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2019-2020 FAFSA & Dream Application
New process for 2019-2020!!  

If your application is not selected for verification, there are no messages on your Student Aid Report about conflicting information, and there are no discrepancies that must be resolved by our office, you may not be required to submit any documents to our office for review.    
- Check for Financial Aid Requirements on the Zone ~ if you don't have any requirements to submit, wait while we review your eligibility.
-  If eligible, you will be notified by our office to review your financial aid offer on the Zone.
- You will have to "ACCEPT" your offer online prior to any funds being disbursed.


Don't forget to check your Academic Eligibility! Login to the Zone, and click on "Financial Aid Status" to review your "academic progress".  Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is evaluated at the end of each semester.  An email notification will be sent to students who are placed on a Warning or Disqualification status.  Disqualified students are not eligible for disbursement of their financial aid.

2018-2019 Academic Year
For Fall 2018, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019 enrollment, complete your 2018-19 FAFSA or Dream App now, using 2016 financial information.  Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to most accurately and efficiently provide 2016 tax information. 

2019-2020  Academic Year 
For Fall 2019, Spring 2020, or Sum 2020, complete your 2019-20 FAFSA or Dream App now, using 2017 financial information.  Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to most accurately and efficiently provide tax information. 

If attending Summer 2019, complete both 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 applications. 

Cal Grant and Chabot's priority application deadline is 3/2 each year.  We will send emails to your ZoneMail when it's time to check The Zone for required documents.  The priority deadline for first Fall19 disbursement is July 1st, 2019. If you turn in your documents after July 1st, you may not receive your first disbursement until after the start of Fall semester, and will need to purchase your books on your own until your financial aid eligibility is determined. 

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Support for Undocumented / AB540 / DACA Students at Chabot College

Check out what Chabot College's Dream Team offers in the way of support to undocumented and/or AB540 / DACA students.
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CalFresh - Are you eligible? 

Many of our students at Chabot struggle with food insecurity for themselves and their families.  CalFRESH is a supplemental food program that is available to any person that meets the program and income requirements.  CalFRESH is California's food stamp (SNAP) program. 

 If eligible a student can receive up to $192 a month!

 Effective June 1st, SSI (Supplemental Security Income) recipients will now be eligible for CalFRESH!  If you know of a student receiving SSI, please share the great news.  printable flier

 To apply for CalFRESH a person can apply online HERE or in person at a county office. The online application takes 10 minutes and their forms can be uploaded. 

 To complete the process the applicant will have an in person meeting at a county office.

 CalFRESH Website  https://www.getcalfresh.org/?source=bing&msclkid=db4edc7fbfb91c7c794680a3da24a34b


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Financial Aid Processing

  • Verification forms
  • Be prepared for 4-8 weeks for processing during our peak time (Summer and early Fall)
  • Deadline to submit verification for first disbursement each Fall is 07/01 each summer. 
  • Documents submitted after 7/01 will be processed by date received and eligible students may not receive a disbursement until later in the semester.
    • If you submit your documents after 07/01, you will need to make alternate arrangements to purchase books and complete the semester successfully.
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To speed up verification process, please make any needed corrections to your 1819 FAFSA on www. fafsa.ed.gov to student/spouse/parent income by pulling tax information from IRS database. Check your student aid report for accuracy.

The best way to verify income is by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool that is part of FAFSA on the Web. If the student and/or spouse/parent(s) have not already used the tool, go to FAFSA.gov, log in to the student's FAFSA record, select "Make FAFSA Corrections," and navigate to the Financial Information section of the form. From there, follow the instructions to determine if the student and/or spouse/parent(s) are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer 2016 IRS income tax information into the student's 2018-19 FAFSA. It takes up to two weeks for IRS income information to be available for the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for electronic IRS tax return filers, and up to eight weeks for paper IRS tax return filers.

If the student/spouse/parent is unable or chooses not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, an IRS tax return transcript (not a photocopy of the income tax return) must be submitted each year.

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BankMobile Refund Preference

BankMobile refund preference selection process is simple.  All students who select the "Deposit to another account" (ACH) refund preference have the option to submit their account information through a fully electronic process.  line break

Do you have a question about how much financial aid you received?
Get your questions answered here!
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Major Federal and State Regulatory Changes

As a result of legislative changes in recent years, you should be aware of newer requirements for the federal student aid programs. Some of the changes include:

  • Students selected for verification must either use the IRS Data Retrieval option from the FAFSA application, or submit IRS Tax Transcripts for self/spouse and/or parents. (See processing detail below.)  We no longer accept copies of 1040(a)(ez) forms.
  • Students are limited to a maximum of six years (600%) of full time Pell Grant* (see details in box below)
  • Students must have a High School diploma or GED.
  • New borrowers as of 7/1/2013 are limited to 150% of their program length in eligibility for subsidized loans.  Examples: 
    • Students in an Associate or Transfer that typically require two years to complete if attending FT will only be considered for three years of subsidized loan eligibility. 
    • Certificate programs that normally take two semesters or one year to complete if attending FT will only be considered for a year and a half (three semesters) of subsidized loans.
    • Students who transfer to Chabot from another school may have already received the maximum subsidized loans according to their program of study at Chabot.  They may be eligible to borrow unsubsidized but not subsidized loans. 


To be eligible for any federal or state financial aid, including but not limited to student loans, you must be enrolled in an eligible program of study (certificate, associate or transfer).  You can find Chabot majors on page one of the Application for Admission, or page two of Personal Data Change Form.  Those Certificates that are ineligible for Federal or State financial aid are noted.  If you realize you need to update your major, submit the Personal Data Change Form immediately to A&R.  Per Federal Financial Aid regulations, you must be taking classes required to complete your declared program of study. 

  • Students and their families who do not report and verify a reasonable amount of income to support themselves and their dependents will be required to document to our office how they did support themselves, per Federal regulations.  Accuracy and completing every FAFSA question will assist students to avoid this verification process. 

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URGENT TO READ:  Pell Grant Limits (LEU)

Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) Students are limited to a lifetime maximum Pell Grant of 12 semesters / six years or full time equivalent (600%) at any community college, vocational school or four year/bachelor program.  Once you reach the 600% Pell LEU, you will be ineligible for any additional Pell Grants beginning in 2012-13 school year.   Log on National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) using your FSA ID and view your LEU, found on the Financial Aid Review page.

What this means for you:  You must plan now for your future, especially if you plan to transfer to a four year college to pursue a Bachelors degree. The six year limit is a LIFETIME limit. This regulation is in effect even if you have had an appeal approved for failure to meet academic progress, it supersedes any prior offer of aid/award, and the Department of Education allows for no appeal or exception.   For examples of how Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) is calculated and for further detail please visit the following site:   http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/PellLimit.jsp

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Check your Zone Account - Check your Zone for unsatisfied requirements and financial aid file updates! Check your ZoneMail for any email announcements from the Financial Aid Office. 
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Click here to view Financial Aid Deadlines
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Disclaimer: Some Chabot College Financial Aid Web Pages may provide links to other Internet sites for the convenience of users. Chabot College Financial Aid is not responsible for the availability or content of these external sites, nor does Chabot College Financial Aid endorse, warrant, or guarantee the products, services, or information described or offered at these other Internet sites. Users cannot assume that the external sites will abide by the same privacy policy to which Chabot College Financial Aid adheres. It is the responsibility of the user to examine the copyright and licensing restrictions of linked pages and to secure all necessary permissions. 

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