Education for all. Regardless of financial means or socio-economic standing.
At Skyline College, we believe education should be available to everyone. The financial aid office is here to help you find funding avenues or alternative payment methods that will empower you to meet the costs of attending college. Skyline College offers access to many resources, including fee waivers, grants, scholarships, work study programs and loans that are geared towards making college affordable.
Take advantage of these resources at the Financial Aid Office and you’ll find that paying for college is achievable.
Steps to Apply for Financial Aid
For U.S. Citizens and Permanent Legal Residents (Green Card Holders, Refugee, etc.)
- Go to: www.fafsa.gov
- 2016-2017 for Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 (available January 1, 2017)
- 2017-2018 for Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 (available October 1, 2017)
- Skyline College’s Federal School Code is: 007713
- FSA ID: Create a User Name and Password:
- Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (if taxes filed)
- Go to the Financial Aid Forms Webpage
- Click on: Step-by-Step Directions for IRS Data Retrieval Tool
- If IRS Data Retrieval Tool does not work order a Tax Return Transcript at www.irs.gov
- Need help? Attend a Financial Aid Application Lab
- Every Tuesday from 1:30-2:30pm and Wednesday 4:00-5:30 pm in Bldg. 2, Room 2117B
- For details please visit the Financial Aid Events Webpage
For AB540 and Undocumented Students Only:
- For more information go to the Dream Act Webpage
Allow 1-2 weeks for your FAFSA application to be processed and sent to the college
You will then receive two emails:
- First from the Dept. of Education with your Student Aid Report (SAR)
- Review SAR for accuracy and read “Comment Codes”
- If corrections are made, allow additional 1-2 weeks to process corrected information
- Second from the Financial Aid Office confirming receipt of your FAFSA
- Instructions are given to check the status on WebSMART
Check WebSMART to see what documents are required. Follow the steps below:
- Log into WebSMART
- Click the “Financial Aid” Tab
- Click “My Eligibility”
- Click “Student Requirements”
- Select “Aid Year” (Example: select 2015-2016 for Fall 2015)
- Review “Unsatisfied Requirements” and Complete unsatisfied requirements and/or submit documents listed
Faxed, emailed or incomplete documents will not be accepted
If no requirements are listed, please contact the Financial Aid Office, Bldg. 2
- Files are reviewed in order of date received
- During the file review process, additional documents may be requested
- Check your “my.smccd.edu” email regularly for notifications
- Files will not be reviewed until all required documents are submitted
- Entire process may take a minimum 4-6 weeks (longer if corrections are needed/during start of semester)
- Eligible students will be notified by email to their “my.smccd.edu” account
- Check WebSMART for the results of your financial aid award
- Go to “My Award Information” to view types and amount of award
- Note: If no awards are listed, please contact the Financial Aid Office, Bldg. 2
Types of Aid
New Important Information
Students must present a picture ID when asking questions and submitting documentation to our office. The Financial Aid Office will not accept documents via fax or email. To submit any financial aid documents, bring in person or mail to Skyline College, Financial Aid Office, 3300 College Drive, San Bruno CA 94066. If mailing documents, you must include a legible copy of a valid picture I.D. and include name and G-Number on all documents.
Learn More about LEU
Students are limited to a lifetime maximum Pell Grant of 12 semesters/six years or full time equivalent (600%) at any community college, vocational school or four year/bachelor program. Once you reach the 600% Pell LEU, you will be ineligible for any additional Pell Grants.
What this means for you: You must plan now for your future, especially if you plan to transfer to a four year college to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree. The six year limit is a LIFETIME limit. This regulation is in effect even if you have had an appeal approved for failure to meet academic progress, it supersedes any prior offer of aid/award, and the Department of Education allows for no appeal or exception.
For examples of how Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) is calculated and for further detail please visit the Federal Student Aid website.
As a result of recent Federal and State legislative changes, you should be aware of a number of new requirements for the federal student aid programs. Some of the changes include:
- Students must have a High School diploma or GED. Passing ATB scores or 6 earned college semester units are NO LONGER accepted to meet this requirement for students beginning a program of study after 7/1/12.
- Students will no longer have the interest on their subsidized loans paid during the 6 month grace period before repayment begins.
- If you have less than a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) and/or a completion rate of all attempted units at or below 50%, you may be at risk of losing BOG Fee Waiver eligibility. Please watch this video for more information.
Prior-Prior year (PPY) Tax Information on FAFSA
Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, students can now complete the FAFSA using 2 years’ prior tax information. With the switch to PPY, FAFSA will be available on October 1, 2016, rather than January 1, 2017.
- FAFSA is available October 1, 2016 for 2017-2018 academic year
- 2017-2018 FAFSA will use 2015 tax year information
When a student is attending college
When a student can submit a FAFSA
Which year's income information is required
July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017
January 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017
July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018
October 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018
July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019
October 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019
IRS Data Retrieval Tool Update
Please note that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool will be out of service for several months. To protect sensitive taxpayer data, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) on fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov will be unavailable until extra security protections can be added. The tool is expected to be back online in fall 2017, when the next Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) season begins. The IRS DRT provides tax data that automatically fills in information for part of the FAFSA as well as the income-driven repayment (IDR) plan application for federal student loan borrowers.
The IRS DRT was turned off following concerns that data from the tool could be used by identity thieves to file fraudulent tax returns. Once enhancements are made to encrypt or mask the sensitive data, the IRS DRT will be reactivated.