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Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

Depending on your background and the type of aid you are seeking, there may be additional steps and applications you need to complete. Make sure to contact our office to explore all of your options. For maximum financial award, apply by March 2. You can still apply after that date and anytime throughout the year.

Contact us at or 805-922-6966 ext. 3200

Normal Business Hours: 

Santa Maria Campus
bldg A 101
M, W, Th: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tu: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
1-805-922-6966 ext. 3200

Lompoc Valley Center
Bldg 1
M, W, Th: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tu: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

*For identification purposes email inquiries from students must be sent via your myHancock student email. Please provide your student ID# in all inquiries so we may provide you with accurate information.

*E-mail policy

Email is the standard method of communication used by the Financial Aid Office (FAO) at Allan Hancock College. We will contact you only through your Hancock email address, with only one exception: the first email regarding the results of your FAFSA will be sent to the email address you submitted on the FAFSA.

All FAO communication will be directed to students, not their parents, as it is the student's application for financial aid.  It is your responsibility to check both your email and, even more importantly, your financial aid status on the myHancock portal.  Additional student requirements, resolution of data conflicts, and status of financial aid awards are posted on the myHancock portal on a regular basis.  

Confidentiality of Information

We are aware that some parents assist their sons/daughters to complete forms and navigate the process of applying for financial aid. According to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and to ensure your privacy, we will not discuss student accounts with anyone else (this includes custodial parents, guardians or other family members or friends), unless student submit an authorization form allowing us to do so.


Apply for Federal Aid

If you are a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for free.

Apply for Federal Student Aid

If you are not a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident, complete the California Dream Act Application (CADAA).

Apply for Aid as a Dream Act Student

Once you've applied, you can check your financial aid status online. See instructions


Apply for California college promise grant (CCPG)

The California College Promise Grant (CCPG), formerly The Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver is offered by the California Community Colleges. Eligibility is determined by filling out the FAFSA or Dream Act application as in Step 1.

Learn More about CCPG


If Eligible, Complete the Hancock Promise

If you are a current high school senior in the district and are applying for Hancock Promise, make sure to complete all of the steps needed for Hancock Promise.

Go to Hancock Promise Steps


Apply for Scholarships

Nearly $500,000 is available each year from the Allan Hancock College Foundation for Allan Hancock College students!

AHC Foundation Scholarship

Other Scholarships

List of other types of Financial Aid

Please Note: It's important to Follow up with the AHC financial aid office staff to complete the financial aid process. This could involve providing specific paperwork, as needed. There are certain eligibility requirements for financial aid and students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress

Some things you should know

  • If you are receiving any financial aid other than the California College Promise Grant, dropping classes could result in the student repaying federal funds already received or could reduce future financial aid funding. It is recommended that you contact the financial aid office before dropping classes.
  • All student payments for the semester will be based upon the number of units the student is enrolled in prior to census. The units enrolled in as of that date will determine the amount of Pell, FSEOG and Cal Grant funds a student will receive for the semester. Any increases or decreases made to the student's unit load after census will not be considered when calculating the payment amount for the semester. However, if a student withdraws from all classes and is no longer enrolled for the semester, the student may owe a repayment of funds received to the federal government and/or state. 
  • You must enroll in all classes for the semester including any 6-week, 8-week or other short-term classes offered during the semester by the census date of that semester to be paid for those classes. If a student is not enrolled for semester-length courses, but initially enrolls later in the semester in short-term courses, then units used to calculate payment will be based on the Sunday immediately after the student's initial registration. For more information on disbursements, overpayments and or Return of Title IV, please visit our Financial Aid Announcements page.