Financial Aid

Welcome to San Diego Miramar College's Financial Aid Website!

The Financial Aid Office is committed to assisting students who are looking to continue their education but lack the financial resources. We recognize that every student may have unique circumstances that should be considered. Every application is carefully analyzed with complete confidentiality to protect your personal financial information.

Important News

Summer 2015 Pell Grant Delay

Due to a technical issue, Summer Pell Grants will not be disbursed as previously scheduled. We have resolved the issues and are working quickly to have the Summer Pell Grant disbursements processed by the end of next week.

We understand that students depend on financial assistance as they take college courses and we apologize for any inconvienance or hardship this may have caused.  We will work diligently to process your Summer Pell Grant disbursement as quickly as possible. If you have any concerns please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Fill out your 2015-2016 FAFSA (Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Summer 2016)

Effective FALL 2015, ALL students seeking a Board of Governor's Fee Waiver (BOGW) must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) ( or California Dream Act ( application to deteremine eligibility. 

Summer Pell Grant

To be eligible to receive a Summer 2015 Pell Grant, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You must have a completed financial aid file for the 2014-2015 school year at San Diego Miramar College (SDMC).
  • You must not be Disqualified based on the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards for Financial Aid.
  • If you were Disqualified for the Fall or Spring semester, you will need to submit a new appeal for the Summer to be considered for a Summer Pell Grant.
  • You qualify for a 2014-2015 Federal Pell Grant and you did not receive your full (100%) Pell Grant award for the school year.
  • You must enroll in and maintain enrollment in at least one class for the Summer 2015 term at SDMC. Classes taken at ECC, Mesa and City Colleges will be counted towards your total enrollment as long as you have one class at SDMC. Classes taken at colleges outside of our District will not be counted.
  • You must enroll in all of your summer classes for all summer sessions up front. The Enrollment Freeze Date will be June 19, 2015.

** You will not qualify for a Summer Pell Grant if you do not enroll in any classes at SDMC **

For the Summer 2015 term, the enrollment status for Financial Aid calculation purposes will be the same as the regular semester enrollment status. The Summer Financial Aid enrollment statuses will be:

12 or more units
9 to 11.5 units
6 to 8.5 units
Less than ½-time
Less than 6 units

Once you enroll for the Summer 2015 term, our system will automatically determine your eligibility. You will be able to verify your Summer Pell Grant award on Reg-e about two days after you have enrolled if you meet all of the eligibility requirements. You will also be sent an updated Award Letter.

Important Reminder: Every student’s eligibility is different. Your actual Summer Pell Grant may vary depending on your EFC, your remaining Pell Grant eligibility, your summer enrollment status and your Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used (PLEU).

Changes in your enrollment status will result in a change of your Summer Pell Grant award. It may take a few days before your changes to your Summer Pell award become effective.


Depending on your eligibility, a portion of your Summer Pell Grant may be available for use at the San Diego Community College District Bookstores. The maximum amount that will be available at the Bookstore will be $873. You must meet the summer eligibility requirements listed above to be considered for the summer bookstore process.

The Bookstore process for Summer 2015 will be available beginning June 1, 2015 through June 19, 2015. After the date, the bookstore accounts will be closed and we will schedule the disbursement process based on your enrollment as of June 19, 2015. Summer Pell Grant payments will be mailed and directly deposited on June 29, 2015.

The enrollment freeze date will be June 19, 2015 for the Summer 2015 term. We will combine your enrollment from all summer sessions to determine your final enrollment status.



Financial Aid Bulletin

Interest Rates for Direct Loans

The interest rate for Direct Loans has increased from 3.4% to 3.86% on July 1,2013. This will affect loans disbursed between July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.

Origination fees for Direct Loans (effective December 1, 2013)

The origination fees for Direct Loans will increase to 1.071% for loans with first disbursements on or after December 1, 2013. Loans disbursed before December 1, 2013 will have an origination fee of 1.051%

Subsidized Direct Loan Lifetime Eligibility (Effective July 1, 2013 for New Borrowers only)

As Part of last year's agreement to keep interest rates at 3.4% for 2012-2013, Congress approved a new lifetime limit on receiving Subsidized Direct Loans. This new limit applies to new loan borrowers only. If a student previously borrowed a Subsidized loan from any college before July 1, 2013, this limit does not apply to them.

For new loan borrowers with loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2013, these students will be limited to 150% of Subsidized loan eligibility based on the length of their program. For example, a student is enrolled in a 2 year program at San Diego Miramar College. The student will only have 3 years of Subsidized loan eligibility and after the third year the student will no longer be eligible for a Subsidized loan at our school. Click here for additional information on the 150% loan limit.

Appeals for Spring 2015

Appeal forms can be downloaded and printed from our website.

Important Reminder: Appeal forms can only be submitted once you are officially enrolled for Spring 2015. Since this is one of our peak periods, appeal reviews may take longer than normal for a decision. We thank you in advance for your patience.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

The Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy has changed effective Summer 2011 and supersedes any previous standards. The SAP standards have been strengthened and the appeal process and the reinstatement process are now enforced more rigorously. Students who previously appealed and were approved must meet the SAP standards and any conditions set by the appeal decision or they will be disqualified again.

More Information

Online Classes And Out-Of-State Students

If your legal or mailing address is located in another state and you are enrolled in all online (web) classes, you will not be eligible for federal financial aid. If you feel your status is incorrect, you must come into the Financial Aid Office and provide appropriate documentation to show you reside in California.

For more information, download this document (Adobe® Reader required)

Gainful Employment

New Federal regulations require educational institutions to provide students with Gainful Employment information for specific certificate programs offered at our college. Visit Gainful Employment to view the information for each program offered at San Diego Miramar College.

Net Price Calculator

Using institutional data and data you enter, the Net Price Calculator will calculate the average net price of attendance at San Diego Miramar College. Please keep in mind, the final value is not an actual offer of financial aid or the actual cost you will pay. These are only estimates based on the previous attendance of students.

To use the Net Price Calculator, go to

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