University description (as per official university website)
Chaffey College, one of the first colleges to be established in California, is a two-year public community college situated in an area of natural and tranquil beauty in Southern California. Its campus occupies 200 acres of rolling lawns and native foliage in the foothills of the majestic San Gabriel mountains. Founded in 1883 as a private college, Chaffey has been a publicly funded college since1916 and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Chaffey is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges, the Community College League of California, Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), and is approved by the Office of Private Post-Secondary Education for Veterans Benefits.
Chaffey College represents the vision of George and William Chaffey, who founded the City of Ontario in the last quarter of the nineteenth century.
Q: What is Financial Aid?
A: A number of programs designed to help students with limited resources meet their educational expenses that are administered by the Financial Aid Office. Programs include enrollment fee waivers, grants, federal work study, scholarships and loans.
Q: How do I Apply?
A: To apply, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to include Chaffey College’s school code 001163 so that your FAFSA information is sent to us electronically by the Department of Education. Also, in order for us to receive your information, be sure that your social security number is correct when completing the FAFSA and that it matches the social security number you provided on your enrollment application to Chaffey College.
Q: When should I apply?
A: The ideal time to apply is between January 1 and March 2 to assure your application is processed in time for fall and that all available aid is offered to you. The priority deadline to apply is March 2; however, you can still apply after this date. Remember, the longer you take to apply, the longer you will have to wait to be processed, and some awards are offered only on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Q: How long does it take?
A: Electronically after completion, the FAFSA is processed between 48-72 hours as long as all sections are complete with student (and parent, if necessary) signatures. After the FAFSA has been processed by the Department of Education, Chaffey College will receive the electronic results of the FAFSA within approximately 7-10 business days as long as the student has already completed their application for admission to the college. Please make sure that Chaffey’s school code (001163) is on the FAFSA application.
Q: Which application do I complete? 2009-2010 or 2010-2011?
A: The 2009-2010 FAFSA application started Summer school of 2009, and ends as soon as Spring 2010 is over. As of the end of Spring 2010, the 2009-2010 FAFSA application is no longer used for any type of aid at Chaffey College. If you will be enrolled in any of the following terms: Summer 2010, Fall 2010 or Spring 2011 - then you will want to complete the 2010-2011 FAFSA application. Please make sure that you complete this application before it's priority processing deadline of March 2nd, 2010. The Financial Aid Office will begin to receive results of the 2010-2011 FAFSA's on May 1st, 2010.
Q: What is a PIN# and how do I get one?
A: You can use your U.S. Department of Education PIN (Personal Identification Number) to electronically sign your FAFSA. A PIN# is the quickest and easiest way to sign your FAFSA application… And it’s FREE! Visit http://www.pin.ed.gov to apply.
Q: But what if I or my parents make too much money? I don’t think I’m eligible?
A: Leave eligibility up to the Department of Education and the Financial Aid Office to determine. Just apply. Many students are eligible for some type of aid.