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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 visit

http://adegreewithaguarantee.com .

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY

There are 23 California State University Campuses,

for information on California Public College Admission

Requirements visit

http://www2.assist.org/browseUCs.do .

Explore majors at

https://secure.csumentor.edu/Planning .

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

There are 10 University of California Campuses. To

learn admission requirements visit

http://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 at

http://www.aiccu.edu/ member-colleges .

PROPRIETARY COLLEGES

Find Cal Grant eligible California Proprietary Colleges at

www.csac.ca.gov .

TYPES OF STUDENT

FINANCIAL AID

FINANCIAL AID HELPS REDUCE THE OVERALL

COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Grants:

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.

Scholarships:

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. Visit

www.studentaid.ed.gov or www.finaid.org to

begin your

scholarship search.

Loans:

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. Visit

www.studentloans.gov fo

r more.

Debit Cards:

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 at

www.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

AND AWARDS

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:

WEBGRANTS4STUDENTS

Establish a

webgrants4students.org

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 your

webgrants4students.org

information up-to-date.