Financial Aid


There are three main types of financial aid:
  • Loans that have to be repaid
  • Grants and scholarships that do not have to be repaid
  • Employment programs, such as work-study, that allow students to earn money and gain job experience while still in school
  • Completing the FAFSA allows you to be considered for financial aid from federal, state and college sources – and it’s FREE to fill out.
  • The FAFSA is available online October 1st. Submit the FAFSA by the earliest date to receive the most aid possible. You can request your FAFSA be sent to several colleges.
  • Remember to reapply every year.
CA Dream Act
  • The California Dream Act allows certain students who meet the requirements to apply for and receive state financial aid at California public and private colleges and private scholarships administered by California public colleges.
  • The CA Dream Act is available online January 1st. After completing the application, check with your college on any other forms they may require.
  • Remember to reapply every year.
Click Here to apply for CA Dream Act

Here are some additional financial aid resources available on the internet:

CSS/Financial Aid Profile is an online application that collects information used by almost 400 colleges and scholarship programs to award financial aid from sources outside of the federal government. After you fill out the application, College Board sends it to the colleges and scholarship programs you have chosen. Not all colleges and scholarship programs require the PROFILE. Check with the ones you are interested in to see if they require it.

Federal Student Aid has in-depth information on federal student aid programs, applying for financial aid, and repaying student loans.