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General Resources for Cerro Coso Students


Applying for Financial Aid

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  1. The Financial Aid Application
    Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal Application at FAFSA on the Web each academic year at A Student Aid Report from the U. S. Department of Education will be sent to you and each school you list on your FAFSA. The Cerro Coso Community College Title IV school code (010111) must be listed on your FAFSA.

    For AB540 students: complete the confidential California Dream Act Application instead of the FAFSA. Additional information is available at You will have a separate PIN process. Do not apply for a Department of Education PIN.
  2. Student Report
    Students will receive an email notification from FAFSA of their Student Aid Report (SAR). Please note, it takes approximately three weeks from the time you apply for the college to receive your FAFSA. Students should check their InsideCC account for updates on their financial aid process.
  3. The Verification Process
    The Federal Processing Center selects applications for a process called verification. Please understand that during the verification process, you may be asked to provide additional documents or clarification of your original FAFSA information. If the result is a change to your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), you will be required to submit appropriate changes to your FAFSA. Please note that changes made on your FAFSA can take an additional two weeks to process; therefore, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO PROVIDE ACCURATE INFORMATION WHEN COMPLETING YOUR FAFSA TO HELP EXPEDITE ANY VERIFICATION REQUESTED.
  4. Satisfactory Progress
    Students that apply for financial aid will be reviewed to determine if they are maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). To meet SAP, students must achieve a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better and complete 67% of all units attempted prior to attempting a total of 90 cumulative units. In addition, students must be following their Student Educational Plan (SEP) approved by a Cerro Coso Community College Counselor.
  5. Award Notification
    Award notification can be viewed on the student's InsideCC account. Award amounts are based on full-time enrollment.

Cerro Coso Promise

Cerro Coso Promise

The Cerro Coso Promise is a scholarship intended for hard-working, dedicated students that deserve an education, regardless of financial or personal status. By meeting basic criteria, students may qualify for up to $1,000 per semester for 2 years to help with tuition, books, and fees. Award amounts may vary depending on funding availability and financial aid parameters.

From specialized counseling to help with creating a comprehensive education plan, the Promise is committed to making sure students participate in a variety of initiatives designed to help them meet their educational goals. Participants also receive priority registration, career advising, help with transferring, and other student support services to assist them in staying on track.

New Student Criteria

Continuing Student Criteria

Returning Student Criteria

Promise scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. We encourage students to submit their application packages and complete the requirements for eligibility as early as possible. The College, in partnership with the CCCC Foundation, is working hard to increase funding for the Promise program to serve as many qualified students as possible.


Students attending the Bishop and Mammoth Lakes campuses of Cerro Coso Community College should apply for the Inyo or Mono Promises.

For additional information on the Promise program and associated requirements, please contact:

General Financial Aid

The financial aid office offers a complete array of financial support services which are designed to help YOU with the educational related expenses involved in obtaining your educational goal.

We will assist you with the process of applying for and receiving financial aid through federal, state, institutional and private organizations to support your success!

There are several types of aid offered at Cerro Coso College which are funded from federal and state agencies and private organizations. The major categories are:

  • SCHOLARSHIPS - Awards based on scholastic achievement and other criteria. These awards do not require repayment.
  • GRANTS - Awards based upon financial need. They do not require repayment.
  • WORK STUDY - Opportunity to earn money for school through part-time employment.
  • LOANS - For you and/or your parents to help pay for educational expenses. Requires repayment.


If you have already applied for Financial Aid, view your status by logging into your InsideCC account.  Under your financial aid tab, you will find your awards and documents that need to be submitted.

If you haven’t already applied, click on “Applying for Financial Aid” in the left menu bar for information on the FAFSA and Dream Act applications.

