The following internet sites may be helpful to you as you research ways to finance your education after high school. It is also important to explore additional opportunities through your employer, your parents’ employers, or any organization with which you or your parents may have an affiliation. Many of the links also provide valuable “how to” guidance with respect to available financial aid, scholarship search and application processes, scholarship application essay writing, and financial planning and tax guidance.
California Student Aid Commission (www.csac.ca.gov) Grants, scholarships, loans and more.....
Cal Grants are one of the smartest ways to get cash for college. For starters, it's money you don't have to pay back. If you're a graduating high school senior or recent graduate, meet academic, financial and eligibility requirements and submit two forms by the Cal Grant deadline, you may receive a Cal Grant!
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) www.FAFSA.ed.gov
Applications start October of your senior year. It is recommended that you complete and submit your FAFSA as soon as possible on or after October 1st. Your parents must use the previous year's tax information. In a few simple steps, most students and parents who filed their tax returns can transfer their tax information directly into therir FAFSA application.
Financial Aid for California Community College students. Find many different types of financial aid available year round at California Community Colleges that directly connect you with events in your area where you can get free professional assistance completing financial aid forms.
This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools -- on or off the web. Access to FinAid is free for all users and there is no charge to link to the siteFedMoney.org is the most comprehensive free full-text online resource on all U.S. government grants and student financial aid programs. Here you will find detailed and up-to-date information about who can apply how to apply + contact info for over 240 government loans and grants (scholarships, fellowships, traineeships) related to education!
www.studentaid.ed.gov - Federal student aid site
www.scholarshare.com - California College Savings Plan
www.mappingyourfuture.org – Finding out the true cost of college.