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You can accomplish amazing things with a California community college education. Don’t let finances get in the way. Get help paying for college costs like tuition, books or sometimes even the rent with a variety of financial aid options to help you reach your educational and career goals.

Get the Money You Need to Pay for the Education You Deserve

Money shouldn’t stand in the way of your educational goals. Community colleges give you a wide range of financial aid options to help pay for your education.


Aid that you DO NOT have to repay.

You automatically get considered for federal grants when you submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA). U.S. citizens fill out the FAFSA, while undocumented students must submit the CADAA.


Aid that you DO NOT have to repay.

Student loans can help you pay for college, but they need to get paid back in full plus interest. So, make sure that you investigate every other financial aid opportunity before taking on student loan debt.


Aid that you earn and DO NOT have to repay

Federal work-study programs offer part-time employment to enrolled students. Jobs might be on-campus or in the community, and participants earn at least the federal minimum wage. Contact your college's financial aid office to explore your opportunities.


Aid that you DO have to repay.

Student loans can help you pay for college, but they need to get paid back in full plus interest. Therefore, make sure that you investigate every other financial aid opportunity before taking on student loan debt.

Need Help Paying for College?

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial aid year-round. No matter your financial situation, it's always free to apply and it opens the door to most types of financial aid.

Undocumented students can receive aid by submitting a California Dream Act Application (CADAA).

Undocumented students will not need to submit a FAFSA, and should instead complete a California Dream Act Application to apply for free financial aid to help pay for your community college education.

Grants & Scholarships

Now that you've filled out your FAFSA or CADAA, you can see what types of financial aid are available. Free money for college could be waiting for you.

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Federal Grant

Federal Pell Grants go to undergraduate students who come from lower-income families. You automatically apply for Pell Grants by submitting a FAFSA form.

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State Grant

Cal Grants are available for undergraduate, high school, and transfer students. You can automatically apply for each one by filling out a FAFSA or CADAA.

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California College Promise Grant

Fee Waiver

Low-income students and those receiving cash assistance may apply for a California College Promise Grant (CCPG), which waives tuition.

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The California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment offers over 3,000 student scholarships per year. Many private organizations also award various scholarships.

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Grant for Foster Youth

Current and former foster youth and dependents or wards of the court may qualify for up to $5,000 a year in free money for career training or college.

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State Grant

The Student Success Completion Grant provides free money for students to take more classes and earn their degrees faster. Apply by filling out a FAFSA or CADAA form.

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Cal Grant High School Entitlement Award

State Grant

The Cal Grant High School Entitlement Award provides free money to current high school seniors and recent high school graduates.

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Cal Grant - Transfer Entitlement

State Grant

Transfer Entitlement Awards provides free money to students who plan to transfer directly from a California community college to a four-year university.

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Financial Support Services

California community colleges assist our students by providing a wide array of financial aid services and support. Your success is our success.

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Thank You for Your Service

In addition to tailored financial aid opportunities, veterans will receive priority registration across the California Community College system.

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Success Initiatives

Eligible current and former foster youth can receive financial assistance for books and supplies, transportation, tutoring, food and emergency housing.

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Success Is Right Around the Corner

California community colleges offer career training and certifications in some of the most highly coveted and fast-growing professional industries.

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Food Pantries and Emergency Funds

For students facing unstable housing situations and/or food insecurity, your local community college may offer additional financial resources or support.

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Natural and Man-Made Disasters

Students affected by fires, floods, earthquakes or other disasters should complete the FAFSA or CADAA and then contact their college financial aid office.

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Free Money for Groceries

CalFresh helps students buy food and eat healthier by giving them extra cash for groceries. Signing up for CalFresh won't affect any existing financial aid.

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More Financial Aid Programs

Even if you don't qualify for any grants, scholarships or assistance programs, there are still several ways you can get money to pay for your education.

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Part-Time Employment

Work-study students gain experience and earn money through a part-time job on-campus or in the community. Talk to your financial aid office about your options.

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Explore All Other Aid Types First

If you have exhausted all your financial aid options and still need money for college, you can apply for a loan. You must pay back the loans with interest.

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Financial Wellness Initiative

Learn the tools and skills that will help you make informed decisions about finances through the Counting Ahead initiative.

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Upcoming Financial Aid Events Near You

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College of the Canyons Campus



FAFSA Help Appointments - Valencia Campus at College of the Canyons

09:00am - 05:00pm

FAFSA Help appointments are only for students and parents who have NOT completed the FAFSA. College of the Canyons students with a student ID can schedule a FAFSA Help appointment ONLINE by clicking here: New students and any student without a COC ID can request a FAFSA Help appointment by calling (661) 362-3215.

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FAFSA/CADAA one on one phone consultations at Glendale Community College

09:00am - 06:00pm

Meet with a financial aid advisor on the phone or zoom for federal and state application support. Cut and paste the link to arrange your appointment time. Please be prepared for your consultation by reading the instructions provided when you set your appointment. Occurs every week on Monday until 11/29/2021.

Los Medanos College Campus



Financial Aid Lab - Monday at Los Medanos College

10:00am - 02:00pm

To assist students and parents in completing their FAFSA, CA Dream Act application, creating their FSA ID and/or adding colleges.

Financial Aid Office

(925) 473-7525

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