Financial Aid Process
We encourage all students to apply for financial aid online through the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (www.fafsa.gov) or the
California Dream Act Application (www.caldreamact.org).
U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens who have a permanent Social Security number should complete the FAFSA for federal and state aid consideration. Eligible AB 540 students (including undocumented students who may or may not have a Social Security number) should complete the California Dream Act Application.
Both forms are available annually, starting January 1st, for the following academic year. We encourage students to apply early as some financial aid sources are limited and awarded to students who apply early and have financial need. When completing your form (FAFSA or California Dream Act Application) online, don't forget to list Los Angeles Harbor College (Federal School Code: 001224) so that we receive your processed results.
Once you have submitted your form, you will receive your results (known as the Student Aid Report). All schools listed on your form will also receive your results. The Financial Aid Office will send a letter or email to you regarding any documents or forms we need to complete your file.
After your application information and any requested items are received and reviewed, the Financial Aid Office will send you an email regarding your Award Letter. You will be able to view your Award Letter online through the LACCD Student Information System (SIS) , detailing the financial aid you are eligible for at LA Harbor College. Read through all of your information as it will give you all the details on your financial aid eligibility.
Financial aid refunds (disbursements) are delivered to financial aid recipients via Bank Mobile. Bank Mobile issues the myLACCDcard to all enrolled financial aid applicants in the LACCD. The card will be mailed to the mailing address on file with the Admissions & Records Office. The myLACCDcard is used to select how you want to receive your financial aid refunds (disbursements). Students should NOT throw away their cards! With the myLACCDcard, students will be able to make choices on how to receive their financial aid funds. There are generally TWO Refund Options to choose from:
- Same business day deposit to a checking account, serviced by Bank Mobile, Inc.: This is an electronic deposit to your myLACCDcard (which can function as a debit card). With this refund option, students are opening a checking account through Bank Mobile (the issuer of the myLACCDcard) at which time your myLACCDcard becomes an active debit MasterCard. Student refunds will be deposited to your Bank Mobile account. Students can make purchases using their myLACCDcard (wherever MasterCard is accepted) or withdraw cash from any CardTronics ATM (each LACCD campus has at least two ATMs) with no fees. Cash can also be withdrawn from non-Bank Mobile ATMs, but fees (both Bank Mobile and the owner of the ATM) may apply.
- Electronic deposit to a bank account of your choice (ACH): With this option, students authorize Bank Mobile to forward their financial aid disbursement/refund to a bank account of their choosing. Students will need to supply their bank's information (check or savings account number), including your bank's routing number. To access financial aid funds, students will then need to use their bank-issued checks and/or debit card.
FYI: The CardTronic ATM's at LA Harbor College are located at the SSA building (near the Financial Aid office) and in the PE Wellness Center (inside the Sheriff's Office).
To apply for scholarships through the Financial Aid Office at Los Angeles Harbor College, check out the “Scholarships” link on the left.
Financial Aid FAQs
When will I receive my payments?
Many students, those who have already received their award letters and are in good standing, will receive their first electronic disbursement during the first week of classes. If your file has not yet been processed, you will receive payment, if you are eligible, the week after you receive your award letter. We have thousands of applications and a limited staff. We are working very hard to process students for payment as quickly as possible.
I did not get a payment or the amount is not right.
Pell Grant payments are generally disbursed twice per semester. The amounts are based on the number of units you are enrolled during the week before you receive payment. If you have recently added or dropped a class, the payment may not be correct. If you add a class that moves you to a different payment category (half, 3/4 or full) you should see an adjusted payment the following week. If you drop a class, early in the semester, your second payment later in the semester will likely be adjusted. If you drop to less than ½ time, you may owe money back. If you have late starting classes, you won't receive aid for them until the class begins.
There are a number of reasons why someone who has been awarded and is enrolled won't receive their payment. If you have not been making satisfactory academic progress and have not appealed your disqualification, you won't be paid. If you appealed and did not also submit an educational plan or attend a group counseling session, your appeal will not be reviewed until you do so. If you do not have an educational goal that is eligible for receipt of financial aid, your payment cannot be disbursed. If you owe non-mandatory fees and did not say yes on the authorization for payment form, your payment will be held until you repay what you owe. Check your email for details – we have likely contacted you previously about these issues.
- 1st payment –first week of the semester or a week or so after receiving award letter
- 2nd payment – November (fall semester), April(spring semester)
- October, March
- November, April
- October, March
How do I use the IRS Data retrieval tool on my FAFSA, and get my tax transcripts ?
Please read the following document on how to access the IRS Data Retrieval