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 http://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: www.csac.ca.gov (CA Student Aid Commission).
The 2018 Financial Aid Information Session for Seniors and their Parents was held on September 24th at Monte Vista High School. To view a copy of the presentation slides, see 2018.RACC.Financial Aid 101.toPost.pdf below.
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, 2018*. Colleges may set their own due dates for when this form is due.
- 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: http://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: https://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 http://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile for important information.
Federal Student Aid https://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 https://www.ecmc.org/students/index.html A great resource to help families understand the Federal loans options.
California Student Aid Commission http://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 http://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 http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/paying-for-uc/apply-for-aid Great materials to help students finance a UC education.