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The goal of financial aid is to assist students in paying for college. We achieve this by determining a family's ability to pay for educational costs using federal need analysis guidlines and distributing limit resources in an equitable way.

All students are assigned a "Cost of Attendance" expense budget. This budget includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation and miscellaneous personal expenses. Additional costs such as dependent care expenses and a personal computer can be added on a case by case basis (this requires proof of expenses).   Financial Aid is not intended to cover the cost of high speed internet, credit card bills, cell phones or car payments.

The definition of "Need" is cost of attendance minus expected family contribution equals financial need. The expected family contribution is determined by federal need analysis after the completion of the Free Application For Federal Student (FAFSA).

You can apply free over the internet at by clicking The Financial Aid Office has computers for you to use and complete your FAFSA on-line. It's easy, it's quick, and staff is available to assist you.  PLEASE NOTE:  If you choose to apply by paper FAFSA sent through the mail, it could delay your application process by several months.  If you have the information requested on the FAFSA Checklist please bring the information to the financial aid office and we will assist you with submitting the FAFSA electronically. 

If you have questions about the FAFSA application or for more information on eligibility requirements and the U.S. Department of Education's student aid programs, click

Check out information on financial aid grants (money that does not need to be repaid)


Other financial assistance is also available, including:

  • Mendocino College Scholarships- money that does not have to be paid back
  • Work-Study - pays students to work in jobs that are available on the Mendocino College campus. Students who are eligible for EOPS or CalWORKs may receive an additional work study award. 
  • Direct Student Loans - money borrowed from the federal government that supplement other types of Special aid. Applications and processes are required for these loans.  for entrance counseling or more information click on the link provided or stop by the Financial Aid Office.
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities

For further information, please telephone the Ukiah Campus at 468-3110, the Lake Center in Lakeport at 263-4944, or the Willits Center at 459-6224, or visit the Financial Aid Office, Ukiah Campus, Room 1130 MacMillan Hall.  Click on link for Office Hours

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Created: February 28, 1997 @ 12:00 AM
Last Modified: December 02, 2011 @ 03:28 PM


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