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Apply for scholarships, view important deadlines and contact information.

It is the goal of the Taft College Financial Aid Office to ensure no student be denied access to our quality educational programs because of a lack of funds. Help is available to students with financial need from a number of sources including federal, state and institutional to help pay expenses related to the achievement of an educational goal. Assistance may be available to students in the form of grants, work study and enrollment fee waivers.  

Applying for Aid

Financial aid is money available to help students meet college costs.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns, contact us anytime.

Fee & Disbursement Schedules

Wondering when you’ll receive your financial aid? Refer to the following information for estimated disbursement dates.

Food Aid

A federally funded program providing nutrition education, food security and physical activity programs addressing the needs of eligible families.

Financial Aid Forms

Most of the forms and other information is posted using Adobe Acrobat.

Financial Aid Verification

Paperless Verification System to submit your financial aid documents electronically.

Username is your student ID#: A00123456

Password is first initial of your first name capitalized, the first initial of your last name lower case and the last 6 digits of your student ID#:Ab123456


Definitions of all relevant financial aid terms.

Refund Choices

Taft offers an electronic method for receiving refunds and managing money.


Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Federal regulations regarding academic progress standards for students applying for and receiving federal aid.


There are many scholarships available to qualified students.

Student Loan

A loan is money you borrow and must pay back with interest.

Work Study

On-campus student employment.


Cashcourse is your guide to making informed financial choices.  Register for a free account to find your assignments and other financial tools and start taking charge of your money.

Chafee Grant

Free money for Foster Youth for College or Career Training


This site will allow you to manage your Cal Grant and/or Chafee account(s) online.

Important Links

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • If you are attending: Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, please complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA
  • If you are attending: Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022, please complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA

California Dream Act Application

  • If you are attending: Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, please complete the 2020-2021 California Dream Act Application
  • If you are attending: Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022, please complete the 2021-2022 California Dream Act Application


Office Hours

May 26, 2020 – August 13, 2020
Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Fridays

August 17, 2020 – December 31, 2020
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm on campus

Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. off campus
Closed on Fridays

Office hours are subject to change

Important Information


Fall 2016 BOG Fee Waiver Changes

The Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver is available for eligible students at California community colleges and will waive the per-unit enrollment fee at any community college throughout the state.

Once students have qualified for the BOG Fee Waiver, it is important to meet the academic and progress standards in order to avoid losing the fee waiver.

Academic – Sustain a GPA of 2.0 or higher

If the students cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 for two (2) consecutive primary terms (fall/spring semesters), students may lose fee waiver eligibility.

Progress – Completion of more than 50% of your coursework

If the cumulative number of courses students successfully complete falls below 50% in two consecutive primary terms (fall/spring semesters), students may lose fee waiver eligibility.

Combination of Academic and Progress Standards

Any combination of two consecutive terms of cumulative GPA below 2.0, and/or cumulative course completion less than 50% may result in loss of fee waiver eligibility.

How will I be notified?

Students will be notified within 30 days of the end of each term if students are being placed on either Academic (GPA) and/or Progress (Course Completion) probation.  The notification will include the information that a second term of probation will result in loss of fee waiver eligibility.  After the second consecutive term of probation, the student may lose eligibility for the fee waiver at the next registration opportunity.


The FSA ID – a username and password – has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites.  Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents.  If you do not already have an FSA ID, you may create one when logging in to You can use your FSA ID to sign a FAFSA right away.  Once the Social Security Administration verifies your information in 1-3 days, or if you have linked your PIN to your FSA ID, you will be able to use your FSA ID to access U.S. Department of Education websites.  For help, visit or call 1-800-433-3243.

E-mail Communication

Throughout the financial aid process, the Financial Aid Office will e-mail students to notify them of the status of the FAFSA application, unsatisfied requirements, a change in financial aid eligibility status and awards.  Most of our notifications are sent directly to the student’s e-mail. Students may view the preferred e-mail address in CougarTracks.  Please be sure to keep the e-mail address current and check the inbox, spam or junk mail regularly for messages from the Taft College Financial Aid Office. There will be instances when the office will send paper notifications to a student’s mailing address. To assure prompt delivery of your information, please be sure the mailing address is kept current in CougarTracks.

Pell Eligibility

The Federal Government recently established new regulations which reduce the duration of a student’s eligibility to receive a Federal Pell Grant from 18 full-time semesters (of it equivalent) to 12 full-time semesters (or its equivalent).  This provision applies to all Federal Pell Grant eligible students effective July 1, 2012.

What does this mean?

Beginning with Fall 2012, a student has 6 years (12 full-time semesters) of total Pell Grant eligibility.  This includes all the years the Pell Grant was received prior to Fall 2012.  All the years the student has received the Federal Pell Grant will be counted toward the 6 years, regardless of when the student began receiving aid. Students will receive a notice if you are getting close to your limit.  If students, have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office.