Support Services

FINANCIAL AID AND SUPPORT SERVICE INFORMATION

Services and financial aid are listed below in alphabetical order by specific programs. Please refer to Pathway Diagrams to see which of these services are available for specific programs.

Many of our programs have financial aid and support services available to those who qualify. Students who qualify can receive over $13,000 per year in financial aid to pay for school, books and living expenses! The majority of financial aid and grant assistance is available for Community College students. You can check eligibility and apply for many federal financial aid programs by filling out a single  application, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.These forms can be found online at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ and click on “Start a New FASFA. We recommend talking to a representative at the Financial Aid office at the school you are or intend on attending before applying.
In addition to Financial Aid, support services may include free classes, childcare, books, disability related accommodations, educational and career counseling, workshops, veterans services and more.

FINANCIAL AID IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

If you know what scholarship you want to apply for, see the list below:

California Department of Rehabilitation

Description:
The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) assists Californians with disabilities to obtain and retain employment and maximize their equality and ability to live independently in their communities.  We do this by tailoring our services to each individual to ensure a greater chance of success.   A vocational rehabilitation team works closely with each job seeker to establish the best combination of services and resources necessary to prepare for, find and retain employment.

Eligibility:
An individual must:

  • have a physical or mental impairment that substantially impedes his / her ability to secure employment, and vocational rehabilitation services are required to prepare for, secure, retain, or regain employment consistent with the applicant’s unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, interests, and informed choice;
  • be able to benefit from the DOR’s services in terms of an employment outcome in an integrated setting.

If your disability is so severe that you might not be able to benefit from DOR services, a trial work experience may be arranged. This is an opportunity to work in a realistic work setting to demonstrate if you will benefit from DOR services.
If you are receiving Social Security Administration benefits or if you have a valid “Ticket to Work,” you are presumed eligible for DOR services.
More information can be found on our Vocational Rehabilitation Services page.

How to Apply:

Contact Information:
Rehabilitation Department
Ukiah Branch: 625 Kings Ct # A, Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 463-4791

Lakeport Branch: 55 First St. Box B, Lakeport, CA 95453
Main:(707) 263-3797

Cal Grants

Description:
A Cal Grant is money for college and expenses for California Community College Students who meet academic and financial eligibility requirements. There are several different types of Cal Grants (A-C Entitlement; A&B Transfer Entitlement; A&B Competitive). Grants are up to $12,240 for A; an additional $2270 for B; $3009 for C. Competitive awards are for students not eligible for Entitlement award.

Eligibility:

  • Cal Grant A Entitlement- Covers systemwide fees up to $5,472 for CSUs, $12,240 for UCs  and $9,084 toward tuition and fees for private colleges.
    • need to be working toward a two-year or four-year degree.
    • you will not receive your funds until you transfer from community college
  • Cal Grant B Entitlement- Provides first-year, low-income students $1,670 for educational-related books and living expenses plus up to $600 for students attending full-time at a community college. If you transfer to a four-year college or university, Cal Grant B also helps pay tuition and fees in the same amount as a Cal Grant A, in addition to the approximately $1,670 living allowance.
    • For a Cal Grant B, your coursework plan must be for at least one academic year.
  • Cal Grant C- Provides $547 for books tools and equipment and $2,462 for tuition at a school other than a community college for occupational, technical, or vocational programs.
    • You must enroll in a vocational program that is at least four months long at a California community college, private college, or a career technical school.
    • Funding is available for up to two years

Cal Grant A (must have a 3.0 GPA) and B (Must have a 2.0CPA) Competitive Awards are for students who aren’t eligible for the Entitlement awards. The main difference is that these awards are not guaranteed.

How to Apply:
To apply for a Cal Grant, students need to submit both the FAFSA and a verified Cal Grant GPA by the deadline of March 2. September 2 is the deadline for the competitive awards, but these are extremely limited. For information about the Cal Grant GPA requirement visit: http://www.csac.ca.gov/doc.asp?id=1177. We recommend that you contact the Mendocino Community College Financial Aid Office before applying. See contact information below.

Contact Information:
Mendocino Community College Financial Aid Office
1000 Hensley Creek Rd. Ukiah Ca 95482
MacMillan Hall Rm. 1130
Phone: 707-468-3110
Email: [email protected]

CalWORKs

Description:
CalWORKs is a welfare to work program that provides cash aid and services to eligible families that have a child in the home. If a family has little or no cash and needs housing, food, utilities, clothing or medical care they may be eligible to receive immediate short-term help. You can also receive on-going assistance for housing, food and other necessary expenses. CalWORKs programs are administered through Lake and Mendocino County.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Income, resource, assets and other factors considered
  • Families that have a child(ren) in the home who has been deprived of parental support or care because of the absence, disability or death of either parent.
  • Families with a child(ren) when both parents are in the home but the principal earner is unemployed.
  • Needy caretaker relatives of a foster child(ren).

