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:
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|
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.
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|FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID|
|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 ...
|WUE - WESTERN UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE|
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: wiche.edu/wue.)