Financial Aid

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Ridgecrest/IWV campus at dusk.
Fall 2023
FEDERAL SEOG   5      
CAL GRANTS   5      
FEDERAL WORK STUDY 15 15 15 15 15
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 Fall Awards After 9/05/23

Late start classes that were registered after 9/05/23 for Fall 2023, 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 09/05/23 for Fall 2023 

*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 09/04/23 for Fall 2023.

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

The Office of Financial Aid is Open, remotely and now with a VIRTUAL LOBBY!

Looking for assistance with General Questions, Application, or Financial Aid?

Financial Aid now has a Virtual Lobby!

To speak with financial aid staff "in-person" visit us using the Zoom link at the times listed below.

Monday - Thursday
8 am - 10 am and 3 pm - 5 pm

8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Enter Lobby
Virtual Lobby hours
Monday - Thursday, 8 AM - 10 AM and 3 PM - 5 PM Friday, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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 a Pell eligible student in fall 2022 and/or spring 2023, you may qualify for a Pell Grant for summer 2023!

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

SPECIAL ALERT: Update from the California Student Aid Commission

This Special Alert from the California Student Aid Commission (Commission) provides an update on the new Golden State Education and Training Grant Program (GSETGP) that was established in the 2021-22 state budget. This new program offers one-time grants to eligible California resident workers who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are enrolling in public education or training programs to learn new skills and get back into the workforce.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused millions of Californians to lose their jobs and many have been unable to find living wage employment since. The Governor and the Legislature opted to use $472.5 million in one-time American Rescue Plan Act funds and $27.5 million in one-time General Fund to provide grants to help these individuals reskill or upskill and transition back into the workforce.

Student Eligibility

To be eligible for a GSETGP grant, the applicant must meet the income and asset criteria of the Cal Grant A award (pursuant to subdivision (k) of Section 69432.7) and must have been:

  • Displaced from employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Unable to obtain employment that provides an average monthly wage that is equal to or greater than the average monthly wage received from their employment prior to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Not enrolled in a training program, college, or university at the time they were displaced from employment

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.


If you have already applied for Financial Aid, view your status by logging into your InsideCC account.  Under your financial aid tab, you will find your awards and documents that need to be submitted.

If you haven't already applied, click on “Applying for Financial Aid” in the left menu bar for information on the FAFSA and Dream Act applications.

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 15 - Aug 11, 2023): M-Th 7:00am-6:00pm, F closed