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Welcome to the Financial Aid Office. We have many resources available to you on this site. You'll find information on applying for financial aid, completing your loan counseling interview, downloading forms, scholarships, and more. If you can't find what you're looking for, just contact us. We're here to help.

Important Announcements

Updated Friday Office Hours!

Beginning, April 8, 2016, the Financial Aid Office will begin offering extended office hours on Friday’s from 2:00pm – 5:00pm in person at the Admissions & Records Office, located in Welch Hall, Room C290.

Need help completing your 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California DREAM Act Application? Attend one of our FREE financial aid filing sessions and complete your application before the March 2nd priority deadline. 

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TuesdayNov. 1, 20163pm-4pmWH F154
WednesdayNov. 9, 20162:30pm-3:30pmWH F144
Wednesday (CA Dream Act)Nov. 16, 20161pm-2pmWH F154
ThursdayDec. 1, 20163pm-4pmWH F154
WednesdayDec. 7, 20161:30pm-2:30pmWH F154

Non-Teaching Credential Financial Aid Eligibility Update

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) states that one of the eligibility requirements for a student to receive assistance from programs authorized under Title IV of the HEA is that the student must be enrolled at an eligible institution in an educational program that leads to a degree, certificate, or other credential awarded by the institution.

Under sections 401(c)(4)(B) and 420M(d)(1) of the HEA, otherwise eligible students may receive aid from the Direct Loan, Perkins Loan, Federal Work Study, Pell Grant, and TEACH Grant programs if they are enrolled at an eligible institution on at least a half-time basis in a program necessary to receive a professional credential or certificate from a State that is required for employment as an elementary or secondary school teacher in that State, even though the institution where the students take the coursework does not award a degree or other educational credential upon the completion of that coursework.

Students are not eligible to receive Title IV aid for enrollment in programs not considered to be teacher certification programs under the HEA, even if completion of the program leads to a State-issued credential or certification that is a requirement for employment in the non-teaching position. Such programs include, but are not limited to programs that prepare students to receive a credential or certificate from a State to become:

  • School principals,
  • Superintendents or other administrators,
  • Counselors,
  • Librarians,
  • Nurses or other health professionals, or
  • Other types of nonteaching professionals in an elementary or secondary school classroom.

IRS Warns of Latest Scam Variation Involving Bogus “Federal Student Tax"

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a warning to taxpayers about bogus phone calls from IRS impersonators demanding payment for a non-existent tax, the “Federal Student Tax.”

Even though the tax deadline has come and gone, scammers continue to use varied strategies to trick people, in this case students. In this newest twist, they try to convince people to wire money immediately to the scammer. If the victim does not fall quickly enough for this fake “federal student tax”, the scammer threatens to report the student to the police.

“These scams and schemes continue to evolve nationwide, and now they’re trying to trick students,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Taxpayers should remain vigilant and not fall prey to these aggressive calls demanding immediate payment of a tax supposedly owed.”

Scam artists frequently masquerade as being from the IRS, a tax company and sometimes even a state revenue department. Many scammers use threats to intimidate and bully people into paying a tax bill. They may even threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the driver’s license of their victim if they don’t get the money.

Some examples of the varied tactics seen this year are:

  • Demanding immediate tax payment for taxes owed on an iTunes gift card.
  • Soliciting W-2 information from payroll and human resources professionals (IR-2016-34)
  • “Verifying” tax return information over the phone (IR-2016-40)
  • Pretending to be from the tax preparation industry (IR-2016-28

The IRS urges taxpayers to stay vigilant against these calls and to know the telltale signs of a scam demanding payment.

The IRS Will Never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money and you don’t owe taxes, here’s what you should do:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting web page or call 800-366-4484.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission by visiting FTC.gov and clicking on “File a Consumer Complaint.” Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
  • If you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040.

More information on how to report phishing or phone scams is available on IRS.gov.

 

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