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Financial Aid Resources

Federal Student Aid
The FAFSA is available October 1 each year. The California priority deadline to file the FAFSA form is March 2, however, check with your school’s financial aid office to verify your school’s individual deadline for this form (it may be earlier than March 2). You will use 2015 taxes to complete this application online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.
 
California State Aid
Need-based grants from the state are available to California residents attending college in the state. Check your eligibility and apply for these Cal Grants by using the Cal Grant GPA Verification form, available October 1 with a deadline of March 2. For more infomration, visit: http://www.calgrants.org

If you are an AB540 student, complete the California Dream Act Application, available October 1 with a deadline of March 2. You will use 2015 taxes to complete this application here: https://dream.csac.ca.gov/

All graduates of a California high school should create a WebGrants account here (webgrants4students.org) to review their Cal Grant eligibility and award status.

Attend a Cash for College Workshop in your area for help completing the FAFSA and Dream Act Application and you will be entered to win a scholarship from Cal-SOAP.  Click here to find a workshop in your area.
 
Institutional Aid
Most colleges raise their own money to give merit scholarships and need-based grants to their students each year. Check with your college’s financial aid office, and be sure to see if your school requires any additional forms to apply for financial aid like the College Board’s CSS PROFILE form. Check with your school’s financial aid office to verify your school’s individual deadline for this form. This form is online at https://profileonline.collegeboard.com
 
Outside Agency Aid
We also recommend that you check two other sources: (1) your high school counseling office, where many local clubs send scholarship notices about local awards, and (2) an online scholarship search. Try the following websites:
 
Fastweb Scholarship Search http://www.fastweb.com
Scholarships.com Scholarship Search http://www.scholarships.com
Foundation for Santa Barbara City College http://www.sbcc.edu/scholarships/
Gates Millennium Scholars Program http://www.gmsp.org
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/college-scholarship/
Hispanic Scholarship Fund http://www.hsf.net
Merit Aid (College Scholarship Search) http://www.meritaid.com
Latino College Scholarship Directory http://www.latinocollegedollars.org
Adsum Education Foundation http://www.adsumsb.org/
TheDream.US (for AB540 students) http://www.thedream.us/scholars/
Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) http://e4fc.org/resources/scholarshiplists.html
Edison Scholars Program https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/edisonscholars/
firstgenerationstudent.com http://www.firstgenerationstudent.com/pay/
Information about Online Colleges http://bestschools.com/online-colleges-in-california
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society https://www.ptk.org
Coca Cola Scholars Foundation http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org

For comprehensive financial aid information online, including information on sources of aid, how to find & apply for aid, how to project college costs, and how to calculate student loan repayments, we recommend that you visit the websites:  http://www.finaid.org and http://www.collegeaffordabilityguide.org.  

Get Schooled (getschooled.com) has partnered with AT&T to provide a College Text Hotline.  Students can text "college" or "colegio" to 335577 for information on where to apply to college, how to apply, and how to navigate the financial aid process and pay for college.

High school students and their families can prepare for college at every grade level with California College Gold Rush.  This website will serve as a virtual guidance counselor that will take you step-by-step through the financial aid application process, comparing college costs, and creating a smart college financial plan.
 
The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara offers financial aid counseling services for students and parents. We can help you understand the range of grants, scholarships, federal aid, and state aid that are available. Please call us at (805) 687-6065 or send an email to outreach@sbscholarship.org to schedule an appointment.