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San Diego City College
San Diego, United States- California


University description (as per official university website)

San Diego City College is a public, two-year community college administered by the San Diego Community College District. Serving as the educational cornerstone of downtown San Diego, the college offers more than 100 majors, 100 certificate programs and 1,500 classes each semester to 16,000 students.


1914 City College established as the first community college in San Diego (San Diego Junior College) with 35 students and 4 instructors. City College was the third community college established in California.

1921 City College moved from the high school to share facilities with the State Normal School, the four-year teachers' college which became San Diego State University.

1939 San Diego Evening Junior College was created by splitting the institution into two entities, day and evening. With the industrial growth in San Diego, the Evening College was needed to meet the demand for college courses for daytime working people.

1946 City College moved back to San Diego High School and reorganized into three branches: San Diego Vocational High School, San Diego College Arts and Sciences, and San Diego Evening Junior College.

1953-54 The first parcel of land, a single city block between Russ Boulevard and A Street, from 14th to 15th Streets, was purchased for the permanent home of what is now San Diego City College. The first buildings constructed were the A and T buildings.

1970s Increasing enrollment resulted in a major expansion project bounded by Russ Boulevard, 17th, 12th and C Streets. The L, C, S, M, E, D and F buildings were constructed.

1972 San Diego Voters authorized a separate Community College District.

1988 A facilities Master Plan was developed to recommend modifications to the existing facility, to meet current and future needs.

1989 City College celebrated its 75th Anniversary.

1992 The new 3,000-square foot Fitness Center opens with full fitness and exercise facilities.

1998 City College leased to San Diego Unified School District, property on which Garfield High School and a 420-space parking structure is built. City students have shared use of the parking and the College can offer classes in the facility.

2000 Construction completed on the 8,000-square foot Educational Technology Center. The ETC is fully equipped with state-of-the-art media and teleconferencing equipment.

2002 The 67,000-square-foot Learning Resource Center (LRC) replaced the 30-year-old library. Complete with the most advanced research and learning tools available with 300-internet connected computers, multiple electronic databases, plasma displays offering continuous broadcast news, a collection of more than 65,000 books and over 200 periodicals. Additionally, the three-level LRC houses a Multimedia Center, an Independent Learning Center, and CitySITE - a center for faculty and staff development.

2005 A new Facilities Master Plan was approved by the Board of Trustees and projects a 20-year build-out to accommodate 25,000 students.

2005 The 2,000-seat, 55,000-square foot Harry West Gymnasium opened.
Dedicated to beloved Coach West, students enjoy three regulation basketball courts, six badminton courts, three volleyball courts, intercollegiate team rooms, workout facilities and new classrooms.

2007 Eight high-tech classrooms added to the LRC lower level, with additional offices and meeting space.

2008 Renovations begin to convert the L Building into a new Academic Success Center housing student support services. Opening in spring 2010, ASC will include the Tutorial, Math and English Centers, and the EOPS, MESA, New Horizons, Puente, Umoja, and TRIO/ASPIRE, and CalWORKs Programs.]

Financial Aid

General Eligibility Requirements

* To receive aid, you must be enrolled in a program of study leading to an associate degree, certificate of achievement, or transfer to a four-year college. You must be enrolled in at least one class at City College every semester to receive your financial aid. Classes taken at Mesa, Miramar and ECC will be counted towards your total enrollment.
* You are encouraged to follow an Educational Plan and to enroll only in classes towards your stated educational goals.
* You should receive financial aid from the college that offers your declared major. Failure to do so could result in denial of financial aid. Back to the Top
* You must meet and maintain satisfactory academic progress. Please refer to the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
* You must have a high school diploma, or equivalent, or have a General Education Diploma (GED), or have the Ability to Benefit as defined by Federal Regulations to receive aid. A high school diploma also means you must pass the California State Exit Exam. Ability to Benefit means you must take and pass a test approved by the U.S. Department of Education. This test is separate from the placement tests. If you take this test and do not receive a passing score, you may still be eligible for aid. Contact the Financial Aid Office.
* You must not be in default on any Federal Education Loan (Perkins, Stafford, PLUS, Direct), or any other Federal loan at any college or institution.
* You must not owe a refund or repayment on any Title IV grant program (Pell, FSEOG, ACG, State Student Incentive Grant) at any college or institution.
* You cannot receive aid while simultaneously enrolled in elementary or secondary school (high school) and college.
* You must have financial need as determined by the Federal Methodology. Back to the Top
* You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States or be in the country for other than a temporary purpose with the intention of becoming a permanent resident. You may be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship.
* Eligible non-citizens will be required to provide proof of permanent residency for federal aid. (Alien Registration Cards I-94, I-155, I-688 or U.S. Immigration and Naturalization letter granting asylum, etc.). International/Foreign Students (I-20 Visa holders) are not eligible for financial aid. For further information regarding other eligible immigration status, please contact your Financial Aid Office.
* If you are a male, your Selective Service registration must be confirmed by the Selective Service agency, or you will be required to present a letter from Selective Service indicating that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or that you are not required to register.
* You must provide proof of a valid social security number if requested.
* Your financial aid eligibility may be suspended for a conviction of violating federal or state drug possession or sale laws while you were receiving federal student aid.

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