Financial Aid Services
When should I apply for financial aid? What are the deadlines?
Apply for aid by completing a FAFSA
each academic year, beginning in January prior to the start of Fall
Semester. Apply as early as possible. Many financial
aid programs have limited funding that will go only to early applicants.
As the deadlines approach each term, waiting times to receive personal
assistance becomes longer, so an earlier application will be far
easier for you. For best results, apply each year prior to March 15th.
Priority File Completion Deadline Dates:
To have your financial aid processed before your fees are due,
you must complete all steps in the application process no later
Summer 2017 (May - August)
March 24, 2017
Fall 2017 (August - December)
July 21, 2017
Spring 2018 (January - May)
November 17, 2017
Summer 2018 (May - August)
March 23, 2018
What if I didn’t meet the above deadlines?
You are still strongly encouraged
to apply for financial aid. Your application will be accepted and
processed; however, it may not be processed in time for you to use
financial aid to pay for tuition or books. If you are late, you
will need to pay for your own tuition and books; then, if you qualify
for financial aid, a reimbursement check will be issued to you later
in the term. You can seek help with your tuition payment through
the Tuition Installment Plan (TIPS). Details of this plan can be
Will I be eligible?
Most financial aid programs require financial
need and are based on family income. However, in addition to
need, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be accepted as a degree seeking student in an AA degree or AS
career program, or be accepted as a certificate–seeking student in a financial
aid eligible vocational training program.
- Be making satisfactory academic progress (see Standards
of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Recipients).
- Be a U.S. Citizen, national or eligible non-citizen while receiving
Title IV funds.
- Must be enrolled at least half time (6 credit hours). Some scholarships
and grants require three quarters time (9 credit hours) or full
time (12 credit hours) enrollment. Courses must be required for
the degree program.
- Not be in default on a prior student loan.
- Not have been convicted for sale or possession of illegal drugs
while receiving Title IV funds.
- Not owe a repayment or overpayment of a federal grant.
- Not have an existing financial obligation to Valencia.
- Be registered for Selective Service, if required.
- As a first time in college student, you must have a high school
diploma or GED certificate or meet Federal Ability to Benefit
(ATB) test score guidelines. For students who do not have a standard
high school diploma or GED, Valencia has identified the Computerized
Placement Tests (CPT) as the only acceptable test for ATB purposes.
To receive financial aid, the minimum CPT scores are: Reading
55, Sentence Skills 60, and Arithmetic 34.