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Financial Aid

El Camino College’s 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, advise on managing your aid, and offer tools to manage your overall finances.

Find aid applications, forms and info sheets, important dates and deadlines, and a lot more.

Types of Aid

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


Review scholarships for El Camino students, including application processes.

Applying for Aid

Find a step-by-step guide to navigating the financial aid application process.

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 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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 screenshare 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 and press #

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

The majority of classes continue to be offered online for fall. Student Services are also available online and in-person to provide support. For more details, follow our COVID-19 Notices page.


Financial Aid News & Announcements

FAFSA/ Dream Act Renewal WorkshopsGet financial aid support!View Flyer

The latest information for current and prospective students:

2021-22 FAFSA & California Dream Act Application

Apply now for the FAFSA and California Dream Act and don't delay! Funds are limited so apply early and be ready for the 2021-2022 academic year. The 2021-2022 FAFSA & CADA application covers Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 & Summer 2022.

View FAFSA/Dream Act Workshops

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


COVID-19 Assistance

El Camino College received funds under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency grants for expenses 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 to support your claim 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.

In order to process emergency awards as quickly as possible the Financial Aid Office is currently in the process of batch awarding emergency funds. These will be issued to all students with the highest financial need during the beggining of the term. Please be patient as we issue these funds and verify units enrolled. Once the batch awards have been issued you can manually apply for additional assistance using the link below:

COVID-19 Emergency Assistance

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be currently enrolled in three (3) units or more
  • Must have a current year (2021-22) FAFSA application on file and completed the verification process (if selected)
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or approved non-citizen

Grant Limitations:

  • COVID-19 Emergency Assistance also known as the CARES Act Grant is limited to $5,000 per year and $2,500 each semester. Summer/Fall and Winter/Spring will be considered semesters for awarding. CARES funds that have been awarded through the batch awarding process are subject to this limitation. If you already received an award this semester your request will need to exceed the award amount granted otherwise it will be denied by the Emergency Grant Committee. Additional limitations may apply, please contact our office if you have questions or need support.

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.


The Fall 2021 Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and Loss of California College Promise Grant (CCPG) Appeal are now available. The deadline for the fall 2021 semester is Friday, November 12, 2021. Please use the link below to apply.

Apply online:

SAP & Loss of CCPG Appeal Form

If you need help with the appeal process please speak to an ECC counselor for guidance and support. Remember the following when submitting the SAP & Loss of CCPG Appeal:

  1. Answer all the questions on the appeal
  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 documentation for each semester you're not meeting SAP (2.0 GPA & 67% completion rate)
  4. Attach your current counselor approved comprehensive educational plan or Lock-in-List (LIL) - for Maximum Time Frame Appeals Only
  5. Appeal decisions may take between three to five weeks depending on the number of applications received, please apply early
  6. All decisions are final for the term

If you need a LIL Appointment for a Maximum Time Frame Appeal, follow this link: Lock-in-List Appointment Request

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


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.


Explore a comprehensive guide to financial aid from California Community Colleges.

CashCourse Financial Literacy

Take free financial skills courses to better manage your money.

Undocumented Students

Find info about financial aid, legal issues, and more for AB 540 and undocumented students.

Basic Needs

Review campus and community resources for students and families in need.


Access nutrition assistance for low-income individuals and families.

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 are Monday-Thursday (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) and Friday (9 a.m.-1 p.m.).
The Financial Aid Lab is in  229 SSB. Bring your ECC student ID or any government-issued photo ID when visiting the office or lab.


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Questions? Contact Us

Financial Aid

Office hours:
Monday-Thursday:8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 



248 Student Services Building