Paying for College

4 Basic Types of
Financial Aid Programs Available

Federal or state gift assistance
with no obligation for work or repayment
Providing funds now,
but with a future repayment obligation
Gift assistance with no obligation for work or repayment
Student is offered part-time work
while attending the instituti
Financial aid programs provide support for students to help meet the costs of pursuing higher education.  Funding is provided by the federal and state governments, the individual colleges and universities, and a variety of other public and private sources.

Two Categories of Financial Aid:

Achievement-basedaid is awarded to students who have a special characteristic, skill, talent, or ability.

-         Scholarships

-         Grants

is provided to students who demonstrate financial need. Most financial aid, particularly public-funded aid, is awarded on the basis of financial need determined through the FAFSA application process and in accordance with a prescribed federal formula.

-         Grants

-         Student or Parent Loans

-         Work Study

Steps to fin aid

Step 1: Turn in your Cal Grant GPA Information Release Form  to the SHS Upstairs Student Services office.

For more information about Cal Grants please visit


You can check your status after you submit your FAFSA at the California Student Aid Commission’s WebGrants site at


Step 2: Find out if you qualify for financial aid –


Step 3: Apply for your PIN from the Federal Student Aid at -


Step 4: Beginning January 1, 2013, submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at -
   The state priority deadline to qualify for aid for the2013-2014 academic year 
            is March 2, 2013.


Recommended:  Attend a Cash for College event at SHS Jan/Feb 2013


Additional Resources:




Financial Aid "Cash 4 College" Presentation
2012 FAFSA On the Web PowerPoint Presentation
FAFSA Website