University description (as per official university website)
As one of the largest and most successful of California's 110 community colleges, and as the largest college in the San Diego Community College District, Mesa College takes pride in its high academic standards, its excellent programs and services, and its personal approach to helping each individual student succeed.
At Mesa College, students will find a wide and diverse array of courses and programs leading to the A.A. or A.S. degree in both academic and vocational subjects, as well as programs leading to occupational certificates. Students may also pursue programs of general interest.
Because of the college's comprehensive offerings, its excellent programs, its uniquely talented faculty, and its support services, Mesa College enjoys one of the highest student transfer rates in California.
Mesa College students excel when they transfer to the University of California and California State University campuses as well as other four-year institutions. Students completing vocational programs have similar success when they enter employment situations.
In order to receive financial aid at Mesa College a student must be enrolled in at least one Mesa course (unit) for the duration of the semester in which he/she wants to receive financial aid. The enrollment in this course must be continuous. If a student drops the Mesa course(s) he/she is enrolled in, he/she may lose eligibility to receive any subsequent disbursement of financial aid at Mesa College even if he/she enrolls in another Mesa class during the same semester. If you have any questions regarding this requirement, please consult the Mesa Financial Aid Bulletin or contact the Mesa Financial Aid Office.
In order to be eligible to apply for financial aid, a student must be a 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 (per HEA Sec. 484(a)(5), 34 CFR 668.32(d), 34 CFR 668.33, and Subpart I of Part 668).
Generally, you are an eligible noncitizen if you are 1) a U.S. permanent resident and you have an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-551); 2) a conditional permanent resident (I-551C); or 3) an other eligible noncitizen with an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security showing any one of the following designations: "Refugee", "Asylum Granted", "Parole" (I-94 confirms paroled for a minimum of one year and status has not expired) or "Cuban-Haitian Entrant".
Eligible non-citizens provide proof of permanent residency for Federal Aid (Alien Registration Cards, I-94, I-155, or U.S. Immigration and Naturalization letter granting asylum, etc.). F-1 Visa students (Immigrant Workers) are not eligible for financial aid at Mesa College . For further information regarding eligible immigration status, contact the Financial Aid Office.
Students who do not have a high school diploma or the equivalent are required to complete an exam to demonstrate the "ability to benefit" from instruction. The test is offered once a month. More information is available in the Financial Aid Office.