2. Apply for Financial Aid (Optional)
You should apply for financial aid as early as possible.
There are several forms of financial aid available to students to help pay college costs. These include the Board of Governors Fee Waiver; Federal and State Grants, Loans, and Work-Study; scholarships. For further information see Chapter 2 of the EVC Catalog.
Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW)
The BOGFW was designed to assist students in paying for their enrollment fees. This program is financial assistance that does not need to be repaid. You may be eligible for a fee waiver even if you are not eligible for other financial aid. The application is simple to complete. Regardless of the number of units, the enrollment fee may be waived. Applicants need to apply only once to have fees waived for the academic year, beginning in summer session. Recipients also receive a discount on parking fees in excess of $20. The BOGFW application is also available in the Financial Aid Office and online at www.evc.edu/fao/forms.htm.
For Grants, Loans, and Work-Study
Students should complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You will need your income documentation—and your parents’ if you are a dependent student. Computers are available for access in the library. Help with completing Financial Aid applications is also available through the Financial Aid Office and through several Student Services and Special Academic programs—see the Student Resources and Services section for more information.
You should have your income documentation in front of you while completing the FAFSA form. It is easier to complete the form quickly and accurately with this information handy, although the form does not have to be completed in a single session.
Be sure to include EVC’s school code (012452) on the application.
Once you have submitted your FAFSA, you will receive a SAR (Student Aid Report). If the report is not received within 2 weeks; contact the US Department of Education Processing Center at 1.800.4 FED AID. Once you have received your SAR, review it making sure all of the information is correct. If it is not, make any corrections needed and return to the Federal Processor. You should also receive an email from the EVC Financial Aid Office requesting additional documentation. To complete your application and receive aid, you are required to submit the requested documents to EVC’s Financial Aid Office.
Once the application is complete, your file will be checked for all other eligibility requirements. If all eligibility requirements have been met, an award letter detailing the financial aid funds you are eligible for will be available for you to review on MyWeb.
For detailed information on the types of financial aid, eligibility requirements, and how to apply, see the EVC Financial Aid page at http://www.evc.edu/fao/ or contact the Financial Aid Office at 408-270-6460. You may also go online to http://www.icanaffordcollege.org for additional information.
Additional college funding is available through a multitude of scholarships. Students may research the availability and requirements for specific scholarships at www.fastweb.com and www.scholarships.com. EVC also has many scholarships you may apply for in the spring. Scholarship information is available at www.evc.edu/scholarships. You should be careful to follow eligibility requirements and deadlines for all scholarship applications; remember also that you may apply for more than a single scholarship to help meet college costs.