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Overview of Financial Aid Process


After the FAFSA: What Happens Next


Types of Federal Student Aid


Financial Aid

When do I submit my financial aid application?

FAFSA- October 1-March 2 (priority deadline)

California Dream Act- January 1-March 2

What financial aid application should I complete?

FAFSA is for citizens & permanent residents

California Dream Act is for students who are undocumented

Which tax return do I use?

For class of 2018 you will use 2016 tax returns

Senior Scholarship Workshops

Scholarship Workshops- 12/5 & 12/11

Financial Aid Night Presentation



Some colleges also require that students complete the CSS Profile in order to be considered for institutional aid.  Students should check each school's financial aid site to determine what the requirements are for financial aid.


These are funds that are awarded to students without expectation of repayment (sometimes referred to as "gift" aid).  Sources of grants include federal and state governments, colleges, and private organizations. 

The Cal Grant is a grant offered to students who live in California and plan to attend college in California.  To apply for the Cal Grant, students need to complete the FAFSA (www.fafsa.gov).  The district will submit the other required document, the GPA verification form, so there is no need for students to do this.

Useful websites:

Naviance Family Connection (a list of scholarships is available under the "Colleges" tab under "Scholarship List")

FastWeb (general scholarship search)

FinAid (general scholarship search)

Chegg (general scholarship search)

Student Scholarships (general scholarship search)

UNCF (scholarships for African American students)

HSF (scholarships for Latino students)

APIASF (scholarships for Asian Americans)

NCAA (scholarships for athletes)

Cal Grants (Cal Grant information)

Western Undergraduate Exchange (discounted tuition for California students at some western area public universities)

Free Online Scholarship Searches

Many scholarships are also offered by individual colleges and universities.  Check their Financial Aid websites for scholarship details.



The Federal Work-Study program allows students work either on or off campus for an hourly salary.  Some colleges have other student employment options either on or off campus. In order to qualify for Work-Study, students must complete the FAFSA

Work-Study Information



Loans should be a student's last source of aid that is used to pay for college.  Loans are borrowed by students and parents to help meet college costs and must be repaid with interest.  Some interest rates are better than others, so do the research carefully. 

Stafford Loans

PLUS Loans (loans for parents to assist with a student's education)


Resources for this page: Meeting College Costs by the College Board and Fund Your Future, a publication by the California Student Aid Commission.