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Veterans Assistance

Veterans Assistance programs help people returning from active duty.

Veterans receive priority registration across the entire California Community College system.

If you are a veteran returning from active duty who wants to learn new or improve upon existing skillsets, California community colleges have you covered.

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About

California community colleges offer career education programs for returning veterans looking to enter the civilian workforce. Many colleges also have Veterans Resource Centers and other veteran support offerings to provide a caring and supportive environment for veterans and their dependents. We assist them with the services they need for proper enrollment, receiving their VA benefits, and other resources necessary to succeed at the college.

Award Amount

In addition to state and federal financial aid, you may also have veterans benefit opportunities. To check out your eligibility status and apply for your exclusive benefits, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill benefits website.

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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