Financial Aid

  • College is expensive, and costs are rising each year. But financial aid makes paying for college easier. Financial aid comes in two basic forms: gift aid, such as grants and scholarships that do not have to be repaid, and self-help, such as loans (which must be repaid-with interest) and work-study (part-time jobs on campus). Do not eliminate a college because you think it costs too much. There are many types of aid available if you and your family qualify.

    FAFSA Frequently Asked Questions
    CADAA Frequently Asked Questions


FAFSA and the California Dream Act Application

  • Starting in the 2022-23 school year, high schools and school districts must ensure that 12th graders complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CA Dream Act Application (CADAA).

  • FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid

    To apply for need-based aid, you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is a free form required to determine your eligibility for financial aid, including grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study.

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    FAFSA Information and Requirements

  • CADAA - California Dream Act Application

    The California Dream Act Application (CADAA) allows undocumented students who meet certain criteria to apply for financial aid. The CADAA is one of the most important forms to fill out in regard to a college education and should be completed every academic year. 

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    CADAA Information and Requirements


General Principles About Financial Aid

  • Overview

  • What is Need-Based Aid?

  • Financial Aid Eligibility Equation

  • Private and Public School Financial Aid

  • Know Your Deadlines!