FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. We recommend that ALL graduating seniors and their families complete the FAFSA. Whether you think you qualify or not for federal aid, many colleges, universities, and organizations use the information from your FAFSA to determine whether you receive an award from them. You can start your application beginning OCTOBER 1st, and we encourage you to apply early. Some awards are given on a “first come, first serve” basis so if you wait, you may miss an opportunity. The FAFSA website is comprehensive and if you need help, you can talk to someone “live” while online. Apply online at https://fafsa.ed.gov/
FAFSA4caster provides basic information and helps you estimate your eligibility for federal student aid. From the FAFSA welcome page, click on the FAFSA4caster link under “Thinking About College?” section.
CalGrants are funded by the State of California for students who will attend a qualifying California college (includes COC), university or career or technical school. You must FIRST apply for a FAFSA in order to apply for a Cal Grant. AOC will be submitting GPA verification directly to the Student Aid Commission. You do NOT need to bring a paper verification form to the school. March 2nd is the deadline–don’t wait to start the FAFSA so you can meet this deadline.
The CSS Financial Aid Profile
The CSS Financial Aid Profile is a College Board fee-based service that some colleges and universities require you to complete to apply for non-federal financial aid and scholarship programs. Before completing the application, check the Admission’s or Financial Aid Office’s website for each school to which you applied to verify if it is necessary. There is a fee for this service.
US Dept of Education College Affordability and Transparency Center
US Dept of Education College Affordability and Transparency Center shows the actual cost of attending specific colleges including tuition, fees, books, etc. The NEW College Scorecards are accessed through this site.
CalState (CSU) University Cost of Attendance for 2016-17
FastWeb is one of the largest FREE searchable scholarship databases.
FinAid offers comprehensive financial aid information on everything from scholarships to grants and loans.
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is the professional organization for the people at colleges and universities who handle financial aid.
Santa Clarita Valley Scholarship Foundation
Santa Clarita Valley Scholarship Foundation has been recognizing and rewarding the achievements of graduating seniors of the William S Hart Union High School District since 1951.
Scholarships.Com is a free scholarship database.
Tuition Funding Sources
Tuition Funding Sources is a private website with a large scholarship database.
University of California (UC) Financial Information
Western Undergraduate Exchange
Western Undergraduate Exchange provides information about the requirements and procedures for getting your tuition REDUCED at specific schools in western states.
To see an estimate of college costs for community colleges, CalState universities, UC schools, and private institutions for the 2016-17 year, open the pdf below:
Estimate College Costs Comparison 2016-17
Click on the document below for the Financial Aid Presentation for 2017-18 given by COC Office of Financial Aid on October 5, 2016.
17-18 FinAid Presentation COC