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Financial Aid

The El Camino College Financial Aid office helps students and families find ways to pay for college fees, books, supplies, and transportation. We can point you to potential aid sources, give advice on managing your aid, and offer tools to help you understand your overall finances.

Find aid applications, forms and info sheets, important dates and deadlines, and a lot more. To get started click apply for aid.

Apply for Aid

Use this step-by-step guide to navigate the financial aid application process.

Types of Aid

Understand grants, loans, work-study, and other types of financial aid.


Review scholarships for El Camino students, including application processes.

Summer Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance for summer could be available to you. Your maximum financial aid eligibility for an award year is the equivalent of two full-time semesters for fall, spring, and summer. A full-time semester is a total of 12 or more units. The awards for summer and the eligibility criteria are listed below:



You may have Pell Grant eligibility for the summer if:

  1. You attended full-time (12 units or more) in the fall and spring term and are currently enrolled in six or more units for the summer term or...
  2. You have not attended two full-time semesters (12 or more units per term) in fall and spring semester
    • Maximum Pell grant eligibility is two full time semesters which is equivalent to 100% per year and inclusive of fall, spring and summer.
    • If you have not attended two full time semesters totaling 100% eligibility during the fall and spring, you could have remaining Pell grant eligibility to apply towards summer classes.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Summer financial aid is manually awarded. It will take time to review each student file. Only files in satisfactory academic standing will be reviewed starting now.
  • All Warning and SAP approved/LIL files will be evaluated for summer after we check grades and run the SAP calculation for spring 2022 (estimated date, July 12, 2022)
  • If you received 100% of your Pell award, you must enroll in 6 units or more to be eligible for additional Pell
  • If you did not receive 100% of your Pell award, you may be eligible for the remaining amount based on units enrolled
  • All eligibility standards apply for summer financial assistance including Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Award amounts depend on your remaining eligibility and units enrolled for summer

Financial Aid Support

We're here to help! Jump into the Financial Aid Help Desk to get your questions answered.

Hours: Monday - Thursday from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. / Friday Closed


Financial Aid Help Desk

To protect your personal information, have your El Camino College student ID or any government-issued photo ID ready when working with the Financial Aid Office. Without a photo ID, we can only answer general financial aid questions. We recommend that you use a laptop or computer for Zoom. This will allow you to easily use the screen share feature and view documents with Financial Aid staff online.

Need Help? Have a Challenging Situation?

We're here for you. Call our Financial Aid Assistants during our normal business hours for direct assistance with federal work study, satisfactory academic progress or general financial aid questions.

Call (669) 900-6833

Enter 640-959-1782# as the Meeting ID

Your call will be answered in order, please be patient as we assist other students.

The Spring 2022 Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and Loss of California College Promise Grant (CCPG) Appeal is currently open for summer. If you do not have a break in enrollment your appeal cannot be processed until the SAP Calculation for Spring 2022 is completed (estimated date: July 25). The deadline for Summer 2022 is Thursday, August 4, 2022. If you wish to appeal for Fall 2022, the form will be published on Monday, September 12, 2022.


SAP & Loss of CCPG Appeal Form


If you need help with the appeal please speak to an ECC counselor for guidance and support or attend a SAP Appeal Workshop by clicking this link: Register Online. Remember the following when submitting the appeal:

  1. Attach documentation for each term you're not meeting SAP (2.0 GPA & 67% completion rate)
  2. If you do not know the exact reason you are submitting an appeal you can check your SAP status on the Financial Aid Self Service Portal 
  3. Attach your current counselor approved comprehensive educational plan or Lock-in-List (Maximum Time Frame Appeals Only)
  4. Appeal decisions may take up to three to four weeks depending on the number of applications received

If you need a Financial Aid Lock-in-List Appointment for a Maximum Time Frame Appeal (U3 or U3X), follow this link: Lock-in-List Appointment Request

For questions regarding the appeal process, visit our site at SAP & Loss of CCPG Appeal


Financial Aid News & Announcements

The latest information for current and prospective students:

FAFSA/ CA Dream Act Application WorkshopsGet financial aid support!View Flyer

Apply for Financial Aid FAFSA & California Dream Act Application

Apply now for Financial Aid and don't delay! Funds are limited so apply early and be ready for the 2021-2022 or 2022-2023 academic year. The 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act application application covers Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 & Summer 2022.If you are attending ECC this summer, apply for the 2021-22 award year. The 2022-23 award year for financial aid begins in fall.

