Why Apply?

You may qualify for federal Pell Grants and state Cal Grants and other financial aid for college – that’s money you won’t have to pay back.

Cal Grant

Up to $12,192


Pell Grant

Up to $5,730

Submit the FAFSA.


Up to $17,922 annually

Other eligibility requirements also apply. Amount varies depending upon school you attend.

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What To Bring

Checklist of important documents that will help you in completing the FAFSA

If you don't have every one of these documents, that's okay. Come to a workshop with the documents that you have and that apply to you.

Driver's license, if you have one
Social Security card or number, if you have one
Alien registration number, if you have one
Your 2014 income information
Parent 2014 income information
Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) - yours of your parents'
Your tax and parent tax information; previous year taxes are okay for now if you don't have 2014 tax information
2014 bank statements
Any records of untaxed income such as welfare benefits, Social Security benefits, or child support payments
List of colleges you are interested in attending

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Cash for College Scholarship

Win a $1,000 Cash for College Scholarship

High school seniors

  1. Attend a Cash for College workshop, submit an exit survey
  2. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 2*
  3. Submit a verified Cal Grant GPA by March 2*

One qualifying senior will be randomly selected from each qualifying workshop after the March 2* deadline. Scholarship recipients will be announced in mid to late May 2014.

The scholarship is for use beginning in Fall 2014 at a qualifying 2 year or 4 year degree granting college or university anywhere in the U.S.

* Applications accepted through Monday, March 3, since March 2 falls on a weekend.

Why I Apply Scholarship

California high school seniors

Check out our $4,000 YouTube video scholarship contest. Jump In! Tell us Why YOU Apply for financial aid and show us your dream future.

Get the details at www.WhyIApply.com.

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About Us

We are a public-private partnership program of the California Student Aid Commission. Our network's mission is to help low-income and first-generation California high school seniors and their families in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Cal Grant application to be successful in pursuing education beyond high school.