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Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are usually awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. You are not eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant if you are incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution or are subject to an involuntary civil commitment upon completion of a period of incarceration for a forcible or non-forcible sexual offense.

Award Amounts:
Students may receive up to $6,345 in the 2020-2021 and $6,495 in the 2021-2022 academic years.

Lifetime eligibility:
A student may receive a Pell Grant for no more than 12 full-time semesters or its equivalent.

Verification Policy

What does it mean to be selected for Verification?

If your application has been selected for verification, you will be required to provide additional documentation. Refer to your campus Financial Aid Office for pertinent deadlines. Failure to meet deadlines may result in the denial of financial aid.

Students can check their financial aid file status from the LACCD Student Information System (SIS) and complete the verification process or download the appropriate forms at lahc.verifymyfafsa.com.

The Financial Aid Office may request additional documentation based on the information submitted on your financial aid application such as:

  • Federal tax transcripts, wage and income (W-2) transcripts, and/or proof of non-filing
  • Verification of untaxed income and benefits
  • Verification Worksheet
  • Other documents as needed to verify your application or situation

Verification requirements apply to all federal aid programs and the state Cal Grant program.

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Students who will receive Federal Pell Grants and have the most financial need will receive FSEOGs first. The FSEOG does not need to be repaid.

Award Amounts:
The maximum award at Los Angeles Harbor College is $500.

You may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant if:

  • You are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of your Expected Family Contribution, but
  • Meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and
  • Your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, and
  • You were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death.

Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study.

Here’s a quick overview of Federal Work-Study:

  • It provides part-time employment while you are enrolled in school.
  • It is available to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with financial need.
  • It is available to full-time students.
  • It is administered by schools participating in the Federal Work-Study Program. Check with your school's financial aid office to find out if your school participates.
  • Since this is a high demand program and positions are limited meeting certain deadlines is a requirement. Students who complete their FAFSA prior to May 1st of every year and indicated interest in the federal work study program on their FAFSA will be invited to complete the next step to become work study candidates.

Federal Student Loans

  • Direct Subsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need to help cover the costs of higher education at a college or career school.
  • Direct Unsubsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, but in this case, the student does not have to demonstrate financial need to be eligible for the loan.

Please note that any loan borrowed by the student or parent will be submitted to the National Studen Loan Database System (NSLDS), and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and schools determined to be authorized users of the data system.

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires institutions of higher education participating in the administration of educational loan programs to develop and publish a Code of Conduct. Any LAHC employee who has responsibilities with respect to student educational loans is required to comply with this Code of Conduct. Our Code of Conduct prohibits us from:

  • Entering into any revenue-sharing arrangement with any lender
  • Receiving gifts from a lender, a guarantor, or a loan servicer
  • Contracting arrangement providing financial benefit from any lender or affiliate of a lender
  • Directing borrowers to particular lenders or refusing or delaying loan certifications from lenders
  • Offering of funds for private loans
  • Providing call center or financial aid office staffing assistance
  • Accepting advisory board compensation

Do your homework before taking out any student loan. Everything that you need to know about loans is at your fingertips in the LAHC Loan Guide.