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Financial Aid

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:
    • Log in to: FAFSA or Federal Student Aid
    • Click on “Create an FSA ID"
    • Follow directions. Enter your log-in and personal information and submit your FSA ID information.
  • Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (if taxes filed)
  • 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:

Allow 1-2 weeks for your FAFSA application to be processed and sent to the college

You will then receive two emails:

  1. First from the Dept. of Education with your Student Aid Report (SAR)
    1. Review SAR for accuracy and read “Comment Codes”
    2. If corrections are made, allow additional 1-2 weeks to process corrected information
  2. Second from the Financial Aid Office confirming receipt of your FAFSA
    1. Instructions are given to check the status on WebSMART

Check WebSMART to see what documents are required. Follow the steps below:

  1. Log into WebSMART
  2. Click the “Financial Aid” Tab
  3. Click “My Eligibility”
  4. Click “Student Requirements”
  5. Select “Aid Year” (Example: select 2015-2016 for Fall 2015)
  6. 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

Hours and Contact Info

Mon-Thu: 8:00am-6:30pm
Fri: Closed

Email us: skyfaoffice@smccd.edu

Call us: 650-738-4236

Financial Aid TV

Short videos to help you understand the financial aid process.

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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.

Handy List of Financial Aid Info  

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.

View your Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU).

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.

Handy List of Financial Aid Info  

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

2015

July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018

October 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018

2015

July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019

October 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019

2016

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.

Read the full statement here.

2018–19 FAFSA Cycle (Begins on October 1, 2017)

To address both privacy and security concerns related to the IRS DRT, the IRS and Federal Student Aid (FSA) have agreed to implement a solution that will reinstate the use of the IRS DRT beginning with the 2018–19 FAFSA cycle. However, this solution will limit the information that displays to the applicant in order to enhance the security and privacy of sensitive personal data transferred to the FAFSA from the IRS. This solution will encrypt the taxpayer’s information and hide the information from the applicant’s view on both the IRS DRT web page and on the FAFSA web pages. While students and parents will still be able to electronically transfer their IRS tax return information into the FAFSA, the information will not be visible to would-be malicious actors. Note that Institutional Student Information Records (ISIRs) sent to institutions and to state grant agencies will include all of the tax return information that was transferred into the FAFSA using the IRS DRT.

We acknowledge that some FAFSA applicants may have concerns about not being able to see the information they are transferring from the IRS into the FAFSA, and that there will be other challenges to applicants and to institutions (e.g., confirming results and making corrections). However, we believe that this solution provides potentially the best balance between access to federal student aid and the privacy of personal information and to maintaining the integrity of our tax collection system. We take our legal obligations to ensure personal data is protected very seriously, as does the IRS. We will continue to work with the financial aid community to address these concerns about ease of use.