Education for all. Regardless of financial means or socioeconomic standing.
At Skyline College, we believe education should be available to everyone. The financial aid office is here to help you find funding avenues or alternative payment methods that will empower you to meet the costs of attending college.
We offer access to many resources, including fee waivers, grants, scholarships, work study and loans. Take advantage of these resources and you’ll find that paying for college is achievable.
New Changes: 2024 - 2025 Simplified FAFSA and DREAM Act Application
To simplify the financial aid application process, the Department of Education will be making some big changes to the format of the applications and making the process for families to apply for aid much easier! This year we can expect both applications to be available in late December with a priority deadline of April 2, 2024. As a friendly reminder, to have your login credentials ready for you (Student) and one of your parent’s (If you are dependent student). Need assistance with creating your login credentials for FAFSA or Dream Act?
Be sure to complete your financial aid application as soon as possible once it’s released! For more information about the changes coming for 2024 -2025, you may visit the FAFSA Simplification Act. Consider registering for How to Prepare for the 2024- 2025 FAFSA Form webinar on October 25, 2023. The Financial Aid Office will be providing additional information in regards to upcoming changes as they are received.
(Fall 2023, Spring 2024, and Summer 2024)
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Types of Aid
Students who would like to ask questions regarding their financial aid status and submitting documentation to our office, must provide their Full Name and Student Identification (G#). All documents may be submitted securely via DropBox, which must include Student’s Full Name and Student Identification Number (G#) in file name, be legible and completely filled out with appropriate wet signatures provided. If mailing documents, you must include a legible copy of a valid picture I.D. and include your name and G-Number on all documents.
Learn More about LEU
Students are limited to a lifetime maximum Pell Grant of 12 semesters/six years or full time equivalent (600%) at any community college, vocational school or four year/bachelor program. Once you reach the 600% Pell LEU, you will be ineligible for any additional Pell Grants.
What this means for you: You must plan now for your future, especially if you plan to transfer to a four year college to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree. The six year limit is a LIFETIME limit. This regulation is in effect even if you have had an appeal approved for failure to meet academic progress, it supersedes any prior offer of aid/award, and the Department of Education allows for no appeal or exception.
For examples of how Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) is calculated and for further detail please visit the Federal Student Aid website.
As a result of recent Federal and State legislative changes, you should be aware of a number of new requirements for the federal student aid programs. Some of the changes include:
- Students must have a High School diploma or GED.
- Students will no longer have the interest on their subsidized loans paid during the 6 month grace period before repayment begins.
- If you have less than a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and/or a completion rate of all attempted units at or below 50%, you may be at risk of losing CCPG Fee Waiver eligibility.
Prior-Prior year (PPY) Tax Information on FAFSA
Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, students can now complete the FAFSA using 2 years prior tax information. With the switch to PPY, FAFSA will be available on October 1 of the previous year rather than January 1 of the actual year.
- FAFSA is available October 1, 2022 for 2023-2024 academic year
- 2023-2024 FAFSA will use 2021 tax year information
|When a student is attending college||When a student can submit a FAFSA||Which year's income information is required|
|July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023||October 1, 2021 - June 30, 2023||2020|
|July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024||October 1, 2022 - June 30, 2024||2021|
IRS Data Retrieval Tool Update
You can utilize the Get Transcript Online service, which provides an immediate PDF version of a tax transcript. Users who had already established an account with the IRS for using this service are still able to log in to the Get Transcript Online service. Get Transcript By Mail is also available.
2023–2024 FAFSA Cycle (Begins on October 1, 2022)
To address both privacy and security concerns related to the IRS DRT, the IRS and Federal Student Aid (FSA) have agreed to implement a solution that will reinstate the use of the IRS DRT beginning with the 2023–2024 FAFSA cycle. However, this solution will limit the information that displays to the applicant in order to enhance the security and privacy of sensitive personal data transferred to the FAFSA from the IRS. This solution will encrypt the taxpayer’s information and hide the information from the applicant’s view on both the IRS DRT web page and on the FAFSA web pages. While students and parents will still be able to electronically transfer their IRS tax return information into the FAFSA, the information will not be visible to would-be malicious actors. Note that Institutional Student Information Records (ISIRs) sent to institutions and to state grant agencies will include all of the tax return information that was transferred into the FAFSA using the IRS DRT.
We acknowledge that some FAFSA applicants may have concerns about not being able to see the information they are transferring from the IRS into the FAFSA, and that there will be other challenges to applicants and to institutions (e.g., confirming results and making corrections). However, we believe that this solution provides potentially the best balance between access to federal student aid and the privacy of personal information and to maintaining the integrity of our tax collection system. We take our legal obligations to ensure personal data is protected very seriously, as does the IRS. We will continue to work with the financial aid community to address these concerns about ease of use.