Financial Aid and Fees
Get the Financial Help You Need
We're here to assist you with completion of the FAFSA or CADAA, process verification documents, answer questions related to federal and state financial aid programs, interpret policies related to student eligibility, and support students' efficient use of aid resources.
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 pay your tuition and fees and afford college.
Apply for Financial Aid
Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA), and we will help you identify the aid for which you are eligible. The FAFSA is for US citizens and permanent residents, while the CADAA is for students who are not US citizens, permanent residents, or eligible non-citizens.
Make sure you are aware of the financial aid deadlines for each semester.
American River College's federal school code is 001232.
If you feel like you are missing information that is preventing you from completing the FAFSA or CADAA and/or that your financial situation is different than previous years, then you may be eligible for an Unusual Circumstances Appeal.
Most undergraduate students are dependent and must provide parent information on the FAFSA or CADAA. To appeal your dependency status, you must clearly demonstrate an adverse family situation. For more information on the process, contact your campus financial aid office.
If you or your family have changes in financial circumstances that may affect the availability of family financial resources for your educational expenses, then you may be eligible for an appeal. Examples of unusual circumstances include unusual medical or dental expenses or a large decrease in income from the reporting year to this year. You must have documentation to illustrate the changes. For more information on the process, contact your campus financial aid office.
Explaining the Financial Aid Process
Receiving financial aid can be confusing. The following are the basic steps of the financial aid process.
College Receives Financial Aid Application
About one week after your application is processed, your home college will send a "Welcome Notice" to your eServices Message Center.
After all documentation is submitted, your file will be reviewed to determine your financial aid eligibility.
After file review is completed, the types of financial aid and amounts of financial aid will be awarded. The number of Financial Aid Applicable units you are enrolled in impacts your financial aid award amounts.
Award disbursement happens once per week throughout the semester as students become ready to receive aid. You can view if your aid is disbursed in eServices by clicking on Financial Account, then Account Activity.
Refunds are sent using BankMobile; be sure to set up your refund preference.
Maintain Financial Aid Eligibility
Tuition and Fees
The current tuition fee is $46 per unit for residents and $480 per unit for non-residents.
Financial Aid Policies
Phone: (916) 484-8437
FAX: (916) 484-8640
Confidential FAX: (916) 978-0266
Monday to Friday:
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Your Student I.D and Verification PIN will be required to answer questions regarding your file.
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
You will be admitted into the zoom session based on the order you joined.
Please have your student ID and PIN available.
In-Person Lab Hours
Monday - Thursday:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Financial Aid Feedback Form