FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

The 2018-19 FAFSA is available October 1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a form that determines your eligibility for student financial aid. We recommend applying as soon as possible in order to ensure maximum possible funding. 

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FAFSA Video Overview

Need an overview of FAFSA? Check out this video tutorial created by Federal Student Aid!

 


Understanding the Federal Pell Grant

What's the Pell Grant?  Click the link below for a great explanation written by Shannon Lee at Affordable College Online. "The Pell Grant is popular form of federal financial aid that goes to students who do not have the financial means to otherwise pay for college. The Pell Grant is popular because it does not need to be paid back, like a student loan does."

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Local FAFSA Workshops

Do you want to meet in-person with local experts to walk through the FAFSA process? Find local workshops dates and other Cash for College information at the link below. 

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Form Your Future (FAFSA Help)

Form Your Future is a national campaign to help students get money for college, no matter what.

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Checklist for Parents and Students

Sometimes a to-do list is necessary! Take a look at this College Preparation Checklist created by Federal Student Aid. This is a great tool that can be used by both students and parents from elementary school onward!

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California Dream Act

"The California Dream Act application mirrors the FAFSA, only it's for students who don't have a permanent Social Security number. CADA application information is confidential - it is NEVER shared with the federal government, homeland security, or immigration and customs enforcement. CADA students and their parents are protected by the same privacy and information security laws and safeguards as all other Cal Grant applicants" -CSAC.CA.GOV 

Financial Aid Guide for Undocumented Students

California Student Aid Commission created a comprehensive guide for undocumented students searching for financial aid.

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California Student Aid Commission (State Aid)

The mission of the California Student Aid Commission is to ensure that "education beyond high school is financially accessible to all Californians". These grants are available from January 1st with a deadline of March 2nd. 

*FILE FAFSA OR CADA TO BE CONSIDERED FOR STATE AID*

Cal Grants

These grant opportunities are determined by the type of college attended, household size and income, and, in some cases, GPA. Funds are awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Cal Grants at a Glance

Application Instructions

Middle Class Scholarships

  • This program provides undergraduate students with family incomes up to $150,000 and a maximum annual household asset amount of $150,000, with a scholarship to attend University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) campuses.
  • Families earning up to $100,000 are eligible for a scholarship of up to 20 percent of the statewide mandatory tuition and fees. In 2017-18, the maximum scholarship award will be upped to 40 percent of the mandatory system-wide fees and tuition.
  • Families who earn between $100,001 and $150,000 per year may be eligible for a reduced scholarship of no less than 10 percent of the mandatory system-wide tuition and fees.

California Chafee Grant

Awards a maximum of $5,000.00 a year for job training or college in addition to other federal aid or state funding. To be eligible you must:

  • Have been in foster care between ages 16-18
  • Not have reached your 22nd birthday as of July 1st of the award year
  • Stay in school and maintain good grades
  • Be enrolled at least half-time
  • Doesn't require a Social Security number

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Fund Your Future Workbook

The California Student Aid Commission has developed a wonderful publication in both English and Spanish for parents, students, and administrators. The Fund your Future Workbook is available now!

Fund Your Future

Invierte En Tu Futuro

 

 

College Preparation & Mentorship Opportunities

Preparing for college can be difficult, but that doesn't mean it has to be confusing! A good mentor can make all the difference. Check out the local mentorship opportunities below. 

Humboldt Area Foundation Workbook

At Humboldt Area Foundation we have created a tool to help students prepare for scholarship season. Check out our 2017 student workbook below! Check back for the updated version in the fall of 2018.

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North Coast Cal-SOAP

The Northcoast Cal-SOAP Consortium provides academic tutoring and college advisement to low-income and first-generation students who have the potential to succeed in post-secondary education.

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TRiO Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a Federal program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. What's the goal? The program is designed to support students prepare for and complete college. Upward Bound works with high school students from low-income families and/or families where neither parent have a bachelor's degree.  

 Federal Info

Humboldt State's Upward Bound serves six local high schools: Arcata High, Hoopa Valley High, South Fork High, Hayfork High, Southern Trinity High, and Trinity High.

HSU Upward Bound

College of the Redwoods' Upward Bound serves seven local high schools: Del Norte High School, Eureka High School, Fort Bragg High, Fortuna Union High, McKinleyville High, Castle Rock Charter and Sunset High.

CR Upward Bound

TRiO Talent Search

CollegeBoard

  • Do you need help planning a successful transition into college?
  • Are you looking for help with SAT and the Advanced Placement preparation? 
  • Do you need to take a peek at how much your top college would cost? 

Check out College Board! The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.

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Early Outreach

Dream, Aspire, Plan and Prepare for College! 

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Local College and University Enrollment

Are you interested in attending College of the Redwoods or Humboldt State University? Please look at these tools to help you in your journey from enrollment to attendance! 

How Do I Apply to CR?

"CR offers a wide variety of accessible learning opportunities, including online classes and other distance education options. CR awards Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degrees as well as a wide variety of career technical certificates for vocational and professional development. It is an accredited, two-year institution that has articulation agreements with major four-year universities. CR is committed to the success of each student."

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How Do I Apply To HSU?

"Humboldt State University is a place for students with a spirit of adventure and passion for making a difference in the world." Find out what steps you need to take toward enrollment. 

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