No doubt about it, there’s a lot of financial aid information out there. Fortunately, help is always waiting for you at the financial aid office of your local California community college. You can also find additional information by using the links below.
To find and apply to a California community college, visit www.cccapply.org. You can choose your college, then submit your admissions application and your financial aid forms (the FAFSA and the California College Promise Grant ) all in one place.
Additional information about California Community Colleges is available online. To locate a campus near you, or find out more about the community college system, visit www.californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu.
Today, approximately half of all community college students still have unmet financial need after all financial aid is considered. The goal of the California Community College Scholarship Endowment is to support student success and opportunity by providing scholarships of up to $1,000 to eligible students each academic year to help with college expenses.
To learn more about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), visit www.fafsa.gov. You can also get a Personal Identification Number (PIN) so you can file online and check the status of your FAFSA.
To find out how the new Associate Degree for Transfer program is making it easier for students to transfer between the California Community Colleges and California State University systems, visit www.adegreewithaguarantee.com.
To learn more about the agreement between the California Community Colleges system and nine historically black colleges and universities, which guarantees admission to transfer students who meet certain academic requirements, visit the HBCU Transfer website.
NextUp, also known as CAFYES (Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support), provides community college students with resources that make a difference. The program offers eligible current and former foster youth support and services that could include help with books and supplies, transportation, tutoring, food and emergency housing. To learn more visit http://nextup.cccco.edu/.
For information about how much California community college students earned before entering a community college program - and after - check out the Salary Surfer at www.salarysurfer.cccco.edu/salarysurfer.
To view web-based Student Success Scorecards that detail student performance at all 112 California community colleges, visit www.scorecard.cccco.edu/scorecard.
For information about free money for college funded by the State of California, visit the Cal Grants site at www.calgrants.org.
CaliforniaColleges.edu is the state's official website that provides information about higher education in California for students, counselors and parents. It has been developed in collaboration with the California Community Colleges, California State University (CSU), University of California (UC), the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, and the California Department of Education. The site includes information on the admission requirements at all California colleges and universities, as well as college planning tools.
To learn more about the United States Selective Service System, the registration requirements, and how to register, visit www.sss.gov.
For information on the California Student Aid Commission (the organization that administers the Cal Grant program), visit www.csac.ca.gov.
For financial aid information from the U.S. Department of Education, visit www.studentaid.ed.gov.
To find your perfect career path—and discover how California Community Colleges can help you stay on it—visit www.cacareercafe.com.
To find out more about the community college courses, career options and financial assistance that can help put you on the road to a great career, visit www.whodouwant2b.com.
The College Board offers one great FREE resource to search for scholarships online. Visit the following link, where you'll complete a profile and the search engine will identify any scholarships that you might want to apply for: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search.
Another free scholarship search site available to students is www.fastweb.com.
For valuable information about college savings opportunities, visit www.scholarshare.com.
To find discounts on software, computers and other products that can help you complete your education, visit www.collegebuys.org.
For more information about the California Dream Act of 2011, and the types of financial aid available to AB 540 students, visit the California Dream Act website.
Visit shttp://caleitc4me.org where you can learn more about the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC). CalEITC is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income and can reduce the amount of tax you owe and may give you a refund. In its first year, CalEITC boosted the income of about 385,000 families, who shared almost $200 million from the cash-back credit.