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Financial Aid & Scholarship Information

Financial Aid

  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Federal Student Aid Resources
  • DREAM ACT: The CA Dream Act Application is used to apply for state financial aid.  This is not an application for federal financial aid. Students who have a Social Security Number that was issued after completing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) process must file the Dream Act application. These Social Security cards will say “Valid For Work Only With DHS Authorization.” Other students with Social Security numbers must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 
  • CSS/Financial Aid Profile: By filling out one form, you can apply online for nonfederal financial aid from almost 400 colleges, universities, professional schools, and scholarship programs.  
  • Cal Grant Information
  • Subsidized vs. Unsubsidized loans
 
Notable Scholarships
 
NAME DESCRIPTION DEADLINE WEBSITE
$5000 Nitro College Scholarship The Nitro Scholarship is open to all legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia who are applying to or enrolled in an accredited college or university for the upcoming (2017-2018) school year. September 30 https://www.nitrocollege.com/nitro-scholarship-application
PromoCodeWatch Smart Spender $2,000 Scholarship  1000-1500 word essay on the topic of frugal shopping and saving money. Answer the following: Who has taught you the most about frugal shopping?
How will you save money while attending college?
What unique experiences will help you be successful in your education? Email your application (name, #1 school of choice, and your essay) to scholarship@promocodewatch.com. Winner announced October 16.
 October 2  https://www.promocodewatch.com/scholarship
Horatio Alger Scholarship As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need. October 25 https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/
The Voice of Democracy The Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition is open to high school students. To enter, you must write and record a three - to five - minute broadcast script on the following theme: "American History: Our Hope for the Future". October 31 https://www.vfw.org/VOD/
Coca Cola Scholars Program The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. 5 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/
LLS Student of the Year- Bay Area The Student of the Year campaign is a seven-week challenge in which high school students participate in a fundraising competition. Every dollar raised counts as one vote, and the top fundraising candidate or team of students at the end of the seven-week challenge earns the title "Student(s) of the Year" and a $5,000 (shared) scholarship to the college or university of his/her choice. October 31 http://www.studentseries.org/high-schools/students-of-the-year
The Prudential Spirit of Community Award The Prudential Spirit of Community Award recognizes students in middle and high school who have demonstrated exemplary community service. State honorees receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for national recognition events. National honorees receive an additional award of $5,000, an engraved gold medallion, and a trophy for their schools or organizations. November 7 https://spirit.prudential.com/
Elk's 2018 Most Valuable Student scholarship Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university. All scholarships are in the form of certificates of award conditional upon the full-time enrollment of the winner in an accredited U.S. college or university. November 27 http://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/mvs.cfm
Sixt Scholars Program Sixt rent a car is pleased to offer five high school seniors graduating in 2018 the opportunity to receive a $5,000 scholarship and become a Sixt scholar. The program is designed to assist high school students who plan to continue their education in college. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice. November 30 https://www.sixt.com/sixt-scholars/
 
 
 

Additional Resources

As you search for scholarships, look for opportunities that are specific to YOU. Think about the following during your search:
 
-Ethnicity
-Religion
-Gender
-Talents
-Skills
-Interests
-Traits that make you unique
-Family history
-Extra curricular activities
-Causes you participate in