Disbursement Schedule

All financial aid funds are disbursed on scheduled dates each term. Scheduled dates represents the major disbursement dates for our aid programs each term, but disbursements are processed on a weekly bases thereafter, to adjust payments for students who add or drop units prior to the enrollment freeze date, which occurs before the second Pell disbursement.

As long as you are enrolled in an eligible program and your file is complete, you will receive two disbursements of Federal Grant aid each semester, based on your enrollment level and classes actively in session. If you are enrolled in a class that is due to start on a future date, it will be paid when your attendance begins. 

Federal grant aid (includes Pell Grant and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant). Federal Direct Loans are also disbursed in two payments based on the approved loan period. Cal Grant funds and Full-Time Incentive Grant funds will be disbursed at the beginning of the semester.

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.

2023-2024 Disbursement Schedule

 Fall 2023   
 Spring 2024
Summer 2024 
Scholarships August 3, 2023 January 5, 2024  
Pell Grant, SEOG August 11, 2023
September 8, 2023
January 11, 2024
February 9, 2024

June 6, 2024
June 20, 2024

Cal Grant, SSCG September 8, 2023 February 9, 2024  
Direct Loans* – Full Year Loan Period August 11, 2023 January 11, 2024 June 6, 2024
Direct Loan* - One Semester Loan Period Fall Only Loan:
August 11, 2023
October 20, 2023
Spring Only Loan:
January 11, 2024
March 22, 2024
Summer Only Loan:
June 6, 2024
July 11, 2024

Direct Student 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.

Please Note: Refund dates differ from our disbursement dates. Refunds are generated on a weekly basis. Please make sure you are set up with direct deposit for a faster refund payment.