Paying for College

We know the cost of college can make it seem out of reach, but it’s possible to make college more affordable by using available resources! Find resources here to help you pay for college. Below you will find links to the FAFSA, CA Dream Act, and multiple scholarship search engines.

Student Aid Applications

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Click the link to start or continue your FAFSA. Every year the application opens October 1! Also, remember you will be using your parent/guardians’ 2017 income and tax information. Deadline is March 2nd!

CA Dream Act

  • Click below to start or continue the CA Dream Act to apply for financial aid if you are undocumented. This year the application opens October 1! Also, remember you will be using your parent/guardians’ 2017 income and tax information. Deadline is March 2nd!

Scholarship Bulletins

Scholarship Search Engines

  • Top list of Scholarship Websites
    • You can check out this link to find out more information of websites that are dedicated to matching students with scholarships.
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
    • Use this search engine to find scholarships, internships, or pre-college programs in your area!
  • Web Grants 4 Students
    • Create an account with WebGrants 4 Students to track and manage your Cal Grant and/or Chafee accounts. Make sure to keep the school you are sending your grants to updated!
  • Dreamer’s Roadmap 
    • DREAMer’s Roadmap provides listings of scholarships for undocumented students. Scholarships are listed through their website or mobile app.
  • Fastweb
    • Fastweb provides a large database of available scholarships. Filter your search based on your skills, interests, or accomplishments for more targeted scholarships.
  • Smart Scholar
    • SmartScholar provides a large database of scholarships that is easy to use and has accurate information.
  • College Greenlight
    • College Greenlight matches first generation and underrepresented students with colleges and local and national scholarships that are the right fit for you.
  • Big Future
    • BigFuture gives you the basics on scholarships and grants, and also has a scholarship search engine.
  • California Colleges
    • Click and find CaliforniaColleges.edu’s scholarship search engine. Use it by simply typing in a keyword(s) or use the Scholarship Finder.
  • HBCU Lifestyle
    • HBCU Lifestyle put together a list of HBCU scholarships for high school seniors and current college students to find money to help pay for college! Click below to find the list.
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
    • Look here to find HACU Scholarships to be used at HACU member schools, as well as other scholarship resources! Most HACU Scholarships for the 2018-19 year will be opening in Fall/Winter 2018.
  • TheDream.US
    • TheDream.US provides scholarships to undocumented students both attending college for the first time and transferring from community college to a 4-year university. Click to learn more about eligibility criteria and their partner schools.
  • Good Call
    • GoodCall is a large scholarship search engine with no account sign-up required.
  • My Undocumented Life
    • This blog not only posts scholarships for undocumented students but also shares strategies to navigate the educational system along with stories, tools, and other resources.
  • DACA Recipient Guide to Financial Barriers
    • DREAMers still have plenty of options if you know where to look and what to ask. Here are the six most common financial issues DREAMers are likely to face, along with tips and resources that can help.
  • Chegg Scholarships
    • Chegg scholarships is a completely free scholarship search engine used by over 4 million students nationwide. With over 25K scholarships with personalized filters like GPA, Age available for students in high school, college, grad school & beyond, it’s one of the biggest out there.