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Welcome Statement

Welcome to the East Los Angeles College Financial Aid web page. Education is a wonderful opportunity to improve your life through learning, and it is an excellent way to realize your career goals. The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office can help you reach your educational goals by assisting you in applying for fee waivers, grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans. Please take the time to browse the site and get the information you need.

We are here to help you achieve your dreams.

Best Wishes,

Lindy Fong
Director of Financial Aid

Spring Break Schedule Announcement*

Our office service schedule, at both main and South Gate locations, for the week of Spring Break (April 1-6) will be as follows:

  • Monday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed

Our services will return to our regular schedule on Monday April 8, 2024.

*Schedule subject to change.


State Financial Aid Deadline Extended:

May 2, 2024

Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1887, and as an urgency measure, this bill takes effect immediately. As a result, financial aid applications submitted by California students intending to go to a four-year university by May 2, will be considered on-time for the Commission’s administered financial aid programs, including the Cal Grant and Middle Class Scholarship.

Students and families can receive help filing out the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application at free Cash for College Workshops. High schools are encouraged to inform students and families about this extension and of resources available to them. College students who are looking to renew their financial aid are also encouraged to complete their financial aid applications by May 2 to have access to all the financial aid support available. To help inform students and families about all the resources available to them, we ask media members to:

  • Share information of the extended financial aid application deadline for students planning to go to a four-year university.
    • *Students attending a community college have until September 2 to complete a financial aid application and be eligible for state aid.
  • Share information on where students and families can get support completing their financial aid application by registering for one of our Statewide Cash for College Webinars (linked) or attending one of our in-person Cash for College Workshops (linked).
    • Upcoming Statewide Webinars:
      • Tuesday, 3/26 1:30pm-2:45pm
      • Thursday, 3/28 10am-11:15am
      • Tuesday, 4/2 6pm-7:15pm
      • Saturday, 4/6 10am-11:15am
      • Tuesday 4/9 5:30pm-6:45pm
      • Monday 4/15 6pm-7:15pm
      • Thursday 4/18 5:30pm-6:45pm
      • Wednesday 4/24 10am-11:15am
      • Thursday 4/25 6pm-7:15pm
      • Wednesday 5/1 6pm-7:15pm


Attention - Important Announcement!

2024-2025 Financial aid applications are now available online and the May 2nd deadline to qualify for state aid is soon approaching.

There are some new terminologies to the 2024-2025 Financial Aid Applications.  These new terminologies may be confusing to the returning applicants.  However, first time financial aid applicants will not be affected. 

When completing the 2024-2025 application, please read carefully the information requested.  If you need assistance, our financial aid staff will be available to assist.  There will be many FAFSA or Dream Act Application workshops available to assist with your application process.  Please visit our Financial Aid Website on a regular basis to obtain the latest information and/or workshops date, time, and location.

For more information on the 2024-2025 FAFSA application process, please click here. For details regarding the 2024-2025 Dream Act application process, click here. We will provide further details as they become available. The Department of Education has created a page addressing the issues relating to the 2024-2025 FAFSA application process. Click here to access the 2024-2025 FAFSA Issues Alerts Page.

Remember, we, the ELAC Financial Aid Office Team, are here to assist you with your educational journey!


Apply Now!

2023-2024 Financial aid applications are currently available online:

Which application is right for you?

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

Who's Eligible for FAFSA

  • Citizens
  • Legal Permanent Residents
  • Eligible Non- Citizens (per FAFSA)
  • T visa holders

Who's NOT Eligible for FAFSA

  • Any other immigration status that is not listed above including:
    • DACAmented students
    • Undocumented individuals

File a 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at The application is available on October 1, 2022.

Our school code for the application is 001222 (FAFSA). Best practice is to use the IRS data retrieval function to download yours and your parents’ federal tax data. It will help expedite the application process and reduce the chances of being selected for verification (a longer process).

California Dream Act Application (CADAA):

Who's Eligible for CADAA

  • AB 540/ SB 68 Eligible Students Who Are:
    • Undocumented individuals
    • DACAmented individuals
    • U visa holders
    • TPS holders

Who's NOT Eligible for CADAA

  • Any visa holder (except U)
  • Citizens
  • Legal Permanent Residents
  • Eligible Non-Citizens (per FAFSA)

File a 2023-2024 California Dream Act Application at The application is available on October 1, 2022.

Our school code for the Dream Act application is 02226000 (CADAA).

Still not sure which application to fill out, click here for more details on both applications or click here information on our services.

Scholarship Announcement

Our office is pleased to announce the availability of a few scholarships currently available. 

CCCSFAAA - Tim Bonnel Memorial Scholarships - The Tim Bonnel Memorial Scholarship benefits current and former foster youth students attending the California Community Colleges. Established by Tim Bonnel’s colleagues, friends, and family members in his memory, the scholarship honors his unwavering dedication, including as Coordinator of Student Financial Assistance Programs at the Chancellor’s Office, to narrowing the college achievement gap for foster youth . The scholarship is awarded by the California Community Colleges Student Financial Aid Administrators Association annually. Application Deadline: April 12, 2024.

