Types of Financial Aid
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.
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.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT ANY CAL GRANT AWARD IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO FINAL APPROVAL OF THE STATE BUDGET ACT.
To Be Cal Grant eligible
SENIORS: The Cal Grant application forms/Dream Act forms will be distributed in Senior English classes (date TBD). 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 tuition. 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.
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.