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Disbursement Dates

Financial Aid Disbursement & Refund Dates

As a general rule, all financial aid, after fees are paid, will be refunded by paper check to the mailing address you have on file or by Direct Deposit if you have selected that option  [click here to learn how to Sign Up for Direct Deposit]

  • FAFSA and CA Dream Act applications are processed and awarded in date order.  Awards generally begin to post in the student portal for eligible student applicants mid-July, after the FA Office receives and reviews students SAP [see SAP for detailed information].  Aid for eligible processed students meeting SAP should disburse and refund according to the schedule below. 
  • FAFSA and CA Dream Act application files received, packaged and awarded after the dates shown below have passed,  disbursements are made on a weekly basis.
  • Students enrolled only in late starting short term classes will not receive aid disbursements until classes have started. 

 

Terminology for students or parent PLUS borrowers:

  • Disbursement – When a student meets all eligibility requirements for the release of funds and the aid amounts and program information is forwarded to Student Accounting.
  • Refund Determination – When the Student Accounting Office determines that the total amount of aid received by a student exceeds the applicable charges, overdue fees or overpayments and forwards to Accounts Payable the information on funds that must be given to the student or parent PLUS borrower.  The final amount to be 'refunded' to either [or both] the student and/or the parent PLUS borrower is the balance [if any] after all applicable charges and overdue fees or late payments are deducted.
  • Tell Date – The Financial Aid Office best estimate on when the refund check or Direct Deposit will be available to the student or parent borrower.
  • Check by Mail - For eligible students who opt to receive financial aid refund payments via paper check through the U.S. mail, please allow for up to 2 weeks from any posted mailing date below. 
  • ACTUAL ENROLLEMENT LEVELS Fall, Spring and Summer semesters for Financial Aid Students:
         FULL-TIME = 12 units
         THREE QUARTERS TIME = 9-11.5 units
         HALF-TIME = 6-8.5 units
         LESS THAN HALF-TIME = Less Than 6 units
    As a general rule, you do not need to be enrolled full-time to receive Financial Aid but if you enroll in less than 12 units, your actual awards will be reduced or canceled depending on the program requirements (Pell Grant is the only aid that will disburse at less than half-time).  Your Pell Grant payment will not be further adjusted if your enrollment level changes after the census date [enrollment status date shown above], unless you do not attend or drop any late start class before the scheduled first day of the late start class. However, you must enroll only in courses that apply to your academic plan to maintain your aid.

Receive Your Financial Aid

In order to receive your financial aid, it is important that you verify your mailing address in MySDCCD or sign up for Direct Deposit no later than 3 weeks prior to any posted date shown below.

How to sign up for Direct Deposit

2023-2024 Academic Year Disbursement/Refund Dates

ALL Dates shown below are anticipated and subject to change.

**Anticipated disbursement will be verified by Student Accounting. Please allow for up to 2 weeks to verify any balance due, calculate, print and mail or direct Deposit refunds. Direct Deposits generally happen between Tuesday night and Thursday night.

 

2023-24 Enrollment Status Dates

No class(es) added (or switched) after this date will count toward your disbursed amount.

Fall 2023 Spring 2024 Summer 2024
September 6, 2023 February 14, 2024 TBD

 

2023-24 PELL GRANT [& CAL GRANT C] BOOKSTORE ACCOUNTS*  & BUS PASSES

* CA Residents only Bookstore Accounts [Pell Grant only] Up to $469 (Winter Intersession uses all or a portion of Spring Bookstore Account amount).  

Non CA residents will not have a Pell Grant Bookstore account. 

Fall 2023 Spring 2024 Summer 2024
August 10, 2023 - September 5, 2023 Intersession
December 18, 2023 – January 12, 2024
Closed during the Holiday Break 12/21/23-1/2/24

General Session
January 19, 2024 – February 13, 2024 
TBD

 

2023-24 PELL GRANT 1ST DISBURSEMENT

50% of eligible award amount, adjusted to enrollment level as of Status Date listed above, minus Bookstore Account/Bus Pass funds used for CA Residents OR minus Tuition Paid for Non-CA Residents.  

Reminder: Students enrolled only in late starting short term classes will not receive aid disbursements until classes have started. 

Fall 2023 Spring 2024 Summer 2024

Paper Check
Anticipated to begin mailing 9/19/2023**

Direct Deposit
on or after 9/20/23

Paper check
Anticipated to begin mailing 2/29/24**

Direct Deposit
on or after 2/28/2024

N/A

 

2023-24 PELL GRANT 2ND DISBURSEMENT

Remaining amount [approximately 50%] of eligible semester award total adjusted to enrollment level as of term Status Date listed above, minus any outstanding debt or fees due.

Fall 2023 Spring 2024 Summer 2024

Paper Check
Anticipated to begin mailing 11/16/2023**

Direct Deposit
on or after 11/14/23

No aid will disburse/refund
during the week of 11/20 - 11/24

Paper Check
Anticipated to begin mailing 4/23/2024**

Direct Deposit
on or after 4/24/2024

N/A

 

2023-24 CAL GRANT B & C,
FSEOG

Fall 2023 Spring 2024 Summer 2024

Paper Check Anticipated to
begin mailing 9/19/2023 **

Direct Deposit
on or after 9/20/23

Paper Check
Anticipated to begin mailing 2/29/24**

Direct Deposit
on or after 2/28/2024

N/A

 

2023-24 LOANS

Federal Direct, PLUS & Alternative Loans.  
NOTE: Alternative Loan providers may disclose dates other than those listed here.

Fall 2023 Spring 2024 Summer 2024

On or After 8/31/2023**

 

On or After 2/8/2024**

 

TBD **

 2023-24  FIRST-TIME BORROWER

Fall 2023 Spring 2024 Summer 2024

On or After 9/21/2023**

 

On or After 3/7/2024**

 

TBD **

 2023-24 ONE SEMESTER ONLY BORROWER
NOTE: MUST BE ELIGIBLE FOR FULL YEAR.  WILL DISBURSE IN TWO PAYMENTS IN ONE SEMESTER ONLY.

Fall 2023 Spring 2024 Summer 2024

1st Disbursement:
Anticipated on or after 
8/31/2023**

2nd Disbursement:
Anticipated by or after 
10/16/2023**

 

1st Disbursement:
Anticipated on or after 
 2/8/2024**

2nd Disbursement:
Anticipated by or after 
3/28/2024**

 

TBD **

 

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