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Financial Aid

Located in the Administration/Student Services Building

FAFSA CODE: 001309



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 you in the form of grants, work study and enrollment fee waivers.

Important Links

Financial Aid Applications:

Financial Aid Resources:

Office Hours


May 26, 2015 – August 15, 2015 August 18, 2015 – May 22, 2016
Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Fridays Tuesday 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Office hours are subject to change



Important Changes


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


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.