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Fund Your Future

Since 1955, the mission of the California

Student Aid Commission has been

“making education beyond high school

financially accessible to

all Californians.”

This year, the Commission will offer $2.2 billion in Cal Grants to eligible

students and $117 million in Middle Class Scholarships for students attending

California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) campuses.

To become eligible for student financial aid, all students MUST complete

a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a California Dream

Act Application (CADAA) between October 1 and March 2 and provide the

Commission with a school verified Grade Point Average (GPA).*

The pathway to financial aid for higher education begins with a plan. There are

steps students can take in elementary school, middle school, and high school

to get financial aid for college, vocational, technical, and career education.

There is also student financial aid available for transfer and returning students.

There is a place for every student in higher education. The Fund Your Future

Magazine is an informational resource containing facts about applying for

student financial aid in California and the basic steps to accessing higher

education. We have included commonly used terms, definitions, websites,

links, and financial education tools in this magazine.

Most college financial aid is based on demonstrated financial need and there

is an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). However, there are federal, state,

and campus-based student aid options: grants, work-study, scholarships, and

student loans. To be considered for any financial aid students must apply

on-time and fully complete all of the necessary forms, applications, and

supporting documents. The California Student Aid Commission is here to

help. We have 14 regional California Student Opportunity and Access Program

(CalSOAP) offices and offer more than 800 local California Cash for College

workshops during the financial aid application season. The Commission also

offers free online professional training in financial aid education for high

school and college level counselors, teachers, and administrators.

Lupita Cortez Alcalá, Executive Director


*Students can submit a SAT, ACT, or General Education Development test

(GED), High School Equivalency test (HiSET), Test Assessing Secondary

Completion (TASC) or the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) if

a valid GPA is not available.



Hal Geiogue (Chair)

General Public Representative

Governor Appointee

Lande Ajose (Vice Chair)

General Public Representative

Governor Appointee

Wm. Gregory Sawyer (Secretary)

California State University Representative

Governor Appointee

Nancy Anton

General Public Representative

Governor Appointee

Glen T. Becerra

Public, Proprietary, Non-Profit


Governor Appointee

Catalina Cifuentes

Secondary Schools Representative

Governor Appointee

Devon Graves

Student Representative

Governor Appointee

Judith Maxwell Greig

Independent Colleges and Universities


Governor Appointee

Harry Le Grande

UC Representative

Governor Appointee

Debra Maxie

General Public Representative

Speaker of the Assembly Appointee

Jamillah Moore

California Community Colleges


Governor Appointee

Christian Rubalcava

Student Representative

Governor Appointee

Maria Salinas

General Public Representative

Senate Rules Appointee

Jose Solorio

General Public Representative

Senate Rules Appointee

David Valladolid

General Public Representative

Speaker of Assembly Appointee


Fund Your Future