To maximize your opportunities for financial assistance, Pathways to Success is also providing you linkages to federal, state, and local programs. As a minimum requirement of the Pathways to Success program, you are expected to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Dream Application.
FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): The U.S. Department of Education makes available federally funded or federally guaranteed financial assistance for the benefit of all eligible individuals pursuing higher education beyond high school.
- Federal Student Aid:
Federal Student Aid is the gateway to free information, guidance and
tools for federal student assistance. Federal Student Aid is part of
the U.S. Department of Education.
- Federal Pell Grant: Pell Grants are federally funded grants made available to students unable to meet educational expenses due to high financial needs. Pell Grants do not have to be repaid. To be considered eligible for a Pell Grant students must be enrolled in a college or university and have not yet received a bachelor’s degree. Students may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The deadline for the Pell Grant is during the spring of the year for which the student is seeking funding. Pell Grants are available on a first-come, first-serve basis so students are encouraged to apply early.
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program is for undergraduate students demonstrating significant financial need. Students that receive a Pell Grant and have low expected family contributions (EFCs) will be considered first for a FSEOG. The FSEOG ranges from $100 to $4000 per year and need not be repaid.
- My Money: My Money is a U.S. government website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. Students may learn about planning for college, finding financial assistance, and avoiding scholarship and loan scams.
- IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Education: IRS Publication 970 provides helpful information on the various tax benefits available to students and their parents. Students may learn about the different types of taxable scholarships, grants and loans in addition to tuition reductions.
CALIFORNIA FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
- California Student Aid Commission: The
California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) is a state funded program
working towards increasing the accessibility of a college education for
all Californians. Online students and parents can learn about Cal Grants
and other student aid programs, their requirements and how to apply for
- Cal Grants A, B and C: Cal
Grants A, B and C are state funded grants made available to California
residents through the California Student Aid Commission. To qualify,
students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) and/or the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form. Students who apply
by the March 2nd deadline are considered for funding for the
next school year. Cal Grants are based on merit, financial need and/or
vocational program. Cal Grants B and C may be used at a community
college, while Cal Grant A may be used by students transferring to a
four-year college or university. Students that do not file by the March
2nd deadline may still qualify for a Cal Grant by filing during the September 2ND deadline.
- Board of Governor's Enrollment Fee Waiver (BOG): The
BOG is designed to provide financial assistance for eligible California
residents enrolled at a community college in California by waiving the
enrollments fees. To apply students may complete the BOG Enrollment Fee
Waiver application and/or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH ENGINES
- Scholly: Scholly is a mobile app designed to ease the scholarship search process. Scholly’s adaptive
matching engine promises to deliver smarter, targeted lists of
scholarships. Scholly's mobile app only costs $2.99.
- UniGo: UniGo is an online scholarship directory featuring millions of scholarship opportunities worth more than $14 billion. Students are matched to scholarship opportunities to help pay for college, including internships and other college resources.
- Fast Web: Fast Web is one of the largest free online scholarship search engines. Students must create a username and login to be matched with scholarships that best meet their qualifications.
- College Net: College NET is a fast growing social networking site that helps students find financial assistance for college. Students may create a free Candidate account through which students across the country may interact. College Net members may vote for each other, earning points each month that allow top candidates to be considered for monthly scholarships.
- Student Scholarship Search: Student Scholarship Search is an online search engine for students and parents dedicated towards providing the most up-to-date information on financial assistance for college. A service of the Student Loan Network, Student Scholarship Search provides daily Financial Aid Podcasts, a monthly Financial Aid Newsletter, and financial aid information and resources for all college levels of education.
- Fin Aid: Fin
Aid is one of the most comprehensive online sources of information on
student financial aid. Students may calculate the cost of attending
college and prepare by taking advantage of the advice and tools offered
for free by Fin Aid on saving for college, applying for scholarships and
- Scholarships: Scholarships has helped students find money for college as well as
learn about the entire financial aid process. Over the years, we've
become one of the most widely-used and trusted free college scholarship
search and financial aid information resources on the Internet and have
been recognized by high schools, colleges and universities nationwide.
NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
- Dell Scholars Program: The Dell Scholars Program places greater emphasis on a student's determination to succeed than just academic record and test scores. Our GPA requirement is Grit, Potential, and Ambition. We reward low-income, highly motivated students who are better than their numbers indicate and demonstrate the drive to succeed despite personal obstacles.
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund:
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation's leading
organization supporting financial assistance for Hispanic students.
Students may apply online and take advantage of the large network of
scholarship programs and student support services offered by HSF.
- The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS):
The Gates Millennium Scholarship program provides scholarship support
and student services to minority students with significant financial
need. To apply students may access the free GMS online resources center
where they will find internship, fellowship, and scholarship
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