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Financial Aid COVID-19 Updates

During COVID-19, all offices are working remotely.  Any questions can be answered via email or phone call. Our office hours will remain the same.  If emailing, please email us from your Palomar Student email account to finaid@palomar.edu.  Or you may call us at 760-744-1150 ext 2366

Beginning March 30, all classes (with a few exceptions) will be delivered online in a mode that will be identified by instructors.  Instructors will contact their students to inform them as to how to engage in their coursework and class time.

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Please choose from the buttons below to get COVID-19 updates about general students, international students, veteran students, Camp Pendleton students, and enrollment services.

Frequently Asked Questions

Palomar College will continue to pay FWS students if their supervisor has advised them not to report to work.  You must continue attending classes (6-unit minimum).  We expect to pay students based on their normal work schedule.  We will be working with your supervisor to determine the number of hours.   If you are asked to report to work but choose not to work, please discuss your compensation options with your supervisor (i.e. unemployment compensation)

Betsy DeVos, United States Secretary of Education, has announced the following:

All borrowers with qualifying loans will automatically have an interest rate set to 0% for at least 60 days from March 13, 2020. They will be able to halt payments on those loans for at least two months by requesting an administrative forbearance through their loan servicer. Borrowers that choose to forgo asking for an administrative forbearance will not see a reduction in monthly payments. Rather, the full payment would be applied toward the principal balance of the loan.

The Department of Education has also stopped requests to withhold the wages, tax refunds, and Social Security benefits of borrowers who are in default on their federal student loans for at least the next 60 days.

Yes, we will still be disbursing funds with the following adjustments. Federal Pell Grant disbursement on April 3rd will not include payment for late start classes such as Fast Track 2, 3rd, and 4th 4-week sessions. Students impacted by this will receive a notification that a review is pending. If a change in the Federal Pell Grant amount is made, the student will receive an award adjustment notification by Monday, March 30th. We anticipate an additional disbursement date on April 17th. This disbursement will include FT2 and the 3rd 4-week session. Students in 4th- 4-week session classes will be paid May 8th as scheduled.

We will announce when the disbursement for classes that have been “postponed” once we have more information.

We will accept scanned documents that come from your Palomar College student email address.  You can email finaid@palomar.edu.  You can also use this email address to ask and respond to financial aid questions and information requests.

You can use our new Chatbot feature on the Financial Aid webpage. Your question will be forwarded to our finaid@palomar.edu email account if we cannot match your question to an answer in the Chatbot. We will keep the Financial Aid COVID-19 Updates webpage up to date as new regulations and information are received.

You can fill out your 2020/2021 FAFSA! Please go online at www.fafsa.gov

For Dream Act, go online at: https://dream.csac.ca.gov/

Financial Aid Add/Drop Deadline (Freeze Dates)
Class schedule must be finalized
(Including Late Start classes) by:

Summer 2020: June 30, 2020
Fall 2020: TBD
Spring 2021: TBD

Click here for more information on Freeze Dates

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