It takes more than money
You’ve worked hard to get to this point. We know that navigating financial aid and scholarships takes time and can be overwhelming. We have relationships with post-secondary institutions and student-serving nonprofits and have compiled this list of resources that may help.
Other financial assistance
There are many sources of funding besides scholarships available for students pursuing post-secondary education. Learn more and consider your options here.
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The FAFSA is an important first step for accessing federal student aid. The Federal Student Aid is an office of the U.S. Department of Education which ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded financial assistance for education beyond high school.
- Federal Student Aid
The federal government offers a number of financial aid programs, about $150 billion a year in grants, work-study funds and low-interest loans to more than 14 million students.
- California Dream Act Application (CADAA)
The California Dream Act Application is not an application for federal financial aid. This application is used to determine the eligibility of AB 540 students for California state financial aid, such as UC Grants, State University Grants, California Promise Grant and Cal Grants. In addition, many colleges use information from the Dream Act Application to award private scholarships.
- California Student Aid Commission
A website from the State of California which provides details about financial aid available to Californians, including Cal Grants, Dream Act Grants, and Middle Class Scholarships.
Website provides students with financial aid information, information on loans, saving for your education and other types of aid that a student can use to fund their education. The site also has a link to a scholarship search engine for additional opportunities.
- Funding Your College Future
This website provides California residents with state and federal financial aid information about the Middle Class Scholarship, CAL Grant Program, and Cash for College Workshop. Additional financial resources are available for parents and college graduates with outstanding student loans.
- 10,000 Degrees
10,000 Degrees is a non-profit college success organization that supports low-income and first generation students get to and through college, no matter their GPA, race, gender, sexual orientation, documentation status or socioeconomic status. Their Napa program includes a scholarship & in person/virtual support starting with their senior year in high school. For more information on how to become an 10,000 Degrees scholar contact with 10,000 Degrees Napa Manager, Hugo Que firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The scholarship I was awarded helped me to earn my bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management and Tourism and start my first job at a winery, working with the winemaker to learn the business from the ground up. As a Deaf individual, I am proud of my accomplishments and this scholarship helped me to reach my dreams.”
Tara Beltrami, a 2013 recipient of the Lenore Hirsch/Jay Falk Scholarship.
These programs may be available at your college or university. We encourage you to contact your college counselor to find out what services are available on your campus.
- Academic Assistance and Tutoring Centers
- Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)
- Disability Student Support Services
- Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
- Educational Talent Search (TRiO)
- Financial Aid Department
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Centers
- Student Health and Counseling Services
- Transfer and Veteran Services
- Undocumented Student Programs
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