How to Apply:
You can apply online at “C4yourself.com” or visit your local CalWORKs office. For questions you can contact Tanja Ramming CalWORKs Coordinator/ Counselor 707-467-1034 [email protected]

Contact Information:
Fort Bragg
764 S. Franklin Street
Ft Bragg CA 95437
(707) 962-1000
Toll Free: 800-771-2453
Fax: (707) 962-1010

Willits
472 E Valley St (formerly 221 S Lenore Ave)
Willits CA 95490
(707) 456-3760
Toll Free: 800-771-2453
Fax: (707) 456-3701

Ukiah
631 S Orchard Ave
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 467-5900
Fax: (707) 467-5561

Lower Lake
15975 Anderson Ranch Parkway
PO Box 9000
Lower Lake, CA  95457
Phone: (707) 995-4200

Mendocino College
Tanja Ramming CalWORKs Specialist
1000 Hensley Creek Rd. Ukiah Ca 95482
Rm 3070 Vocational Tech. Building
Phone: 707-467-1034
Email:  [email protected]

CAMP

Description:
The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) assists students who are migratory or seasonal farmworkers (or children of such workers) enrolled in their first year of undergraduate studies at an Mendocino College. Services include outreach to persons who are eligible, counseling, tutoring, skills workshops, financial aid stipends, health services, and housing assistance to eligible students during their first year of college. Limited follow-up services are provided to participants after their first year.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a Mendocino College Student
  • Be enrolled in your first year of undergraduate studies
  • Must qualify as a migratory or seasonal farmworker or child of such workers

How to Apply:
To apply  you can fill out an application: https://www.mendocino.edu/sites/default/files/camp_2017.18_application_12.13.16_fillable_final.pdf . If you need assistance with your application please refer to the contact information below.

Contact Information:
Mendocino College CAMP Program
1000 Hensley Creek Rd. Ukiah Ca 95482
MacMillan Hall Rm. 1200
Phone: 707-467-1026
Email: [email protected]
Text: 707-671-5862

CARE Program

Description:
The Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) program was established to help EOP&S students who are single parents, with children under the age of 14, receiving cash-aid and are current TANF/CalWORKs participants. The CARE program is designed to help break the welfare cycle by offering additional support to students who want to receive college-level career training or complete specific educational programs.

CARE services include:

  • Child care grants
  • Meal tickets
  • School supplies
  • Counseling/advisement
  • Peer networking
  • Transportation assistance
  • Assistance with textbook funding
  • Self-development workshops

Eligibility:

  • Be a Mendocino College Student
  • Qualify for EOP&S
  • Have at least one child under the age of 14
  • Be a single head of household
  • Receive cash-aid for self or child
  • Be a participant in TANF/CalWORKs

How to Apply:
To apply, students must pick up an application at the Ukiah Campus Mendocino College EOP&S Office in MacMillan Hall.
Contact Information:
Mendocino College EOPS Office:
1000 Hensley Creek Rd. Ukiah Ca 95482
MacMillan Hall Financial Aid Office
Phone: 707-468-3113 or 707-468-3115

Chafee Grant

Description:
Up to $5000 a year for job training or college, in addition to any other state of federal aid you receive. You can use these funds to help pay for child care, transportation and rent while you are in school. You can use these funds while at community college, university or Career Technical school.

Eligibility:

  • You are or were in foster care between ages 16-18
  • Stay in school and maintain good grades
  • Be enrolled at least half time
  • Requires a Chafee Grant Application (doesn’t require a social security number)

How to Apply:
To apply go to https://www.chafee.csac.ca.gov/default.aspx and click on “Start Chafee Application”.

