Federal Pell Grant: Your Pell Grant award is based on your Financial Aid Enrollment Status. Pell Grant awards must be recalculated if your Financial Aid Enrollment Status has changed from what is printed on your Award Letter. All calculations are based on the 34 week Academic Year definition.
Pell Grant checks will be mailed to the address on file for you. Address changes must be given to us at least fifteen (15) working days prior to the disbursement date shown on your Award Letter. Whenever you change your address, you should also notify the U.S. Postal Service.
It is your responsibility to notify us if you have not received a check within two weeks from the date it was mailed. After the two weeks have passed, you will need to contact the Financial Aid Office on the Oceanside campus to request a replacement check.
If you have a Pell Grant award and you want to use those funds to purchase books, you may apply for a Pell Advancement. A Pell Advancement will authorize credit in the Bookstore at the beginning of each term (Fall and Spring only) for up to half of your term's Pell award up to a maximum of $500.00. Contact the Financial Aid Office for the specific dates each term. Advancement forms may be completed ahead of time. The amount of your charges on the Advancement will be deducted from your Pell check and paid to the Bookstore on your behalf.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): FSEOG funds must be awarded to Pell-eligible students who have the lowest family contribution. You must be enrolled in at least six (6) units to receive FSEOG funds (see Enrollment Status).
FSEOG checks will be sent to the mailing address on record with MiraCosta College. Whenever you change your address, you should also notify the U.S. Postal Service.
It is your responsibility to notify us if you have not received a check.
Pell, FSEOG, ACG, and Cal Grant payments are made once each semester by check, payable and mailed to the student or disbursed by Direct Deposit.
Do we have your current mailing address? If not, please come in to our office and complete a Change of Information form NOW. Complete a new form any time your residence and/or mailing address changes.
NOTE: Your change of Mailing Address must be received in the Financial Aid Office at least 15 working days prior to a scheduled disbursement date to ensure the check is mailed to your current address.
You can receive federal financial aid from only one institution for each term of enrollment. If you will be enrolled in two schools at the same time, you must decide from which institution you want to receive aid and advise our office.
The regulations and policies governing financial aid are complicated and lengthy. It would be impossible to include them all in a publication of this size. Here, we have attempted to outline the basic financial aid requirements. This brochure is as accurate as possible as of the date printed. Federal, state, and institutional policies and procedures may change after this document is printed.
There are difficult situations where students and/or parents purposefully misrepresent information in hopes of obtaining financial aid assistance. The Financial Aid Office is required to have a policy of referral when confronted with actual or suspected cases of fraud and abuse [668.53(a)(5), 668.14(g)].
Students and/or parents who willfully submit fraudulent information and/or lter documentation to obtain financial aid funds will be investigated to the furthest extent possible. All cases of fraud and abuse will be reported to the proper authorities.
If an Aid Administrator determines intentional misrepresentation of facts, false statements, or alteration of documents which resulted or could result in the awarding or disbursement of funds for which the student is not eligible, the case shall be referred to the Director for further review and possible disciplinary action. If the Director determines fraud exists, all information will be forwarded to the Vice President of Student Services, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Education, and/or the local law enforcement agency.
Processing of the application or disbursement of funds shall be suspended until the Director has determined that fraud is evident.
Evidence of fraud will be reported to the Office of Inspector General.
Regional Office and Telephone Number: Long Beach, CA (562) 980-4141
Inspector General's Hotline: 1-800-MIS-USED
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1510