Financial Aid

There is free public and private funding available to help families pay for a college education.

The following websites are designed to help students and their families manage the process of identifying sources of funds. They can also apply for those funds through state and federal government agencies, and research institutional aid and scholarship awards. 

www.icanaffordcollege.com  
California Community Colleges financial aid programs currently serve more than a half a million students each year with aid totaling nearly $900 million. The Legislature and
Governor set aside money from within the community college budget to increase awareness about financial aid opportunities and to hire additional staff to provide students with free one-on-one help.

www.csac.ca.gov                
Official website of the California Student Aid Commission that manages the Cal Grant program and other free government money programs from the state of California

 www.fafsa.ed.gov                
Official government web site for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

 fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm                   
Official government web site to apply for a FSA ID for the FAFSA and government financial aid

 www.studentaid.ed.gov        
Official government web site and source for free information from the US Department of Education on preparing for and funding an education beyond high school.

 www.admissions.unversityofcalifornia.edu          
Information on costs, and how to pay for a University of California education, official website

 www.chafee.csac.ca.gov                  
The California CHAFEE Grant Program gives money to current or former foster youth to use for career or technical training, or college attendance.

benefits.va.gov/gibill/               
The G.I. Bill website for veterans or their dependents. You can search for approved programs at colleges, non-college degree granting institutions, licensing & certification granting providers, and national testing provide

 www.finaid.org                    
Find everything related to finding financial aid, from scholarships and grants to graduate school fellowships and education tax benefits to tuition payment plans.

 www.edfund.org                  
Financial aid and college planning tools for students and families

 www.salliemae.com
Sallie Mae is the nation's leading provider of student loans, helping millions of Americans achieve their dream of a higher education

 www.collegeview.com          
Scholarships and college planning

 www.fedmoney.org  
FedMoney.org is a 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 (1) who can apply, (2) how to apply, (3) full contact info, and much more... for over 130 government grants and loans (scholarships, fellowships, traineeships) related to education!

consumeraffairs.com/finance/student_loans.html
With the high cost of post-secondary school education, the majority of college students need to borrow money to help finance their future. The guide is a completely free resource that we hope will help students make the right consumer decisions for themselves.