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Financial Aid
Dr. Theda Douglas, Dean, Student Services
Cecilia Kwan, Financial Aid Manager

Financial Aid Office Hours: Monday to Friday - 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
(Temporary Building TN-100): Monday to Thursday - 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Financial Aid Lab Hours: Monday to Friday - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
(K Building Basement Room 004): Monday to Thursday - 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm


Goal: The goal of the Financial Aid Program is to provide access to various types of post-secondary education for those who otherwise would be unable to start or continue their schooling and/or training.

Financial Aid - What is it? Financial aid is funds made available by federal and state governments and private sources in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and employment. These funds are available to make it possible for students to continue their education beyond high school even if they and their family cannot meet the full costs of the post secondary school they choose to attend. The basis for such programs is the belief that parents have the primary responsibility of assisting their dependents to meet educational costs and that financial aid is available only to fill the gap between a family's contribution and the student's yearly academic expenses.

Financial Aid Programs. The Financial Assistance Programs available at Trade-Tech fall into four different categories. Federal, state, local and private scholarship grants and loans are available. The links below will help you find out about grants and loans available to you. For more information about federal grants read the Student guide to Financial Aid from the U.S. Department of Education. You may also visit the Financial Aid Office, located in the A building, Room 130.

Graphic: Link to the Student Guide to Financial Aid U.S. DOE

Students can apply for one or more of these programs by filing a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Campus scholarships and the Board of Governors Fee Waiver require separate applications. Additional information can be found on the LACCD Financial Aid page.

Scholarships: Because of the nature of the College and the close cooperation with business, industry and alumni, there is an ongoing scholarship program available to students of the College. In addition to the availability of college-wide general scholarship, various Departmental scholarship opportunities are offered to students majoring in those areas. Specific information on the available campus scholarships is contained in the College's Student Guide to Loans and Scholarships. This brochure is available in Departmental Offices, the College Information Center (located in the R building, Room 100) or the Financial Aid Office (located in Temp. Building TN-100).

Link to Students Guide to Campus Students Guide to Campus
Loans and Scholarships
This informative manual outlines several scholarship grants and loans open only to LATTC students.

Who Can Apply?
To be considered for financial aid, a student must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
    • An eligible non-citizen is a US permanent resident as determined by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services verifying that their stay in the US is for other than a temporary purpose.
  2. Show that they have financial need.
  3. Be making satisfactory progress in a course of study leading to an AA or AS degree, certificate, or transfer to a baccalaureate degree program. (See academic standards section of catalog.) In addition to the Institutional Academic Standards, students must:
    • Maintain a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.00
    • Complete 75% or more of attempted units with a grade of A, B, C, D, or credit.
    • Have attempted fewer than ninety (90) units in the Los Angeles Community College District.
  4. Must not be in default on a Federal Perkins Loan (formerly National Direct Student Loan), Stafford Loan (formerly Guaranteed Student Loan (GSL), Supplemental Loans for Students (SLS), or Direct Loan at any school the student attended.
  5. Must not owe a refund on a Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) or Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) Program.
  6. Must be registered with the Selective Service if required to do so.
  7. Students who are not high school graduates must provide documentation of ability to benefit by passing a federally approved, independently administered test.

How To Apply: Apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov. Then go on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov and follow the instructions for completing a FAFSA Application. Our staff can help you to apply for the FAFSA in our Financial Aid Staff Assisted Lab located at the K-Building Basement room 004.

When To Apply: January 1 of each calendar year is the beginning of the application period for Federal and State financial aid.

Important Deadlines:

March 2 of each calendar year is the first deadline for Cal Grants, A, B, and C. The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) must receive both a FAFSA and a GPA Verification form before March second.

September 2 of each calendar year is an extended deadline for Community College students to apply for Cal Grants.

Note: The school will electronically transmit the required GPA verification to CSAC for students who have 24 or more degree applicable units. Before the March 2 deadline and the September 2 deadline, contact the Financial Aid Office to make sure your GPA was sent to the Commission.

LATTC Priority Date: May 1 of each calendar year. This priority date is established to encourage early application. Students who apply the FAFSA and submit all required documents by this date will be given priority to receive limited SEOG and work study funds

SUMMER FINANCIAL AID: Starting July 1st, 2009, student must submit their 2009-2010 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to receive financial aid including the Fee Wavier during Summer 2009. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information in Temp. Building TN-100.

Students should continue filing as of the last day of school even if they miss the PRIORITY DATES because PELL GRANTS, ENROLLMENT FEE WAIVERS, JOBS and LOANS will continue to be awarded to qualified applicants throughout the academic year if funds are available.

If in doubt, call or visit your college Financial Aid Office. Staff members are available to answer your questions and to help you complete any of the forms. Keep in mind that it takes two months, sometimes longer, between the time you apply for aid and the time your award is completely processed.

For additional information related to the programs offered and the application process, contact the campus Financial Aid Office at (213) 763-7082 or stop by at Temp. Building TN-100, Monday through Friday and pickup a copy of the “ 2008-2009 Information Guide”.

For detailed explanations related to filing, awarding, and receipt of funds please call one of the above telephone numbers and arrange an appointment with a Financial Aid Technician.

The Financial Aid Office is located Temp. Building TN-100. The Financial Aid Staff Assisted Lab is located in the basement Room K004 at the K-Building.

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April 21, 2009