Contact Information:
Mendocino Community College Financial Aid Office
1000 Hensley Creek Rd. Ukiah Ca 95482
MacMillan Hall Rm. 1130
Phone: 707-468-3110
Email: [email protected]

Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) at Mendocino College ensures equal access to education for qualified students with a disability that is verifiable, and who are otherwise eligible for admission to Mendocino College.
DRC services may include disability related counseling, registration assistance, loan of digital recorders, ASL interpreters, alternative media, and specialized equipment. Assessment of students to determine a possible learning disability is available, and if qualified, students may enroll in support classes in: reading, writing, spelling, math, and mainstream support. All disabilities need medical or professional certification as defined by the California State Chancellor’s Office in order to qualify for services.
Students are assisted by the DRC counselors in developing a Student Educational Contract. Students must make measurable progress according to college progress standards to continue receiving services offered through the program. DRC also works with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Veteran’s Administration, and other agencies.
The Disability Resource Center encourages student autonomy, independence, and responsibility. The program and staff promote equal opportunity as well as equal educational access and serves as an advocate of students’ academic rights. All DRC services are provided in compliance with Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. In accordance with the Right to Privacy Act, all disability related contacts with the DRC office will be kept confidential and will not be released without the student’s written consent unless the college is required to do so by law. For further information, contact the Disability Resource Center at 707.468.3031

Dream Act

Description:
The California Dream Act allows undocumented and nonresident documented students who meet certain provisions to apply for and receive private scholarships funded through public universities, state administered financial aid, University grants, community college fee waivers, and Cal Grants.

Eligibility:

  • No Social Security Number
  • Satisfaction of either of the following:
  1. High school attendance in California for three or more years, OR
  2. Attainment of credits earned in California from a California high school equivalent to three or more years of full-time high school coursework and a total of three or more years of attendance in California elementary schools, California secondary schools, or a combination of those schools.
  • Graduated or will graduate from a California high school or attainment of General Education Development (GED), High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), or Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), AND
  • Will register or enroll in an accredited and qualifying California college or university, AND
  • If applicable, complete(d) an affidavit to legalize immigration status as soon as you are eligible, AND
  • Do not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (F, J, H, L, A, B, C, D, E, etc.)*

*If you have Temporary Protected Status or hold a U Visa you meet this requirement

How to Apply:
You can apply online at: https://dream.csac.ca.gov/application/NewUserAccess.aspx. Or talk to the Financial Aid Office at Mendocino College.

Contact Information:
Mendocino Community College Financial Aid Office
1000 Hensley Creek Rd. Ukiah Ca 95482
MacMillan Hall Rm. 1130
Phone: 707-468-3110
Email: [email protected]

Elmer Albertson Trust Fund

Description:
The Elmer Albertson Trust Fund is a load program through Savings Bank of Mendocino County.

Eligibility:
All Mendocino and Lake County students are eligibility to apply.  A guarantor (co-borrower) is required and must meet our credit requirements such as good credit and the ability to repay this loan if the student is unable to.  A guarantor (co-borrower) can be waived if the student has established good credit and  full-time employment or sufficient income to repay this loan.
This program is available for any college/grad school/technical school
Loan amounts are $2,500.00 per year for students with a total of $10,000.00.  Students in the College Nursing Program or the Ukiah Adult Nursing Program are eligible for a loan in the amount of $5,000.00 for a total of $10,000.00.  The loans are all for a one year term at a rate of 5%.  At the end of the one year term interest is due and payable, if they are still in school they have the option of receiving another $2,500 ($5,000 for the nursing program) or deferring the loan until they are done with school and then repayment of the loan

How to Apply:
The students can pick up a loan package at the branch located at 200 North School Street in Ukiah by the courthouse or I am happy to mail them out.  The loan package must be completed, it is not difficult but takes about 30 minutes to maybe an hour depending on each individual and ask basic question like your name, age social security # etc.  There is also a basic 1 page financial statement for their current enrollment such as how much does school cost, books etc. and what savings/income they have.  There is also a letter of recommendation they need to have filed out by a teacher, mentor etc. and sent back to me. And papers for the guarantor (co-borrower) to complete.

Contact Information:
Lisa Doster by phone 707-462-6613 ext. 1245 or by email at [email protected]  I am always happy to speak to any student/parent/ guarantor (co-borrower) etc.

EOPS

Description:
Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) was established to help community college students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds succeed in their educational goals and transferring to a four-year institution.The EOPS Program enhances your educational success through academic counseling, textbook assistance, and a variety of valuable support services.

Eligibility:

  • California resident or AB540 student (Dream Act Eligible)
  • Enrolled in 12 or more units at Mendocino College
  • Eligible for BOGW (Fee Waiver) A or B
  • Demonstrated educational needs, as determined by EOPS Director/Counselor
  • Must have at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average
  • Must not have completed more than 48 degree-applicable units
  • Must not have completed an Associate degree

How to Apply:
Student submits an EOPS Application to the Financial Aid/EOPS Office. The application can be found on the Mendocino College website: https://www.mendocino.edu/student-services/support-programs/eops/how-apply-eops  EOPS Applications may also be submitted to the North County Center, the Lake Center, faxed to 707-468-3197, or emailed to [email protected]

Contact Information:
Mendocino Community College EOPS Office
1000 Hensley Creek Rd. Ukiah Ca 95482
MacMillan Hall Rm.1130
Phone: 707-468-3113
Email: [email protected]

Federal Pell Grant

Description:
Federal Pell Grant recipients can receive up to $5,920 per year (2017-18) up to six years to pay for any expenses while attending school.

