There are three types of
financial aid programs:
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that the student must earn to receive):
Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are
awarded usually only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's
or a professional degree. (In some cases, however, a student enrolled in a
post-baccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Pell Grant.)
Pell Grants are considered a foundation of federal financial aid, to which aid
from other federal and nonfederal sources might be added.
How much can I get?
The maximum Pell Grant award for the 2008-09 award year (July 1,
2008 to June 30, 2009) is $4,731. The maximum can change each award year and
depends on program funding. The amount you get, though, will depend not only on
your financial need, but also on your costs to attend school, your status as a
full-time or part-time student, and your plans to attend school for a full
academic year or less.
You may not receive Pell
Grant funds from more than one school at a time.
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program is for
undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Pell Grant recipients with the
lowest expected family contributions (EFCs) will be considered first for a FSEOG.
Just like Pell Grants, the FSEOG does not have to be repaid.
How much can I get?
You can receive between $100 and $4,000 a year, depending on when
you apply, your financial need, the funding at the school you're attending, and
the policies of the financial aid office at your school.
The program, administered
by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) offers residents of
California three types of Cal Grants, Cal A, B and C. To apply, you must
complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and
have a Grade Point Average Verification form sent to CSAC by the established
2nd is the application deadline for all students in California.
September 2nd is the application deadline for community college
students only. Click here for additional information
you are or were in foster care and have financial need, you may qualify for up
to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college. You donít have to
pay this money back. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for
child care, transportation and rent while youíre in school. You can use your
Chafee Grant at any eligible California college or university or career or
technical school, as well as schools in other states.
To qualify, you
must be a current or former foster youth and not have reached your 22nd birthday
as of July 1 of the award year. The court must have established your dependency
when you were between the ages of 16 and 18. (KinGap youth who are or were
eligible to receive Independent Living Program services, guardian placements and
voluntary placements are not eligible for the California Chafee Grant, also
known as the Chafee Education Training Voucher, unless court dependency was
established, at any time, between the ages of 16 and 18.)
In addition, you must have
financial need. You must also enroll at least half time in an eligible school,
your program of study must be at least one academic year long, and you must
attend class regularly and get good grades.
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Study (FWS) Program
The purpose of FWS is to
help students finance their education through employment. Most jobs are on
campus and can provide flexible work schedules that keep the studentís academic
coursework in mind. Funding for is limited and is based on financial need.
Awards are made on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Board of Governor's
Fee Waiver Program
This is a State grant for California
student residents only. It provides funding to pay the Enrollment Fee
prior to registration. The grant is a waiver only, checks are not disbursed
for this program. Application for the waiver is automatic when
submitting FAFSA application.
Fee waivers do not apply to class
material fees or the College Services Fee. Students are responsible for
making sure all fees have been paid. If you
must pay for your enrollment fees before your fee waiver is awarded, your
tuition cost will be refunded to you once your fee waiver is processed as
long as your fee waiver is awarded during that same semester.
You do not need to fill out any additional forms. The information is
received automatically by the Cashier's office and they mail you a refund in
approximately 2 weeks. If you think you qualify for a refund and have
not received it in a timely manner, you must inquire at the financial aid
office BEFORE the semester is over.
Once the semester ends,
you cannot request a refund.
There are numerous types of on campus as well as off campus scholarships.
These scholarships are funded and sponsored by a variety of on and off campus
dont have to be an A student to qualify. There could be a
scholarship waiting for you. Click here for additional information:
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