What is free?
|Cost||CA resident w/ completed FAFSA or Dream Act Application||Out of state resident w/ completed FAFSA||International student||How do I get it?|
|Tuition||$290 per unit for out of state and international students||N/A||Students who receive a full Federal Pell Grant will have tuition paid. Students who are not Pell eligible will need to pay their out-of-state tuition.||Not free||Apply & enroll, complete the application for financial aid (either the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application).|
|$46 per unit||Free||Free||Not free||Apply & enroll, complete the application for financial aid (either the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application).|
|Books||varies||Free||Free||Not free||Show student id card & schedule of classes to the Laney Bookstore|
|varies||Free||Free||Not free||Show student id card & schedule of classes to the Laney Bookstore|
|A/C transit pass||$42.88||Free – but must enroll in at least 6 units||Free – but must enroll in at least 6 units||Free – but must enroll in at least 6 units||Show student id card in the Cashier’s Office in A-201.|
|Parking||Free for fall||Free||Free||Free||Park in the student lot. No permit needed.|
|$18.00||Free||Free||Not free||Taken off account after completion of FAFSA or CA Dream Act application.|
|Student campus use|
|$2.00||Free||Free||Not free||Taken off account after completion of FAFSA or CA Dream Act application.|
|Chromebook||Free to checkout||Free to checkout||Free to checkout||Free to checkout||Check-out in the Library.|
|Wi-Fi hotspot||Free to checkout||Free to checkout||Free to checkout||Free to checkout||Check-out in the Library.|
|Lunch||Free||Free||Free||Free||Free Mo-Thu in the Cafeteria in the Student Center 10am-6pm.|
|Food produce pantry||Free||Free||Free||Free||Free Mo-Thu in the Cafeteria in the Student Center 10am-6pm.|
|Food protein panty||Free||Free||Free||Free||Free to each student once a week. Stop by the Cafeteria either Wed or Thur every week 10am-6pm.|
All students, except international students.
Call our Fall is Free Helpdesk at (510) 255-3507 on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday from 9:00am – 11:00am or 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Or call on Tuesdays from 3:00pm - 6:00pm. Phone calls will be answered in the order they are received.
Yes. However, you are still required to complete a FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application to be eligible for the Fall for Free program.
1-18 units. Part-time and full-time students are all eligible.
If you want to take more than 18 units, you need approval from an academic counselor. Counseling is available on campus, on the phone, and online. Make an appointment at https://laney.edu/counseling/.
- 18-21 units, students need clearance from a general counselor
- 22-24 units, students need clearance from the VPSS
- Please refer to college catalog, pages 23-24 under Study Load and Excess Units
YES! You can add as many as you would like to take, up to 18 units. If you want to take more than 18 units, see the previous question above for information.
Out-of-state tuition is not covered, but out of state enrollment fees will be if you complete a FAFSA. Tuition is $290 per unit and will the responsibility of each student. Enrollment fees are $46 per unit and will be paid for you as part of the Fall is Free program. Out-of-state students are eligible for all the rest of the free items.
International student tuition and fees are not covered. International students textbooks and required supplies from the Bookstore will be covered. International students are eligible for free lunch, free produce pantry, free protein pantry, free A/C transit pass if enrolled in six or more units, free wi-fi hotspot checkout, and free Chromebook checkout.
No, you will not have to pay anything back.
Yes! As long as you complete a FAFSA or California Dream Act application you will receive all of the free items.
What you need to do
All you have to do is apply to the college through CCC Apply, enroll in at least one class at Laney, and complete the FASFA (Federal Application for Student Financial Aid) or CA Dream Act Application (State Financial Aid Application for Undocumented Students).
- To apply: Go to https://laney.edu/enroll/ and click “Apply Now!”
- To enroll: Go to https://laney.edu/enroll/ and click “Ready to Enroll?”
- To complete the financial aid application (FASFA): https://laney.edu/financial_aid/
- To complete the CA Dream Act Application (Undocumented Students): https://dream.csac.ca.gov/landing
I need help
- On campus: The Welcome Center is open in A-101 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9:00am-3:00pm. Phone: (510) 464-3540
- For remote access, join the Welcome Center open Zoom room Mon. Wed. & Thu. from 9am – 11am & 1pm – 3pm Click https://cccconfer.zoom.us/s/93395194160 to join.
I need help with my Federal Application for Financial Aid or my California Dream Act application. Where can I go?
The Financial Aid Office offers weekly FAFSA/CA Dream Act Workshops on Thursdays from 1:30pm-3:00pm. You may attend the workshop in-person in A-201 or via ZOOM. Visit Https://Laney.Edu/Financial_aid/ to register for a ZOOM workshop.
- The Financial Aid Office can be reached at (510) 464-3414 and chat is available at https://laney.edu/financial_aid/
- The Financial Aid Office is open on campus from 9:00am – 3:00pm on Monday – Thursday in A-201. If you prefer remote interaction, you can sign up for a zoom appointment at Https://Laney.Edu/Financial_aid/
Counseling is available on campus, on the phone, and online. Make an appointment at https://laney.edu/counseling/.
Attend one of our Information Sessions in the Laney Tower Lobby on one of the following days/times. The Information Sessions will tell you about the programs and offerings available at Laney.
