Financial Aid Info

General information
The keys to financial aid are planning and persistence. Understand the terms, make a calendar of deadlines, check the scholarship sites below and be sure to check the financial aid sites at the colleges to which you are applying. Many schools offer merit scholarships as well as need-based scholarships.

Aid Information Links

See the following links for more information.

colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/most-merit-aid - For a list of schools offering the most merit-based aid.

www.finaid.org - Good glossary of financial aid forms and fraud alerts.

www.fastweb.com - Matches students to scholarships of all kinds.

www.collegeboard.org - An easy to navigate site for scholarship search

www.cappex.com - Another easily navigable scholarship site.

www.studentaid.ed.gov - Where to begin on the federal site

www.csac.ca.gov - California Student Aid Commission site with links for all financial aid programs as well as programs designed for only California residents.

Branson's Naviance site gives our students access to many local and national scholarships.

Financial Aid Forms

These sites will take you to the two basic forms necessary for financial aid. The FAFSA form is free; you should not pay to find, fill out, or submit this form. The CSS profile does have a fee attached, but it can be waived.

Department of Education instructions and downloadable form for the FAFSA, essential for all financial aid: https://fafsa.ed.gov/

From the College Board, the CSS profile required by many colleges: profileonline.collegeboard.com/prf/index.jsp

Financial Aid for Specific Students

www.10000degrees.org - Resource for college counseling, financial aid counseling, and scholarships.

www.salef.org - For Latino, particularly Central American students; also open to AB540 students; will fund up to four years.

www.blackexcel.org/25scholarships.htm - Links to lots of scholarships targeted at black students.

www.collegescholarships.org - This site lists scholarship opportunities for students by ethnicity, by major, or by location.