Types of Aid:
||How to apply for Financial Aid:
Scroll down to learn more about each type of aid!
STEP 1. Create an FSA ID!
STEP 2. Apply using the FAFSA or Dream Act application depending on your eligibility status between October 1st & March 2nd!
- AB 540 or Undocumented students need to fill out the Dream Act application.
FAFSA is a free application. If you are on a site that is requiring a fee, redirect your browser to www.fafsa.gov.
- The first step in qualifying for grants is to submit a FAFSA or Dream Act Application.
- Chafee Grant - Grant for students who have been in the foster youth system. Eligibility:
- Be a current or former foster youth who was a ward of the court, living in foster care, for at least one day between the ages of 16 and 18.
- Youth who are/were in Kin-GAP, a non-related legal guardianship, or were adopted, are eligible only if the youth was a dependent or ward of the court, living in foster care, for at least one day between the ages of 16 and 18.
- Not have reached your 22nd birthday as of July 1st of the award year.
- Supplemental Eduational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)
- Federal Pell Grant
- Awarded to students who demonstrate financial need to pay for their education after high school
- To apply, simply check "yes" to the appropriate question on your FAFSA application
- Your college financial aid office determines the size of the award
- Click here to learn more about Pell Grants!
The California Dream Act offers AB540 or undocumented students the opportunity to apply for and receive several types of financial aid such as:
In order to qualify for AB 540 a student must:
- Board of Governors Fee Waiver
- State financial aid like Cal Grants and Chafee Grants
- Assistance from EOPS, CARE and Cal works
- Privately-Funded Scholarships
- Have attended a high school in California for 3 years or more.
- Have graduated from a California high school or received their equivalent GED.
- File an affidavit with the public state college or university stating that he or she will file an application to obtain legal permanent residency as soon as he or she is eligible.
- To fill out a Dream Act application go to: https://dream.csac.ca.gov/
- Contact the scholarship office at the schools you are planning to apply to. Most colleges offer their own scholarship opportunities.
- UC's Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan will ensure that you will not have to pay UC’s system-wide tuition and fees out of your own pocket if you are a California resident whose total family income is less than $80,000 a year and you qualify for financial aid. You must file a FAFSA to be eligible.
- Check out the WHS Scholarship page to start looking for scholarships. Click Here!