Financial Aid Programs

Federal Student Grants (Federal Grants) are free money for educational expenses for eligible students pursuing a postsecondary education. 

Cal Grants(state aid) are free money guaranteed to every high school senior that applies on time and meets income, eligibility and GPA requirements.

State University Grant (SUG) provides need-based awards to cover the Tuition Fee. 

Educational Opportunity Grant (EOP) provides assistance to economically and educationally disadvantaged undergraduates.

Work-Study provides part-time employment, usually on campus.  Students are paid for hours worked and use the earnings to help finance educational expenses.

Scholarships provide "free" money for college, usually based on your area of study or merit, such as good grades, high test scores, athletic, musical or other special talents, community service and sometimes financial need.

Federal Loans are low-interest student loans that are designed to provide students with borrowing options that require repayment over a long-term period of time typically six months after graduation or attendance at less than half-time. 

Perkins Loans are administered by the college and are for students with exceptional financial need.

Subsidized Loans are available to students who meet financial need requirements and are attending school at least half-time. With this loan, the government pays the interest while the student is enrolled at least half-time.  Six months after graduation or attendance less than half-time, repayment will begin.  An unsubsidized loan is available to any student regardless of financial need, but the student pays the interest while enrolled.

PLUS Loans are available for the parents of students attending college.

Graduate PLUS Loans are available to students enrolled in Masters Degree Programs.

Federal Aid First

Types of Financial Aid

  • Grants
    No Repayment or Work is Required
  • Loans
    Require Repayment with Interest
  • Scholarships
    Based on Merit (and possibly Need), Special Talents or Skills, Specific Majors
  • Work-Study
    Part-Time Employment