If you want to apply in person at the ECC Financial Aid Lab (SSB-229) remember to bring your financial documents for you and your parent(s) as a dependent student. Examples of things to have are social security numbers, date of birth, tax returns or wages (W2). For additional information on the documents needed please visit FAFSA Help

Online monthly FAFSA & CADAA workshops are available now, please click the flyer for additional information. You can also visit our Financial Aid Help Desk for direct support.

Emergency Assistance

El Camino College received funds under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency grants for costs related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic. These expenses can include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

Supporting documentation is required for all requests with the exception of Food. Examples of documentation include: rental statements, past due/eviction notice, invoices, receipts or statements on business letterhead. Child Care must be provided by a licensed facility, not a relative. If you cannot provide documentation for a category, please attach a separate document explaining why. The committee will only consider requests for categories that are supported by documentation or a written explanation.

Awards are processed every two weeks so it can take up to three to four weeks for funds to be disbursed and deposited in your bank account (if you have a refund preference selected at BankMobile).


CARES Emergency Grant

Eligibility Requirements:

Currently enrolled in three (3) units for Summer 2022

Current year (2021-22) FAFSA or CADA application on file and completed the verification process (if selected)


Grant Limitations:

CARES Act Emergency Grant is limited to $1,000 for summer and $5,000 for the academic year. Additional limitations may apply, please contact our office if you have questions or need support.

El Camino College is proud to announce that we are offering free tuition and zero fees for students starting in  Summer 2022. The ECC Tuition Relief program is part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) which is now offering student debt relief to ECC students who have outstanding student balances. We are allowed to forgive student balances for our campus prior to Spring 2020, especially when the debt is preventing you from re-engaging in your pursuit of a college education. In addition, tuition relief for terms during the pandemic will be automatically applied to your student debt. This tuition relief also applies to Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 for all eligible students but you must apply to qualify. To learn more, please visit our Tuition Relief page. The deadline to apply is September 11, 2022, at 11:59 pm.

El Camino has created the Warrior Emergency Grant to support students who may need additional financial support due to an emergency. The Warrior Emergency Grant committee determines eligibility and notifies applicants of its decision within fourteen (14) business days. The maximum award amount will be determined as requests for assistance continue to be accepted.

Starting now, Income eligible households who need financial assistance for unpaid rent and utilities will be able to apply for help through the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program.

If you have experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19, have past due rent or utilities, and have a household income that is not more than 80% of the area median income, you may be eligible to receive help to pay past due or future rent and utilities from the state of California.

Landlords and renters can verify eligibility immediately by visiting HousingIsKey.com, or by calling 833-430-2122, and if eligible, apply.


Quick Links

Disbursement Info

View the disbursement schedule. Learn when and how you’ll receive your financial aid.


Check the status of your financial aid and learn how to submit documents for verification.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Review GPA and progress requirements for aid programs.

Video Tutorials

Watch videos from Financial Aid TV on aid types, processes, and personal finance.


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Undocumented Students

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We’re Here to Help

Have questions about financial aid processes and awards? You can contact online staff or reach us at the email and phone numbers below.

When emailing us, use your ECC email account. To protect your personal info, we can’t respond to emails from non-ECC addresses. Please also include your ECC student ID number in any emails or on documents you mail to us.

Our mailing address:

El Camino College
16007 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, California 90506
Attn: Financial Aid Office

Our campus address is 248 Student Services Building (SSB). Office hours for in-person services at the Financial Aid Lab, SSB-229 are Monday-Thursday (9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) and closed on Friday during the summer.

The Financial Aid Lab is open and available for assistance with applying for financial aid. Please remember to bring your ECC student ID or any government-issued photo ID when visiting the office so we can verify your identity.


To view our third-party servicer contract for refund management, click here.

Questions? Contact Us

Financial Aid

Student Services Building 248 & 229


Business hours SSB-229 (In-Person)

Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Friday: Closed


Business hours Help Desk (Virtual):
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday: Closed

Online Support: FA Help Desk 


Phone: 669-900-6833

Meeting ID - Enter 640-959-1782#


Email: eccfaid@elcamino.edu