To be considered for Financial Aid, students must generally meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, or an eligible non-citizen, a permanent resident who has valid documentation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security verifying that his/her stay in the U.S. is for other than a temporary purpose
  • Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress in a course of study leading to an AA or AS degree, Certificate, or Transfer to a baccalaureate degree program
  • Not be in default on any federal student loan such as Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Family Educational Loans (FFEL) or Direct Stafford Loans
  • Not owe a refund or overpayment on a Federal Pell Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) or any State/Federal-funded educational grant
  • Be registered with the Selective Service System, if you are a male between 18 and 25 years old. If you are a male over 25 but born after 1959, you must have been previously registered with the U.S. Selective Service System
  • Be enrolled (or plan to enroll) as a regular student in an eligible program of study during the academic year for which you are applying
  • Have a valid Social Security Number
  • Demonstrate an Ability to Benefit
  • Note: Convictions for possessing or selling illegal drugs during receipt of federal financial aid may affect your federal financial aid eligibility.

Ability to Benefit

Students who meet one of the qualifications listed below have demonstrated the ability to benefit from a college education in accordance with applicable Federal Regulations.

  • Receive a high school diploma or recognized equivalent of a high school diploma. The following are recognized equivalent:
    • A General Educational Development Certificate (GED)
    • A State certificate received by a student after the student has passed a State-authorized examination that the State recognizes as the equivalent of a high school diploma
    • An academic transcript of a student who has successfully completed at least two-year program that is acceptable for full credit towards a bachelor's degree
  • Homeschool: The student has completed a secondary school education in a homeschooled setting that is treated as a homeschool or private school under State law and has obtained a homeschooled completion credential, or, if State law does not require a homeschool student to obtain a homeschool credential, the student has completed a secondary school education in a homeschool setting that qualifies as an exemption from compulsory school attendance requirements under State law.

Note: Students who do not have a high school diploma or recognized equivalent or do not meet the home school requirements, and who first enroll in a program of study on or after July 1, 2012, will not be eligible to receive Title IV student aid. Students will qualify for Title IV student aid under one of the ability-to-benefit (ATB) alternatives if the student was enrolled in a Title IV eligible program of study prior to July 1, 2012. Those alternatives include the student passing an independently administered, approved ATB test or successfully completing at least six (6) credit hours of postsecondary education.

Financial Aid Office


Student Services Building, 2nd floor
Los Angeles Pierce College
6201 Winnetka Ave.
Woodland Hills, CA 91371
Federal School Code: 001226