Financial Aid

Get the Financial Help You Need

Money shouldn't get in the way of getting a college education. The Financial Aid Office is here to help you get the financial support you need to afford college.

Apply for Financial Aid Today!

The first step to getting financial help is to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you are not a US citizen, permanent resident, or eligible non-citizen, you will need to fill out the California Dream Act Application instead of the FAFSA.

Folsom Lake College's federal school code is 038713.

Types of Financial Aid

  • Promise programs offer first-time, full-time students one year of tuition-free education at our colleges.
  • Grants come from the federal or state government. Typically, you do not have to pay grants back – they are essentially free money.
  • A direct loan is money you borrow that you have to pay back with interest.
  • A scholarship is money given to you by a college or outside organization to help pay for your education or related expenses.
  • The federal work-study (FWS) program provides jobs to students to help them pay for their educational expenses.

Eligibility

Please review the following requirements for financial aid:

Basic Eligibility Criteria

Our general eligibility requirements are that you must:

  • Demonstrate financial need (for most programs
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen
  • Have a valid Social Security number (with the exception of students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau)
  • Be registered with Selective Service (see below), if you’re a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25)
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program
    Adobe PDF2018-19 Ineligible and Eligible Certificate Programs (PDF)
  • Be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress in college or career school
  • Sign the certification statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) stating that:
    • You are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant and
    • You will use federal student aid only for educational purposes
  • Show you’re qualified to obtain a college or career school education by:
    • Having a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate
    • Completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law (or—if state law does not require a homeschooled student to obtain a completion credential—completing a high school education in a homeschool setting that qualifies as an exemption from compulsory attendance requirements under state law); or
    • Enrolling in an eligible career pathway program and meeting one of the "ability-to-benefit" alternatives (see below).

Registering for Selective Service

Most male students must be registered with Selective Service to receive federal student aid. You also must register if you are a male and are not currently on active duty in the U.S. armed forces. If you are a citizen of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands or the Republic of Palau, you are exempt from registering. You can call Selective Service toll-free at 1-888-655-1825 for general information about registering, or register online at www.sss.gov or via the FAFSA.

Ability-to-benefit Alternatives

If you were enrolled in college or career school prior to July 1, 2012, or if you are currently enrolled in an eligible career pathway program*, you may show you're qualified to obtain a higher education by:

  • Passing an approved ability-to-benefit test* (if you don’t have a diploma or GED, a college can administer a test to determine whether you can benefit from the education offered at that school) or
  • Completing six credit hours or equivalent course work toward a degree or certificate (you may not receive aid while earning the six credit hours).

*For information about these criteria, talk to the financial aid office at your school. Your financial aid counselor can tell you whether your school offers an eligible career pathway program and can advise you about any ability-to-benefit tests the school uses.


Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress

Did you know you can lose your financial aid if you don't meet certain requirements? Make sure you maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) to keep your financial aid.

Learn more about SAP

Contact

financialaid@flc.losrios.edu

Main Folsom campus
(916) 608-6646

El Dorado Center
(530) 642-5651

Rancho Cordova Center
(916) 361-6307

Financial Aid Staff

Hours

Main Folsom campus
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday:
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday:
8:00 am to 6:30 pm
Friday:
8:00 am to Noon

El Dorado Center
Monday to Wednesday:
9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Rancho Cordova Center
Monday to Wednesday:
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Locations

Main Folsom campus
Student Services, Aspen Hall/FL1

El Dorado Center
B-120

Rancho Cordova Center
RCC1, Front Counter