It is generally easy to get financial aid at City College. Because City College serves a large group of financially-disadvantaged students, the Financial Aid Office is always crowded at the beginning of the semester. It is good to have your FAFSA filed and ready and not to wait until the last minute to see a financial aid counselor. In general, every student in need will get some kind of financial aid.
There are various federal- and state-level aids, and there are additional financial aid programs for special groups of students. Beyond that, there is also additional help provided by the EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs and Services) program at City College. Students are often given MUNI (San Francisco transportation) passes, book vouchers, and food coupons. In addition, there is also a large number of scholarships provided by numerous organizations and school departments, available to students of various backgrounds.