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Scholarships and Financial Aid

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For students planning to attend college or vocational school this coming fall, apply early. Applications must be filed prior to March 1st in order for a student to be eligible for grants, subsidized loans, or work/study during the fall semester. A handful of colleges award their own scholarships on a priority basis starting on February 1st ; it is worthwhile to check the “priority deadline” for the colleges to which you have applied.


First Step -- All students should complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  This is the basis for all federal and state grants (including the new Middle Class Scholarship Program), subsidized loans, and campus employment. The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet (included with this letter) should help you with the process. You may receive mailings or emails from private, for-profit companies who offer their assistance in this process; however, the official FAFSA website has all the information you need at no cost. Important deadline: March 1st.  Go to the FAFSA website link to get started with the application.


Second Step – Students from lower and middle-income families who plan to attend California schools should proceed to the Cal Grant application. This is a much less complicated process, and it is also free: once you have completed the FAFSA application, you have already done most of the work. The Cal Grant online form asks for GPA verification; this has already been submitted for all current twelfth graders attending Venture and other high schools in our district.  Alert: Your name in our school database must exactly match the name which you use on FAFSA and Cal Grant applications. If not, you will need to bring your GPA verification paperwork with Social Security number to the Venture counseling office for completion and submission. Important deadline: March 1st.  Go to the California Student Aid Commission link  to get started.


Third Step – Students who are applying to private colleges and universities may be required to complete the CSS (“College Scholarship Service”) Financial Aid Profile, which can be submitted at any time.  The CSS Profile is used to determine eligibility for non-government financial aid, such as the institution’s own grants, loans, and scholarships. A basic fee is charged for the profile plus an additional fee for each campus selected.  The CSS Financial Aide Profile may be submitted here.




Other helpful websites:

California Student AID Commission  (extensive information about California programs and schools, including Webinars on various financial aid and scholarship topics) (an overview of types of aid, advice, tools, and application links)

Free Application for Student AID

University of California Financial AID

Financial College Planning Checklist   (site contains other helpful links)

Cal High, Dougherty Valley, Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley High Schools have “College and Career Centers” on campus. You can access helpful financial aid information by going to the school’s homepage, clicking on the Counseling tab, followed by the College and Career Center link.