Eligibility:
The Federal Pell Grant is available for Mendocino College students, Ukiah Adult School LVN program, and other AA or BA programs. Eligibility is based on:

  • Your cost of attendance and expected family contribution.
  • Whether attending full or part time;
  • You must not already have a bachelor’s degree.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
    • Note: If you are an AB540 eligible student that is not a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, you may qualify for California Dream Act eligibility.
  • Be registered with Selective Service (if required)
  • Be working toward a degree, certificate or eligible goal
  • Not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on a federal educational loan
  • Be a high school graduate or have the equivalent of a high school diploma, like a California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) or a High School Equivalent which includes GED or HiSET
  • Not have been convicted of drug possession or sales in the recent past

How to Apply:
To receive a Federal Pell Grant, you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. These forms can be found online at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ and click on “Start a New FAFSA). We recommend talking the Financial Aid office at the school you are attending before applying.

Contact Information:
Mendocino Community College Financial Aid Office
1000 Hensley Creek Rd. Ukiah Ca 95482
MacMillan Hall Rm. 1130
Phone: 707-468-3110
Email: [email protected]

Ukiah Adult School
1056 N.Bush St. Ukiah Ca 95482
Phone:707-463-5217

First Year Institute

Description:
The First Year Institute at Mendocino College, known as FYI, is a new program providing services to first year college students.  FYI is funded by a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) grant.  The purpose of this grant is to expand educational opportunities and improve the academic attainment of Hispanic students AND expand and enhance academic offerings, program quality and institutional stability. Benefits include having a designated college counselor, faculty mentors, student mentors/tutors, summer bridge program, visits to Universities, chromebook and calculator checkout and more.

Eligibility:
This program is for Mendocino College Students only. Students who meet one or more of the following criteria can participate in the First Year Institute:

  • Latino/a
  • First Generation College student (i.e., your parents didn’t complete a 4 year college degree)
  • Low Income
  • AB 540 (Dreamers)
  • Underrepresented Population (i.e., Native American, African American, Foster Youth, Homeless Youth or other underrepresented groups)
  • Are in their first year of college

How to Apply:
To apply stop by the Mendocino College Campus office 1200 MacMillan Hall or call teh outreach specialist Manuel Galicia 707-468-3000 x 6667.

Contact Information:
Mendocino Community College FYI Office
1000 Hensley Creek Rd. Ukiah Ca 95482
MacMillan Hall Rm. 1200
Phone: 707-467-1026
Email: [email protected]

Food Pantry

Description:
Mendocino College offers a food pantry on the Ukiah Campus. To access the pantry stop by the Student Services Office in MacMillan Hall Room 1000.

Eligibility:

  • Be a student enrolled in the current semester and regularly attending classes.
  • Be using the pantry on an emergency-only basis.

How to Apply:
No application required

Contact Information:
Mendocino Community College Student Services Office
1000 Hensley Creek Rd. Ukiah Ca 95482
MacMillan Hall Rm. 1000
Phone: 707-468-3105

FREE Bus Pass
Description:
Mendocino College offers free bus passes to any registered student.

Eligibility:
Be a registered student at Mendocino College

How to Apply:
Print out a copy of your schedule of classes and walk up to the library.

FREE & Subsidized Childcare

Description:
There are many programs in the region that offer FREE childcare for students. These programs include Mendocino College classes and ESL classes offered at the Coastal Adult School Anderson Valley Adult School and Mendocino College.  The Mendocino College Child Development Center is a preschool and child development center for children 18 months to 6 years old.

Eligibility:
Mendocino College-
Anderson Valley Adult School- Free childcare offered for students enrolled in any classes at Anderson Valley Adult School site.
Coastal Adult School- Participants in any ESL and/or Citizenship Class have access to free childcare- just show up to class!

How to Apply:

  • Mendocino College: If you are interested in applying for a slot at the center for your child, please complete the application(https://www.mendocino.edu/sites/default/files/docs/cdv/application_for_admission_17.pdf) and then:
    • Email it to [email protected], or
    • Mail it to Child Development Center, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah CA 95482
  • Anderson Valley Adult School: Registration for childcare takes place when you enroll in classes. For additional information please refer to the contact information below.
  • Coastal Adult School: Just show up to any ESL or Citizenship class and free childcare is provided. No application required!

