Important Financial Aid / Consumer Information for Peralta Colleges Students

Student Financial Aid Information

Students can view financial aid information described below through the Peralta Financial Aid Student Handbook. The handbook can be viewed HERE.

  • All the need-based and non-need-based federal, state, local, private and institutional student financial assistance programs available to students who enroll at the school
  • Terms and conditions of the Title IV, HEA loans
  • Criteria for selecting recipients and for determining award amount
  • Eligibility requirements and procedures for applying for aid
  • Methods and frequency of disbursements of aid
  • Rights and responsibilities of students receiving Title IV, HEA student Financial Aid, including criteria for continued student eligibility and standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Terms of any loan received as part of financial aid package, sample loan repayment schedule, and the necessity for repaying loans
Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

A Federal or State Drug *Conviction can disqualify students for FSA funds. 

As indicated in HEA Section 484(r), 34 CFR 668.40, a federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for Federal Student Aid funds. Convictions only count if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which a student was receiving Title IV aid—they do not count if the offense was not during such a period.  Also, a conviction that was reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record does not count, nor does one received when the student was a juvenile, unless the student was tried as an adult.

The chart below illustrates the period of ineligibility for FSA funds, depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses.


*A conviction for sale of drugs includes convictions for conspiring to sell drugs.

  Possession of Illegal Drugs Sale of Illegal Drugs
1st Offense 1 year from date of conviction 2 years from date of conviction
2nd Offense 2 years from date of conviction Indefinite period
3+ Offenses Indefinite period Indefinite period

If the student was convicted of both possessing and selling illegal drugs, and the periods of ineligibility are different, the student will be ineligible for the longer period.

A student regains federal financial aid eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when the student successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program or, effective beginning with the 2010–2011 award year, passes two unannounced drug tests given by such a program. Further drug convictions will make the student ineligible again.

Students denied eligibility for an indefinite period can regain it after successfully completing a rehabilitation program (as described below), passing two unannounced drug tests from such a program, or if a conviction is reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record so that fewer than two convictions for sale or three convictions for possession remain on the record. In such cases, the nature and dates of the remaining convictions will determine when the student regains eligibility. It is the student’s responsibility to certify to the school that the rehabilitation program was successfully completed.


Standards for a Qualified Drug Rehabilitation Program

A qualified drug rehabilitation program must include at least two unannounced drug tests and must satisfy at least one of the following requirements:

  • Be qualified to receive funds directly or indirectly from a federal, state, or local government program.
  • Be qualified to receive payment directly or indirectly from a federally or state-licensed insurance company.
  • Be administered or recognized by a federal, state, or local government agency or court.
  • Be administered or recognized by a federally or state-licensed hospital, health clinic, or medical doctor.
If you have any questions about the effect of a drug conviction on your Federal Student Aid or your eligibility please call 1-800-4FEDAID.
Disbursement for Books and Supplies

All financial aid disbursement information can be found on the financial aid disbursement page.

In order to ensure students receive federal student aid to pay for the books and supplies at the beginning of the term, the first financial aid disbursement is scheduled on the Thursday before classes start with student refunds being issued by BankMobile for any credit balances.

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Peralta Academic Programs Examination Rates

Berkeley City College –Berkeley City College currently does not offer any program that requires a California License Exam.

College of Alameda – Dental Assisting Program –

Laney College – Cosmetology Program-

Merritt College –Nursing Program –

Radiologic Science Program –

Nutrition-Dietetics –

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) –

Gainful Employment
For information regarding our Gainful Employment programs, click on the link below.

Laney College

College of Alameda

Berkeley City College