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?
Forms are available at www.fafsa.ed.gov
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.