While Skyline College continues operations in a virtual setting due to the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order, many campus offices will be physically closed until the Fall semester. Though the Financial Aid Office may be physically closed, we will continue to provide the same services and support to students, staff and our community members through phone, Zoom and email. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility as we navigate this difficult and uncertain time, while working to keep our community safe with minimal interruptions of service.
- Awarding, disbursements and processing continue as scheduled during the temporary campus closure. Check your WebSMART account to view your financial aid status and more.
- CARES Act Funds Disclosure
- Student Resources Updates from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. Commonly asked questions and answers are updated daily
(Fall 2021, Spring 2021, and Summer 2022)
Education for all. Regardless of financial means or socioeconomic 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.
Types of Aid
Students who would like to ask questions regarding their financial aid status and submitting documentation to our office, must provide their Full Name and Student Identification (G#). All documents may be submitted securely via DropBox, which must include Student’s Full Name and Student Identification Number (G#) in file name, be legible and completely filled out with appropriate wet signatures provided. If mailing documents, you must include a legible copy of a valid picture I.D. and include your 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.
- 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 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and/or a completion rate of all attempted units at or below 50%, you may be at risk of losing CCPG Fee Waiver eligibility. Please watch this video for more information.
Prior-Prior year (PPY) Tax Information on FAFSA
Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic 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 of the previous year rather than January 1 of the actual year.
- FAFSA is available October 1, 2019 for 2020-2021 academic year
- 2020-2021 FAFSA will use 2018 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, 2019 - June 30, 2020
October 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020
July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021
October 1, 2019 - June 30, 2021
IRS Data Retrieval Tool Update
Please note- The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently suspended, for new users, the availability of the Get Transcript Online service, which provides an immediate PDF version of a tax transcript. Users who had already established an account with the IRS for using this service are still able to log in to the Get Transcript Online service.
While there is no estimate for how long the tool may be unavailable to new users, Federal Student Aid is in communication with the IRS and understands that they are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. In the meantime, several other methods to obtain a transcript from the IRS, including IRS Get Transcript by Mail, are available as an alternative for those FAFSA applicants needing to obtain an IRS tax transcript for use in the verification process.
2020–2021 FAFSA Cycle (Begins on October 1, 2019)
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 2019–2020 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.