Important information for the Fall 2020 semester, check it out!
Important information for the Fall 2020 semester, check it out!
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Financial Aid Fall 2020 Kickoff, Fall Starts August 24, are you ready?
We're here to help!
In this email, you'll find the resources you need to make sure you're prepared to succeed this fall!
We cover some of our most frequently asked questions that we receive at the start of each semester and resources available to all students (free chromebook checkouts, food bank, and more!) 
Coming Soon: Fall 2020 SAP Notices

SAP Notices Arrive on 8/20

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) notices are emailed to students at the start of each semester.
If disqualified, your SAP email will include the reason why you are disqualified and instructions on how you can appeal.
For more information on our SAP policy, please click here.

What is the Freeze Date?

Students have until 11:59 p.m. on September 7 to add/drop classes. After this, students will be locked in at those units for financial aid purposes.
Please note: Your award information will continue recalculating as you add and drop classes until your units are locked in on the freeze date. 
For more information about the freeze date, please click here.
Disbursements
If you've been awarded a Pell Grant, you'll receive the first half on August 28.
For more disbursement information, including the full Fall 2020 Disbursement Schedule, FAQ, and BankMobile, please click here.
In order to be paid on the first disbursement date, the following must be met by August 21:
  • Your financial aid file must be complete;
  • Your home campus must be Cypress College; 
  • Your SAP status must be Good, Warning, or Pro1; and
  • You must be enrolled in fall 2020 courses.
What might affect your disbursement dates:
  • Completing tasks late. After August 21, your Pell Grant funds should arrive to BankMobile two Fridays after you complete your file.
  • Enrolling in late-start classes. Late-start classes can affect the amount you receive in your first disbursement as we cannot pay for late-start units until you start attending those classes. 
  • You need to submit a SAP appeal. If your SAP appeal is approved, you'll receive your financial aid funds two Fridays after your appeal is approved.

Expecting a Cal Grant?

If you received the Cal Grant, but don’t see it on your Cypress Award letter, check your WebGrants account (click here) to confirm your High School Graduation Date and/or College. Once you satisfy all requirements with them, you will see your award posted (if eligible) within two weeks.
For more general information regarding Cal Grant, please click here.
For Cal Grant "What are my next steps?" please click here.
I got an email about SSCG (student success completion grant). Do I need to apply?

Student Success Completion Grant

If you received an email stating you may be eligible for the SSCG, there is nothing else you need to do, other than make sure you're enrolled and locked in at 12 or more units by the freeze date. 
Eligible students will see SSCG posted on their awards after we disburse Cal Grant on September 18.
How much will I receive for Fall?
  • Students enrolled in 12 units or more (but less than 15 units): $649.
  • Students enrolled in 15 or more units: $2,000.
Please note: If you registered for a late-start class, your SSCG may be less. If there are SSCG funds still available by the time your late-start class begins, the Financial Aid Office will pay for your late-start units the second Friday from the date your late-start class begins.
For more information about the SSCG, please click here.
Student Loans

Fall 2020 Loans

We will be hosting online loan workshops for fall 2020. 

If you're interested in obtaining a Federal Direct Student Loan, please contact Loan Coordinator Nishad Marathe at nmarathe@cypresscollege.edu.
In order to be eligible for a student loan you must meet the following requirements: 
  • Have a complete FAFSA and financial aid file;
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 units for the fall semester; and
  • Gave a Good / Warning / PRO1 SAP status.
For more information regarding loans and workshop dates, please click here.
More Cypress College Resources to help you reach your goal!

Need a laptop?

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) will continue providing Chromebooks to students for fall 2020.
This service is provided for free to all enrolled students.
If you would like to request a Chromebook, please fill out the survey link here. (Please noteYou must be enrolled in courses for fall 2020 before you fill out the request form.)
Once you have completed the survey, your enrollment will be verified and you will receive an email with the dates and times for checkout.
For more information, please contact Sarah Barriga at sbarriga@cypresscollege.edu.
Please note: If your are in need of a laptop or Macbook due to program/major requirements, please have your professor contact Sarah directly.
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Food Bank

Throughout the fall semester, the Cypress College Food Bank will be servicing students once a week (on Wednesdays) starting September 2 via on-campus drive-thru food distribution
Further information regarding these services, including registration details, will be available very soon on the Cypress College website.
If students are interested in additional food assistance, they are encouraged to visit the The Hub of Hope located at 611 S Ford Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832 (open daily from 1-2:30 p.m.)
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Additional Resources

Please click here to view a detailed list of additional resources available to students during fall 2020. 
The list includes information on wifi access, housing, shelters, food, educational assistance, and much more!
If you have any additional questions regarding your financial aid, please contact us. We're here to help!
Emailfinancialaid@cypresscollege.edu
*Don't forget to include your student ID number in your message!
Live Chat: Cranium Café (sign in with your myGateway information)
Phone: (714) 484-7117

Sincerely,
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