Cost of Attendance and Financial Need

Financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need, except for some student loan programs.  When you apply for federal student aid, the information you report is calculated using a formula established by Congress.  The formula determines your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), an amount you and your family are expected to contribute toward your education (although this amount may not exactly match the amount you and your family end up contributing).  If your EFC is below a certain amount, you may be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, assuming you meet all other eligibility requirements.

There is not a maximum EFC that defines eligibility for the other financial aid programs.  Instead, your EFC is used in the following equation to determine your financial need:

Cost of Attendance (COA)
- Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)
= Financial Need

We calculate your cost of attendance and subtract the amount you and your family is expected to contribute toward that cost.  If there is anything left over, you are considered to have financial need. A financial aid package is put together for you that comes as close as possible to meeting your financial need.  However, because funding is limited, the amount awarded to you may fall short of the amount of which you are eligible.  Also, in determining your need for aid we must first consider other educational resources you are expected to receive during the school year.

Ventura County Community College District

Budget Components
With Parents,
Without Dependents
All Others
Room & Board
$4,599
$11,493
Personal Misc
$3,132
$2,871
Enrollment Fees (Full Time)
$1,338
$1,338
Books & Supplies
$1,746
$1,746
Transportation
$1,134
$1,278
TOTAL
$11,949
$18,726

* California Residents pay the following fees:

  • Enrollment Fee $46 per unit
  • Health Fee $38 per academic year
  • Student Representation Fee $4 per academic year
  • Student Center Fee up to $20 per academic year

Above enrollment fees are based on a 14 unit average per semester.

Out-of-State residents pay tuition fee of $230 per credit unit.

ADDITIONAL EXPENSES – Specialized programs may incur additional expenses.

Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Budgeted expenses are estimated for the purpose of calculating financial aid – actual costs may vary by individual.