Benefits of Being a Full-Time Student
More Units = More Grant Aid
While you don’t have to be a full-time student to receive financial aid, more units does mean more money if you qualify for federal and/or state grants.
See the chart below to see how much more grant money you can get for increasing the number of units you take each quarter.
*Note: The chart shows the quarterly grant amounts for students who have maximum financial need as determined through the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or CADAA (California Dream Act Application). Please be aware that individual grant eligibility may vary.
|ENROLLMENT||PELL GRANT||CAL GRANT||STUDENT SUCCESS COMPLETION GRANT||TOTAL PER QUARTER|
|Less than 6 units||$396||$0||$0||$396|
At less than 6 units, students also lose the opportunity for the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Work-Study and loans.
Foothill College Promise Program Benefits
Both tuition and textbooks are FREE the first year for first-time, full-time students [12+ units per quarter]. See if you're eligible to receive these benefits listed here.
- Free tuition
- Basic student fees waived
- Required textbooks and course materials covered
- Up to $750 for a laptop for eligible Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) students
- Free transportation with the VTA SmartPass, too!
Save Money By Completing Goals Sooner
For the majority of majors, by completing 15 units per quarter (fall, winter and spring), you'll graduate or transfer from Foothill in just 2 years!
By graduating or transferring in a timely manner, you will save money and be able to start your career more quickly.
For assistance with planning your educational and career goals, contact: