Financial Aid & Scholarship Office

Accepting or Declining Your Aid

After you receive your financial aid offer by email, access your Student Center to view your offer. Federal Pell Grants are automatically accepted for you. Review the rest of your award to 1) accept your grants and, 2) accept, reduce or decline your loans. Remember, only borrow what you need. 

The financial aid you accept will show as pending aid in your Student Center and will be applied towards your fee balance. If you accept enough aid to cover your fee balance, your fees will be deferred and no out-of-pocket payment will be due from you. If your aid is not enough to cover your full fee balance, you must pay the balance by the fee payment deadline to hold your enrolled classes. Aid not accepted within 45 days of offer may be canceled.

Use your Student Center to:

  • View your financial aid
  • Accept, reduce or decline financial aid offered to you, which may be grants (free money you do not have to pay back), scholarships, Federal Work-Study, or loans
  • Enroll in e-Refund (direct deposit) to have your financial aid refund deposited directly into your bank account
  • Complete any To Do List items or Holds
  • Update your local and permanent mailing address
  • Authorize third parties, such as your parents, to receive information about your financial aid

Please note the following:

Your financial aid estimated offer will be based on full-time enrollment. Your financial aid award may be adjusted at University Census if you are enrolled in fewer than full-time units.

Cal Grant awards will remain estimates until we receive notification from the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) confirming your eligibility.

For FAFSA applicants: Your estimated financial aid offer will include a Federal Direct Loan offer if you have eligibility. This loan is being offered to you to assist with meeting your educational expenses. Access your Student Center to view your financial aid offer and accept, reduce, or decline loan amounts. You may not have been offered your maximum loan eligibility. Check the annual loan limits. If you reduced or declined your loans, or have additional loan eligibility for the academic year, you may request additional loan(s) by submitting a Federal Direct Loan Application.

For CADAA applicants: Please contact our office to request a California Dream Loan if you are interested. 

For all Loan Borrowers: We encourage you only borrow what you need.