Paying for College
APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID
In order to receive financial aid for a four-year university/college, community college, vocational or technical school, students will need to complete either a FAFSA or Dream Act application. Please read below for further information.
FAFSA (FREE Application for Federal Student Aid) <<*please follow the link to access application*
- Be a US citizen or Permanent Resident (have a green card/eligible non-citizen)
- Have a valid Social Security Number
- Have a high school diploma or recognized equivalent, such as a GED
Note: Students completing a FAFSA application will also need to create a FAFSA ID.
California Dream Act Application <<*please follow the link to access application*
The California Dream Act is designed to provide undocumented students who are eligible for AB540/AB2000 access to financial aid.
*To qualify for AB540/AB2000, students must have:
- attended a high school (public or private) in California for three or more years, OR
- attained credits earned in California from a California high school equivalent to three or more years of full-time high school coursework and attended a combination of elementary, middle and/or high schools in California for a total of three or more years AND
UNDERSTANDING YOUR FINANCIAL AID AWARD PACKAGE
- Federal (Pell Grants)
- Institutional (college/university)
- State (Cal Grants A/B/C)
- Federal Student Loans
- Cost of Attendance (COA) - an estimate of what you can expect to pay for tuition & fees, room & board, books & supplies, & personal expenses for one year.
- Expected Family Contribution (EFC) - an index that colleges use to determine financial aid eligibility.