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Summer Semester Starts

As we congratulate our students at commencement and get ready for summer, we also welcome our new students for the fall. Some of us will be going on vacations, staycations and others will be studying. Palomar offers summer school sessions for those of you who want to finish some electives early or learn new skills. The summer school schedule is compressed and depending on the class you can still make time to vacation somewhere. Below is a layout of the summer school sessions so you can plan around those dates.

4 Week Sessions



Session 1 6/26/23 7/22/23
Session 2 7/24/23 8/17/23

6 Week Sessions



Session 1 6/12/23 7/22/23

8 Week Sessions



Session 1 5/30/23 7/22/23
Session 2 6/26/23 8/19/23

You can use the online class search to choose a summer class. If you need help adding classes please reach out here for an appointment and an NCEOC Advisor will assist you.

Time to Renew your FAFSA® 23-24

Federal Student Aid LogoFor all students who are attending Summer and Fall '23, please remember to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) 23-24 application. Please remember the FAFSA® application has to be renewed every academic year, an academic year is measured from Fall to Spring. If you attended spring and are doing summer school you should have both applications 22-23 (previous) and 23-24 (upcoming) completed. There is some overlap for types of financial aid you can receive. For Summer '23 you will need to complete a FAFSA® 22-23 to receive Pell Grant during the summer and FAFSA® 23-24 to receive CCCPG during the summer. For more details or if you need help filling out a FAFSA® application you can make an appointment here with an NCEOC Advisor.

Financial Aid Types

Financial Aid comes in different forms, free money, earned money and borrowed money. To get started with Financial Aid at your College or University, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Below we will go into detail about the types of aid available and how to receive an award.

Financial Aid by Semester

Below is a general guide for financial aid availability, per semester. It is important to do your FAFSA® as soon as the application is available (October 1st). For CalGrant you must complete a FAFSA® or California Dream Act Application before March 2nd to receive CalGrant for Fall of the same year.

  • For Palomar College disbursement dates click here
  • For a detailed description of Grants available click here

FAFSA® 2022-2023

Summer 2022

Fall 2022

Spring 2023

Summer 2023

Pell Grant
As long as you attended Spring '22
Pell Grant Pell Grant Pell Grant
As long as you attended Spring '22
CalGrant CalGrant

FAFSA® 2023-2024

Summer 2023

Fall 2023

Spring 2024

Summer 2024

Pell Grant
As long as you attended Spring '23
Pell Grant Pell Grant Pell Grant
As long as you attended Spring '23
CalGrant CalGrant

TRIO NCEOC Student Spotlight

Rachel Alazar

I was a pre-nursing student at Palomar College from 2018 to 2023. When I was in high school, my father was informed by doctors that he needed to retire, severely cutting our finances. I explored many options to pursue my education, but ultimately I chose Palomar as my home. Palomar College offered a vast array of financial, educational, and personal resources to students, especially those in need. A resource that struck me, in particular, was the North County Educational Opportunity Center (NCEOC) which provided assistance with understanding how to apply for financial aid, registration assistance, and more.

During my time at Palomar, thanks to the guidance offered by the NCEOC and other departments like Student Life & Leadership, I was able to excel at Palomar. I served as a student trustee for our Associated Student Government and as chapter president of Palomar’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society. In addition, inspired by the gracious assistance from the NCEOC and in hopes I can do the same for future students, I work as a peer mentor for Palomar’s Student Success and Counseling Services departments.

After five years, I will be transferring to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) as a nursing major. I am incredibly grateful for the assistance provided by NCEOC for showing me that such a pathway is possible regardless of financial/educational/personal means.

Community Event | August 1st 2023

39th Annual National Night Out Against Crime

Escondido Public Library

Every first Tuesday of August, everywhere int he United States, folks celebrate National Night Out Against Crime. Locally Escondido City invited the community for an event to promote Police-community partnerships. Local law-enforcement showcased safety vehicles and shared information about crime prevention, drug prevention, violence prevention and safety in our communities. Escondido Education Compact together with the Escondido Police Department put an amazing event with food, music, and prizes for the community. Some highlights include Officers dance off with the kids, drone showcase, Fire Engine and SWAT vehicle tour, and a raffle with a lot of bicycles for the kids.

Over 30 Million people in cities around the country attend this event. To learn more about the nationwide aspects of the event you can visit the Nation Night Out website here.

Community Event | August 9th 2023

Welcome Day Resource Fair

Palomar College, San Marcos

EOPS and TRIO SSS teamed up to put together a welcome day resource fair for students. The fair included food and a presentation, with a resource fair before and afterwards to inform incoming students. Students from High Schools, current students and new returning students all were invited and in attendance. Some of the tables gave prizes and others were very informative. We were out in full force assisting students and educating them about Financial Aid and how it works and who to go for assistance for other questions.

What is

TRIO is a group of 8 Federally Funded programs for students. TRIO programs are student service and outreach programs designed to identify and provide assistance to disadvantaged communities. TRIO includes 7 student programs and 1 program for training program directors. All TRIO programs serve and assist low-income individuals, first generation college students and disabled students progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. The existence of TRIO is thanks to the Higher Education Act of 1965 and President Lyndon B. Johnson's war on poverty.

TRIO is not an acronym, it was named after the first three programs: Upward Bound, Talent Search and Student Support Services.

Who is

The North County Educational Opportunity Center (NCEOC) program is sponsored by Palomar College and funded by the U.S Department of Education.

The program is designed to identify and assist adults who want to enter, re-enter, continue, or enroll in a program of postsecondary education. NCEOC is dedicated to providing quality information, guidance, and services pertaining to education. Staff can assist individuals with exploring career paths, planning their education and where to go to school.

How do I qualify?

NCEOC is a federally-funded TRIO Program by the U.S. Department of Education. Services are FREE of charge for participating students and their families.

  • Citizen or permanent resident
  • At least 19 years of age
  • Interested in enrolling in a high school diploma, GED program, or in a program of post-secondary education
  • First Generation College student or considered a low-income individual (See chart below)
Size of Family Unit Taxable Income Size of Family Unit Taxable Income
1 $21,870 5 $52,710
2 $29,580 6 $60,420
3 $37,290 7 $68,130
4 $45,000 8 $75,840

Who Should Apply

This program is designed for adults looking to further their education. Encouraged to apply are:

  • Parents of Head Start children
  • Single heads of households
  • CalWorks recipients
  • Persons who did not complete high school or college
  • High school graduates with no post-secondary education or dropouts
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Persons with limited English proficiency
  • Justice-involved individuals
  • Veterans

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