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Financial Wellness

Get the tools you need to manage your money.

Learn about managing your finances

Build skills that will help you make good decisions about your money to help pay for college costs. Read below for more information on money management and to get connected to a free online tool to help improve your financial literacy.

Black Math Teacher in Glasses Lectures to California Community College Students About Financial Wellness

Financial Literacy

Financial literacy is the ability to successfully understand how to budget and plan for your money. It is the foundation to your relationship with money and navigating college costs. It is never too late to start building or continue improving on your financial literacy. The more you learn, the better you can manage your finances to pay for college and living expenses.

Free Online Course

California community colleges offer a free online course available to all students on CashCourse. It is designed to help students learn more about credit scores, create a budget, calculate college costs, apply for health insurance and overall money management. Get started on your financial wellness journey today.

More financial aid programs are available.

Most U.S. citizens qualify for financial aid with a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Undocumented students can get assistance through the California Dream Act (CADAA).



Federal Pell Grants go to undergraduate students without college degrees who come from low-income families.

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Cal Grants get awarded to California resident undergraduates based on financial need, academic performance and other factors.

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Low-income students and students receiving cash assistance may automatically apply for a California College Promise Grant (CCPG).

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The California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment (CCCSE) offers over 3,000 student scholarships per year.

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Part-Time Employment

Federal work-study students earn money to pay for college by working a part-time job on-campus or out in the community.

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Foster youth students who were in care on or after their 16th birthday can apply for a Chafee Grant up until they turn 26.

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