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.

For more information, or assistance with your application, I encourage you and your family to attend any one of the following workshops:

Steps to getting financial aidThursday, January 11

Arlington High School

2951 Jackson St., Riverside 

5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 23

Educational Options Center

6401 Lincoln Ave., Riverside 

5 p.m.

Saturday, February 3

Arlington High School

2951 Jackson St., Riverside 

9 a.m.

Wednesday, February 7

Hillcrest High School 
11800 Indiana Ave., Riverside

5 p.m.

Rubidoux High School
4250 Opal St., Jurupa Valley

2:15 p.m.

Thursday, February 8,

Eleanor Roosevelt High School
7447 Scholar Way, Eastvale 

6 p.m.

Thursday, February 22

Eleanor Roosevelt High School
7447 Scholar Way, Eastvale 

6 p.m.

Wednesday, February 28

La Sierra High School
4145 La Sierra Ave., Riverside 

4 p.m.

Don’t delay—the deadline is March 2!


Additional Resources:

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
    www.cccco.edu
     
  • University of California System
    1111 Franklin Street
    Oakland, CA 94607
    www.ucop.edu
     
  • Association of Independent California Colleges
    1100 11th Street
    Suite 10
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    www.aiccu.edu
     
  • California State University System
    401 Golden Shore
    Long Beach, CA 90802
    www.calstate.edu

 

Scholarship Information: