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Financial Aid

Types of Financial Aid
  • Gift Aid-grants or scholarships that do not need to be repaid
  • Work-money earned by the student as payment for a job on or off campus
  • Loans-borrowed money to be paid back, usually with interest

Necessary Documents
  • FAFSA-Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • Cal Grant GPA Verification Form
  • Other applications/forms as required by the college, such as
*Institutional Scholarship and/or Financial Aid Application
  • Federal Tax Returns (along with schedules and W-2's) or other income documentation

Cal Grant Information




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!

What is the Cal Grant deadline?
You must apply by March 2 to maximize your opportunity to receive an award.

If you miss the March 2 Cal Grant deadline AND you plan to attend a community college in the fall, you have until September 2 to apply. However, the number of Cal Grant awards is limited.

How Much Money Are We Talking About?
With a Cal Grant you can get up to $12,192 a year to pay for college expenses at any qualifying California college, university or career or technical school in California. Depending on which Cal Grant you get, the money can be used for tuition, room and board, even books and pencils. The best part is, it's yours to keep and you don't have to pay it back.

Here's How to Apply.
Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) between January 1 and September 2 and submit a verified Cal Grant GPA anytime between November and the September 2 deadline. If you meet the income, eligibility, and GPA requirements, the cash is yours. The best part is, you can fill out the FAFSA online.

To submit a verified Cal Grant GPA, first check with your school to see if they will do it for you.  **SPHS will do this for seniors. See your Counselor. 



  • Cal Grant A Entitlement Awards-for students with a GPA of at least a 3.0, family income and assets below the state ceilings, and who demonstrate financial need
  • Cal Grant B Entitlement Awards-for students from disadvantaged or low income families with a GPA of at least 2.0, family income and assets below the state ceilings, and who demonstrate financial need
  • Cal Grant C Awards-for students from low income families pursuing vocational programs of study
To Be Cal Grant eligible
    • be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
    • be a California resident
    • attend a California college or university in 2016-2017

SENIORS: The Cal Grant application forms/Dream Act forms have been distributed in Senior English classes already. The Cal Grant is "free" money you may receive if you attend any California College or University.  We encourage all of you to apply for this grant, even though you may be thinking of attending school out of state.  Sometimes the student's family may suffer economic changes and cannot afford the out of state tutition.  It is a simple form: name, address, social security number and student and parent signature.  If you are already 18, you do not need your parent signature.  YOU MUST CLEARLY PRINT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY.  If you do not have one, we have a different form for you to fill out.  If you have any questions, see your counselor.  Otherwise, turn in the Cal Grant/Dream Act form to your counselor or directly  to the registrar, Ms. Madrigal, ASAP. The deadline is NOW.

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