Get Help Paying for College: Free FAFSA & Dream Act Workshops in February

Could you use help paying for college? Most students do.

Let us help you get the funding you need. Throughout the month of February, the Cypress College Office of Financial Aid is hosting four free FAFSA / Dream Act Workshops in the Library Learning Resource Center (Rm. 130, 9am-5pm | February 16, 18, 22, and 24). More information can be found here.

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Nearly 2/3rds of Cypress College students qualify for some form of financial aid: fee waivers (that cover all tuition expenses), grants and scholarships (that don’t have to be paid back), work study programs (to exchange work for money), and low-interest loans (that do have to paid back). Many students qualify for a Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver or other assistance specifically for California community colleges.

Submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Dream Act Application is the most important thing you can do to get financial assistance to pay for college. The U.S. Department of Education uses the FAFSA to determine students’ eligibility for federal student aid. Each year, the federal government awards approximately $150 billion in the form of grants, work-study funds, and low-interest loans to help millions of students pay for college. In addition, the State of California uses the Dream Act Application to determine students’ eligibility for the BOG fee waiver and competitive Cal Grant.

We highly encourage you to take advantage of these special one-on-one workshop sessions to get your application in on-time and filled out correctly. 2016-17 FAFSA and CA Dream Act Applications are DUE March 2, 2016.

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To find out more about financial aid options, please visit icanaffordcollege.com brought to you by the California Community Colleges.

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Don’t Forget to File FAFSA by March 2 for Priority Consideration

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FINANCIAL AID OFFICE

Dear Cypress College Student:

Don’t forget to apply for Financial Aid for the 2015-2016 school year. January 1, 2015 was the first day you could apply for aid for the 2014-2015 school year. You should apply for financial aid by March 2, 2015 for priority consideration for need-based grants, work-study opportunities or federally guaranteed student loans if you plan on continuing your education in a California College or University next Fall 2015 and Spring 2016.

Students are applying for financial aid in record numbers. It is critical that you get your application submitted by March 2, 2015 so our office can determine your eligibility and offer you a maximum award if you qualify.

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as FAFSA, is the first step in the financial aid process. Please visit the financial aid office website at http://www.cypresscollege.edu/admissions/financialAid to apply for aid now.

Additionally, the Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid website offers valuable information and tools for students who need help paying for college or plan on transferring to higher cost colleges and university next year. Limited funded programs are available to those who meet the March 2, California priority application deadline. Apply now so you can be eligible for the maximum amount of Federal Student Aid possible.

The Financial Aid Office (1st Floor, CCCPLX) has several computers available for you to use as you complete your FAFSA. Friendly financial aid staff can also assist if questions arise. We recommend that you visit our office for help with the FAFSA application. Our hours are: Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm; Friday 8am-Noon.

Please always remember to check you MyGateway messages for important reminders and notifications from the Financial Aid Office.

Sincerely,

Cypress College Financial Aid Office

First Financial Aid Disbursement on Friday, January 30

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The first financial aid disbursement for spring 2015 is on Friday, January 30.

Students are advised to check their myGateway account to verify their eligibility.

The Financial Aid Office calculates the units students are enrolled in on the last day to add classes each semester to determine eligibility for
state and federal financial aid. The last day to add classes each semester is referred to as the “FREEZE DATE” in the Financial Aid Office. This semester’s freeze date is February 9.

Full disbursement information is available at http://www.cypresscollege.edu/Media/Website%20Resources/PDFs/financialAid/Spring2015DisbursementChart.pdf.

‘I Can Afford College’ Highlights Wide Financial Aid Availability

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The “I Can Afford College” campaign is a statewide, financial aid awareness initiative directed and managed by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. The campaign educates current and prospective students about the availability of financial aid at California’s community colleges – now and year-round – to help make their higher education dreams a reality.

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, with 112 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. The colleges supply workforce training, basic skills education and prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Despite the large number of students receiving financial aid, there are likely even more that are eligible. Research shows that many students don’t believe they qualify for aid and therefore do not apply. Financial aid – including fee waivers, grants, scholarships, work study programs and loans – is available year-round to help students pay for fees, books, supplies and sometimes even rent. Community college students who enroll full-time may have access to more financial aid and are more likely to complete their education. All students who need assistance paying for college are encouraged to apply for financial aid.

