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Financial Aid & Scholarships

Need help completing your FAFSA?  ATTEND A CASH FOR COLLEGE WORKSHOP  OFFERED BY THE CALIFORNIA STUDENT AID COMMISSION (CSAC) at different bay area locations:  Click here to see the dates, locations and registration information.

Scholarship Information

For a list of scholarships and deadlines, go to Naviance Student. You will find an extensive local list that is updated throughout the year as well as a national (Sallie Mae) database. Some scholarships will begin posting in the fall; however, we have numerous local scholarships that begin sending us information between January - April so be sure to check Naviance and schoolloop news regularly! Many thousands of dollars will be available to our students who apply and receive an award. 

  • Cal Grant: California awards grants to eligible students based on income level and GPA. All students who indicate a CA school on the first page of their FAFSA application will be considered for a CA Grant. See www.calgrants.org/ for detailed information regarding eligibility and award amounts. Please note: A GPA verification is required, and SRVUSD automatically uploads these details to FAFSA, so no other form is required for SRVHS students.   
  • Middle Class Scholarship: New in 2013 this scholarship intends to reduce fees at CSU and UC Campuses by up to 40%. For more information go to: csac.ca.gov (CA Student Aid Commission).
  • Fast Web (www.fastweb.com).  Popular web site with thousands of scholarships available. Students will take an inventory to determine which scholarships they are eligible for.

  • Scholarships.org (studentscholarships.org) is another popular website for searching scholarships.  

The 2019 Financial Aid Information Session for Seniors and their Parents was held on September 17th at San Ramon Valley High School.   We will post a copy of the power point and important websites in late September.  

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) should be explored by ALL seniors seeking financial aid, or student loan option, or merit scholarships for 2 or 4 year colleges.  The application window opens on October 1, 2019*. Colleges may set their own due dates for when this form is due. 

General Information
  • All colleges must provide a "COST OF ATTENDANCE (COA) calculator" or Net Price Calculator on their website Financial Aid page.  Be sure to utilize this tool to estimate your (personal) actual cost of attendance for a particular college. 
  • Download the attachment for an estimated breakdown of college costs between Community Colleges, CSU's, UC's and Private colleges. 
  • Many local and national organizations offer scholarships for students who intend to enroll at 2 and 4 year colleges and universities post high school graduation.  Ask employers, community groups, search Naviance and take a look at individual college websites financial aid page. 
  • Western Undergraduate Exchange: Students who are residents of WICHE states (CA) are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state.See website for schools who participate. Each school maintains individual requirements to be WUE eligible. Please see the attached guidebook below for information and/or go to: www.wiche.edu/wue
Financial Aid Information and Resources

FAFSA official site - Students apply for Financial Aid through this site. The application opens up on Oct. 1 each year, and the CA public school filing priority deadline is March 2.  But BE SURE TO VERIFY the FAFSA recommended due date on each schools financial aid web page.  

 

Beware of similar web sites claiming to help you fill one out for a fee. There is only one official FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) site. Make sure you go to  www.fafsa.ed.gov 

 

See this article for more information:  studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/2017-18-fafsa-updates-students-parents.pdf

 

Verify FAFSA due dates on college Financial Aid pages.  DON'T MISS A DUE DATE for financial aid or you may jeopardize your financial aid options!   But if you do miss a deadline, contact the individual college's financial aid office for assistance.  College funds could still be available that might help your situation.  

 

CSS Profile:  Some private colleges ask students to complete an additional financial aid application (CSS Profile) in order to be considered for their institutional financial aid (i.e. from endowments).  Go to student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile  for important information.

 

Federal Student Aid studentaid.ed.gov/sa/  A fantastic new site for students as they navigate the process of financing an education. A sub-site of the FAFSA, this is a great place to get all the information you need! 

 

ECMC (replaced) EdFund www.ecmc.org/students/index.html  A great resource to help families understand the Federal loans options.         

 

California Student Aid Commission www.csac.ca.gov  Great information in regards to the state of California and the FAFSA. Great literature and brochures available for download.  

 

Student Guide to Financial Aid   www.finaid.org/  The new college student and Financial Aid. How to understand your aid, including great tips on how to manage your finances. 

 

UC Financing Guide 
admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/paying-for-uc/apply-for-aid 
Great materials to help students finance a UC education.