- Wednesday, August 10th at noon and 6pm
- Thursday, August 11th at noon and 6pm
- Friday, August 12th at noon
- Monday, August 15th at noon
- Tuesday, August 16th at noon
Lunch or dinner will be provided, and we will be there to answer all your questions.
I have a question I’d like answered in person and I can only come to campus on Saturdays. What can I do?
Attend one of our two One-Stop events on either of the following Saturdays at the flagpole on Fallon Street:
- August 13 from 10:00-1:00pm
- August 20 from 10:00-1:00pm
Light refreshments will be served, and we will have staff and counselors available.
Call our Fall is Free Helpdesk at (510) 255-3507 on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday from 9:00am – 11:00am or 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Or call on Tuesdays from 3:00pm - 6:00pm. Phone calls will be answered in the order they are received
ID cards are printed in the Welcome Center in A 102. Until the start of the fall term on August 22, the Welcome Center is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9:00-3:00. It will also be open on Saturday, August 13 and Saturday, August 20 from 10:00-1:00pm.
Issues with student accounts and financial aid
Students who have completed a FAFSA and already paid tuition and fees will be refunded after the beginning of the semester via check. All refund requests must be signed off by the Vice President of Student Services prior to submission to the Bursar’s Office for check issuance. The refund will be issued after the semester begins, most likely sometime around the second week of the semester (on or around September 5).
If my tuition is being paid by another program at the College (Veterans Affairs, EOP&S/CARE, etc.), can I receive the other benefits and fees free of charge?
Yes. Even though your tuition is covered, you still should complete your FAFSA or California Dream Act application to receive coverage of your other fees and needs this semester, including student health fees, books, food, technology, and transportation.
All students can enroll for free during the Fall semester. Currently, there is no hold on the student accounts who have outstanding fees. If there is, the Bursar’s Office and the Vice President of Business and Administrative Services will handle the case. Call (510) 464-3131 or Laney Business Office at (510) 464-3228.
Students will see a balance due on their account until it has been verified that they have completed the required financial aid application(s) to qualify for free tuition. Once verified, the account balance will be waived. Payment is not required to register for classes, however, if you do not submit a completed financial aid application by September 30, 2022, you will be responsible for any outstanding tuition or fees for the Fall 2022 semester.
Books can be picked-up at the Laney Bookstore beginning on August 22nd. Online ordering also begins on August 22nd.
My instructor is requiring books that are not available through the Laney Bookstore. Are those free?
Go to the Laney Bookstore in the basement of the SSC (cafeteria) building. Show them your schedule of enrolled courses and they will give you the required books and instructional materials.
For quicker pickup, order your books online, click “contactless pickup” as your delivery method and your order will be bundled and ready for you to pick up at the bookstore. To order online go to https://www.bkstr.com/laneystore/home. When ordering online, at the last step on the payment screen, check the box for “Financial Aid”. This will populate the Fall is Free program as the funding source so you will not have to pay. When you go for pickup, you will have to show your schedule of enrolled classes.
If you are taking online classes and are unable to come to campus for pickup, you can order your books online to be delivered to your home. This may take up to a week before you receive them. To order online, https://www.bkstr.com/laneystore/home. When ordering online, at the last step on the payment screen, check the box for “Financial Aid”. This will populate the Fall is Free program as the funding source so you will not have to pay.
If you are renting a book, you will have to provide a credit card as collateral for book. The card will not be charged unless you do not return the rented book at the end of the term.
If you have further questions, you can call the bookstore at (510) 464-3349.
Since these are required instructional supplies, they will be provided for free. These items must be picked up in person at the Laney Bookstore, they cannot be mailed. You will have to show your schedule of enrolled classes when you pick up your books and materials.
Until August 18th
- Monday-Thursday 10:00-2:00
- Saturday, August 13th 10:00-2:00
- Saturday, August 20th 10:00-2:00
Beginning August 22nd
- Monday-Friday 9:00-3:00
- Saturday, August 27th 10:00-2:00
Saturday, September 3rd
Books can be ordered or received in-person beginning on August 22nd.
Yes, we are asking you to return books if you do not need them.
AC Transit Passes
You must be enrolled in six or more units.
Bring your student ID card to the Cashier’s Office in A-201.
Student Services Available
While free tuition does not apply to international students, Laney's Office of International Students does offer services and tools to provide guidance and support. See https://www.peralta.edu/international/events to learn what is available for the fall semester.
Academic accommodations can be given to students with learning challenges via Student Accessibility Services: SAS application Click here. Their phone number is (510) 464-3428. Information is available at SAS.Laney@peralta.edu.
The Library. The Library will be open from Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 8:00pm beginning on August 22nd.
Laney College follows the Perlata Community College District’s COVID-19 policy. As of July 20th all students are required to wear a mask while on campus and upload proof of vaccinations or receive an exemption to the policy if you are coming to campus. Details can be found at https://safe.peralta.edu/
On a daily basis, if you are coming to campus, please complete a daily health screening. To do so, use the Campus Shield app to answer screening questions for campus access. Instructions for downloading and using the mobile app are at https://web.peralta.edu/files/2021/08/Campus-Shield-setup-mobile.pdf. If you do not have a smart phone, you can stop by the Tower lobby to use the computer and printer that are there.
Laney is using remaining Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) dollars to support this program.