Financial Aid Forms

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Completing Forms

You will be contacted by the Financial Aid Office with instructions on what forms will be necessary to complete your file and confirm your financial aid. Completed forms may be faxed to our office at (562) 906-4541. If you have any questions or are having difficulty with this page, please feel free to email us or call us at (562) 903-4742.

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2013-2014 Financial Aid Handbook

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Financial Aid Glossary

Questions about a particular financial aid term? Chances are, that word or form may be listed on this page. If you still have questions, feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office.

Important Terms

Award - Financial aid, such as a scholarship, grant, or loan.

CAR - California Aid Report.

Deferment - Official postponement of loan repayment.

Dependent Student - Any student who does not qualify as an independent student.

Disbursement - When financial aid awards are credited to the student's account.

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) - An electronic process by which loan proceeds are transferred directly to a student's account. No check signing is necessary.

E-signature - An electronic signature used to authorize the processing of loan documents and other personal information on the internet.

Essential Need - The total cost of education minus the expected family

Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) - a measure of your family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - The financial aid application used to determine a student's eligibility for federal and state grants and loans as well as need-based institutional aid.

Graduate - A student who has completed a prior bachelor's degree and is currently working toward a master's or doctorate degree.

Grant - Money that does not need to be repaid.

Independent Student - A student that meets one or more of these qualifications:

  • will be 24 or older by Dec. 31 of the school year for which you are applying for financial aid
  • is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • is a graduate student
  • is married
  • is an orphan or ward of the court
  • has legal dependents other than a spouse

Lender - An institution from which a student loan is borrowed.

Loan - Money that must be repaid with interest.

Master Promissory Note (MPN) - A form used by all schools and borrowers to simplify and streamline the loan application process for students.

Scholarship - Merit award or money given on the basis of achievement.

Undergraduate - A student working toward a bachelor's degree, certificate, or credential.

Work Study - An approved campus or community service job from which the money earned is taxable, but is considered financial aid and may be deducted on the following year's FAFSA.

Important Forms

GPA Verification Form

Verification Information Form (VIF)

Business Farm Supplement - You must complete and return this form to verify the net worth of your family's business or farm. One form is needed for each business or farm.

Document INS Status - You must submit a copy of your alien registration card (green card).

Document US Citizenship - You must submit a copy of a valid passport, birth certificate, or naturalization papers.

Income vs. Expenses Statement - This form helps determine how a family was able to live on its reported income figures.

Non-taxable Housing Allowance - You must provide information indicating how much your family received for housing allowance benefits. If no money was received, but housing was provided, you must submit a signed statement informing us of how much it would have cost your family to rent a similar home.

1040 / W-2 (Parent) - You must submit a signed copy of your parents' federal 1040 tax form, including all pages, schedules, and W-2 form(s) and / or 1099 form(s). If no tax form was filed, your parents must send a signed and dated statement of non-filing. If they don't have a copy of their tax form, they may request a transcript by filing form 4506 with the IRS. This form is available at online at irs.gov.

1040 / W-2 (Student) - You must submit a signed copy of your federal 1040 tax form, including all pages, schedules, and W-2 form(s) and / or 1099 form(s). If no tax form was filed, you must send a signed and dated statement of non-filing. If you don't have a copy of your tax form, you may request a transcript by filing form 4506 with the IRS. This form is available at online at irs.gov.