Disbursement Dates


Please Note:   During the 20-21 academic year, all financial aid, after fees are paid, will be disbursed by paper check to the mailing address you have on file or by Direct Deposit [click here to Sign Up for Direct Deposit].  It is important that you verify your mailing address in MySDCCD or sign up for Direct Deposit no later than 3 weeks prior to any posted date shown below.  For the first grant dates shown, please verify or update your maiiling address or Direct Deposit by August 20, 2020 by 5:00pm first Fall 2020 semester disbursement. If your mailing address or Direct Deposit information is correct, no further action is required. (for loans; deadline to enroll in Direct Deposit – 07/31/2020). As files are packaged, new awards are disbursed on a weekly basis. The last disbursement for Fall will be on 12/06/2020 and the processes will resume on 01/03/2021.

Financial Aid checks will be mailed to your home address and cannot be forwarded by the Post Office. If you have a change of address, please notify the Admissions Office immediately. Also, address changes can be made online on mySDCCD.

Students enrolled only in late starting short term classes will not receive disbursements until your classes have started.  

Access your Financial Aid Information online now with mySDCCD

On mySDCCD, you can determine:

  1. If your file is complete
  2. What forms are required
  3. Your eligibility for Financial Aid


Award Letter

San Diego Miramar College is pleased to offer you financial assistance for the 2020-2021 academic year as shown on your Award Letter. Financial aid will be calculated based on the total number of units enrolled at Miramar, Mesa, and City Colleges. In order to be paid, you must enroll in a minimum of one class at Miramar College. Failure to do so will result in non-payment.

The Financial Aid Office has authorized an appropriate award based on Federal regulations and fund availability. Payment of all awards is subject to adequate funding from the sources involved and adjustments may be required if funding deficiencies exist. In many cases, the funds offered may still fall short of meeting the entire “Estimated Need”.

The financial aid amount listed on your Award Letter has been calculated based on the assumption that you will be a full-time student (12 units or more). If your class schedule is less than 12 units, your award is subject to appropriate reduction. You do not need to be a full-time to receive your Pell Grant Award, but you must be a half-time student (6 units or more) to receive all other grants or loans.

  • Cost of Attendance: This is our standard estimated budget based on information you have provided to us. Your actual expenses may be different.
  • Expected Family Contribution: This figure was determined using the Federal Methodology Need-Analysis based on the information you provided on your application for aid.
  • Financial Need: This is the maximum amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive. However, lack of funding may not enable payments meeting your full financial need.

If you have been awarded Federal Work-Study, please come to the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible for job placement.

Freeze Date!

Your Pell Grant & Cal Grant payments are based on your class enrollment schedule as of the “FREEZE” date, or your awarded date if the freeze date has passed. Your payment will not be adjusted if your class schedule increases after your freeze date or awarded date. In order to be paid for late-starting, short-term classes, you must be registered before the enrollment freeze date.

Priority Awarding Process

Supplement Educational Opportunity Grant and Work-Study funds are limited each year. Priority consideration is given to students who are academically in “Good Standing” and meet the priority deadline of April 15, 2020. The awarding criteria for these limited programs are based on the following order:

  • FAFSA application date
  • File completion date
  • Greatest financial need

One Semester Award Only

If your award letter shows, with the exception of the California College Promise Grant (formerly known as BOGW), that you have been offered assistance for the Fall semester only, it is because:

  • You have indicated to us that Fall will be the only semester you will attend Miramar College, or
  • You filed an Appeal Form to reinstate your financial aid with results indicating that the Fall semester was the final semester we could assist you.

Bookstore Account/Bus Pass

When you receive your Pell Grant Award, an account will be available to you in the Bookstore. In addition, for a reduced price, you may purchase a bus pass from the Accounting Office. The Pell Grant Bookstore Account and bus pass will be available approximately one week before and two weeks after the start of each semester. In order to use either of these options, you must be awarded Pell Grant, enrolled in at least 6 units and be a California resident.

Repayment of Funds

You will be required to repay a portion of your award if:

  • You drop or withdraw from all of your classes prior to the 60% point of the semester (Normally the withdrawal deadline)
  • You do not attend late-starting classes for which you were paid Pell Grant funds (Applicable for those attending short-term classes)

Password Required for Telephone Inquiries

To protect your privacy, a customized password must be on file in order to receive information about your financial aid over the telephone. Your password is separate from your online registration PIN number (REG-e). No information will be given over the phone without a password – NO EXCEPTIONS! Click here to download the Financial Aid Password Form.

IRS & Your Financial Aid

Financial aid received may be required to be reported to the IRS. Any financial aid grants or scholarships not used for school related purposes, is considered taxable income. Any financial aid used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and school related equipment are EXEMPT from being considered taxable income. The Financial Aid Office cannot determine the taxable amount of your financial aid. Please contact a Tax Advisor or specialist for assistance.




During this period of closure due to concerns about the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19, your aid checks will be delayed as check printing and mailing will take place on a limited basis only.  We apologize for the inconvenience however the circumstances are beyond our control.  Direct Deposit is now available for Financial Aid payments.  Click Here For detailed instructions on How to Sign Up for Direct Deposit.

NOTE: Students enrolled only in late starting short term classes will not receive aid disbursements until classes have started. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

NOTE: Dates indicated on this form are subject to change. FALL 2020 SPRING 2021 SUMMER 2021

Enrollment Status Freeze Date
(for Pell and Cal Grant awards) *To maximize your financial aid eligibility, you MUST BE enrolled in classes ON or Before the freeze date. No classes will be counted toward your financial aid after this date.

September 2, 2020 February 18, 2021 July 1, 2021

Pell Grant Bookstore Accounts & Bus Passes*

*CA Residents only*

August 3 - August 29, 2020


December 21, 2020 - January 15 , 2021

General Session

January 16- February 16, 2021

May 28 - June 28, 2021

1st disbursement

[50% of eligible award amount, adjusted to enrollment level as of Status Date listed above, minus Bookstore Account/Bus Pass funds used for CA Residents OR minus Tuition Paid for Non-CA Residents]

September 16, 2020

Anticipated Mail date. 

March 5, 2021

Anticipated Mail date.


July 2, 2021

Anticipated Mail date

2nd disbursement

Remaining 50% of eligible award amount, adjusted to enrollment level as of Status Date listed above [may not be equal to first disbursement].

October 30, 2020

Anticipated Mail date. 

April 26, 2021

Anticipated Mail date. 

(Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant)






Student Success Completion Grant (SSCG)

(Student must be a recipient of Cal Grant B or C to determine eligibility for SSCG award)
(Promissory Note dates are estimate dates only)
on or after September 2, 2020 on or after February 11, 2021
First year, first-time student
on or after September 30, 2020 on or after March 12, 2021
FEDERAL DIRECT LOAN (one semester only)
Will disburse in two payments in one semester only
on or after September 2, 2020 & October 30, 2020 on or after February 11, 2021 & April 30, 2021
FEDERAL WORK STUDY (FWS) 10th day of each month following a month worked
EOPS Please contact the EOPS Office at 619-388-7869 regarding disbursement dates




Students Awarded After the Scheduled Payment Dates

Any financial aid funds awarded after the dates listed above will be mailed approximately one week after the award letter is received. Loan applications processed after the payment dates listed above will be mailed approximately one week after the promissory note is electronically signed. Students will be retroactively paid for all aid to which they are entitled.



∗ New Regulations effective July 1st, 2012, limits the receipt of a Pell grant to a lifetime limit of up to 6 full time years (600%)
∗∗ First year, first-time borrowers will have their loans disbursed thirty days after the first day of class.