Cerritos College
Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

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Pell Grant increases financial aid

An increase in financial aid is now in effect for students benefiting from the Federal Pell Grant award.

Eligible students will now receive a maximum of $5,350, an increase of $619, this year.

President Obama this year signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, adding to the increase in funds for the Pell Grant.

Although cuts in our state budget are continuing to take their toll on education and other programs, the Pell Grant is a federal grant and not subject to state cuts.

According to Dean of Student Support Services Kimberly Westby, “At the community college level, students receive the full Pell because we don’t have tuition like the CSUs or the UCs or Private institutions.”

Dean Westby also suggests students seek out other funds available on the financial aid newsletter on the Web site.

“I encourage everybody to access our Web site. It shows how to apply, all the grants offered, the SAP forms, Federal work,  state loans, outreach efforts and how to contact us. We also have a 24/7 response where the students can leave us a message with information and we’ll respond within two days.”

Dean Westby also added that approximately half of the student body attending Cerritos College benefits from financial aid.

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