You can afford college! This page includes an overview of the different types of financial aid as well as helpful resources for scholarships, FAFSA and more!

4 SOURCES OF FINANCIAL AID

  • Federal Aid
  • State Aid
  • Institutional (College) Aid
  • Private (Individuals and Organizations)

4 TYPES OF FINANCIAL AID

  • Scholarships (Gift Aid)
  • Grants (Gift Aid)
  • Work-Study (Student Contribution)
  • Loans (Student and Parent Contribution

AB-540 AND DREAM ACT

Who Files for Dream Act?

Students who meet the requirements of AB-540:

  • Attend a California High School for at least 3 years.
  • Graduate from a California High School or equivalent (GED).
  • Enroll in an accredited California college or University.
  • Sign an affidavit pledging to apply for permanent residency as soon as possible. Or California students who have applied for or received approval for deferred action (DACA).

Steps to apply for the Dream Act:

  1. Complete your Dream Act application at www.csac.ca.gov
  2. Sign and complete a Cal Grant GPA verification form.
  3. Sign the Dream Act application or request our parent PIN.

 

Helpful Items to have for Dream Act Application Assistance:

  • Father’s/Mother’s individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN), if he/she has one.
  • Federal income tax forms and W2 forms (other records of money earned).
  • Documentation of investments, if applicable.

 

RESOURCES FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID

Applying for Financial Aid:

www.fafsa.ed.gov -FAFSA online

www.calgrants.org -The official Cal Grant website

www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov -Estimate financial aid

http://priofileonline.collegeboard.com -CSS (Profile registration for exclusive private schools)

www.simpletuition.com/home -Use this site to compare student loan options

Online Financial Aid Updates

www.csac.ca.gov/types/grants-scholarships/pell -Federal Pell Grant Program

www.nasfaa.org -National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

Scholarship Websites

www.fastweb.com

www.hsf.net -Hispanic Scholarship Fund

www.latinocollegedollars.org -Many scholarships for undocumented students

www.ladori.org -Latino Scholars for Dollars

www.brokescholar.com

www.collegegreenlight.com -For first-generation and underrepresented students

www.princetonreview.com -Complete a questionnaire and search. Helpful in finding scholarships for individual schools.

www.collegeanswer.com -Good general info about financial aid & scholarships based on need

www.studentawards.com

www.scholarships.com -Provides both financial aid and scholarship information

www.asianpacificfund.org/scholarships -Directed at Asian students

www.srnexpress.com

www.college-scholarships.com

www.supercollege.com

www.scholaraid.com

www.malldef.org/pdf/scholarships.pdf

 

AVOID SCHOLARSHIP SCAMS!

  • Do not give out your Social Security Number or pay any money for scholarship information
  • Financial Aid should NEVER cost you anything
  • Consult with your counselor if you have received a scholarship offer that seems suspicious