Visit our website, http://www.cypresscollege.edu/admissions/financialAid for detailed financial aid information, to begin the application process, get connected with our college financial aid office.

ICanAffordCollege

 

Scholarship Applications Now Available Online and On Campus

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Cypress College’s 2015 scholarship applications are now available both on the campus website and on campus. The deadline to submit scholarship applications is at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 — though it is strongly recommended that applicants for the Bernard Osher Scholarship submit that separate application as soon as possible.

The Cypress College Foundation today is releasing two scholarship application forms. The first is for all scholarships administered through the Foundation, with awards generally ranging between $250 and $1,000. These scholarships will be awarded at the college’s annual ceremony, which will take place on May 11, 2015. Most scholarship funds are held until fall enrollment is verified and distributed after the fall drop-date has passed.

The Bernard Osher Scholarship award is made partially based on the date and time that the application is received. It can be submitted at any point in advance of the deadline, however typically all Osher awards are made prior to the Feb. 18 deadline.

Applicants are urged to closely read all instructions carefully. This years application forms incorporate changes from previous years.

The forms can be completed in Adobe Acrobat (though it is not required to do so). All submissions must be made to the Cypress College Financial Aid Office by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. No electronic submissions will be accepted.

Scholarship Applications:

 

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Financial Aid Petition Deadline is September 26

The deadline to submit a Financial Aid petition for the Fall 2014 semester is September 26, 2014.  You have the right to submit a petition if:

  • You were disqualified for financial aid because you did not meet the conditions set forth in the Satisfactory Academic Policy statement you signed when you completed your file
  • You believe your circumstances warrant a review of your financial aid eligibility

If you wish to exercise your right to petition, please carefully read the information below:

SAP Policy Information:

http://www.cypresscollege.edu/Media/Website%20Resources/PDFs/financialAid/SAPPolicyForm1415.pdf

Please be aware that a disqualified status will still allow you to receive the California Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW) if you were eligible. Therefore, if you receive the BOGW, your enrollment fees will continue to be waived regardless of your financial aid disqualification status at this time since the BOGW does not have Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR SUBMITTING A PETITION (Deadline to Turn in Petition is Sept. 26, 2014)

Please carefully read the information about financial aid disqualification found at the following link:

Financial Aid Warning and Disqualification Overview

http://www.cypresscollege.edu/Media/Website%20Resources/PDFs/financialAid/FAWarningandDQ1314.pdf

 

If, after reviewing the “Financial Aid Warning and Disqualification” overview, you would like to submit a petition to request reinstatement or an extension of your Federal financial aid, you must complete the appropriate petition form.

For over 90 units:

  • Complete the Excessive Units [or] Earned Degree Petition for Aid Form
  • Meet with your academic counselor

http://www.cypresscollege.edu/Media/Website%20Resources/PDFs/financialAid/Excessive%20Units%20Petition%20FALL%2014.pdf

 

For less than a 2.0 GPA or 67% completion:

  • Complete the Pace of Progression and/or Grade Point Average Petition Form

http://www.cypresscollege.edu/Media/Website%20Resources/PDFs/financialAid/FAPetition%20FALL14.pdf

Please submit your completed petition to the Financial Aid Office by Sept 26, 2014. Petitions are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis and decisions are communicated within 1-4 weeks depending on the number of petitions received. Please disregard this notice if you do not plan to attend Cypress College. If you have any questions, please contact our office at (714) 484-7114.

 

Sincerely,

Cypress College
Financial Aid Office

How to Track Your Financial Aid Disbursement

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To our Financial Aid Recipients,

Disbursements occur weekly beginning the first Friday of the semester (Aug. 29, 2014). All eligible students who have met the priority filing date of June 30, 2014 for the fall semester and who meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy will be considered for the first disbursement. The Federal Pell Grant is disbursed in two equal installments each semester, 50% the first disbursement and 50% after the mid-point of the semester. Students will note a negative balance on their account once the disbursement has occurred. It may take 5-10 business days for the funds to be processed and transferred to the student’s Higher One account after a request for payment is made. The negative balance will disappear from the student’s account once the grant or loan has been transferred to the Higher One Account. Students set up to receive email and/or text messages from Higher One will be notified when the disbursement hits their account. All grant disbursements are based on the number of units in which the student is enrolled at the time of the freeze date for the semester.

