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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, give advice on managing your aid, and offer tools understand your overall finances.

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

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.

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 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 closed. The deadline for Spring 2022 was Friday, May 6, 2022. If you wish to appeal for Summer 2022, the form will be published on Monday, June 20, 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 spring or summer, apply for the 2021-22 award year.

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 for Spring 2022

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

Current year (2021-22) CADA application on file and completed the application process


Grant Limitations:

CARES Act Emergency 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 received an award this semester your request will need to exceed the award amount granted. Example: Batch award was $2,000 and you need an additional $500. Request $2,500 and provide the required documentation.

Additional limitations may apply, please contact our office if you have questions or need support.

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 forgiving 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. This program will only cover your tuition and fees for prior terms at ECC.


Eligibility Requirements:

In order to qualify for the Tuition Relief Program, you must complete the requirements below:

  • Submit an Admission Application for ECC through CCCApply if you have not attended ECC for two or more semesters
  • Apply for Financial Aid by submitting a current year FAFSA or CADAA
    • Note: Even if you don't think you qualify for Financial Aid this is a requirement for tuition relief
  • Once your ECC student debt is written off, you can enroll in classes. Contact us for assistance (Drop-in Enrollment Support), we are standing by!

Once you're ready to apply please use the link below:


ECC Tuition Relief Form


Additional limitations may apply, please contact our office if you have questions or need support. Processing time may vary but we expect it to take ten (10) business days to process.

El Camino College is now offering free tuition and fees to ECC students for the summer and fall 2022. This program covers all students who qualify under the eligibility requirements listed below and will pay for your summer and/or fall tuition and fees.


Eligibility Requirements:

In order to qualify for the Tuition Relief Program, you must complete the three (3) requirements below:

  • Submit an Admission Application for ECC through CCCApply if you have not attended ECC for two or more semesters
  • Apply for Financial Aid by submitting a current year FAFSA or CADAA
    • Even if you don't think you qualify for Financial Aid this is a requirement for tuition relief
    • International F-1 Visa Students are exempt from the financial aid requirement
  • You must be enrolled in at least three (3) units for summer, six (6) units for fall
    • DSPS students are exempt from the minimum unit requirement


Once you're ready to apply please use the link below after registration for summer begins on Monday, May 16, 2022:



Program Limitations:

The ECC Tuition Relief program applies to your current student debt for tuition and fees at ECC only. It does not cover student loan or private debt. Student debt at ECC includes the following:

  • Tuition (Enrollment Fees)
  • Health Services Fee
  • Parking Fee
  • Student Activity Fee
  • Student Representation Fee
  • Late Fees

The maximum award per term is $1,200 which will be credited directly to your tuition and fees. If you are eligible, you will be awarded and marked as exempt for the drop for non-payment.  Final award amounts will be determined and updated after census for summer and fall. Please contact our office if you have questions or need support.

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.


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 at the Financial Aid Lab, SSB-229 are Monday-Thursday (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and Friday (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.).

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.

View El Camino College's contract and disclosures with BankMobile, a Division of Customer Bank.

Questions? Contact Us

Financial Aid

Student Services Building 248 & 229


Business hours SSB-229 (In-Person)

Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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


Business hours Help Desk (Virtual):
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Online Support: FA Help Desk 


Phone: 669-900-6833

Meeting ID - Enter 640-959-1782#


Email: eccfaid@elcamino.edu