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Financial Aid & Scholarships

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.

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.

Remember - every student can attend college and there is financial help available to you!

 
SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID AT A GLANCE
 
Many types of scholarships and financial aid options are available for all students.
 
 
* Information above is subject to change. Please speak with Ms Beas for more information about these and other types of financial aid and scholarships available to you.
 
SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION
 

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.

 
SCHOLARSHIP
SEARCH ENGINES 
 
 
 
Naviance College Organizer www.connection.naviance.com/delmar
 
 
Fastweb Scholarship Search https://www.fastweb.com/
 
 
Unigo Scholarship Finder https://www.unigo.com/
 
 
College Board Scholarship Search https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search
 
 
Peterson's Scholarship Search https://www.petersons.com/college-search/scholarship-search.aspx
 
 
Sallie Mae College Scholarships https://www.salliemae.com/college-planning/college-scholarships/
 
 
Common Knowledge
Scholarship Foundation
http://www.cksf.org/index.cfm?Page=Scholarships
 
 
Scholly Scholarship Finder
Mobile App (at a fee)
https://myscholly.com/
 
FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID
 
 
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 ...
 
 
For more information about FAFSA, please visit https://fafsa.gov.
 
CALIFORNIA DREAM ACT
 
 

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 ...
 
 
For more information about the California DREAM Act, please visit https://dream.csac.ca.gov.