FREEZE DATES:

FALL September 8, 2014

DISBURSEMENT DATES:

FALL 2014 Semester:

1st 50% disbursement of Federal Pell Grant: August 20, 2014**

2nd 50% disbursement of Federal Pell Grant: October 17, 2014**

Link to disbursement chart:
http://www.cypresscollege.edu/Media/Website%20Resources/PDFs/financialAid/Fall%202014%20Disbursement%20Chart.pdf

Office Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 8 – 6 Fri. 8 – 12
Telephone: 714-484-7114
Email: financialaid@cypresscollege.edu

Sincerely,
Cypress College, Financial Aid Office

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Academic Year; Tips for Success

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FALL CLASSES READY TO BEGIN

To help you get off to a great start this semester, we are sharing some important information, along with some helpful tips, and links to more detail.

Of course, if there is something you’d like to know, please just send us an email and we’ll do our best to get an answer as quickly as possible. You may also be able to get help on our Facebook page or on Twitter.

IF YOU READ NOTHING ELSE

The single-most-important piece of information we can share is this: don’t miss the first class meeting.

This has always been important. It’s even more important given the high demand for classes we’re experiencing.

FALL 2014 PRE-SEMESTER CHECKLIST

Our Student Support Services team has put together an excellent pre-semester checklist that’s worth having a look at.

WAITLISTS AND PETITIONING

If you’re on a waitlist, it expires at midnight on the day the class begins. That means that on the first day a class meets, there’s no longer a waitlist.

Instead, the list is included in priority order on the instructor’s roster as a tool to help faculty with the petition process.

So, if you’re on a waitlist, you’ll need to attend the first class meeting in hopes of obtaining an add code. Likewise, if you’re petitioning a class, you’ll want to arrive early to the first class meeting. Since your name isn’t on the roster or the waitlist, you’ll want to let the instructor know before class that you’re petitioning.

FINDING CLASSES

There’s a feature on our website called “Find Classes.” The guide is intended to help you successfully find — and enroll in — courses. (NOTE: We also have some information below about some courses with space still available.)

“Find Classes” offers an FAQ, definitions, and instructions (along with screen captures) on how to effectively use the searchable class schedule.

As you use this version of the schedule, be sure to click on the CRNs in the search results. Doing so will provide more detail about the course — including important prerequisite, corequisite, and advisory information. For instance, did you know that any student can enroll in a Dental Assisting course, but will be dropped if you’re not an applicant of that program?

Since you don’t want to be dropped, this is something to pay attention to.

PARKING GRACE PERIOD

There is a one-week grace period for parking from August 25, 2014 – August 30, 2014.  During this time, students may park in student spaces without a permit. Student spaces are marked with white stripes in all parking lots. Yellow stripes indicate the parking stalls are reserved for staff members.

A valid parking permit is required beginning September 1, 2014.

Please Note: Officers will enforce all other parking violations during this grace period.

PARKING PERMITS AND PHOTO I.D.

As mentioned above, parking are not enforced for the first week of the semester. In most cases, permits were recently mailed to students. Exceptions would be for students who registered and/or purchased the permit after the last of the new registration appointments at the beginning of this month. In either case, if you do not receive your permit in the mail by the day of your last class on campus next week, be sure to visit Line B on the first floor of the Student Center to pick it up. So, if you’re last on campus on Thursday, and you still don’t have it, go in to the office on that day so that you will be set for the following week.

Campus Photo I.D. cards will only be made for those students who arrive with:

  1. A “schedule bill” printout showing that the I.D. was paid for and that there are no outstanding fees due
  2. The Fall 2014 semester sticker
  3. A picture I.D.

Each of these items are required. If you have not received your sticker (or stickers) in the mail, they can also be picked up at Line B. They will also make a schedule bill printout for you there. You can also print this document from inside myGateway.

A valid picture I.D., including your student I.D. card, is required when picking up items from Line B — or any student records, including schedule bill printouts, on campus.

PAYING FEES

Fees are due upon registration.

There’s a short grace period to permit registration online and payment in person or by mail.

Delaying payment — even if it’s waiting for financial aid — could result in being dropped from all of your classes.

FINANCIAL AID

The most-common question I get from students is: “When will my financial aid arrive.”

The good news is that question can be answered with a few clicks (or taps, if you’re on a mobile device).

Check out our “Fall 2013 Financial Aid Disbursement Information” guide.

