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California resident possessing a high school diploma or
equivalent. California community colleges may admit any
nonresident possessing a high school diploma or equivalent
or any person over the age of 18 who, in the judgment of the
board, is capable of profiting from the instruction offered.
Community colleges may admit minors who do not hold
high school diplomas, or equivalent, to its credit courses
as special part-time or special full-time students. Most
community colleges have established requirements for K–12
grade concurrently enrolled students. For information on
Community College Transfer Requirements visithttp://adegreewithaguarantee.com .
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY
There are 23 California State University Campuses,
for information on California Public College Admission
Requirements visithttp://www2.assist.org/browseUCs.do .
Explore majors athttps://secure.csumentor.edu/Planning .
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
There are 10 University of California Campuses. To
learn admission requirements visithttp://admission. universityofcalifornia.edu .
PRIVATE INDEPENDENT, NON-PROFIT
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
There are over 75 Private Independent, Non-Profit Colleges
and Universities in California. Learn more about Private
College Admission Requirements athttp://www.aiccu.edu/ member-colleges .
Find Cal Grant eligible California Proprietary Colleges atwww.csac.ca.gov .
TYPES OF STUDENT
FINANCIAL AID HELPS REDUCE THE OVERALL
COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION
FREE cash for college! Grants are money you don’t
have to repay and are typically based on financial need.
When you complete your FAFSA or CADAA you are applying
for the federal Pell Grant (FAFSA applicants only)( www. studentaid.ed.gov ) an
d the Cal Grant( www.calgrants.org ).
Work-Study or Student Employment Programs:
There are federal work-study programs and campus student
employment opportunities. You can earn money through
certain jobs both on- or off-campus to help you pay for your
education. When you complete your FAFSA or CADAA you
can indicate your interest in work-study or campus-based
student employment programs.
Free cash for college! Scholarships are
national or local money for your education that you don’t
have to repay. Scholarships are typically based on academic
merit, your area of study, grade point average, test scores,
hometown, ethnicity, athletic ability, musical talent, special
abilities, community service, or financial need. Scholarships
often require separate applications or personal statements
and may have strict application deadline dates. Scholarships
may be offered by public entities, businesses, private groups,
non-profit organizations, foundations, or even families. Visitwww.studentaid.ed.gov or www.finaid.org to
This borrowed money requires repayment with
interest. There are federal student loans and private student
loans. Only borrow what you need to fill the gap between
grants or scholarships and the cost to attend school. Visitwww.studentloans.gov fo
Your grant or scholarship may be disbursed
on a debit card. You can ask the debit card company to
transfer your full financial aid award directly to your personal
checking account or to mail you a check. By federal law, the
debit card company has 14 days after the date of your request
to transfer the funds from your financial aid award.
Males ages 18-25 must register with Selective
Service for Cal Grant and other state aid:
• An SSN is not needed to register
• Selective Service does not share data
• You can register automatically through your California
Dream Act Application, or
• Download the form atwww.sss.gov an
d take it to the
U.S. Post Office or register on-site, sign and mail
ONLINE ACCOUNTS FOR STUDENT
FINANCIAL AID APPLICATIONS
Student financial aid award accounts must be monitored
and managed independently and include federal, state, and
campus accounts. Keep the online account information and
passwords together and confidential.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
FEDERAL STUDENT AID: FAFSA
Establish a FSA ID for Students and a FSA ID for a Parent.
When a FAFSA is submitted an email confirmation is sent.
When a federal student aid award is offered an official
“Student Aid Report (SAR)” is issued and sent using the email
account designated on the FAFSA. Save and print out all
correspondence you receive concerning your FAFSA.
CALIFORNIA STUDENT AID COMMISSION:
account to connect
with your state Cal Grant, Chafee Grant or Middle Class
Scholarship financial aid award results.*
When the Commission determines Cal Grant, Chafee,
California Dream Act, or Middle Class Scholarship financial
aid award amounts an email is sent to the email address
provided on the student FAFSA or CADAA. The amount of the
financial aid is detailed in a “California Aid Report (CAR)” and
posted to WebGrants4Students where information, updates
and important student news is located.
WebGrants4Students is also where students manage high
school graduation verification and college selection changes.
It is very important to keep yourwebgrants4students.org