General Financial Aid

There are several types of Cal Grant awards. Chances are, there's one that's just perfect for you and the bonus is that you don't have to pay grants back! Cal Grant is a financial aid program administrated by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) providing aid to California undergraduates, vocational training students, and those in teacher certification programs. Cal Grants are the largest source of California state funded student financial aid.

If you are or were in foster care and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college. You don’t have to pay this money back. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for child care, transportation and rent while you’re in school. You can use your Chafee Grant at any eligible California college or university or career or technical school, as well as schools in other states. The form is really short (five minutes tops) because it borrows information from your FAFSA, but the little amount of work can equal to a decent chunk of change.

This is the home page for Federal Student Aid (the people that do the FAFSA). The page has helpful information that can help get your financial aid in order (career finder, scholarship wizard, loan repayment calculator).

This is a state run commission that helps all Californian’s gain access to money in order to go to college. The web site has a good overview of a number of ways to pay for college. They are the people that provide you with your Cal Grant.

Minority Scholarships

The USDA Hispanic Serving Institutions National Program provides professional development opportunities to students, faculty and staff at HSI's with internships, scholarships, grants, fellowships and more.

GMS provides African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, and Hispanic Americans with scholarships for study in mathematics, science, engineering, education or library science.

The UNCF has raised over $2 billion to help a total of more than 350,000 students attend college and has distributed more funds to help minorities attend school than any entity outside of the government.

Recognizing the lack of access to quality education and resources for the Asian Pacific American community, OCA is known as a leading organization in administering scholarships for Asian Pacific American students.

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the largest Hispanic scholarship-granting organization in the nation. Their mission is to double the rate of Hispanics earning a college degree by the year 2006.

Specialized - Foster - Probation Scholarship

To provide financial, planning, goal setting and performance support to current or former foster youth with needs related to enrolling in or maintaining enrollment in post-secondary education that enhances their ability to achieve their identified career goals, leading to independence, self-sufficiency, and reducing system dependency.

The scholarship funds are available to students who are homeless or who have been homeless during their K-12 school attendance, and who have demonstrated average or higher than average achievement.

HHS provides a variety of scholarships, loans, and loan repayment programs for students in the health professions, through the Student Assistance Programs of the Health Resources and Services Admin.

Each year, the Foundation awards 80 scholarships to sophomore & junior-level college students who are committed to environmental careers or are Native Americans committed to careers in tribal public policy or health care.

The ROTC scholarship program pays all tuition fees, and textbook costs, as well as providing a monthly living stipend. Students should be certain, however, that they want this type of program before signing up because there is a service commitment after graduation.

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