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Scholarships

Scholarships can help you pay for your college education.

Scholarships are awarded to students to assist with educational expenses. Scholarship opportunities can vary from college to college.

Each college administers its scholarship program and offers support for outside agency scholarships. Thousands of easy-to-find scholarships are available. You might receive aid if you’re a member of a particular church, have connections to a certain company, or are pursuing a specific career path.

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Check with your high school or community college scholarship office to learn about scholarships available and how to apply. Every California community college offers the California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment (CCCSE-Osher) to support students with financial needs who have demonstrated success and commitment in their coursework.

Award Amount

Award amounts vary between scholarships, although most give students somewhere between a few hundred and several thousand dollars a year to assist with their educational expenses.

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).

PELL GRANTS

Grant

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

CAL GRANT PROGRAM

Grant

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

PROMISE GRANTS

Grant

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

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarship

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

WORK-STUDY PROGRAMS

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.

FOSTER YOUTH

Grant

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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