Contact Information:

  • Mendocino College: Child Development Center (707) 468-3089
  • Anderson Valley: 707-895-2953 (leave a message)
  • Coastal Adult School- 961-3615 (leave a message)

FREE Classes

Description:
Many adult education classes are free to students. This includes High School Diploma Classes, HiSET and GED preparation Classes, Citizenship classes, ESL, Spanish literacy classes and more.

Eligibility:
There are no eligibility requirements to attend free classes at Adult Schools in our region.

How to Apply:
For the majority of Adult Education offerings in our region, you can simply show up at class locations to register. Anderson Valley Adult School has a specified registration period for many of their free classes. For information about all adult education offerings in our region please visit the ML ACE Website:  https://mendolakeace.org/. Or your can make an appointment with our ML ACE counselor. See the contact information below.

Contact Information:
Mendocino College ML ACE Office
1000 Hensley Creek Rd. Ukiah Ca 95482
Rm. 6650 (By the Big Red Barn at the Entrance to Campus)
Phone:707-467-1032
Visit ML ACE website https://mendolakeace.org/ for class offerings and locations

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Description:
A FSEOG is for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Recipients receive from $100 to $4000 a year (funds are limited) to pay for any expenses while attending school. Each school receives a set amount of FSEOG funds per year. Once those funds have been awarded to students, no more FSEOG funds can be made for that year. So, make sure that you apply for federal student aid as early as you can.

Eligibility:
The Federal Pell Grant is available for Mendocino College students and the Ukiah Adult School LVN program students who qualify. Eligibility is based on:

  • Your cost of attendance and expected family contribution.
  • Whether attending full or part time; (6 or more units)
  • You must not already have a bachelor’s degree.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
    • Note: If you are an AB540 eligible student that is not a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, you may qualify for California Dream Act eligibility.
  • Be registered with Selective Service (if required)
  • Be working toward a degree, certificate or eligible goal
  • Not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on a federal educational loan
  • Be a high school graduate or have the equivalent of a high school diploma, like a California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) or a High School Equivalent which includes GED or HiSET
  • Not have been convicted of drug possession or sales in the recent past

How to Apply:
To receive an FSEOG, you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. These forms can be found online at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ and click on “Start a New FASFA) or talk to the Financial Aid office at the school you are attending.

Contact Information:
Mendocino Community College Financial Aid Office
1000 Hensley Creek Rd. Ukiah Ca 95482
MacMillan Hall Rm. 1130
Phone: 707-468-3110
Email: [email protected]

HEP Program

Description:
The high school equivalency program (HEP) assists students who are migratory or seasonal farm workers and their families with attaining their high school equivalency certificate (GED or HiSET). The program provides free test preparation classes, free tutoring, books, transportation, paid examinations, academic excursions and vouchers for vision exams.

Eligibility:

  • 17 years of age or older
  • Have not earned a high school diploma
  • Have worked at least 75 days within the last two years in agriculture as a migrant or seasonal farmworker

How to Apply:
Stop by the HEP program located at Mendocino College Ukiah Campus rm 6650, or call 707-468-3000 ext. 6621

Contact Information:
Mendocino College ML ACE Office
1000 Hensley Creek Rd. Ukiah Ca 95482
Rm. 6650 (By the Big Red Barn at the Entrance to Campus)
Phone: 707-468-3000 ext. 6621
Email: [email protected]

MENDOCINO COLLEGE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

Description:

The Mendocino College Scholarship application period runs from January 2 to March 1 each year.The next scholarship application period begins on January 2, 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Eligibility:

You must meet one the following criteria to apply for a scholarship during the application period:

  • currently enrolled at Mendocino College and plan to attend Mendocino College in the fall
  • currently enrolled at Mendocino College and transferring to a 4-year university in the fall
  • graduating high school senior who will attend Mendocino College in the fall

How to Apply:

Mendocino College Foundation Scholarships

Immigration & Citizenship
Description:
Legal pathways to immigration and citizenship are available and within reach! California Human Development (CHD) is a leading expert in the field. We know the procedure inside and out, ensuring success for applicants and transforming people’s lives at an exemplary rate. Additionally, CHD provides subsidies to make the process affordable. By providing people with legal immigration pathways, they in turn find better work and higher education—taking a bite out of poverty and building stronger communities.
We assist people in obtaining legal status, work permits, renewing green cards, completing affidavits of support, and immigrating family members to the United States. We guide people through the process of completing and submitting citizen applications and help clients to pass their citizenship exams and interviews.

