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Financial Aid & Scholarships

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application(CADAA) 
The priority filing period for financial aid is October 1, 2019-March 2, 2020 to qualify for state and federal grants, loans, and work-study programs. Apply now!

FAFSA https://fafsa.ed.gov/
CA Dream Act https://dream.csac.ca.gov/

  • Financial Aid 101 Presentation
    Tuesday, October 8, 2019
    6:30-7:30 PM
    Norse Hall - Room 104
     
  • Cash-4-College
    Financial Aid Application Workshop
    Wednesday, October 30, 2019
    6:30-8:30 PM
    IHS Library

Fund your Future Workbook: http://www.fundyourfuture.org/
More financial aid information & resources!

Cal Grants- Fremont USD will be uploading all GPA's for current seniors for Cal Grant consideration. No additional forms/paperwork are required for a Cal Grant. 

Blue & Gold Scholarships- Students admitted to UC campuses may be eligible for the Blue & Gold awards if your family income is below $80,000. Visit the link for full details: 
http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/paying-for-uc/glossary/blue-and-gold/index.html  

 


The California Dream Act of 2011, authored by Assembly Member Gil Cedillo (Los Angeles), became law through the passage of two Assembly Bills. http://www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp

AB 130 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria (California Education Code 68130.5(a)) to apply for and receive non-state funded scholarships for public colleges and universities.

AB 131 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grant and Chafee Grant.

Requirements:

(1) High school attendance in California for three or more years.

(2) Graduation from a California high school or attainment of the equivalent thereof.

(3) Registration as an entering student at, or current enrollment at, an accredited institution of higher education in California not earlier than the fall semester or quarter of the 2001-02 academic year.

(4) In the case of a person without lawful immigration status, the filing of an affidavit with the institution of higher education stating that the student has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so.

(b) A student exempt from nonresident tuition under this section may be reported by

Apply here: http://www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp

 


Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) is a CSU program that works with first generation, California residents, and low-income students. 

Need help paying for your CSU education?  Check out the information below:

http://www.csus.edu/faid/future-students/

Financial Aid Information for Undocumented Students

Scholarship Resource 

 


Ways to minimize your student loan debt:

1. Aim to graduate in four years!

2. Apply for all scholarships you are eligible for

3. Work part-time during the summer

4.  Explore 2 + 2 options

5.  Create a budget and stick to it, don't use your loan money for unnecessary expenses like spring break trips!

6.  Research your future salary, this can help you calculate how much loan debt you can actually afford to repay along with your living expenses.  

7.  Be smart about changing your major.  Changing majors may lead to additional course requirements, which could affect your plan to graduate in four years.  Stay on top of the required courses and complete them as quickly as possible.  Remember some may be offered only at night or in certain semesters.

8.  Make it a priority to meet with the counseling office each semester to help keep you on track.

 


Saving for college...

ScholarShare College Savings Plan:

First and foremost, students and their families are encouraged to save money for college expenses. The state of California offers ScholarShare, a federal tax code 529 College Savings Plan, that is a federal and state tax-free program as long as it is used later for qualified college expenses. You can open an account with as little as $15 when setting up automatic investments and choose from a number of low-cost investment options that allow you to watch the investment grow over time. The money can then be used at any accredited college nationwide as well as many international schools. Learn more by visiting their website or calling toll-free 800-544-5248.

www.scholarshare.com

 


Programs that help you pay for college...

Financial Aid is a general term encompassing all different sources of money to help you pay for your college education.  While most colleges expect you and your family to contribute toward your education, financial aid can help narrow the gap between your resources and the costs.  The following types of financial aid are available from the federal government, states, colleges and private sources:

GRANTS: Money you don't have to repay and are typically based on financial need.

SCHOLARSHIPS:  Free money for college and usually based on your area of study or merit, such as good grades, high test scores, athletic, musical or other special talents, leadership, community service, and sometimes financial need.

WORK STUDY: Program that allows you to earn money through certain jobs on or off campus to help pay for your education.

LOANS:  Borrowed money that you must pay back, usually with interest.

Scholarship resources

*Please be wary of scholarship scams. You should not have to pay any amount of money to receive financial aid. Check your sources. 

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College Scorecard

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College Affordability and Transparency Center

U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center make it easier for you to search for a college that is a good fit for you. You can use the College Scorecard to find out more about a college’s affordability and value so you can make more informed decisions about which college to attend.

Click on this link and enter the colleges that are of interest and learn:

  1. The average costs of attendance per year
  2. Graduation rate
  3. Loan default rate
  4. Median borrowing per student and average loan repayment per month

Visit the website at:

https://collegecost.ed.gov/catc/

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