Financial Aid

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Welcome to Cerro Coso Financial Aid!

2023/2024 Financial Aid Estimated Payment Schedule

Spring 2024
FEDERAL PELL GRANT 9 30       14
FEDERAL SEOG   30        
CAL GRANTS   30        
FEDERAL WORK STUDY 15   15 15 15 15

No Adjustments to Spring Awards After 1/29/24

Late start classes that were registered after 1/29/24 for Spring 2024, will not be included in a continuously enrolled student's* total enrollment for financial aid purposes. Therefore, if you make changes to your course load after this date, you will not see an increase/decrease to your total financial aid for the term. Please note that new students* who have just registered for a late start course (who were not attending any courses at the start of the term) can still be awarded Pell, the Promise Grant (BOG) Fee Waiver and potentially more if they enroll now. However, we do encourage that you visit our Virtual Lobby should you feel that changes to your course load were a result of an extenuating circumstance.

How will adjusting my course load after the freeze date affect my financial aid?

New Student* Continuously Enrolled Student*
California Promise Grant (BOG) will be awarded to the student (if eligible) to cover tuition costs California Promise Grant (BOG) will be awarded to the student (if eligible) to cover tuition costs
Pell Grant can be included up to eligibility Pell Grant will not be adjusted after 01/29/24 for Spring 2024 

*New Student: A newly enrolled student that was not attending courses at the start of the term.

*Continuously Enrolled Student: A student that was currently attending courses at the start of the  term and has added courses after 01/29/24 for Spring 2024.

**Completion of the FAFSA/Dream Act Application will check student eligibility for multiple awards and should be completed by all students ASAP

Use "Ask Wiley" to Access the Financial Aid Virtual Lobby


Speak with your Financial Aid Office

Mon – Thur: 8 am - 6 pm and Fri: 8 am - 12 pm

Phone: (760) 384-6221

Or Join our Virtual Lobby via Ask Wiley

Mon – Thur: 8 am - 10 am and 3 pm - 5 pm Fri: 8 am - 12 pm

Open Ask Wiley or use the Ask Wiley button at the bottom right corner of this webpage.

  1. Tap or click, "Questions? Ask Wiley"
  2. Type/Enter: Live Agent
  3. Then select Department

If you want to speak to someone face-to-face, Ask Wiley's Live Agent feature has Zoom available. If you need more help that cannot be covered in a Zoom session, we will assist you in making an appointment for follow-up! Zoom is a free app you can use on your phone or computer. Download Zoom.

Pell Grants for Fall, Spring & Summer

Pell Grant eligible students can receive up to 150% of their scheduled Pell award each year. What does this mean for you? If you were Pell eligible in fall 2023 and/ or Spring 2024, you may qualify for Pell for Summer 2024.

Minimum Credits for Summer Pell Grant

If you enrolled full-time (12+ credits) and received the full-time Pell Grant amount for fall and spring, you must enroll at least half-time (6+ credits) in summer classes to receive a summer Pell Grant.

If you enrolled part-time fall or spring, there is no minimum credit requirement to receive a summer Pell Grant (unless required by your EFC). You can use the remainder of your annual Pell Grant amount during summer with no minimum credit requirement.

Pell Grant Amount Depends on Enrollment

Your summer Pell Grant amount will depend on the number of credits you are registered in, as well as your Pell Lifetime Eligibility Units (LEU). The Pell Grant amount will be adjusted just prior to the release (disbursement) of your aid based on your enrollment level. Enrollment levels are defined in the following manner:

  • 12+ credits = 100% of the semester Pell Grant amount
  • 9-11 credits = 75% of the semester Pell Grant amount
  • 6-8 credits = 50% of the semester Pell Grant amount

Golden State Education And Training Grant Program

Golden State Education and Training Grant program concluded after the 2022-23 Academic Year.

Financial aid is for you!

The financial aid office offers a complete array of financial support services which are designed to help YOU with the educational related expenses involved in obtaining your educational goal.

We will assist you with the process of applying for and receiving financial aid through federal, state, institutional and private organizations to support your success!


There are several types of aid offered at Cerro Coso College which are funded from federal and state agencies and private organizations. The major categories are:

  • SCHOLARSHIPS - Awards based on scholastic achievement and other criteria. These awards do not require repayment.
  • GRANTS - Awards based upon financial need. They do not require repayment.
  • WORK STUDY - Opportunity to earn money for school through part-time employment.
  • LOANS - For you and/or your parents to help pay for educational expenses. Requires repayment.

Check Your Status

If you have already applied for Financial Aid and would like to check your status, follow these steps:

  1. Log into your Inside CC account
  2. Click on Financial Aid.
  3. Click on Eligibility.
  4. Select the current Academic year.
  5. If you have documents that must be submitted, you will be prompted to click the Verification Connection link.
  6. Create your account utilizing your student email. Be sure to use the same name you used to complete your FAFSA and your student email.

Contact Information

Phone: (760) 384-6221
Fax: (760) 384-6321

Hours of Operation

Fall and Spring: M-Th 7:30am - 6:00pm, F 8:00am - 12:00pm

Summer Hours (May 13 - Aug 16, 2024): M-Th 7:00am-6:00pm, F closed

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