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California College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP)
Partnership and Dual Enrollment high schools, may enter
into an agreement with a local community college for high
school students to attend community college courses and
earn college credits on their high school campus. Visitwww. cccco.edu fo
r more information.
EARN AP CREDIT AT HIGH SCHOOL
Look into taking Advanced Placement (AP) or International
Baccalaureate (IB) courses in high school and then take the
exams to earn college credit. For details, check with your
high school counselor and go towww.ibo.org or www. collegeboard.org .
Work-learn programs incorporate paid work experience with
classroom studies. Alternate your work and school options,
full- time/part-time. Although there’s no direct financial aid,
you may be able to earn enough to pay for college. Look
START AT A CALIFORNIA
You’ll save thousands of dollars in tuition and have your
general education requirements behind you. Go towww. icanaffordcollege.com.
A part-time, summer, or holiday season job can also help.
Look into tax benefits that will help you get back some of
the money you spend on tuition or loan interest or help with
college savings to maximize benefits. Learn more about
the American Opportunity Tax Credit, Lifetime Learning
Credit, qualified tuition programs, and interest deductions at
Some employers may pay or reimburse you for some
or all of your education and training. Many companies
and labor unions offer scholarships for children and
even grandchildren of employees. Ask your family about
scholarships available through their work.
AID FOR FOSTER YOUTH
Money is set aside for foster youth. If you are or were in
foster care, you may be eligible for financial assistance for
college or job training. Check out Chafee Grants for up to
$5,000 a year in free aid,www.chafee.csac.ca.gov . Ch
on college waivers and scholarships atwww.calyouthconn.
. Another scholarship source for former foster youth iswww.orphan.org .
JOBS THAT HELP YOU REPAY YOUR LOANS
Some jobs actually give you both a paycheck and help
you pay down your student loans. Learn about the many
programs atwww.studentaid.ed.gov . Pr
health care; child care providers through Head Start;
volunteer service in VISTA or Peace Corps; U.S. federal/
public service for employees; law and teaching.
“I’m studying for a science, technology,
engineering and math (STEM) career. My
mom is proud because I’ll be the first in
my family to earn a college degree.”