Paying for college can be difficult, but California has ways to help qualified students. The Cal Grant and Middle Class Scholarship are two great state programs to help California students and their families afford college.
Cal Grant, a need-based state financial aid program, has been a big part of making college affordable for many California families. Qualified students can receive up to $12,240 in funding to attend almost any college in California. Awards vary depending on economic need, grades and the college you attend. During the 2015-16 school year, the California Student Aid Commission offered more than a billion dollars in Cal Grants and other financial aid to approximately 320,000 eligible students.
The Middle Class Scholarship Act is a newer program for students who do not qualify for Cal Grants but are still priced out of college. It offers sliding-scale discounts of up to 40 percent for families who earn $150,000 or less and don’t qualify for Cal Grants, which support lower-income students. Students must have at least a “C” grade average.
Students apply just as they would for a federal loan or Cal Grant, by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Don’t delay, the deadline is March 2! To find out if you qualify please visit https://fundingcollege.asmdc.org.
For more information, assistance with your application, or in case you missed January’s workshop, you can attend the upcoming Cash for College event listed below:
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
6 – 8 p.m.
Jesse Bethel High School Library
1800 Ascot Parkway, Vallejo, CA