Federal Aid Programs require that a student have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate or pass an approved ability-to-benefit (ATB) test, an independently administered test approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
The Pell Grant program is the largest federal student grant program. Pell grant is the foundation to a student's financial aid package. Pell is an entitlement program, which means, if the student meets all requirements, they will receive a Pell Grant. Eligibility for a Pell Grant is determined by the federal government. Students are eligible to receive a Pell Grant at Porterville College for a maximum time frame of 90 attempted units based on academic progress. Attendance at other institutions will be considered in determining eligibility whether or not financial aid was received. (Annual amount $605-$5,645)
SEOG program is designed to supplement other sources of financial aid for students who qualify for additional assistance. Eligibility is based on students/family contribution and resources. (Annual amount: $250-$1500)
BIA grants are provided each year to help eligible American Indian Students. To be eligible for a BIA educational grant, a student must be at least one-fourth American Indian, Eskimo or Aleut heritage, as certified by tribal agencies served by the Bureau of Indian, and be enrolled or plan to enroll as an undergraduate student on a full time basis. It is important for students to apply early to meet the deadline dates set by various area offices.
FWS program provides jobs for students who have financial need and will earn a portion of their educational expenses. Award amounts are determined by the student's need and the number of hours that can reasonably be handled with the course load selected. Students are limited to a maximum of 19 hours per week when school is in session. If funds are available students may be eligible to work the summer session.
Other Student Campus Employment
Other student employment opportunities are available at various Porterville College campus locations. Funding for these student employment positions is different from the Federal Work Study program and positions vary each year.
Porterville College currently does not participate in student loans.