Looms for Lupus - Alondra Barragan Scholarship Fund - The Alondra Barragan Scholarship Fund is a wonderful initiative by Looms for Lupus to support students with lupus who are pursuing their academic goals. This scholarship fund has been created in honor of Alondra Barragan, a beautiful, intelligent, loving, and caring young lady who had a love and passion for education. Despite her illness, she never let it stop her from pursuing her dreams. She wanted to be a preschool teacher and later realized that she wanted to be a Speech and Language Pathologist. The scholarship fund will be awarded to one or more students every year, and recipients will receive a minimum award of $500 made payable to the educational institution at which they are enrolled. Application Deadline: April 15, 2024.

The NCJW|LA Scholarship Program - This scholarship program is available for a variety of subject matter disciplines, as well as support for non-traditional students in achieving their academic goals. We're dedicated to promoting higher education as a key path to economic justice, particularly for non-traditional students from diverse backgrounds. Awards are based on a combination of academic merit and financial need. Application Cycle: March 1, 2024 - April 15, 2024. Announcement and distribution is excpected the week of June 24.

The Historical Society of Monterey Park (HSMP) Laura Scudder Grant - The Historical Society of Monterey Park (HSMP) is pleased to announce that two (2) $3,000 Grants will be made available to students currently enrolled in an accredited community college or culinary school located in the San Gabriel Valley. The student’s field of study must be in Nursing, Business or Culinary Arts. The $3,000.00 Grants are presented in the name of Laura Scudder, a former business entrepreneur in Monterey Park. Application Deadline: April 26, 2024. Finalists will be notified of the date, time and place of the interviews.

Native American California Community College Students Scholarship (up to $2,500) - The Foundation for California Community Colleges (FoundationCCC) is excited to announce the availability of a new Native American California Community College Students Scholarship. Funded through a generous donation from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the Native American California Community College Students Scholarship seeks to make college more affordable and accessible for students enrolled in a federally recognized Native American, American Indian, or Alaska Native tribe and attending a California Community College. Application period: September 18, 2023 – April 30, 2024.

Real Estate Education Scholarship ($600 per semester/$1,200 annually) - The Foundation for California Community Colleges is please to announce the Real Estate Education Scholarships. Supporting community college real estate education. The Real Estate Education Scholarship Program is designed for eligible, economically disadvantaged students who are interested in pursuing a career in real estate. By providing financial assistance to cover the cost of attending a California community college, the program can help break down financial barriers that might otherwise prevent these students from pursuing their educational goals. Application period: September 1, 2023 – April 30, 2024 or until all funds are allocated.

Keenan Insurance ScholarshipsThe Foundation for California Community Colleges (FoundationCCC) is pleased to announce the availability of the Keenan Insurance scholarship opportunity for CCC students! The Keenan Insurance Scholarship seeks to increase the diversity of professionals working within the insurance, risk management, and financial services industry by providing scholarships to underrepresented students at California Community Colleges. For 2024, a total of $9,600 is available for disbursement. Students must apply to their local college Financial Aid Office. Application period: February 1, 2024-October 31, 2024

HeySunday’s Annual Eco-Warrior Scholarship - The Eco-Warrior Scholarship is a recurring scholarship open to all students who seek to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. The next deadline to apply is December 1, and winners will be announced on December 31. At HeySunday™, we encourage small actions with large impacts through our Eco-Warrior Scholarship. This $1,000 award supports a student committed to combatting climate change, either by daily eco-friendly choices or by pursuing environmental activism. Application deadline: December 1, 2024. Winner Announcement Date: December 31, 2024.

Click here for additional scholarship information

Financial Aid & Scholarship Office Presents: Pathway to Success Workshops

This workshop is designed to:

  1. Meet the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) disqualification petition requirement,
  2. Gain a better understanding of the financial aid SAP policy, Appeal Process, and federal aid regulations that affect your eligibility.

Students that are SAP Ineligible must appeal to regain financial aid eligiblity. In addition to the appeal and supporting documentation, students must complete the Pathway to Success Workshop each academic year. The workshop may be completed online or in-person. Each in-person workshop is limited to the number participants. Click here for the current in-person workshop flyer.

To complete the online workshop, click Online Pathway to Success Appeal Workshop

To RSVP for an in-person workshop, come in to our office or Connect With a Financial Aid Staff

Check Your Financial Aid Status

Now you can complete most of your financial aid additional documentation request online at

To check your financial aid status, log into your Student Portal at

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Metrolink Student Adventure Pass

Introducing the new Student Adventure Pass  Starting October 9, 2023, getting around SoCal is about to get a whole lot easier for students. From work to school to weekend adventrures, if you’re a student you can hop on any Metrolink line, any time – for free – with the new Student Adventure Pass.  So mark your calendar because you’re about to be even more unstoppable.  GET ON BOARD  Students Ride Free  Activate your Student Adventure Pass prior to boarding the train and be ready to present your valid Student ID to the conductor upon request.  Every
 Destination, Every Day The new Student Adventure Pass connects every student to every Metrolink destination, every day. Take the train to school, work, or adventures throughout SoCal.   How to Connect Check out your school and the station connections that will get you there easily at