Contact Information

Phone: 760-384-6221
Fax: 760-384-6321

Hours of Operation

Fall and Spring: M-Th 7:30am-6:00pm, F-8:00am-12:00pm

Summer Hours (May 17-Aug 13, 2021): M-Th 7:00am-6:00pm, F closed

Pell Grants for Fall, Spring & Summer

Pell Grant eligible students can receive up to 150% of their scheduled Pell award each year. What does this mean for you? If you were a Pell eligible student in fall 2020 and/or spring 2021, you may qualify for a Pell Grant for summer 2021!

Minimum Credits for Summer Pell Grant

If you enrolled full-time (12+ credits) and received the full-time Pell Grant amount for fall and spring, you must enroll at least half-time (6+ credits) in summer classes to receive a summer Pell Grant.

If you enrolled part-time fall or spring, there is no minimum credit requirement to receive a summer Pell Grant (unless required by your EFC). You can use the remainder of your annual Pell Grant amount during summer with no minimum credit requirement.

Pell Grant Amount Depends on Enrollment

Your summer Pell Grant amount will depend on the number of credits you are registered in, as well as your Pell Lifetime Eligibility Units (LEU). The Pell Grant amount will be adjusted just prior to the release (disbursement) of your aid based on your enrollment level. Enrollment levels are defined in the following manner:

  • 12+ credits = 100% of the semester Pell Grant amount
  • 9-11 credits = 75% of the semester Pell Grant amount
  • 6-8 credits = 50% of the semester Pell Grant amount

Eastern Sierra Specific Financial Resources

Mammoth Lakes Foundation Scholarship

The purpose of the Mammoth Lakes Foundation Local Scholarship is to encourage local Mono County students and residents to enroll in and attend classes at the Mammoth Lakes Campus of Cerro Coso Community College, to achieve their higher education goals.

The Scholarship will pay for registration, books and materials for enrolled courses. In order to be eligible to receive a scholarship, the student must have graduated from a Mono County High School or reside within Mono County for the last one year. Students must be California residents. Students who previously left the state of California must meet the one year residency requirement in order to be eligible.

The scholarship is typically available for Fall and Spring semesters only, but this Summer 2021 it will also be offered for returning scholarship students. Scholarship applications are linked below.

In order for a student to remain eligible, students must be making satisfactory academic progress of at least a GPA of 2.5 and are completing each semester with full-time (at least 12 or more units Spring/Fall, and up to 8 units in the Summer) progress toward an educational goal up to a maximum of 60 completed units. The scholarship does not cover students taking online classes during Spring and Fall. Any and all classes during the summer that count towards the student’s academic goal will be covered (online included).

Scholarship requirements and benefits may change at any time.

Scholarship Application Links:

For more information, contact Missy Brannen at or 760-934-3781 for more information.

Eastern Sierra Foundation Scholarship


The Eastern Sierra Foundation, formed to promote higher education in the Eastern Sierra, has created the Eastern Sierra Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship is available to any California resident (at least one year residency required) who resides in Inyo County. Applicants must attend Cerro Coso Community College, the Bishop Campus, as a full-time student (12 units or more).

The primary purpose of this scholarship is to encourage potential Inyo County students (Including Benton residents) to enroll and attend classes at the Bishop campus and work toward an educational goal such as obtaining an Associate's Degree, Certificate, and or complete a significant number of general education units for students planning to transfer to a university. The scholarship is available for Fall and Spring semesters only and the scholarship application is available on the Bishop campus at Admissions and Records or at the Counseling Office. The applications are available when registration begins.

The Scholarship pays for all course enrollment fees and up to a maximum of $300 for required text book fees. It is only available to students attending the Bishop campus. As a rule, it does not cover students taking online classes.

The Scholarship will remain in effect to support 60 students each semester as long as funding is available to support the program. Scholarship requirements and benefits may change at any time. Please check with Admissions and Registration for the latest information.

Eastern Sierra Foundation Summer 2021 Scholarship Application

Eastern Sierra Foundation Fall 2021 Scholarship Application

All first-time applicants also need to fill out the EOPS Application.

Please contact ESCC DA II, Sarah Land at or 760-872-5300 for more information.