The only way to know for sure if you're eligible for financial aid is to apply. If you think you will need outside help, your chances are best if you:

  • Ask your student's counselor for a copy of the California Student Financial Aid Workbook.
  • Have your student see his or her counselor for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Grant A and B.
  • Apply on time.
  • Complete the application accurately and carefully.
  • Make copies of the application before you submit it.
  • Respond to requests for additional information promptly.
  • Ask questions if there is something you don't understand.

Financial Aid occasionally is delayed for a variety of very legitimate reasons. Yet the new student has to buy books and supplies, and eat on weekends. The number of meals per week varies with meal plan. Students tell us that every new student should have about $400 readily available spending money "just in case," so they don't go hungry and do go to class with books and supplies. There are a limited number of short term loan opportunities available through the Bursar's office.

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