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’ 2016 income and tax information.

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’ 2016 income and tax information.


  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund
    • Scholarship to assist Hispanic students obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available to high school seniors, undergraduate students, community college students transferring to a 4-year university, and graduate students
  • ED Fund Scholarships 
    • If you are a high school senior attending one of the public high schools within WCCUSD, you can apply to the ED Fund Scholarship and be considered  for up to six scholarships!
  • CA Legislative Caucus Foundation
    • Scholarship for CA residents, apply during the Spring!
  • Soroptimist International of Richmond
    • Find scholarships here specifically for women provided by this Richmond community organization!
  • Buenas Opiniones Scholarship for Latino Students
    • If you are a current college student or a graduating senior who identifies as Latino, apply for this renewable scholarship!
  • Robinson-Weeks-Robinson Scholarship Foundation
    • Are you a high school senior with a minimum 2.5 GPA and residing in West Contra Costa? Apply to this scholarship, which opens in February 2018.
  • Steve Tirado Foundation
    • Bay Area residents are encouraged to apply to this renewable scholarship for Latino students. Application closes March 18, 2018!
  • West Contra Costa Retired Educators Scholarship Fund
    • Graduating seniors within the WCCUSD are encouraged to apply! This scholarship can be used at 4-year institutions, trade school, community colleges and more!
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
    • Large resource of scholarships available to African American Students within the Bay Area!
  • Kaiser Permanente Asian Association
    • Scholarship for students who have demonstrated leadership abilities in helping the Asian Community!
  • HACU
    • Scholarship for college students who show financial need and are attending one of the HACU member colleges or universities.
  • Scholarship America 
    • Scholarship America’s Dream Award Application is for students already in college. Apply by Dec. 15th (verify date) to receive $5,000-$15,000 per year to support you finishing college!
  • Chevron Richmond, Dr. William F. King Scholarship
    • If you attend a WCCUSD school, you may be eligible for the Chevron Richmond King Scholarship. Due by January 6, 2017. Find complete application information below.
  • CAP Bay Area
    • The CAP Bay Area Scholarship is specifically for low-income, Bay Area students planning on attending a 4-year college. Apply by December 2016!
  • Tom Joyner Foundation
    • If you are a high school senior planning to attend a HBCU, apply to this scholarship to have all of your expenses paid at a HBCU of your choice!
  • Straight North STEM Scholarship
    • Are you an undergraduate or graduate student studying a STEM field? Consider applying to this scholarship! Apply by August 2018!

Scholarship Search Engines

  • 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’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 2017-18 year will be opening in Spring 2017.
  • 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.