Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Mission Statement

The Laney College Financial Aid Department inspires a diverse and multicultural student body by providing timely financial aid access, financial literacy, and student support services to prospective, new, and continuing students to enhance student success and completion.

Apply For Financial Aid In 4 Steps

Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form can be a straightforward and easy process. Here are some tips to help you along the way.

Laney College Federal School Code For Financial Aid: 001266

  • Make sure to include the PCCD Federal School Code and provide accurate income information.
  • When completing your FAFSA, use the IRS Data Retrieval process to complete your FAFSA to ensure accurate information and to shorten the verification process with our office later.
  • Electronically sign your FAFSA by using your FSA ID

*They will require spouse information if married and parents’ information if you are considered a dependent in accordance to the Department of Education guidelines.


Your application will be processed and you will receive an e-mail with a link to your Student Aid Report (SAR).

You should review your SAR for any necessary corrections or updates. If you do not hear from the U.S. Department of Education Federal Processing, go to

There may be required forms and/or documents that you and/or your parent(s) need to fill out.  These forms can be picked up at the Financial Aid Office or can be downloaded from the Financial Aid Forms webpage. Please check your Student Center to-do list to see what forms and/or document(s) you need to submit.

Be prepared to submit a photocopy of the following documents:

  • Academic Transcripts (from other Colleges attended)
  • Social security Card
  • Drivers License or California ID
  • High School Diploma/GED or ability to Benefit results
  • Verification Worksheet
  • IRS tax transcripts  and IRS W2  for student and parents (*if dependent)
  • Citizenship eligibility

Once you have submitted your forms, the Financial Aid Office will review your case and determine your eligibility.

Laney College Financial Aid department will contact you once your file has been reviewed. We will be contacting you via your Peralta e-mail account and/or your phone number listed on your Student Center.

Please activate and check your Peralta e-mail account.

Login to Campus Solutions and go to your Student Center for the most updated information on your financial aid award.

Financial Aid Application Procedures and Deadlines for Students

To be considered for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the renewal application at These applications are usually available beginning in January for the following academic year. If a student is interested in a State of California Cal-Grant, the FAFSA and a GPA verification form must be completed. It is important that California Community College students apply by the March 2nd Deadline or the September 2nd Deadline for the Cal-Grants.  Additional information and eligibility requirements are available at the Financial Aid Office.  By filing a complete application with all required documentation, students will have priority in the awarding of Federal Work-Study and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants if eligible, based on the submission date.

The information reported on the FAFSA may be verified by the Financial Aid Office using the parent’s and/or the student’s Internal Revenue Service tax transcript.

Students must be able to provide a copy of their Social Security Card, Alien Registration Card (if applicable), and Photo ID for identification purposes.

IMPORTANT Deadlines:

  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) apply by April 1*
  • Federal Work Student (FWS) apply by April 1 *
  • California Dream Act apply by March 2
  • Cal Grant Competitive and Entitlement apply by March 2 or Cal Grant Competitive only by September 2
  • Pell Grant and Direct Loans – These funds are not limited, you can apply at any time through the Spring term of the award year.  The absolute deadline for filing a FAFSA for Pell Grant for the 2023-2024 award year is June 30, 2024.

*  SEOG and FWS funds are limited and may be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For your application to be processed in a timely manner, all required documents must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office by June 30, 2024.  Due to the 2023-2024 year-end closure, all financial aid supplemental paperwork must be submitted to the financial aid office by Monday, July 15, 2024. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Most Financial aid is based on need. However, recipients must also meet the following criteria.

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Demonstrate financial need for need-based federal student aid programs;
  • Have a valid Social Security number (except students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau);
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program;
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress in college or career school
  • Provide consent and approval to have your federal tax information transferred directly into your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form, if you’re applying for aid from July 1, 2024, to June 30, 2025;
  • Sign the certification statement on the FAFSA form stating that you’re not in default on a federal student loan, you do not owe money on a federal student grant, and you’ll only use federal student aid for educational purposes; and
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Submit the required applications
  • AB540 students may qualify for state aid and will need to complete the Dream Act Application

Most students must complete the Free Workshops on Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Click here for the FAFSA website. 

The FSA ID is a username and password combination you use to log in to U.S. Department of Education (ED) online systems. The FSA ID is your legal signature and shouldn’t be created or used by anyone other than you—not even your parent, your child, a school official, or a loan company representative. You’ll use your FSA ID every year you fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form and for the lifetime of your federal student loans.

All students who have filed or will file for Federal Financial Aid must create a FSA ID

**FOR Dependent Students – A Parent must also file for a FSA ID **

> Step 1 :  When logging into or, click the link to create an FSA ID.

> Step 2:  Create a username and password, and enter your e-mail address.

> Step 3:  Enter your name, date of birth, Social Security number, contact information, and challenge questions and answers.

> Step 4:  If you have a Federal Student Aid PIN, you will be able to enter it and link it to your FSA ID.  You can still create an FSA ID if you have forgotten or do not have a PIN.

> Step 5:  Review you information, and read and accept the terms and conditions.

> Step 6:  Confirm you e-mail address using the secure code, which will be sent to the e-mail address you entered when you created your FSA ID. Once you verify your e-mail address, you can use your FSA ID username and password to log in to the websites.

California Dream Act Application

We are currently accepting 2023-2024 financial aid documents. However, we are not processing documents at this time. Please check here for regular updates on when we will begin processing documents for the next school year. Thank you for your patience.

The new 2023-2024 FAFSA and CA Dream Act applications are now available for students to apply.

On November 22, 2022, President Biden announced an extension of the relief measures for federal student loans owned by the U.S. Department of Education. Borrowers will not be required to make monthly payments and interest rates will be at 0% until the payment pause ends.

For the latest information, you can visit

A suspension of Loan payments

A 0% Interest rate 

Stopped collections on defaulted loans

Have questions? Find out what loans qualify and get additional information about the COVID-19 emergency relief for student loans.

Via Fax: (510) 464-3418

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Please ensure that your PCCD student ID number is present on the top left-hand corner of each page of your document(s). To avoid processing delays, please ensure that your document(s) are legible, if you are submitting a photo of your document(s), all four corners of the page must be present. From the time we receive all requested documents/information, please allow 4-6 weeks for your financial aid specialist to process your file to determine your aid eligibility. During this time, it is highly imperative that you monitor both your Passport account and PCCD email for updates from your specialist if additional information/documentation is required.


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