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Important Update: Effective August 1, 2013

The Financial Aid Office will no longer use Sallie Mae to process financial aid and scholarship disbursements.

For Sallie Mae Debit Card Holders: You may continue to use your card until the balance is depleted. However, any future financial aid or scholarship disbursement on or after August 1, 2013 will not be loaded on your card. The following information will assist you in managing your remaining funds on your Debit Card,

For Direct Deposit with Sallie Mae: If you signed-up for Direct Deposit with Sallie Mae Business Solutions, any future financial aid or scholarship disbursements on or after August 1, 2013 will not be directly deposited. You must reestablish your Direct Deposit through WebSMART (see instructions below)


All financial aid funds are disbursed on scheduled dates each term. Federal grant aid (Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant) disburses twice each term with 50% of the scheduled award being disbursed on or after each scheduled date based on the student's enrollment level and program eligibility. Federal Direct Loans are also disbursed in two payments based on the approved loan period. Cal Grant funds are disbursed in a single payment each term on the second scheduled disbursement date of the semester.

2013-2014 Disbursement Schedule:

FundFall 2013Spring 2014
Scholarships August 8, 2013 January 2,2014
Pell Grant and SEOG

August 13, 2013

September 10, 2013

January 7, 2014

February 4, 2014

Cal Grant September 10, 2013 February 4, 2014
Direct Loans* – Full Year Loan Period August 13, 2013 January 7, 201
Direct Loan* - One Semester Loan Period Fall Only Loan: August 13, 2013 October 18, 2013 Spring Only Loan: January 4, 2013 March 14, 2014

* Direct Loan Note: All first time borrowers will be subject to a 30-day delay on their first loan disbursement. The 30-day period begins on the first day of the term, not of the loan application or approval date.

All disbursed financial aid (grants, federal student loans, and scholarships) will be first applied towards current institutional fees you may owe Cañada College, College of San Mateo or Skyline College such as enrollment fees, health fees and nonresident tuition. For the majority of students, your financial aid award is generally more than the amount owed, and you will be paid the remaining balance, commonly referred to as a financial aid refund.

Disbursement Option 1: Direct Deposit

To receive your financial aid refund, students are advised to sign up for direct deposit through WebSMART so your refund will automatically be deposited into your bank account. We encourage students to sign up for direct deposit which is the fastest and safest way to receive funds.

  • Fastest method of payment, funds will automatically be deposited into your bank account
  • Log into WebSMART
  • Click the "Financial Aid" Tab
  • Click the "Account Information for Direct Deposit" link
  • Enter your account information as instructed

It may take up to a week to validate your direct deposit account number. While this process is pending, if you have a financial aid refund, it will be mailed to you in a paper check.

To assist students, several local banks and credit unions that have expressed an interest in working with our students reg­­­­ardless of their citizenship status have contact information available at the Financial Aid Office and some have scheduled hours where they will have representatives on campus.

IMPORTANT: If you close your bank account after signing up for direct deposit, you must log in to WebSMART and provide updated information.

Disbursement Option 2: Paper Check

If you do not sign up for direct deposit, you will receive paper checks in the mail. Paper checks may take up to an additional 7 to 10 days after your financial aid payment has been disbursed. All checks are mailed to the student and will be sent to your address in WebSMART. If you have more than one address type in WebSMART, please know the Mailing Address has priority and will be used instead of the Legal Address. It is your responsibility to ensure your address information is correct at all times. Please cash your check immediately. Should you lose your check, please contact the Financial Aid Office immediately.

Need Assistance?

If you need assistance in setting up Direct Deposit in WebSMART, please attend one of our weekly FAFSA Tuesday or Dream Act Wednesday workshops that run from 2 – 5 pm. Students should check-in at the Financial Aid Office.

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