WE CAN HELP WITH:

  • Dream Act / Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Citizenship applications (N-400)
  • Renewal of Green Cards (I-90)
  • Petition to immigrate or legalize family members (I-130)
  • U Visas (for crime victims who assist investigations) and hardship waivers
  • Adjustment of status (I-485)
  • Waiver for unlawful presence (I-601A)

How to Apply:
Call to make an apt @ 707-291-6251

Contact Information:
Mendocino Community College
1000 Hensley Creek Rd. Ukiah Ca 95482
Office #6640, Grove Area
Phone: 707-291-6251

Indian Health Service Scholarships

Description:
The Indian Health Service (IHS) offers three scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students in order to educate and train health professionals to staff Indian health programs. We strive to develop our next generation of leaders, as well as help make the pursuit of a meaningful career in Indian health attainable for American Indian and Alaska Native students.

  • Preparatory Scholarship

Our Preparatory scholarship provides financial aid to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate students. Recipients must be members or descendents of federally recognized, state-recognized or terminated Tribes enrolled in preparatory courses or prerequisite courses leading to enrollment in an eligible health professions degree program.

  • Pre-Graduate Scholarship

Our Pre-Graduate scholarship provides financial aid to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate students. Recipients must be members or descendents of federally recognized, state-recognized or terminated Tribes enrolled in courses leading to a bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-podiatry and other subjects needed by the Indian health programs.

  • Health Professions Scholarship

Our Health Professions scholarship provides financial aid to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate- and graduate-level students. Recipients must be members of federally recognized Tribes and enrolled in an eligible health profession degree program. In exchange for financial aid, scholarship recipients agree to fulfill a service commitment in full-time clinical practice upon completion of their academic or post-graduate clinical training.

Eligibility:
Before you begin your application, confirm that you meet our eligibility requirements, as well as familiarize yourself with the agreement or contract associated with the scholarship that matches your academic pursuits.

  • Prep and Pre-Graduate Scholarship
      • Must be a United States citizen (US-born or naturalized) or US national to be considered for an IHS scholarship. Males 18 years or older must be registered for Selective Service. A copy of a driver’s license or a social security card will not be accepted as documentation of citizenship.
        • Documents that will be accepted as proof of citizenship include:
          • Copy of your birth certificate.
          • Current US Passport
          • Certificate of citizenship or naturalization
      • Must be a member or descendant of a federally recognized, state-recognized or terminated American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native village.
      • Be a high school graduate or the equivalent. Have a minimum 2.0 GPA. Be capable of completing a health profession degree program. Intend to serve Indian people as a health professional in your chosen discipline.
      • Preparatory and Pre-Graduate Scholarships: Be willing to sign an IHS Scholarship Program Agreement [PDF – 67 KB] documenting that you’re committed to continuing your education in your identified health profession degree program.
  • Health Professions Scholarship
    • Must be a United States citizen (US-born or naturalized) or US national to be considered for an IHS scholarship. Males 18 years or older must be registered for Selective Service. A copy of a driver’s license or a social security card will not be accepted as documentation of citizenship.
      • Documents that will be accepted as proof of citizenship include:
        • Copy of your birth certificate.
        • Current US Passport
        • Certificate of citizenship or naturalization
    • Must be a member of a federally recognized, state-recognized or terminated American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native village.
    • Be a high school graduate or the equivalent. Have a minimum 2.0 GPA. Be capable of completing a health profession degree program. Intend to serve Indian people as a health professional in your chosen discipline.
    • Preparatory and Pre-Graduate Scholarships: Be willing to sign an IHS Scholarship Program Agreement [PDF – 67 KB] documenting that you’re committed to continuing your education in your identified health profession degree program.
    • Health Professions Scholarship: Be willing to sign an IHS Scholarship Program Contract [PDF – 1.1 MB] agreeing to a minimum two-year service commitment to practice at an Indian health facility upon completion of your academic and/or post-graduate training.

How to Apply:
Apply online @ https://www.ihs.gov/scholarship/applynow/

Contract Information:
https://www.ihs.gov/scholarship/

Native American Resource Center

Description:
The Native American Student Resource Center is located on Mendocino College Ukiah campus and offers the following services: lending library (textbooks, ChromeBooks), mentoring, tutoring, assistance with tribal education funding, assistance with admission process, assistance with FAFSA, and visits to Universities.

Eligibility:
Current and prospective Mendocino College Native American students.

How to Apply:
No application required, just come by the center.

