University description (as per official university website)
History of the College
Following several years of study involving both lay and educational groups, the voters of the area approved the formation of the Grossmont Junior College District in an election held November 8, 1960. The first official organizational meeting of the Grossmont Junior College Governing Board was held July 1, 1961. The first college classes convened September 11, 1961 on the Monte Vista High School campus in Spring Valley with an opening enrollment of 1,538.
Bond elections to provide funds for the construction of a college campus were held October 10, 1961 and June 5, 1962. Although there was a healthy majority in favor of the bonds, neither election could secure the two-thirds majority needed for passage. On September 18, 1962, 73 percent of the voters approved a $7.5 million bond issue. With the passage of the bond election, the Governing Board moved to purchase a 135-acre site located on a scenic mesa in the Fletcher Hills area adjacent to the cities of El Cajon and La Mesa. Ground was broken for the new campus in December, 1963. Even before construction was completed, the administrative offices were moved to the new campus and classes were officially opened on September 14, 1964. On December 12 of that year, the campus was officially dedicated.
The first increment of the campus was planned to accommodate an enrollment of 2,500 day-time students, and the completed campus was expected to hold 4,800 students. On October 18, 1965, a second bond election for $3.5 million was passed by the voters in the area. Passage of this bond issue made it possible to complete the master plan. The new facilities were completed by September 25, 1967. Since that time, student enrollment has increased to a peak of over 16,000.
In the fall of 1978 Cuyamaca College opened. This is the second community college in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. Cuyamaca College is located on a 165-acre site in the foothills, south of El Cajon, on Jamacha Boulevard. Because of state legislation in 1970, which changed the term "Junior College" in California codes to that of "Community College," the College became officially known as Grossmont Community College on January 6, 1971, when the Board of Education of the County of San Diego approved a petition from the Grossmont Junior College District requesting this change. On March 5, 1985, the Governing Board officially changed the name of the District to the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, thereby incorporating the name of our second campus in the title.
General Eligibility Requirements
In general, you are eligible for Federal Aid at Grossmont College if you:
* Apply for admission to Grossmont College;
* Are a citizen of the U.S., a permanent resident, or a resident alien with an appropriate visa;
* Maintain satisfactory progress (see "Satisfactory Academic Progress");
* Demonstrate eligibility in accordance with federal and state regulations;
* Declare and enroll in a degree, certificate or transfer program;
* Have a declared major;
* Register with Selective Service if required to do so under registration law;
* Are not in default on any Federal debt or obligation, Federal Perkins Loan, National Direct Student Loan (NDSL), Federal Stafford Student Loan, PLUS/SLS loan, Federal Direct Loan, Federal Consolidated Loan, or owe a refund on a Federal Pell Grant or a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant received while attending any institution, (see "Loans" for additional information regarding defaulted student loans);
* Have completed less than 71 units and attempted less than 90 units (includes all transferable units from all institutions attended);
* Do not have a Bachelorís degree; and
* Are not a member of a religious order.
Eligibility for Non-Citizens
The Department of Education will compare the information listed on the your application (the FAFSA) with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data base [formerly U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)]. This primary match will attempt to confirm eligibility to receive Federal Financial Aid. For applicants whose eligible non-citizen status was not confirmed by the Department of Educationís primary match, secondary confirmation must be used to determine eligibility. Applicants may be required submit immigration documents to the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office will submit the studentís immigration documents to the DHS within 10 business days and will request secondary confirmation of eligible non-citizen status.
Ability to Benefit
All students who do not have a high school diploma, a GED, a certificate of proficiency or its equivalent must demonstrate that they have the ability to benefit from an educational program at Grossmont College prior to receiving any Title IV financial aid. To meet this requirement, you must have taken and passed an approved test or have successfully completed a minimum of six degree applicable college units. For ATB test examination you must pass ACT's ASSET program (Forms B2, C2, D2, E2) or, if English is not your primary language and you are or will be enrolled in ESL courses, then you may take the Combined English Language Skills Assessment Test (CELSA). These tests are given in the Grossmont College Assessment Center and they can be reached at (619) 644-7200.