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’ 2021 income and tax information. Deadline is March 2nd!
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’ 2021 income and tax information. The deadline is March 2nd!
- 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!
- Richmond Promise Scholarship Bulletin
- Check this bulletin out for information on local, regional and national scholarships that are available
- East Bay Consortium Scholarship Bulletin
- Check this other bulletin out from our partners at the East Bay Consortium for information on more local, regional and national scholarships
- Check this link out for scholarships that are open from January 2021 – March 2021!
- EAOP/DCAC Scholarship Bulletin
- Check out this link to check out a list of scholarships compiled by El Cerrito High School’s EAOP Counselor. These scholarships are local, regional and national.
- MALDEF Scholarship Bulletin
- Check this scholarship bulletin for scholarships that are offered across the country
- Immigrants Rising Scholarship Bulletin
- Check this scholarship bulletin for scholarship that are offered for undocumented students
- HBCU Scholarships (by Affordable Colleges)
- Check out this scholarship bulletin for scholarships specifically for students planning to attend or currently attending Historically Black Colleges & Universities
- Scholarships for African American and Black – Identifying Students
- “45+ Scholarships for Minority Students” (Purdue Global)
- Purdue Global provides a list of updated available scholarships for students of historically underserved identities organized by affinity groups, and includes tips for strategic application submission.
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!
- Dreamer’s Roadmap
- DREAMer’s Roadmap provides listings of scholarships for undocumented students. Scholarships are listed through their website or mobile app.
- 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 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.
- Scholarships for Women
- MyDegreeGuide.com has developed the Top 150 Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships for Women. Scholarships are available in the fields of business, law, STEM, arts & humanities, medicine, social sciences, teaching, and more. There’s also an extensive list of scholarships for women of minority.
Have questions, concerns, or confusion about the Financial Aid process? Our College Access and Success teams are here to support you every step of the way. Schedule a 1-on-1 appointment today and say goodbye to application stress!
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