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.

The Financial Aid Lab & Help Desk will be closed on Thursday, July 18, 2024 until 3:30 PM to host a staff training. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Financial Aid Support

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


Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The Financial Aid Lab & Help Desk will be closed on Thursday, July 18, 2024 until 3:30 PM to host a staff training. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Financial Aid Help Desk


To protect your personal information, have your ECC 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 share screen feature and review documents with Financial Aid staff online. Please call from a quiet and distraction free environment. Zoom calls while operating a vehicle are prohibited. Remember to wear proper clothing when on camera. Lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct or expression is prohibited under the student code of conduct Administrative Procedure 5500.

Financial Aid cannot provide specific information regarding your finances over the phone since we need to verify your identity to protect your personal information. The best way to get answers and make corrections to your financial aid is to visit our Financial Aid Lab located in the Student Services Building, 2nd Floor Room 229. Lab hours are the following for in person services:


Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Financial Aid Lab & Help Desk will be closed on Thursday, July 18, 2024 until 3:30 PM to host a staff training. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Please note we close our doors at 4:45 p.m. to finish applications and shut down the office.

The Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and Loss of California College Promise Grant (CCPG) Appeal now available for Summer. The deadline to appeal for this term is Thursday, July 18, 2024.


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 and/or 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, 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:

There are major changes and improvements for the 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. This redesigned and streamlined FAFSA form is available now. 

We understand the challenges you've faced with the FAFSA and CA Dream Act applications for the 2024-2025 academic year. We appreciate your patience and dedication in completing your application for financial aid. Some students may need to submit required documents to verify the information submitted. Our office collects those documents to verify your information and submit corrections to your financial aid application. The Department of Education (ED) announced they will not accept batch file review corrections from schools for 2024-2025 until mid-August at the earliest. We are currently reviewing financial aid files and preparing completed files for submission to the Department of Education as soon as corrections can be accepted. Due to the unique circumstances of the 2024-2025 financial aid cycle, this timeline is subject to change. If you encounter any difficulties accessing or submitting your financial aid documents, please contact our office.

For priority financial aid consideration at El Camino College:              

  • May 2, 2024 -Priority Deadline to submit a FAFSA or CA Dream Act application to ECC for 2024-25
  • July 1, 2024 - Fall Priority Deadline to submit all additional documents and receive your financial aid on the first week of the semester


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Cash for College - Apply now for 2024-25

Cash for College is a financial aid event aimed at current students, prospective students and their families. Our goal is to help you qualify for financial aid through the FAFSA or CADAA. Have questions about financial aid or support services? Meet our friendly staff and enjoy some coffee and donuts every other Wednesday from 3PM-6PM in the Student Services Building. A thirty-minute application could provide you a free education now.

To register use the link below.


Starting on Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Dates include (May 29, June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24 & Aug 7)

To register click this link: Register for Cash for College




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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 next academic year. The 2023-24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act application (CADAA)  covers Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 & Summer 2024.

You can also apply now for the 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act application (CADAA)  which covers Fall 2024, Winter 2025, Spring 2025 & Summer 2025.

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 and/or wages (W2). For additional information on the documents needed please visit FAFSA HelpOnline monthly FAFSA & CADAA workshops are available now, please click the flyer for additional information. You can also visit our Financial Aid Lab (SSB-229) or the Financial Aid Help Desk for direct support with applications, corrections and submitting additional forms.



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.

Basic Needs

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


Access nutrition assistance for low-income individuals and families.

Undocumented Students

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

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.

We’re Here to Help

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

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 Lab

Student Services Building 229

Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Phone: (310)660-3593 ext. 5493

Financial Aid Help Desk

Online Financial Aid Support

Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.