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Planning for tHE costs of college and career training

Planning for tHE costs of college and career training

As students and families prepare for college or career education, it is important to understand the costs and how financial aid works, to learn about the different types of aid, and how to find out if you’re eligible and estimate what aid you may be eligible to receive. Financial aid to pay for college is available from a variety of sources. Student aid includes grants, scholarships, work-study jobs, and loans. Please use the resources below to find step-by-step guides to applying for and receiving aid.


  • California Student Aid Commission - a site for students or parents searching for resources and assistance in obtaining a higher education. The CSAC administers financial aid programs, including Cal Grants, for students attending public and private colleges and vocational schools in California. Helpful information basics are provided at Understanding Aid & Aid Eligibility/Requirements.
  • CSS Profile  Financial aid application for nearly 400 colleges, professional schools, and scholarship programs to award non-federal aid.
  • Federal Student Aid - The office of Federal Student Aid provides grants, loans, and work-study funds for college or career school.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - Most colleges require families to complete this application for any financial aid consideration.
For information about how to complete and submit the FAFSA, (deadline to complete is March 2, 2023), please visit the FAFSA website directly to view resources, including Filling Out the FAFSA® Form at
The site includes:
  •  The types of documentation and personal information that each student financial aid application requires, including, but not necessarily limited to, documents relating to income taxes, finances and income, college choices, academic status, and personal identification such as social security or taxpayer identification numbers.
  • An explanation of definitions used for each application. These definitions may include, but are not necessarily limited to, definitions of "legal guardianship," "household size," "parent," "dependent," and "taxable college grants and scholarships."
  • Eligibility requirements for student financial aid that may be applied for using the FAFSA or the California Dream Act Application.
  • Application timelines and submission deadlines.