Financial Aid Night was hosted virtually by San Marino High School on September 30, 2021. A representative from Occidental College shared their expertise and knowledge on the FAFSA and CSS Profile. Watch a recording here.
If you would like to learn more about income and asset ceilings from the California Student Aid Commission, please click here.
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
- FAFSA-Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- Cal Grant GPA Verification Form
- Other applications/forms as required by private colleges, such as CSS Profile (Institutional Scholarship and/or Financial Aid Application)
- Federal Tax Returns (along with schedules and W-2's) or other income documentation
Cal Grant Information
ABOUT CAL GRANTS OVERVIEW
NEED CASH FOR COLLEGE? YOU COULD GET A CAL GRANT.
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.
* SPHS will submit a verified GPA for seniors. See your Counselor if you have any questions.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT ANY CAL GRANT AWARD IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO FINAL APPROVAL OF THE STATE BUDGET ACT.
- 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 2022-2023
Financial Aid Links
Financial aid information, family contribution calculators (EFC),“Fund Finder”
CSS PROFILE – many independent colleges require this form
Financial aid information, PIN, family contribution calculators, 4 free scholarship search programs
A free scholarship search program and much more.
Excellent information about education loans, financial aid information
http://www.finaid.org/ - Financial aid information
http://www.latinocollegedollars.org/ - A scholarship directory for Latinos & AB 540 students
Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM Act). Allows children without proper visas/immigration documentation who have attended school on a regular basis and otherwise meet in-state tuition and GPA requirements to apply for student financial aid benefits.