Grants are gift assistance awarded to qualified students demonstrating exceptional financial need (i.e., grants are need-based aid). Grants do not have to be repaid as long as enrollment for the semester in which you receive the grant is maintained. The following are grants available to Mendocino College Students:

Federal Pell Grant - A federal program that helps students pay for basic educational expenses such as housing, books, transportation and fees. Students who wish to be considered for this program must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) - A federal grant that provides additional assistance to students with the greatest need. There is a limited amount of funds so complete your FAFSA early.

California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth - This grant of up to $5,000 is available to current or former California foster youth under 24 years of age who wish to take vocational training or college courses. A FAFSA application is the first step. Limited funds available – students are encouraged to apply early.

Cal Grant B and C - A State grant for eligible students that provides extra financial assistance to California residents and AB-540 students. To increase eligibility, FAFSA must be completed by March 2nd. Recent high school graduates must have a GPA verification form submitted from their high school.

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)/Tribal Grants - Special grants for eligible students who belong to a federally recognized Indian Tribe. Students should check with their tribal government since tribes generally have their own applications, deadlines, and eligibility criteria.