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Accepting and Receiving Your Aid

How will I know if I have a financial aid award?

You will be notified by email when you have an award. You may also view posted financial aid awards, account summaries and other helpful personal information in eConnect, our secure online services (login required).

What do I need to do to receive my aid?

  • Read your FA Award Instructions on eConnect (login required). Click “Submit” at the bottom of each screen to get to the end.
  • Accept your financial aid at the end of the FA Award Instructions. You must complete this step.

How will I receive my financial aid?

The colleges of DCCCD process and distribute refunds and disbursements (including financial aid funds) with the help of Higher One, a financial services vendor.

You can choose one of three methods to receive your aid.

When will I receive my financial aid?

If you receive a financial aid award before your credit classes start:

  • Any tuition you owe will be deducted from your award. Tuition will not be deducted earlier than 10 days before the first day of classes.
  • You will receive an initial disbursement of up to $700 unless there are blocks on your student record (for example, if you have an outstanding balance from a previous semester). You can use the initial disbursement to buy books and supplies for your classes. You will not receive this money any earlier than 10 days before the start of classes.
  • You will receive any remaining funds eligible for release after the financial aid lock date and after beginning attendance has been certified by each of your instructors.

If you receive a financial aid award after classes have begun:

  • Any tuition you owe will be deducted from your award.
  • You will receive any remaining funds eligible for release after the financial aid lock date and after beginning attendance has been certified by each of your instructors.

See the 2013-2014 Disbursement Schedule for estimated disbursement dates.

We understand that it may seem like it takes longer than it should to get your aid. See How Financial Aid Disbursement Works for details on all the steps that must be completed before we can release your aid.

To help you get your money as soon as possible, make sure the Admissions/Registrar’s Office has your correct email and mailing address.

Questions or concerns? Email the Financial Aid Office.