Here is some additional, financial aid related information:

•  BOGW Application Process

•  Financial Aid TV

•  DREAM Act Resource Page

•  And, of course, the most-important financial aid link: MYGATEWAY!

AVAILABLE CLASSES

Overall, classes are very full now that we are about to begin the semester. However, if you’re wanting to add a class to your schedule, you may want to consider the courses listed on this page.

Please note, that depending on when you’re reading this, you may be asked for an add code, even if there is still space remaining in the class. An add code will always be required to enroll in a course beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the morning the class begins. In other words, if you’re trying to add a class that begins on Monday, you can do so (space permitting) up until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. After that, you’ll need an add code from the instructor.

GETTING HELP

Of course, if you need help with the registration process, of if you’re stuck somewhere in MyGateway, we’ve got friendly staff who can help you out.

Here are some other tips:

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mini logo used as a bulletWant to know where you’re going before you get on campus or even how to get here? View the current map or download a printable version. This page also contains driving directions to the college from the various freeway around the campus.

mini logo used as a bulletMyGateway asks for an “add authorization code” if a class is full. Each instructor is given a list of authorization codes that they may provide to students if they are able to accommodate more people in their class. How (and if) they are used and distributed is completely up to the faculty member. To get into the class, it’s most likely that you’ll need to attend the first class meeting. Show up early and let the instructor know that you’re interested in adding the class if at all possible.

TWEET! TWEET! LIKE! LIKE!

Check out Cypress College on Twitter. There you’ll get the latest headlines about your favorite college campus.

Twitter is just one of the ways that Cypress College is connecting with our students. We also maintain presences on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and more. Learn more by visiting the newsroom of our website.

THANK YOU

Thanks for reading. We look forward to serving you here.

When to Expect Your Financial Aid Funds

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The first disbursement for the Fall 2014 semester is on August 29, 2014 for students who are enrolled and have completed their files with the Financial Aid Office.  Each semester, the Financial Aid Office calculates the units you are enrolled in on the last day to add classes to determine your eligibility for aid. The last day to add classes each semester is referred to as the “FREEZE DATE” for financial aid purposes. The freeze date for Fall 2014 is September 8, 2014.

To check the status of you financial aid file please check your myGateway account http://mg.nocccd.edu.

Financial aid will only pay for the units you are officially enrolled in on or before September 8, 2014. Students must add all units prior to the established freeze date for financial aid purposes. No exceptions to this policy will be made (i.e. ‘waitlisted’ students needing to add units, late-start classes, etc). For students applying for financial aid after the freeze date, your enrollment status will be determined at the time we receive your FAFSA information. Students eligible for a Federal Pell Grant and enrolled in less than 12 units will have their Pell Grant disbursement amounts adjusted accordingly. Most financial aid programs offered at Cypress College require that you be attending school at least half-time (6 units).

Link to Disbursement Chart:
http://www.cypresscollege.edu/Media/Website%20Resources/PDFs/financialAid/Fall%202014%20Disbursement%20Chart.pdf

If you have any further questions please call our office at (714) 484-7114. Our office hours for Summer 2014 are Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm Closed Friday. Otherwise, our normal operating hours are Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm, Friday, 8am-12pm.

Sincerely,
The Financial Aid Office

15th Annual Parent Night for High School Seniors and Parents on Wednesday

Cypress College's 15th Annual Parent Night is on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
Cypress College's 15th Annual Parent Night is on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
Cypress College’s 15th Annual Parent Night is on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Cypress College’s 15th Annual Parent Night event for graduating which school seniors and their parents will be held on Wednesday (April 23, 2014). The event will take place in the Campus Theater, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. One student will receive a $300 scholarship for participation in Parent Night. The event is free, including parking in Lot #1, near the college’s main entrance on Valley View Street.

Parent Night includes a college fair and resource tables hosted by Cypress College faculty and staff between 5:30-6:30 p.m. More than 30 academic programs will be represented. Entertainment and light refreshments will also be served.

The event continues from 6:30-7:30 with an overview of the application, registration, and matriculation process. Questions about admissions, financial aid, registrations, programs, and available classes will also be answered. There will also be discussion of key dates and expectations for new students.

Parent Night concludes with a drawing for a $300 scholarship to a who school senior who attends the event. The criteria for the scholarship is established by the Cypress College Foundation.

For questions about the event, contact Marion Shocklee at (714) 484-7371 or email her at mshocklee@cypresscollege.edu. No RSVP is necessary.