Financial Aid & Scholarships

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Cash4College is an event sponsored by CSAC California Student Aid Commission to support the families of 12th grade students with completing the FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid or CADAA California Dream Act Application. October 1, 2021 is the open date for financial aid applications to be completed for the fall 2022 school year.

CSAC is offering multiple dates and virtual meeting locations to accommodate parent schedules. You DO NOT have to wait for the Del Mar High School date on November 16, 2021 if there is a conflict with your work schedule. Feel free to choose any date or virtual location that you are able to attend!

Each family will have a one on one in a breakout room on ZOOM with a financial aid representative. Students need to complete their financial aid application by March 2nd to be eligible for the CAL-Grant. To learn more about services offered by CSAC, please visit


To review eligibility requirements and register for any FAFSA/CADAA event, please visit the websites below.

FAFSA Eligibility Requirements:

CADAA Eligibility Requirements:

Cal Grant Eligibility Requirements:

To register for Del Mar's or any other CSAC event:



On this page, you will find information on the following topics:
  • Understanding Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Federal Student Aid & Grants at a Glance
  • General Scholarship Information
  • LGBTQ Students' Scholarship Websites
  • International Scholarship Websites
  • General Scholarship Search Engines
  • Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA) - Information and Video 
  • California Dream Act - Information and Video
  • Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Program Information and Brochure
For more information on financial aid, scholarships, and assistance when completing your FAFSA, please contact your Guidance Counselor.

Choosing how to pay for college or vocational school is one of the first major financial decisions you will make as a young adult because it is likely the most expensive thing you have had to pay for at this stage of life. This is why it requires significant planning and support from family. Remember - every student can attend college and there is financial help available to you!

When talking with your family about the costs of college, consider the five main categories of college expenses:

  • Tuition fees: the price colleges charge for classes, usually based on number of units you are taking.
  • Room and board: housing, on or off campus, food and utilities.
  • Course costs: books, supplies, equipment, etc.
  • Personal expenses: laundry, cell phone bill, dining out, clothing, etc.
  • Transportation costs: gas for driving to campus or visiting home, vehicle maintenance like oil changes, on-campus parking, or public transportation.

College costs vary depending on what college you go to and how much financial aid you receive. Although the average college tuition ranges from $3,440 - $32,410 depending on the type of school you select, the amount you pay may be much lower due to grants, scholarships, and other federal student aid awarded to you.

To learn more about Financial Aid, if you qualify, and how to apply, please review the document below. You may also download this resource, at:


There are several federal student aid options available to students.  The document below explains the types of financial aid and grants that you may apply for. You may also download this resource, at:
*Please note this information is subject to change. For the most current information, please visit the FAFSA website, at:

A scholarship is money awarded to a student to help pay for his/her college education expenses. Scholarships, like grants, are monetary gifts that do not need to be repaid. Where grants are monetary gifts from public sources (from federal and state governments,) scholarships generally come from private sources.

There are a wide variety of scholarships offered in varying amounts and for various purposes. For example, a scholarship may cover the entire cost of your tuition or it might be a one-time award of a few hundred dollars. Either way, scholarships are worth applying for because they can help reduce the cost of your education.  Use the websites below to search for scholarships.





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Federal Student Aid Scholarship Search
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Naviance College Organizer
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Fastweb Scholarship Search
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Unigo Scholarship Finder
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College Board Scholarship Search
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Peterson's Scholarship Search
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Sallie Mae College Scholarships
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Common Knowledge
Scholarship Foundation
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Scholly Scholarship Finder
Mobile App (at a fee)
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Completing the FAFSA is the first step toward getting federal financial aid and state financial aid for college, vocational training, or graduate school. Many states and colleges use the information you provide on the FAFSA to determine your eligibility for state and school aid. Some private financial aid providers may also use your FAFSA information to determine if you qualify for financial aid they offer. If you do not complete the FAFSA, some schools will not even consider you for academic and non-academic scholarships that they offer.  Learn more ...
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For more information about FAFSA, please visit
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It can feel overwhelming to figure out how to pay for college as an undocumented student.  However, you have access to financial aid options that help reduce the financial barriers to pursuing your educational goals.

Financial aid refers to scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans that help students pay for college. Undocumented students who qualify under Assembly Bill (AB) 540 criteria can apply for financial aid by submitting the California Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (Dream) Act Application. As a state law, the California Dream Act is separate from the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Undocumented students in California can still apply for financial aid without DACA status.

Please note: if you qualify under AB 540, you must complete the California Dream Act application as soon as possible or before March 2nd of your senior year of high school.  Learn more ...
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For more information about the California DREAM Act, please view the document below or visit

WUE is the Western Undergraduate Exchange, a program coordinated by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Through WUE, students in Western states may enroll in participating two-year and four-year public college programs at a reduced tuition level - up to 150% of the institution’s regular resident tuition. WUE tuition is considerably less than nonresident tuition. (Source:


Learn more below, and for additional information, please visit