This page of scholarship information is designed to be a guide for parents and seniors, and to assist when planning for your financial needs after high school. There are many different sources of financial aid. Each one of the following may become part of your financial aid plan:
Scholarship monies do NOT have to be paid back, and are usually awarded on specific criteria and/or competitive basis. Each scholarship must be applied for on an individual basis according to specific guidelines and deadlines. The scholarship committee determines who is selected based on their specific criteria. Be sure to complete all applications correctly, meeting all requirements and submit all materials on time.
These consist of state and federal monies available to students granted on a need basis and/or academic performance. Academic achievement and GPA are usually part of the criteria for grants. These are monies that do NOT have to be repaid. All grants are applied for when students apply for Financial Aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Dream Act Application.
These are programs offered by colleges and universities that allow students to be paid for working while enrolled in school. The amount which can be earned is specified by the individual college financial aid office and must meet a portion of the student's needs analysis. Students apply for work study when they complete the FAFSA/Dream Act.
There are a variety of student loan packages available and should only be applied for as a last resort since the money must be paid back. In order to qualify for a low interest government funded student loan, students must apply for Financial Aid by completing the FAFSA/Dream Act.
Parents are expected to assist their son/daughter with an amount of money based on parents' income. Parent Plus loans are available through the federal government and are awarded based on information when completing the FAFSA/Dream Act Application.
Students are expected to contribute by working a summer job or a part-time job during the school year.
When a student completes the FAFSA or Dream Act Application they list the schools they plan to attend. The schools listed will receive the student's financial information so their financial aid office will develop a plan taking all the above factors into consideration. Each school's individual costs are considered along with information that the student and parents supply when submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application. Each school is different, so do not be surprised when you apply to multiple schools and each financial aid package is different.
All National, Regional, State and Private Scholarship application information may be obtained in the Counseling Office. Because we compile this list early in the school year, some dates may change and scholarships may no longer be offered. If new scholarships become available that are not included on this website page, they will be emailed to your school email account.
Local Scholarship applications will be available online beginning in February. Local Scholarship applications will be due in the Counseling Office on or before April 15.
Scholarships may be very challenging and will require attention to detail. It is very important to do everything that is asked to ensure consideration for each scholarship. If you are unsure about whether you qualify for a scholarship, apply anyway. People want to give out their money and support young people, so give yourself a chance and apply. This will be a long hard year, but every minute you spend completing applications will be worth it, making your college years less stressful. Enjoy this time in your lives and feel free to stop in or call when you have questions.