Financial Aid


Direct Loans

Direct Loans (A student loan formerly known as a Stafford Loan) are available to qualifying students for most of our programs. A Direct Loan may be available for students who meet the Federal guidelines for this type of financial aid. The purpose of the direct loan is to assist students with fees related to school attendance.  CAJ school policy states “Direct Loans related to programs under one year will be certified only for program costs not already covered by PELL and/or other scholarships.” (CAJ Financial Aid Policy Manual, 2019)

To Apply for a Direct Loan

  1. Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online at The federal school code for the Charles A. Jones Career and Education Center is 009509.
  2. Go to to apply for a loan. You will be asked to find your school.  Look for “Sacramento City Unified School District.” (For assistance with this website, call 1-800-557-7394). You must apply for a PIN number first. (You may already have this from your FAFSA application… yes… it is the same PIN as the FAFSA.)
  3. E-sign the Master Promissory Note (MPN)
  4. Attend “entrance counseling” which can be found on the same website.

Pell Grants

A PELL Grant may be available for students who meet the Federal guidelines for this type of financial aid.

NOTE: This is a federal grant, not a loan. It is provided to qualifying students to help with school costs. It is not intended to pay household bills. Click here for the government’s Net Price Calculator that will give an estimate based on the price of attendance and financial aid provided to students in a previous year.

You may not qualify for a PELL Grant if:

  • Your income is too high
  • You are a male who did not register for Selective Service by their 26th birthday
  • You already have a degree (BA, BS, or higher)
  • You were recently convicted of a felony drug charge for sales or possession of a controlled substance while receiving financial aid.
  • You have defaulted on a student loan.
  • You do not have a high school diploma, GED/HiSET, or an Ability to Benefit test (ATB)
  • Be sure to bring income verification for wages, AFDC, Social Security, SSI, spousal and child support, and/or alimony.

To Apply for a Pell Grant

  1. Go to the government’s official FAFSA application form at
  2. Fill out the form using our school code of 009509 where applicable.
  3. Upon successful submission, you will receive a confirmation page and a PIN number.  Make sure you write this down and keep it in a safe place because you will need it for future use or PRINT THIS PAGE FOR YOUR RECORDS.
  4. After a minimum of 5 working days, bring your confirmation page and copies of all applicable documents (listed on the reverse side of this “Financial Aid Procedures” brochure) to the Financial Aid Office. IMPORTANT: Be sure all documents are copies of the originals. We will not accept any original documentation, no copies will be made on site, and all copies brought will become the property of the Financial Aid Office.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This page lists all Charles A. Jones Career and Education Center programs that are required to disclose Gainful Employment information and links to that Gainful Employment Disclosure information.

Administrative Assistant

A+/CISCO (CCENT) Network+ Preparation

Court Reporting/Court Reporter

Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation, and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician (HVAC)

Medical/Clinical Assistant

Optometric Technician/Assistant

Pharmacy Technician

Vocational Nursing


Placement Rate Calculations Explanation

  In order to calculate the placement rate in each program, the total completers employed in positions related to the field of instruction was divided by the difference of total completers and non-graduate completers employed in positions related to the field of instruction. All students who fell within the following categories were taken into account for the outcome of this calculation with no exclusions:

     Total completers employed, graduate completers employed in positions unrelated to field of instruction, graduate completers waiting to take licensure exam plus graduate completers who are awaiting results, graduate completers unavailable for employment, graduate completers who refused employment, graduate completers seeking employment/status unknown.

Placement rates for each program can be found within the Gainful Employment Disclosures by clicking any of the program links listed above. More recent placement rates can be found at the bottom of each program page in our program catalog.