assistance.
  • Current information will be verified for accuracy (perhaps correction of a simple error can improve your eligibility). Completion of a Special Circumstances form with documentation will be required prior to changing any of the data.

What is Verification?

  • Verification is a process, initiated by the U.S. Department of Education or by the Financial Aid office, requiring you to verify the information that you provided on the FAFSA. You are required to submit signed copies of income tax returns and other documents to the Financial Aid Office.
  • If your application is selected for verification, you will not be eligible for federal aid until this process is completed.
  • About 30% of all financial aid applicants at Chabot College are selected at random each year for verification when their application is processed. Other students are selected due to discrepancies or missing information on their application, after file review by the Financial Aid Office, or after your request for consideration of special/unusual circumstances.
  • The following items must be submitted if your application is selected: A signed copy of your (and your spouse's, if married) prior year federal income tax return, and schedules. A copy of all W-2s associated with your income tax form. A signed copy of your parent's prior year federal income tax return, W-2s, and schedules (for student's who were required to provide parent financial information on the FAFSA). A completed Verification Worksheet.
  • Other supporting documents that may be requested :
    • Child support
    • AFDC/ADC/TANF
    • Immigration
    • Social Security
    • Birth Certificate(s)
    • Divorce/Separation
    • Social Security Card (must have correct, current name)
    • Veteran's benefits
  • To avoid unnecessary delays, please submit all required documents promptly. Also, be sure you have filled out the Verification Worksheet completely, and that all documents are signed by the appropriate parties. Documents with blanks and missing signatures will be returned!

What happens next?

  • When the Financial Aid Office receives your completed Verification Worksheet and tax returns, we compare the information on these documents to the information you provided on your original FAFSA. If information from documents you submit conflicts with your FAFSA, we may require additional information to clear up the discrepancy. The Financial Aid Office will contact you by mail to request additional information. Responding quickly to any requests for additional information will help avoid further delays.
  • In some cases, the changes made during verification require resubmission of data to the U.S. Department of Education. If these changes affect your eligibility for assistance, you will receive a revised Award Notification.
  • Note: After verification is completed, household size and number in college cannot be adjusted.

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DETERMINING FINANCIAL AID AWARDS

What steps do you follow to determine my eligibility?

  • First, we assign you a Cost of Attendance budget based on your dependency status. This budget is based on the full-time cost of tuition, books and supplies and an estimated cost for living expenses.
  • Second, we subtract the EFC that was reported on your Student Aid Report. The result is your Estimated Financial Need. You will receive funding, as available, up to this remaining need amount.

How are Financial Aid funds awarded?

  • Financial aid is awarded in the following order, based on available funds:
  1. Federal Pell Grant
  2. Scholarships
  3. Other grants (for example, SEOG, Cal-Grants, BIA Grants, EOPS, CARE)
  4. Work-study employment
  5. Loans
  • Many of these funds are limited and are awarded until they are depleted. In addition, there is a maximum annual limit for each award. All external funds must be reported to the Financial Aid Office even if received directly by the student.
  • This means that it is possible for you to have remaining need even after all funds have been awarded.

I have a bachelor's degree. Am I completely out of luck?

  • No. However, you are not eligible for a Pell Grant or SEOG.
  • But you may be eligible for BOG, Federal Work Study and a Stafford Student Loan.
  • The same formula as above will be used and any unmet need will first be filled by BOG and then with FWS. You may also be eligible to apply for a Federal Stafford student loan.

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IRS-RELATED QUESTIONS

Do I have to report any grants, scholarships or fellowships to the IRS as income?

  • Part or all of a grant, scholarship, or fellowship may be taxable even if you do not receive a W-2 form.
  • If you are in a degree program, amounts you use for expenses other than tuition and course-related expenses (i.e., amounts used for room, board, and travel) are taxable. To determine this table amount, add up all grant, scholarship, and fellowship awards received in a calendar year, and then subtract all tuition, fees, and book and supply expenses. If the remaining amount is a positive number, it must be reported as income.
  • If you are not in a degree program, the full amount of the grant, scholarship or fellowship is taxable. Contact the Internal Revenue Service for more information.
  • Read IRS publication 970, click here to download and print the brochure.

Is my work-study income taxable?

  • Yes. Any money received as the result of work is considered taxable income.
  • You will be asked to file a withholding form (W-4) and you will receive a statement of income and taxes withheld (W-2) each calendar year.

How can I learn more about the Hope Scholarship and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit?

  • The Hope Scholarship is a tax credit for first- or second-year undergraduates or their parents. It is for certain educational expenses paid on or after January 1 each year.
  • The Lifetime Learning Tax Credit is for students who are beyond their second year of college or for their parents. It is for certain educational expenses paid on or after January 1 each year.

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