Funding Your College Future
Higher education means greater opportunity—the knowledge and skills you gain through education, as well as career and technical training, can be used for the rest of your life.
Finding ways to pay for college can be intimidating, but the state of California is here to help. The Cal Grant and Middle Class Scholarship are two state programs to help California students and their families.
Cal Grant is a need-based state financial aid program and has been a big part of making college affordable for many California families. Qualified students can receive up to $12,240 in funding to attend almost any college in California. Awards vary depending on economic need, grades, and the college you attend.
The Middle Class Scholarship Act is a new program for students who do not qualify for Cal Grants but are still priced out of college. It offers sliding-scale discounts of up to 40 percent for families who earn $150,000 or less and don’t qualify for Cal Grants, which support lower-income students.
High schools throughout the 60th Assembly District are hosting Cash for College Workshops where parents and students can receive assistance with filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the CA Dream Act Application. Completing the FAFSA allows qualified students to be considered for the greatest amount of financial aid from federal, state and college sources — and it’s free to fill out.
Complete a Free Application for FAFSA by March 2nd at the California Student Aid Commission’s website www.csac.ca.gov.
Financial Aid Checklists - these checklists can help you plan and pay for college.
California Public Higher Education Institutions:
- California Community Colleges
1102 Q Street Sacramento, CA 95811
- University of California System
1111 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94607
- Association of Independent California Colleges
1100 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
- California State University System
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
(800) 4-FED-AID (433-3243)
- California Student Aid Commission
(888) CA GRANT (224-7268)
(877) 2 EDFUND (233-3863)
- College Connection Scholarships
- FastWeb: Internet Scholarship Service
- California College Explorer
- Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid