Federal Financial Aid Eligibility

Eligibility for financial aid at CET is based on need.  Financial need is defined as the difference between a student’s cost of attendance at CET and the family’s, or student’s, calculated ability to pay these expenses.  In addition, to be eligible for financial aid a student must:


  • Demonstrate financial need, except for Unsubsidized and Plus loan programs.
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED). 
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible program.
  • Be a citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
  • Not owe money on a federal student grant or must have made satisfactory arrangements to repay it.
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan or have made satisfactory arrangements to repay it.
  • Notify the school if the student defaults on a federal student loan.
  • Be making satisfactory progress.
  • Be registered with the selective service, if required.
  • Certify that the student will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.


Any student who is subject to an involuntary civil commitment as defined in HEA Section 104(b)(7) after completing a period of incarceration for a forcible or non-forcible sexual offense is ineligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant.

A student who is convicted, while in training of any offense under Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance will lose financial aid eligibility.

The HEOA provides maximum Pell Grant eligibility for a student whose parent or guardian was a member of the armed forces and died as a result of performing military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after 9/11/2001, provided that the child was under 24 years of age.


CA Grant Eligibility

Ask your financial aid advisor whether or not Cal Grant is currently available for CET California branches.  In addition, to be eligible for Cal Grant, a student must:

  • Be a California resident as defined by the California Education Code 68017, which establishes a student resident as someone who has resided in the State for more than one year immediately preceding the residence determination date.
  • The Ability-to-Benefit requirement for federal aid does not apply to Cal Grant.