Contact Information:
Mendocino Community College Native American Resource Center
1000 Hensley Creek Rd. Ukiah Ca 95482
MacMillan Hall Rm. 1240 or by the Big Red Barn Rm 6210
Phone: 707-468-4603

Northern Circle Indian Housing Assistance

Description:
The Off-Reservation Rental Assistance Program is managed by the Management Department. The goal is to assist tribal members in renting decent, safe, and standard rental housing, to meet the housing needs of a greater number of tribal members by maximizing the resources available under NAHASDA and to alleviate the financial burden on tribal members renting homes in the private sector. The program strives to enable tribal members to rent homes in the private sector that better meet their family’s needs, to provide resources and referrals to assist families in achieving self sufficiency and to provide educational opportunities to help families create stable, healthy and affordable households.

First Time Homebuyers Program– assist tribal members in purchasing their first home providing home buying education, personal finance counseling, assistance in property identification, appraisal, purchase price negotiation, and completion of required inspections. The program goals are to assist in mortgage pre-approval, down payment assistance (DPA) and support throughout the home purchase process. In order to be eligible for down payment assistance, an applicant must meet the following requirements.

Eligibility:
Must be an enrolled Tribal member from one of the consortium Tribes

How to Apply:
http://www.nciha.org/index.html

Contact Information:
694 Pinoleville Drive
Ukiah CA 95482
(707) 468-1336, Fax (707) 468-5615

Promise Grant (BOG Fee Waiver)

Description:
For eligible California residents, the California Community Colleges Promise Grant permits enrollment fees to be waived. (Assistance for the purchase of books and supplies must be applied for separately.) At Mendocino College classes currently cost over $64 per unit. If you are eligible for the Promise Grant, classes at Mendocino College cost $16 per semester regardless of the number of units you take.

Eligibility:
The Promise Grant is for California Community College Classes Only. Eligibility is determined through the application process but to be eligible you must:

  • Have financial need
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
    • Note: If you are an AB540 eligible student that is not a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, you may qualify for California Dream Act eligibility.
  • Be registered with Selective Service (if required)
  • Be working toward a degree, certificate or eligible goal
  • Not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on a federal educational loan
  • Be a high school graduate or have the equivalent of a high school diploma, like a California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) or a High School Equivalent which includes GED or HiSET
  • Not have been convicted of drug possession or sales in the recent past

How to Apply:
To apply please visit the Financial Aid Office at Mendocino College and pick up a hard copy of the application or you can download and submit a PDF form from theicanaffordcollge.com  website.

Contact Information:
Mendocino Community College Financial Aid Office
1000 Hensley Creek Rd. Ukiah Ca 95482
MacMillan Hall Rm. 1130
Phone: 707-468-3110
Email: [email protected]

RCS Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) Program

Description:
Redwood Community Services (RCS) provides 1 on 1 services to eligible participants, which includes assessment of the participant’s ability to function in a work environment, work experience opportunities, job coaching, and employment services. Some services provide paid opportunities for the DOR participant. Funded by Ca. State Department of Rehabilitation (DOR).

Eligibility:

  • Individuals ages 16-30 years old, possibly older  who are disabled.
  • Must have a disability that can be verified by a clinician or the individual can be referred to DOR for an assessment and disability can be verified through the DOR process.

How to Apply:
Attend an Employment Services Orientation at the Arbor Youth Resource Center, 810 N. State St. Ukiah, CA 95482 any Thursday at 3:30 pm or contact Hiedi White at 707-972-0309.

Contact Information:
Arbor Youth Resource Center
810 N. State St. Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: 707-462-7267 or contact Hiedi White at 707-972-0309.

RCS CalWORKs Expanded Subsidized Employment (ESE) Program

Description:
The Redwood Community Services ESE program provides participants with subsidized employment and on-the-job training in various job classifications throughout RCS for 3-6 months. Permanent employment is the goal of each participant and successful clients should be encouraged to apply for regular employment positions within RCS. Participants are supported throughout their job assignment by their site supervisor and by the Employment Services Program Manager. Funded by the County of Mendocino.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a CalWORKs recipient and referred by an Employment Services Representatives at the County.
  • CalWORKs recipients are individuals who are pregnant or parenting and receive cash assistance.
  • If an RCS client is identified as receiving CalWORKs and the Employment Services Program Manager thinks the client could benefit from ESE, a reverse referral may be accepted by the County.

How to Apply:
Only eligible through referral process by county CalWORKs or identification as a CalWORKs participant. To apply for the county CalWORKs program refer to the CalWORKs section of this document.

