Congratulations on your college acceptance! It’s an amazing accomplishment and we don’t want these uncertain times to stop you from enrolling.
To help you navigate financial aid, housing, academic advising, and more, please see the list of Frequently Asked Questions below, as there may be an answer ready for you. For all outstanding questions, please be sure to fill out this form for assistance.
When will my Financial Aid Letter arrive?
- Schools have different timelines for when financial aid letters will be released. They commonly arrive in the April/May months. I recommend you reach out to the college admissions office to find out what their timeline is.
Is my deposit refundable?
- Usually enrollment deposits are not refundable or transferable, however because of the circumstances around COVID-19, some colleges have been changing their policies around deposits. You should call the admissions office to see what their policy is or what type of deal can be made.
How do I check on the status of my FAFSA or CA Dream Act application?
How can I request changes to my financial aid?
- This is best done through conversations with the college financial aid office. There are resources like Swift Student, from Form Swift that help you with wording your request and even submitting an appeal.
Can I make changes to my FAFSA, in case my income or family income has changed?
I think I should go to community college instead of a 4-year institution
- Los Angeles Community Colleges are still accepting applications and you can enroll in classes until the day before they begin in August. The city of Los Angeles, LACCD, LAUSD, and UNITE-LA offer a program called LA College Promise, that will allow you to attend a local college for free for up to one year. Please visit lacollegepromise.org to learn about applying and receiving this benefit.
I am considering an out of area college, can you still help me?
- As an LA resident, we are happy to help you choose a college in LA or elsewhere. However, we are working with LA area colleges on this project, and we have the most direct line of communication with those colleges. That being said, we can advise you on best practices in reaching out to those colleges and how to communicate with admissions and financial aid offices.
Are there resources around food or housing that I can access?
- We will pass along your inquiry to the appropriate city and county office that can offer you support. Also know that some schools offer student shelters and basic needs assistance that you may be able to utilize.
I’m not sure about attending this fall. If everything’s remote, it’s just not the college experience I’ve been looking forward to.
- The first semester may be different, but college is a 4 year experience. Two-thirds of jobs in California require some higher education. The sooner you complete your degree, the faster you’ll be on a path to a successful career. Public health officials expect there to be a vaccine by next year. We hope that you don't make a decision based off of 1 semester. If you feel very strongly, you may consider deferring your enrollment, but there is risk about not being readmitted to your program of choice.