Financial Aid


Several forms of financial aid are available to help community college students pay for tuition, fees, books, and other expenses.  For community college students, the most common forms are community college fee waivers and government grants of cash, which do not have to be repaid.


Applying for these types of financial aid is FREE.  Therefore, a student should apply even if he or she believes that they may not quality.


The pages that follow will give you an overview of these forms of financial aid.  Detailed information can be obtained from community college websites, college financial aid offices, and from the links provided here.


Extensive information about government funded financial aid can be found on the following websites:


For community college students the most comprehensive site is the first one,  IMPORTANT TIP: Be sure to click the "College Costs" link found at the bottom of the home page.  Complete the simple questionaire.  Generally, if the student is eligible for any amount of "Grant Aid" their tuition and some fees will be waived by the Board of Governors Fee Waiver.


Pages that follow will cover the following forms of financial aid:


California Promise Grant, formerly known as Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOG)

EOP&S (Extended Opportunity Programs and Services)

C.A.R.E. (Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education)

Federal PELL (FAFSA) Grants

Cal Grants  

AB540 California Dream Act




CLICK HERE to download a folder containing information on programs for foster youth.


For information on federal and state financial aid for foster youth go to the California Student Aid Commission web site.  Click on the link above. Then click on the "Cal Grants" tab.  Finally, click on the "Foster Youth" tab.

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