Contact Information:
Kristen Lawson 707-489-2618

RCS Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Youth Program

Description:
Career and education assessments, career and education guidance, paid and unpaid work experience opportunities, supportive services and case management are some of the program offerings. Funded by the Workforce Alliance of the North Bay.

Eligibility:
A program for youth and young adults, ages 16-24 years old. Must be out of school, meaning not attending any school, including high school or college. Youth enrolled in Title II adult education are eligible.
Must have one or more of the following barriers to employment:

  • school dropout and has not received a diploma or its equivalent;
  • not attending school within the last school quarter and is within the age of compulsory school attendance;
  • pregnant or parenting;
  • homeless or runaway;
  • current or former foster child or living in out-of-home placement;
  • offender;
  • disabled;
  • basic skills deficient or ESL and low income;
  • and/or requires additional assistance and is low income.

 

How to Apply:

  • Ukiah: Attend an Employment Services Orientation at the Arbor Youth Resource Center, 810 N. State St. Ukiah, CA 95482 any Thursday at 3:30 pm or contact WIOA staff at (707) 462-7267.
  • Coast/ Fort Bragg: Contact Kim at (707) 272-2762
  • Lake County: Visit the Harbor Youth Resource Center at 16170 Main St. Suite F Lower Lake, CA 95457 and contact WIOA staff; or call (707) 972-0440 or (707) 994-5486.

Contact Information:
See above

SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF UKIAH LVN SCHOLARSHIP

Eligible applicants:
Students currently enrolled in the Ukiah Adult School LVN Program.

About the scholarship:
This scholarship is being offered to students who are enrolled in the Ukiah Adult School LVN Program and are planning a career in nursing.

Scholarship Award:
$1,000

Deadline:
April 20th

Application Form

SOROPTIMIST LIVE YOUR DREAM AWARD

Who can apply:
Women who provide the primary financial support for their families, and who are enrolled in or have been
accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.

Deadline:
November 15th
Information, Application Form and Reference Form

Tribal TANF

Description:
Empowering Native families to self-sufficiency through a path of tribal cultures, education, wellness and employment.  Provides assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes, reduces the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work and marriage, prevents and reduce out-of-wedlock pregnancies, and encourages the formation and maintenance two-parent families.

Eligibility:
An eligible Native American is one comprised of all natural children, stepchildren, adopted children, or a relative child (including non-Native Americans), under the age of 18 living with an eligible adult (defined as an adult supervising the family). At least one child of every family must be Native American for the purposes of cash assistance; for a child living with a non-Native American caretaker, the child must be Native American.

How to Apply:
Call or visit your local office.

Contact Information:
Round Valley Tribal TANF: Covelo, CA (707) 983-6100
CA Tribal TANF Partnership: 908 S. Main St. Lakeport, CA (707) 263-7534

Veteran’s Services

Description:
Veterans, service members and their families are eligible for education benefits like help paying tuition, help finding the right school or training program, and career counseling. Descriptions of services can be accesses online https://www.vets.gov/education/ , or Mendocino College can provide assistance with applying for and understanding VA Educational Benefits.

Eligibility:
Includes but is not limited to:

  • Active Duty Servicemember or Veteran
  • Member of the National Guard or Reserves
  • Qualified survivor or dependent

If you have questions about eligibility you can use the contact information provided below.

How to Apply:
To apply you must work with a trained professional with a Veterans Service Organization. Mendocino College has a Certifying Official who can help you with the application process. See contact information below.

Contact Information:
Mendocino College School Certifying Official Anastasia Simpson Logg
1000 Hensley Creek Rd. Ukiah Ca 95417
ph: 707-468-3101
email: [email protected]
Website: https://www.vets.gov/education/

Work Study

Description:
If eligible, work study students can receive federal funds to work at a California Community College while attending school. Students receive a maximum amount that can be earned and then must find a job on campus to earn the funds allocated. At Mendocino College work study opportunities are posted around campus and include working in administration, and for teachers of specific disciplines such as: athletics, agriculture, computer science and more.

Eligibility:
Dependent on academic, financial and eligibility requirements

How to Apply:
Work study applications are completed by a two step process. 1) complete your FAFSA.  You can do this online https://fafsa.ed.gov/ . 2) Ask to be placed on the Work Study waiting list at the Mendocino Community Community College Financial Aid Office, Room 1130 MacMillan Hall. There are limited awards available so students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA process early and contact the Financial Aid Office to be place on the work study waitlist.

Contact Information:
Mendocino Community College Financial Aid Office
1000 Hensley Creek Rd. Ukiah Ca 95482
MacMillan Hall Rm. 1130
Phone: 707-468-3110
Email: [email protected]