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Financial Aid for College

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Scholarshare 529 College Savings Plan:
First and foremost, students and their families are encourage to save money for college expenses. The state of California offers ScholarShare, a federal tax code 529 College Savings Plan, is a federal and state tax-free program as long as it is used later for qualified college expenses. You can open an account with as little as $15 when setting up automatic investments and choose from a number of low-cost investment options that allow you to watch the investment grow over time. The money can then be used at any accredited college nationwide as well as many international schools. Learn more by visiting their website or calling toll-free 800-544-5248.

Programs that help you pay for college...

Financial Aid is a general term encompassing all different sources of money to help you pay for your college education.  While most colleges expect you and your family to contribute toward your education, financial aid can help narrow the gap between your resources and the costs.  The following types of financial aid are available from the federal government, states, colleges and private sources:

  • GRANTS: Money you don't have to repay and are typically based on financial need.
  • SCHOLARSHIPS:  Free money for college and usually based on your area of study or merit, such as good grades, high test scores, athletic, musical or other special talents, leadership, community service, and sometimes financial need.
  • WORK STUDY:  Program that allows you to earn money through certain jobs on or off campus to help pay for your education.
  • LOANS:  Borrowed money that you must pay back, usually with interest.

Financial Aid Night for Parents:

October 1st was the first day you can submit your financial aid (FAFSA) forms. Financial aid is first come, first served, so make sure you submit your application as soon as possible.

If you missed the first Financial Aid Night for Parents, there will be three more held on 10/13, 10/21 and 10/26 from 6:00PM-7:30PM (Virtual),   the same information will be shared each week, so there is   no need for families to sign up for more than one. I will pass along Ms. Cooper's presentation slides after all her presentations are done.

Event Details:

"What You Need to Know About Financial Aid" for high school parents and students. Staff from Stanford's Financial Aid Office will discuss the financial aid application process to any college or university for current high school seniors and their parents. Juniors, sophomores and their parents are welcome as well. They will share tips about submitting the FAFSA and understanding the financial aid process.

Dates & Registration Links:

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 6:00 PM

Thursday, October 21, 2021 6:00 PM

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 6:00 PM

Financial Aid Forms

Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA:  Due March 2

The first step to determine if you qualify for financial aid for college is to complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) between October 1st and March 2nd of senior year. This is a detailed financial form that your parents will need to contribute information to as well. Each year the College and Career Center hosts an evening Financial Aid Workshop for parents and students in the fall--date will be posted on the Counseling/College and Career Calendar link to the left.

In order to complete the FAFSA, all students must have a Social Security Number and be a U.S. citizen -or- have an Alien Registration Number.

Cal Grant GPA Verification Form
CAL GRANT: The Cal Grant is based on information from the FAFSA, so this form must be completed and submitted online (see above). For Seniors planning to attend a California college or university, your GPA along with your State California ID Number, have been sent by the school district to the Cal Grant program for processing.  No longer will students need to submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form.
March 2nd is the deadline for FINANCIAL AID!

California Dream Act:  AB540 Requirements

A student who meets all of the following requirements shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at the California State Universities (CSU and UC) and the California Community Colleges:

(1) High school attendance in California for three or more years

(2) Graduation from a California high school or attainment of the equivalent thereof.

(3) Registration as an entering student at, or current enrollment at, an accredited institution of higher education in California not earlier than the fall semester or quarter of the 2001-02 academic year.

(4) In the case of a person without lawful immigration status, the filing of an affidavit with the institution of higher education stating that the student has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so.

CCS Profile:

This profile is required by some colleges to provide them with more detailed information about the financial status of the student's family so that the college can make a more informed decision about the financial aid the college can offer.

Financial Aid websites:

Government Student Aid

Government Loans for Education