WHAT IS FINANCIAL AID?
Financial assistance given to a student to help with college costs.
WHO GETS FINANCIAL AID?
Most financial aid is based on "financial need," which is determined through two factors: the cost of college attendance and the amount of money the student and his/her family are expected to contribute.
HOW IS FINANCIAL AID GIVEN?
Scholarships and grants, which do not have to be repaid.
Self-help aid comes in the form of loans, which do have to be repaid, and/or college work study programs, in which the student works to help pay the cost of college.
HOW DO YOU FILE FOR FINANCIAL AID?
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The optimal window for filing forms in California is January 2 to March 2 of your senior year. You will be completing the "Free Application for Federal Student Aid" -- FAFSA for short.
Be sure to see your SHS counselor for financial aid forms or for any additional questions.