Paying For College: Resources

Every student who is applying to any college, should start here.  FAFSA (Free Application For Student Aid) is a mandatory application (no fee to complete) which enables schools to determine the amount of aid you are eligible to receive.  They have live customer service representatives to answer your questions (800) 433-3243.  You can also chat with them.  Click here to contact FAFSA representative 

The U.S. Department of Education site has information about federal aid programs and includes recommendations and tips for parents and students on how to pay for college.

Every year during the financial aid application season, between October and June, L.A. Cash for College partners with schools and organizations to host more than 150 workshops at community locations across Los Angeles. At these workshops, students and their families receive assistance to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), California Dream Act Application, or Chafee Grant Application to access thousands of dollars in financial aid resources for college. 

Web Grants 4 Students is where you can check the status of your Cal Grant application.

California Student Aid Commission This site is for the student or parent to assist in your search for State, federal and institutional financial aid information for funding post-high school education.

The National Center for Educational Statistics is a site that tells you the average award amount at each school, how many students receive aid and various other statistics. 

We have combed the web to find you many sites to search for available scholarships.  Click here to be taken to our scholarship & student loan page

Financial Aid Letter.com is a website where you can read real college financial aid award letters. Decode confusing (and sometimes misleading) loan and scholarship information. Translate financial aid jargon and acronyms into plain English. Get great tips on raising extra college cash, cutting costs, and making that degree more affordable. Find out why you deserve clear and complete cost information, and why colleges aren't delivering it.

The WESTERN UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE (WUE) is a program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Students who are residents of WICHE states 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. It can be accessed at: