Paying for College
Cal Grants, sponsored by the State of California and administered by the California Student Aid Commission, is one of the most effective ways to pay for college in California.
It is free money and does not need to be paid back. To qualify, you must
be a graduating senior or recent graduate, have at least a 2.0 GPA, meet
financial requirements and apply by March 2nd. For workshop dates and locations, an application and general information, visit the Cal Grant website or call 1-888-224-7268.
Private Scholarships are frequently given by various organizations, foundations and clubs. The best way to take advantage of these scholarships is to search online:
Beware of Scholarship Scams!
You may come across such scams during your search for scholarships. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) cautions students to be alert for these tell-tale lines:
“The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”
“You can’t get this information anywhere else.”
“I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship.”
“We’ll do all the work.”
“The scholarship will cost some money.”
“You’ve been selected by a ‘national foundation’ to receive a scholarship.”
“You’re a finalist” in a contest you never entered.
For more information on scholarship scams, visit the Federal Trade Commission website or call 1-877-382-4357.