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Financial Aid Steps

Students eligible for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should complete the FAFSA application to be considered for a variety of federal and state financial aid including Federal Work Study, Federal Loans, Pell Grant, Cal Grants, California Promise Grant Fee Waiver, Chafee Grant.

Students who meet the criteria below is encouraged to apply for the FAFSA application:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (i.e. permanent resident, refugee, asylee, parolee).
  • Have a valid Social Security Number.
  • Have a financial need as determined by your financial aid application (FAFSA), and reviewed or certified by Chabot Financial Aid Office.
  • Have a high-school diploma or a GED certificate.
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible certificate, associate or transfer degree program.

The Financial Aid Office will provide more information on eligibility upon receipt of your application.

State and external scholarships/funding agencies may have their own eligibility requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to learn and understand the eligibility requirements of the funds they apply for and/or receive.

Apply for FAFSA

Undocumented students eligible under AB540 should complete a CA Dream Act  Application to be considered for variety of CA State financial aid including Cal Grants, California Promise Grant Fee Waiver, Chafee Grant.

Students who meet the AB 540 criteria below are encouraged to apply for the CA Dream Act application:

  • Satisfaction of either of the following: 
    A. High school attendance in California for three or more years, OR
    B. Attainment of credits earned in California from a California high school equivalent
    to three or more years of full-time high school coursework and a total of three or
    more years of attendance in California elementary schools, California secondary
    schools, or a combination of those schools. OR
    C. Attainment of credits earned at a California adult school, OR
    D. Credits earned at a California Community College, OR
    E. A combination of the schools listed above 
  • Graduated or will graduate from a California high school, OR
    Attainment of General Education Development (GED), High School Equivalency 
    Test (HiSET), Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), OR 
    Attainment of an associate degree from a California Community College, OR 
    Fulfillment of minimum transfer requirements from a California Community College to a University of California or California State University, AND 
  • Will register or enroll in an accredited and qualifying California college or university, AND
  • If applicable, complete(d) an affidavit to legalize immigration status as soon as you
    are eligible, AND 
  • Do not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (F, J, H, L, A, B, C, D, E, etc.) *

*With the exception if you have Temporary Protected Status or hold a U Visa

The Financial Aid Office will provide more information on eligibility upon receipt of your application.

State and external scholarships/funding agencies may have their own eligibility requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to learn and understand the eligibility requirements of the funds they apply for and/or receive. 

Apply for CA Dream Act

Helpful links:

Scholarship links (not a comprehensive list):

*Important - Chabot College is not affiliated with and does not endorse any of the Web sites listed. This is simply a list of web resources which may provide helpful information. Chabot does not make any certification/guarantee regarding the accuracy or reliability of any information provided in this list. Clicking any link listed above will transfer the user to a page not under Chabot’s control.


Financial Aid Steps

For assistance, visit or contact the Chabot College Financial Aid Office.

Step 1: Apply for Financial Aid

The FAFSA/CA Dream Act priority deadline is March 2nd for the incoming academic school year. However, students may always apply after the priority deadline.

To successfully complete a FAFSA/CA Dream Act you will need the following:

  • Personal information: full name, email, phone number, SSN (if you have one) etc.
  • A-Registration Number: (for non-U.S. citizens)
  • Income tax returns: 1040 forms and appropriate schedules, W-2, and any other records of income
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Untaxed Income information (if applicable)

* If you are a dependent student (in accordance with the Department of Education guidelines) you must also provide your parent(s) or spouse's information.

Important things to remember:

  • Make sure to include the Federal School Code (Chabot: 001162) and provide accurate income information.
  • You (and your spouse or parents) are strongly encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval process to complete your FAFSA, to ensure accurate information and to shorten the verification process with our office.
  • Make sure that you electronically sign your FAFSA by using your FSA ID. For detailed instructions click here.
  • For CA Dream Act applicants, your parent will need to sign your application via a Parent PIN.

Step 2: Select your Refund Preference

FAFSA applicants will receive a selection kit in the mail with an enclosed personal code used to select a refund preference. You will also recieve an email from BankMobile containing your Personal Code. A follow-up email will be sent out by BankMobile a week later.

Returning students at Chabot: your refund will be delivered according to the refund preference you set the previous year(s).

If you are having trouble setting up your refund preference, please see our BankMobile page.

CA Dream Act applicants will get a refund check from the District Office, if eligible.

Step 3: Submit required forms to Financial Aid Office

Read your Student Aid Report (SAR) at the end of your financial aid application.

  • Review for accuracy, and make corrections as needed on FAFSA or CA Dream Act website before you submit documents to our office.

Check required documents via the Zone. Click on the "Financial Aid" tab to view your Financial Aid requirements for the appropriate Financial Aid year. Forms are found on our webpage - print, complete and submit all requested documents to our office for review. 

  • All documents are processed in the order that they are received. Allow 4-6 weeks to have your verification documents processed.

July 1st is the deadline to turn in required documents to avoid delay in receiving financial aid, if eligible. If you do not meet the July 1st priority deadline, you must be prepared to purchase your own books and supplies without financial aid at the beginning of the semester or until you submit all required documents (file is complete). Your file will be processed in the order it was received.

Step 4: Check your Financial Aid Eligibility Online

All students receive financial aid email alerts via ZoneMail. Students should always check their CLASS-Web account to view eligibility and award information.

  • Students who have applied for financial aid, completed their file and see an awards package on their CLASS-Web account must "Accept" the Terms and Responsibilities prior to any financial aid disbursement. 
  • You will have to "ACCEPT" your offer online prior to any funds being disbursed. 
    • Step 1: Log-in to CLASS-Web and select the "Financial Aid" tab
    • Step 2: Select "My Eligibility"
    • Step 3: Select "Student Requirements"
    • Step 4: Select Award Year
    • Step 5: Select "Authorization and Accept FinAid Terms & Responsabilities"
    • Step 6: Read and select "Accept"

Visit CLASS-Web.
Please see this document to guide you on how to "Accept" financial aid.

Step 5: Keep your Financial Aid

Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP):

  • Federal regulations require that a student receiving federal financial aid make satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the standards set by the federal government and the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District (CLPCCD). Application of these requirements include all terms of enrollment, whether or not aid was awarded or received.
  • The College Financial Aid Office will evaluate satisfactory academic progress each term after Admissions & Records has completed processing of grades, and before aid is disbursed for the following term.
    To meet SAP:
    1. Students must successfully complete a minimum of 67% of units attempted each semester and cumulatively, with a minimum 2.00 semester and cumulative GPA.
    2. Students are allowed a maximum time frame of 150% of program length, measured in attempted units, in which to be considered for financial aid, with a maximum of 90 attempted units for most Associate and transfer programs.

Students who fail to meet the SAP requirements of GPA or 67% Completion Rate for the first time will be automatically placed in a Warning Status for one (1) term. They are expected to meet SAP requirements by the end of that term, or will be placed on financial aid disqualification.

A student receiving financial aid is always expected to be making progress toward completion of a declared program of study at CLPCCD.

Reapply for Financial Aid every year during the priority application period of Oct 1st - Mar 2nd.