University description (as per official university website)
Welcome to Cerritos College, the gateway to your future. Cerritos College symbolizes many things to many people. This defining fact is reflected in the large number of courses, programs of study and other opportunities available to students of all backgrounds and ages. We are committed to helping every student succeed and to that end, we provide a wide range of support services to ensure your success.
Founded in 1955, Cerritos College is a public comprehensive community college serving an area of 52 square miles of southeastern Los Angeles county. The college offers degrees and certificates in 87 areas of study in nine divisions. Over 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies each year.
Cerritos College cheer leader standing in Falcon Square in uniform with pom-pom raisedThe Cerritos College student body is a majority of minorities: Hispanics, Asians, African-Americans, Pacific Islanders and Native Americans together account for more than 60% of our students.
Cerritos College attracts students directly from high school, but we also attract the returning student who may have been out of school for many years. We serve first generation college students as well as college students with a college family tradition.
Our mission is teaching and our faculty has established a distinguished record of scholarship, research and publication. But most important to you, they are dedicated professors.
If you desire a rewarding education that emphasizes excellence and individual attention, coupled with athletic and cultural enrichment opportunities, we invite you to consider Cerritos College. You will be warmly welcomed by both the faculty and staff.
General Eligibility Requirements
There are some general requirements that must be met to be eligible for financial aid:
♦ Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can complete the FASFA on-line at www.fafsa.gov
♦ Demonstrate financial need. Financial need is the difference between the cost of attending Cerritos College and the amount of resources you expect to contribute toward your education as determined by the Federal Methodology.
♦ Be a Citizen/Eligible Non-citizen: You must be one of the following to receive student aid:
U.S. National (includes natives of American Somoa or Swain's Island
U.S. Permanent resident who has an I-151, I-551, or I-551c (Alien Registration receipt card) If you're not in one of these categories, you must have an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS showing one of the following designations in order to be eligible: Refugee, Asylum Granted, Indefinite Parole and/or Humanitarian Parole, Cuban-Haitian Entrant, Status Pending)
If you're in the United States on an F1 or F2 student visa only, or on a J1 or J2 exchange visitor visa only, you can not get student aid. Also, persons with G series visas (pertaining to international organizations) are not eligible for student aid.
♦ Be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program. A regular student is defined as a person who enrolls for the purpose of obtaining a degree, certificate of achievement, or a transfer program.
♦ Declare an EDUCATIONAL GOAL at the Office of Admissions and Records, and be taking courses towards an Associate of Arts (AA) degree, Certificate of Achievement, or a Transfer Program. It is your responsibility to know your educational goal and the requirements to meet that goal. The Financial Aid Office does not provide academic advisement to students.
♦ Have a High School diploma or equivalency. This includes passing the CAHSEE for Class of 2006 and after. The ability-to-benefit test is considered equivalent for financial aid purposes. You can take the ability-to-benefit test at the Assessment Center.
♦ All males born after December 31, 1959, must register with Selective Service. If you believe that you are not required to be registered, call the Selective Service office at 1-847-668-6888 for information regarding exemptions. You can register on-line at www.sss.gov
♦ You don't owe a refund on any grant received at any institution or be in default on any student loan, such as the Perkins Loan or Stafford Loan.
♦ Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.
♦ Submit some or all of the following documentation:
You and/or your parents IRS 1040 tax return for the prior year or you and/or your parents Income Certification, (if they or you did not file) including W2's.
* Veteran's Benefits Verification
* Financial Aid Agreement and Satisfactory Academic Progress Form
* Social Security Card
* Other information may be requested by the Financial Aid Office