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 1, and we encourage you to apply early. Some awards are given on a first-come, first-served 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 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 College of the Canyons), university or career or technical school. You must FIRST apply for FAFSA in order to apply for a CalGrant. 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. Start the FAFSA ahead so you can meet the 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 admissions or financial aid office web page for each school to which you apply to verify if it is necessary. There is a fee for this service.
StudentAid.Gov is a U.S. Department of Education website. For documents and how-to videos, go to their resources page.
U.S. Dept. of Education College Affordability and Transparency Center
U.S. 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.
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.
Scholarships.Com is a free scholarship database.
Tuition Funding Sources
Tuition Funding Sources is a private website with a large scholarship database.
Western Undergraduate Exchange
Western Undergraduate Exchange provides information about the requirements and procedures for getting your tuition REDUCED at specific schools in western states.